Former Dolphins Coach Sparano Takes Over For Schottenheimer as Jets OC

Jason La Canfora of the NFL Network reports that former Dolphins head coach Tony Sparano will replace Brian Schottenheimer has the Jets offensive coordinator.

Late Tuesday night, the Jets announced that Schottenheimer informed the team that he would not return in 2012. Sparano, 50 has extensive experience as an offensive line coach in the NFL, working in that capacity for the Dallas Cowboys (2003-07) and Cleveland Browns (2000) in between stints as a tight ends coach with the Washington Redskins and Jaguars.

Sparano’s only coordinator experience came with Boston University from 1989-93. Under Sparano, the Jets can be expected to be a run-oriented offense. Todd Haley, with whom Sparano worked in Dallas, is one possible candidate to be added to the staff. Haley is visiting the Jets facility today, according to ESPN. Haley, the former Chiefs coach, could possibly serve as a passing-game coordinator — but he is also reportedly in the mix to rejoin the Cardinals staff.

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