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Thu, 14 Feb 2013 04:28:05 -0800
Oakland Raiders offensive line coach Tony Sparano said he is excited to work with RB Darren McFadden. When Sparano was head coach of the Miami Dolphins, his quarterbacks coach was David Lee. Lee had been an offensive coordinator at Arkansas when McFadden was running the wildcat package. "They were running McFadden and Felix (Jones) and that group of guys and doing some different things with them so, I don't want to say that word," Sparano said of the wildcat.
Thu, 31 Jan 2013 05:07:05 -0800
New York Jets impending free-agent RB Shonn Greene could be a nice fit for the Oakland Raiders in the offseason if he can be signed at a reasonable cap hit. Greene is a bigger back that would form a nice tandem with RB Darren McFadden. Greene also played for new Raiders offensive line coach Tony Sparano last season.
Sat, 26 Jan 2013 05:31:22 -0800
Oakland Raiders head coach Dennis Allen said new assistant head coach/offensive line Tony Sparano will add an element of toughness to the offense in 2013. "... The thing that most impressed me about his time in Dallas, about his time there in Miami is that he always had some tough football teams," Allen said. "That's the thing that I think he can bring to our team, to our offense, is a sense of toughness. As well as a guy who's been through it; he's been a head coach in this league, he's been a coordinator so there are experiences that he can help us all through."
Thu, 24 Jan 2013 04:46:19 -0800
New Oakland Raiders assistant head coach/offensive line coach Tony Sparano will join the team next week after the Senior Bowl.
Wed, 23 Jan 2013 11:14:48 -0800
The Oakland Raiders hired Tony Sparano (Jets) as their assistant head coach and offensive line coach Wednesday, Jan. 23.
Wed, 16 Jan 2013 14:17:24 -0800
The New Orleans Saints could show interest in former New York Jets offensive coordinator Tony Sparano for their offensive line coaching position.
Sun, 13 Jan 2013 10:32:40 -0800
The Kansas City Chiefs will interview former New York Jets offensive coordinator Tony Sparano for their offensive line coaching position.
Tue, 08 Jan 2013 06:06:47 -0800
The New York Jets fired offensive coordinator Tony Sparano.
Thu, 03 Jan 2013 06:02:46 -0800
New York Jets players doubted offensive coordinator Tony Sparano's playcalling abilities from early on in the season. Players felt Sparano lacked creativity and flexibility in his playcalling with a distinct lack of imagination and innovation.
Thu, 03 Jan 2013 04:02:24 -0800
The New York Jets have yet to make a decision on the status of offensive coordinator Tony Sparano. Chances are the organization wants the new general manager to have the ability to sign off on hirings and firings.
Wed, 02 Jan 2013 07:24:07 -0800
New York Jets head coach Rex Ryan does not want offensive coordinator Tony Sparano to return in 2013.
Fri, 28 Dec 2012 10:37:54 -0800
The New York Jets have San Diego Chargers head coach Norv Turner and former Baltimore Ravens offensive coordinator Cam Cameron on their radar if they decide to fire current offensive coordinator Tony Sparano after the season.
Mon, 24 Dec 2012 10:22:10 -0800
New York Jets offensive coordinator Tony Sparano is expected to be fired this offseason even if head coach Rex Ryan and general manager Mike Tannenbaum remain with the team.
Sat, 22 Dec 2012 06:04:49 -0800
New York Jets offensive coordinator Tony Sparano may not return in 2013. Sparano's offense has lacked imagination, and he never found a way to creatively involve QB Tim Tebow.
Thu, 06 Dec 2012 04:23:47 -0800
Jacksonville Jaguars QB Chad Henne said he was recruited by New York Jets offensive coordinator Tony Sparano in the offseason. "Well, Tony called me as soon as free agency opened," Henne said. "Obviously, Mark signed his contract before that, but they still were interested and wanted to get me in on a visit. But I had two visits already lined up, here at Jacksonville and also in Seattle, so New York kinda would've been my third opportunity. But it just didn't work out."
Mon, 03 Dec 2012 04:44:27 -0800
Upon hearing the news during Week 13 that he was benched, New York Jets QB Mark Sanchez tried to talk to offensive coordinator Tony Sparano, who delivered the news, but Sparano turned away. Sanchez then went to see head coach Rex Ryan, who already was focused on the defensive series, and all he could manage was a "Yeah" when asked by Sanchez if QB Greg McElroy was in. "I just wanted to hear it from the head coach, that's all," Sanchez said after the game.
Sat, 27 Oct 2012 05:03:56 -0700
New York Jets offensive coordinator Tony Sparano said that he perhaps could be using QB Tim Tebow more effectively; Tebow, however, said Sparano has not talked to him about changing his role. "Just every week the game plan is a little different," Tebow said, "so whatever your role is, you try and do it well and be effective with it. Hopefully I can do that."
