The New York Jets announced that they have hired Tony Sparano as their new offensive coordinator to replace Brian Schottenheimer who left the Gang Green last night. Sparano, who previously served as head coach of the Miami Dolphins, was instrumental in turning a 1-15 Dolphins into an 11-5 team in just one year. His next three seasons weren't as successful though as Miami failed to make the playoffs eventually leading to Sparano's dismissal.
Sparano is expected to improve the Jets' running game and might get help with the passing game from his old friend, Todd Haley. Haley, with whom Sparano worked in Dallas, interviewed with the Jets earlier today and might be added as the passing-game coordinator.
The Gang Green have vacancies at offensive line coach and receivers coach, as Bill Callahan left for the Cowboys and Henry Ellard will not be back next season.
Meanwhile, Brian Schottenheimer reportedly interviewed for the offensive coordinator position at Alabama. He had two years and more than $3M remaining on his contract with the Jets. It is unclear at this time how that contract has been resolved.