New York Jets: Quarterback Coach Remains A Problem

The New York Jets didn’t finish the job on their offensive coaching staff

When the New York Jets brought in Tony Sparano as their offensive coordinator, it was a more than a welcome change from Brian Schottenheimer. However, the original perception was that Sparano would be coupled with an offensive coach to oversee the passing game and quarterback position.

The first name being thrown around was Todd Haley…didn’t happen. He is now the offensive coordinator for the Pittsburgh Steelers. Then we heard about Brian Daboll…didn’t happen. He is now the offensive coordinator for the Kansas City Chiefs. Most recently, Karl Dorrell…didn’t happen. He is now the quarterback coach for the Houston Texans. Which leaves the Jets with their quarterback coach from the previous three years, Matt Cavanaugh who was rumored to be as good as gone a few weeks back.

While I think Tony Sparano will bring a necessary fresh approach to the Jets offense. It is hard to imagine the majority of his time won’t be spend with the offensive line and running game, his professed expertise. All this does is leave Mark Sanchez with the same quarterback coach he had for his entire career. A career that has been successful at times but looked like it needed a new voice teaching him, along with a new approach by the end of the last season.

A competent back-up will provide some needed pressure on Sanchez but his quarterback coach is even more important. Staying with a guy in Cavanaugh they weren’t rumored to be thrilled with because your other options turned you down is an approach that deserves a closer look. The Jets should consider thinking outside of the box here, taking a long look at former players (cough, cough Chad Pennington), other team’s assistants or in the college ranks.

Author: Joe Caporoso

Joe Caporoso is the Owner and EIC of Turn On The Jets. His writing has been featured in the New York Times, Huffington Post, MMQB and AdWeek. Caporoso played football his entire life, including four years at Muhlenberg as a wide receiver, where he was arguably the slowest receiver to ever start in school history. He is the VP of Social Media at Whistle Sports

  • Angel


    In my dreams. Sparano knows Chad is the man is Chad ready to retire from the field and move on to his coaching destiny?

    Joe, if you could score an interview with Chad, that would be amazing!

  • A

    Chad would be perfect if he agrees to coach. He’s been through what Sanchez is going through right now and has always been a cerebral QB that made the most of his talents. He can utilize all these skills to teach Sanchez all the fundamentals he sorely lacked this past season and I’m sure Sanchez would love him as a mentor!!!

  • Brutikus

    Chad Pennington would be a great scoup for the jets and would be a terrific position for Chad to make transition. The JETS need Pennington more then Chad needs them. Tannenbaum get to wooing!

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