Wed, 29 Aug 2012 04:37:52 -0700
New York Jets offensive coordinator Tony Sparano said the team may not necessarily run the wildcat offense despite the presence of QB Tim Tebow on the roster. "That's assuming that we're even doing any of this stuff and when we're going to do it and how we're going to do it," Sparano said. "Just because we have a player in the building here that has some history running the football, not really in the Wildcat by the way, doesn't necessarily mean that that's exactly what we're going to do. All that being said, we know there's going to be some version of something, I think that's been said. With that being said, we just had a good discussion about it. We talked about the pros and cons, putting it out there or not putting it out there. If it is something that we're going to do, should we put it out there? If it's not, why waste time putting it out there?"
Tue, 28 Aug 2012 13:47:29 -0700
New York Jets offensive coordinator Tony Sparano said he was not interested in putting the team's wildcat offense on display for opposing teams to have a month to prepare for.
Mon, 13 Aug 2012 04:37:38 -0700
New York Jets offensive coordinator Tony Sparano said QB Tim Tebow will not have an expanded role, even with the offensive line's struggles in pass protection. "Mark is a good athlete and he's our quarterback," Sparano said, giving QB Mark Sanchez a vote of confidence. "I thought he has been playing really well right now for us and I don't see that kind of scenario at all out there."
Thu, 09 Aug 2012 05:48:53 -0700
The New York Jets could unveil some of their wildcat package in the preseason opener Friday, Aug. 10. "We'll see," offensive coordinator Tony Sparano said. "There's always a chance."
Mon, 28 May 2012 04:55:45 -0700
New York Jets head coach Rex Ryan said he used to hate offensive coordinator Tony Sparano when he was head coach of the Miami Dolphins; however, Ryan is glad they are on the same team now. "After he became available," Ryan said, "I'm like, 'Oh, hell, yeah … that's my guy.'"
Thu, 24 May 2012 10:46:28 -0700
New York Jets QB Mark Sanchez said he is a fan of new offensive coordinator Tony Sparano, particularly his approach with players. "Coach Sparano is very matter of fact, to the point. There are no gray areas," Sanchez said.
Wed, 16 May 2012 06:18:26 -0700
New York Jets offensive coordinator Tony Sparano has been running a tight ship during offseason workouts, increasing the accountability of his players. "He definitely runs a tighter ship than I've seen from anyone before, and he's not going to let anyone slip up," TE Dustin Keller said. "I think that's when problems do arise. It's going to continue. You can tell it's not just a one day or an OTA thing, this thing is going to keep on going and going, and I think we need it."
Sat, 12 May 2012 05:08:23 -0700
The New York Jets will not be making a return appearance on HBO's summer series "Hard Knocks," according to a league source. This time, the new coach on the team is offensive coordinator Tony Sparano, and according to the source, they want to minimize distractions as he installs his offense in training camp.
Sat, 03 Mar 2012 07:34:36 -0800
New York Jets QB Mark Sanchez has been working free-agent QB Chad Pennington (Dolphins) to learn offensive coordinator Tony Sparano's scheme. Pennington brought an old Miami Dolphins playbook and began teaching the system and terminology to Sanchez. The two quarterbacks met more than once for classroom-type sessions.
Fri, 13 Jan 2012 14:33:53 -0800
New York Jets offensive coordinator Tony Sparano said he wants to incorporate a very physical style of offense next season, often called a "Ground & Pound" offense by head coach Rex Ryan. Sparano will have full control over the offense, meaning he will call all the plays. He is expected to go with a run-first offense, but Sparano also said he wants to have a vertical passing attack. Sparano needs to improve QB Mark Sanchez, and he is interviewing possible replacements for quarterbacks coach Matt Cavanaugh.
Fri, 13 Jan 2012 05:19:28 -0800
Former New York Jets QB Joe Namath said he didn't like the hiring of Tony Sparano as offensive coordinator. Namath does not feel Sparano is qualified for the job. "I've watched Tony work down here with the Dolphins and I thought he carried himself very well through all the adversity and all, but other than having called some plays with the Dallas Cowboys, I don't know what his credentials are for an offensive coordinator," said Namath, who lives in South Florida. Namath suggested that Sparano was hired simply because he's a Bill Parcells disciple, as is Jets general manager Mike Tannenbaum.
Thu, 12 Jan 2012 06:53:39 -0800
The addition of offensive coordinator Tony Sparano should help New York Jets QB Mark Sanchez in 2012. Sparano believes in a power-running game and he emphasizes pass protection with the tight ends and running backs. As a result, the offense would not rely as heavily on Sanchez's arm.
Wed, 11 Jan 2012 09:05:37 -0800
Updating a previous report, the New York Jets have officially hired former Miami Dolphins head coach Tony Sparano has their offensive coordinator.
Wed, 11 Jan 2012 05:19:03 -0800
The New York Jets are expected to hire former Miami Dolphins head coach Tony Sparano as their new offensive coordinator Wednesday, Jan. 11, according to sources. The Jets have had Sparano as their top choice to replace former offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer in the event of a vacancy.
