Sparano's sparser offense winning over Jets

Newly hired Jets offensive coordinator Tony Sparano is already drawing a positive response from players during minicamp. In his short time with New York, the former Miami Dolphins head coach is making a great first impression in the Big Apple.

Backup quarterback Tim Tebow is the highest-profile addition on offense, but he's by no means the only one or the most important one.

New offensive coordinator Tony Sparano has only spent a little bit of time with the Jets' veterans, but they have been impressed by his communication skills and directness, as well as the clarity of his offense, throughout the organized team activities.

"The one thing you can really appreciate about him is he's very honest," tight end Dustin Keller told The Star-Ledger. "He told us that from the get-go. He's going to be honest with us, and if you want to know where you stand with the team, go in there and ask him, because he'll always be honest with you. That's something we really respect."

While Sparano is just in the opening stages of implementing his offense, players believe it will be easier to understand than the system run by ex-offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer. Shortly after Schottenheimer left by mutual decision in January, head coach Rex Ryan said Schottenheimer's offense was "probably a little much" in terms of verbiage.

"He expects a lot of you, but he's fair," quarterback Mark Sanchez told the Star-Ledger. "Just like a game plan, he'll let you know 'We're going to work on a specific situation, here's what I expect.' And if it doesn't happen, that's when you hear the coach Sparano that everyone talks about."


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