The New York Jets seem like they are ready to rebuild heading into the 2013 season and the organization made it clear they are starting with the coaching staff.
On Tuesday Rex Ryan announced that offensive coordinator Tony Sparano has been dismissed. The Jets have not renewed the contract of defensive coordinator Mike Pettine, while firing quarterback coach Matt Cavanaugh. These moves come barely a week after general manager Mike Tannenbaum was fired.
Sparano only coached for one year with the Jets. He came over to New York after he helped make the Wildcat famous as the Miami Dolphins head coach. Players such as Pat White and Ronnie Brown helped the Wildcat offense strive in Miami. This season the Jets rarely saw production out of the Wildcat formation. The Jets traded for Tim Tebow before the 2012 season began hoping that he would help continue the positive results from the Wildcat offense. The defenses seemed to figure out how to shield big plays from Sparano's famous play as coordinators rushed eight or nine men challenging Tebow to throw the ball.
But, the Jets can't blame all of their offensive problems on inefficiencies of the Wildcat. Gang Green held claim to the No. 30th total offense in the NFL. They found some success from their rushing attack as they ranked No. 12 in the league with 118.5 yards per game. The passing game is where the problems mostly came from throughout the season. The Jets shuffled through four quarterbacks this season, a list included wide receiver Jeremy Kerley. Mark Sanchez was inconsistent as a starter throwing 18 interceptions and only 13 touchdown passes.
Greg McElroy eventually took over as the quarterback and during his first start he was sacked 11 times which resulted in him being benched for the season finale against the Buffalo Bills with a concussion. The offensive line was not dominant like it had been the past three seasons under Ryan, which was one of the main reasons for the Jets downfall.
Finding an offensive coordinator will be on the top of the Jets shopping list along with securing one or two offensive weapons, whether it comes from free agency or the draft.
Moving forward, the Jets seem poised to be one of the top ten defenses in the NFL again. As the season went on, the defensive line began to grow strong. The secondary has two Pro Bowlers in Antonio Cromartie and LaRon Landry, and will have All-Pro cornerback Darrelle Revis returning from injury. The only issue on defense is the growing age of linebackers David Harris, Calvin Pace, and Bart Scott.
The Jets will find a defensive coordinator during the offseason, but Ryan May take a page out of his own book next season. Ryan took over the play calling on defense during his first two seasons as head coach and led them to two straight AFC championship games. So, this position vacancy may not be on the top of the Jets, "to do" list this off season.