The old phrase goes opposites attract and that’s the perfect way to describe New York Jets head coach Rex Ryan and offensive coordinator Tony Sparano. Ryan likes to talk and super bowl predictions. Sparano likes to be tight lipped and be more reserved. Ryan is a players coach who lets his team talk. Sparano is tough hard knows coach and likes to keep his players under wraps and not talk. Makes you wonder how these coaches who are complete opposite work together?
Ryan and Sparano have one thing in common they both want to ground and pound the ball on offense. When Ryan was hired at the Jets head coach in 2009, he retained the offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer and his offenses did well in 2009 and 2010. The team went to 2 AFC Championship games, but last year Schottenheimer wanted to throw the ball a little more with quarterback Mark Sanchez. The offense struggled and Ryan decided to part ways with Schottenheimer. Sparano was fired by the Miami Dolphins as head coach before the end of last season.
When Sparano was the head coach of the Dolphins from 2008-2011, his offenses were tough and physical on the offensive line and would run the ball and control the clock. Sparano wanted his teams to be the toughest and most physical and that’s where he and Ryan might have clashed because they both believed their teams were tougher than the others. When Sparano became available, he was the first coach to interview for the vacant offensive coordinator position on Ryan’s staff.
After the two met, Ryan decided to make Sparano the new offensive coordinator position because they both had the same beliefs on offense with the ground and pound approach. Who would have thought these two coaches, who were enemies and different personalities would coach together? I for sure didn’t, but when you take a look at their offensive philosophies how could they not work together.
Ryan’s offense last year got away from his ground and pound philosophy and now with Sparano, he knows he has someone who will run the ball and not do something he really doesn’t the team doing. These two men, might have different personalities and might handle things differently, but if they share the same philosophy it can work.