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.