Norv Turner didn’t have the best of runs with the San Diego Chargers and all but pointed the finger at former GM A.J. Smith for the poor performances of the team, but Turner is a good offensive guru and a highly sought-after offensive coordinator candidate. The New York Jets could fire a former head coach (Miami Dolphins) in Tony Sparano from their offensive coordinator position, and the Sparano hiring this offseason was a disaster from the start.
I could get into how Sparano’s complacent coaching on offense just doesn’t work anymore in the NFL, but I would rather focus on the report from ESPN New York that states that New York Jets head coach Rex Ryan wants to hire Norv Turner as the team’s new offensive coordinator.
The Jets offense featured the only running back in the NFL to run for over 1,000 rushing yards with an average of under four yards per carry in Shonn Greene. The article on ESPN New York notes that no decision has been made on Sparano yet, but I would be surprised if the uncreative coordinator manages to keep his job. Say what you want about Turner, but he is clearly an upgrade over Sparano.
Not all of the offense’s struggles can be put on Sparano, though, because Mike Tannenbaum and the Jets failed to provide the offense with capable players. In fact, Dustin Keller and Jeremy Kerley were the only two consistent players at the skill position. Still, Sparano is an awful play-caller, is far too conservative, and there is a reason why the Dolphins fired him and went after a different offensive guru in former Green Bay Packers OC Joe Philbin.
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