I've spent a fair amount of time reading posts on this website over the last couple of days. It appears to me that there is a mixed sentiment about the hiring of Tony Sparano as OC. It seems that a lot of people like the hire, but dont love it. I however, am loving this hire more and more the longer i think about it. And heres why:
Looking at the Cowboys offense from 2006, (the only year in his NFL career that Sparano called offensive plays) the Cowboys ran the ball an average of 29 times a game, and threw it 31 times a game. The reason I point this out is because this breakdown heavily favors the offense, and mainly the QB we have in place. Over Sanchez's career so far, he 17-8 as a starter when he attempts 30 or fewer passes in a game. This is in contrast with his 9-12 record when he throws 31 or more passes. This trend continues in the playoffs, where he is 3-1 when throwing 30 or fewer times, compared to 1-1 when hes over 30 throws.
I think Sparano will be a great fit here, and instantly get the offense going again just through his balance of play calling. I also am starting to shy away from the idea of hiring Todd Haley to team with Sparano. I know Haley is a good WR/passing game coach, but im not sure thats what the Jets need. They need to hire a QB coach that can help Sanchez improve his reading of defenses, but they dont need a guy who wants to throw the ball 40+ times. Sanchez is a good game manager, and can make a big play when he needs to. But he is not, and probably never will be, a throw-it-40-times QB like the Manning brothers or Brees or Brady. His strengths mess perfectly with Sparanos play calling style, and this will be enough to fix the offense. Get back to ground and pound, and we can run our way back to the playoffs, and hopefully the Super Bowl. Sanchez has the talent to win the SB, as long as the coaching plays to his strengths, which Sparano will.
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