Well Jets fans, we got our wish. Brian Schottenheimer is now gone. Before the season even ended we were talking about bringing in Someone like Norv Turner or Josh Mcdaniels. Well it turns out Norv didn't get fired and Josh Signed with the patriots a couple of weeks ago. Also, McDaniels is still a firm believer in the Patriot way, so be honest, do you really think he'd sign for a job with the Patriots' arch-nemesis? Anyway, those two were quickly out of the question, so we turned our attention to Bill Callahan. Well, we did interview him, but his interview was outdone by Tony Sparano, so now the former Dolphins head coach is our new OC. As far as I can tell, there seems to be a fairly positive feel about this, but I see that a lot of us are like, "this is awful! we're not gonna be any better! the organization is stupid!" (all due respect to those who think that). I say we need to calm down a little and take a look at what Sparano brings to the table.
In his conference call yesterday and in a 1 on 1 on the jets website (http://www.newyorkjets.com/photos-and-videos/videos/Tony-Sparano-1-on-1/17a80240-89a1-4628-9b47-f5d4cfcabdd6) he's said that he wants to keep it simple with a physical, power running game and with vertical shots down the field. Quite frankly, this is exactly what this offense needs to do. We were at our best when we were running the ball well and taking some deep shots. It also opens up play action, which Sanchez is very good with. We can wear out the defense by running the ball, and the kill them by going deep when they're worn out. Sparano also used the wildcat in Miami, which Kerley seems to be getting a hang of. So the mindset that he wants to have with the offense is good. We haven't seen how it's actually going to work out, but we at least know his mind is in the right place. Schotty's mentality was to keep dinking and dunking the ball down the field making it way too easy and predictable for the defense to stop. We've even seen the Dolphins take shots down the field before when he was the head coach (anyone remember the Dolphins' first offensive play in that sunday night game in 2010 when Hartine beat Wilson on a deep route and Henne just missed him?) The general idea here is that the kind of offense he wants to run seems to be one that's ideal for our team.
Now, let's think about Sanchez. This was one of the red flags when sparano was hired: he has no history of grooming young qbs into successful players. I also some concerns with this, but let's try and look back at what Sanchez was good at in college. He could throw a really nice deep ball, which he hasn't at all gotten a chance to do this year, so i'd imagine he's rusty with it. But one of his main draws out of college was how far he could throw the ball down the field. He needs to get back to doing this and doing things that he's comfortable with doing. Ever wonder why Tim Tebow and Cam Newton have had success with what they're doing? It's because they're doing things that they're comfortable with. This is another key thing that Sparano brought up in his conference call, he said it's important that the offense fits the players that you have. This is another area where I think Schotty failed. He treated Mark like he was a weak-armed west coast passer that has to make a bunch of really tight precision throws without making any mistakes. Sparano also said that he's gonna have a back-to-basics approach with Mark during the off-season trying to clean up all the little things. Again, he doesn't really have a history of grooming quarterbacks, i'm aware, but he's saying all the right things, and we could end up with Todd Haley too which would be a big help.
Bottom line here is that we don't need to instantly denounce the sparano hiring as a bad move. Of course it's a bit of a gamble but he's said all of the right things and we did get our wish of getting rid of schotty. Don't keep talking about how bad of a hire you think this was and how you think it's gonna fail. The guys in that building know more about what's going on than any of us do.