Sat, 07 Jan 2012 14:11:26 -0800
The New York Jets are considering former Miami Dolphins head coach Tony Sparano and Jacksonville Jaguars offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter as possible offensive coordinator candidates if current offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer leaves the team.
Sat, 07 Jan 2012 08:55:08 -0800
Former Kansas City Chiefs head coach Todd Haley and former Miami Dolphins head coach Tony Sparano have discussed the possibility of going to the same team with Haley being in charge of the passing game and Sparano being in charge of the running game. The two coaches had that situation when they coached with the Dallas Cowboys.
Sun, 01 Jan 2012 10:57:16 -0800
The New York Jets could be interested in former Miami Dolphins head coach Tony Sparano for their offensive line coaching position if current offensive line coach Bill Callahan is promoted or leaves for another job.
Mon, 12 Dec 2011 13:00:35 -0800
The Miami Dolphins have fired head coach Tony Sparano.
Mon, 12 Dec 2011 06:16:13 -0800
Miami Dolphins general manager Jeff Ireland is expected to return next season. His job is safe. Head coach Tony Sparano, however, is expected to be replaced, although the team is adamant no final decision has been made on this front.
Tue, 22 Nov 2011 07:50:55 -0800
Despite the Miami Dolphins' resurgence in recent weeks, head coach Tony Sparano is unlikely to return as head coach next season. Sparano's only chance would likely come if the team manages to run the table and finish with a 9-7 record.
Mon, 31 Oct 2011 13:31:59 -0700
Miami Dolphins owner Stephen Ross said the team is not considering firing head coach Tony Sparano at this time.
Sat, 29 Oct 2011 04:58:43 -0700
Miami Dolphins owner Stephen Ross has been in contact with former head coach Bill Cowher's agent about making him the next head coach in Miami, according to a league source. Cowher has said, however, that he will not talk to any team that does not have a head coaching vacancy. One thing that could alter the scenario is if Ross fires head coach Tony Sparano in-season, which could well open the door for preliminary talks.
Thu, 27 Oct 2011 07:59:43 -0700
A home owned by Miami Dolphins head coach Tony Sparano has been placed up for sale. The 5,182 square home has an asking price of $1.5 million. According to Sparano, he said he's selling the house because it's too big now with his daughter off to college; however, rumors have swirled for weeks that Sparano was about to be fired by the organization as the Dolphins are off to a 0-6 start.
Mon, 24 Oct 2011 06:26:53 -0700
Miami Dolphins owner Stephen Ross is not yet ready to fire head coach Tony Sparano, despite the team blowing a 15-0 lead in the final five minutes of Week 7 and then losing the game 18-15 in overtime. The Dolphins have lost nine consecutive games dating to last season. It was also the Dolphins' 12th home loss in the past 13 tries.
Mon, 24 Oct 2011 05:47:08 -0700
Former NFL head coach Bill Cowher could be at the top of the list of candidates to replace Miami Dolphins head coach Tony Sparano, should he be fired. Owner Stephen Ross will likely look at hiring Cowher following the season. Money will have nothing to do with Cowher's decision, but rather he will look at what place gives him the best chance to win.
Tue, 18 Oct 2011 05:54:19 -0700
Miami Dolphins head coach Tony Sparano said the most disappointing aspect of the team's Week 6 loss was an inability to convert on third down. The Dolphins were just two of 13 on third down. "The thing I'm most frustrated with was third downs," Sparano said. "As I showed the team last night, just in the bye week alone, we practiced third down almost 80 snaps on both sides of the football."
Mon, 03 Oct 2011 22:05:13 -0700
Miami Dolphins owner Stephen Ross said Monday, Oct. 3, that he is staying with Tony Sparano as his head coach. "I am very disappointed, to put it mildly," Ross said. "But I think that we have to stay together and really get behind our coach. I believe that Tony is the right coach. I think all the games we have played have been really close. We could have gone either way. When you see the team practicing and playing as hard as they can, I think that's a good sign, but certainly, we have to see better results."
Mon, 03 Oct 2011 06:35:57 -0700
Miami Dolphins head coach Tony Sparano is "certain" not only to make it through the team's bye week but to be coaching the team Oct. 17 against the New York Jets, according to a high-ranking league source.
Tue, 27 Sep 2011 08:08:57 -0700
Miami Dolphins head coach Tony Sparano said he has not heard anything regarding his job being in jeopardy despite an 0-3 start to the season. "I don't know anything about that," Sparano said. "I'm getting ready for the San Diego Chargers. You guys can figure that out. Go ask the sources. They'll tell you better than me."
Mon, 26 Sep 2011 13:38:23 -0700
Miami Dolphins LB Karlos Dansby said he believes that head coach Tony Sparano's job is on the line at this point and the players have to play well to keep his job safe. "We put [Sparano] in a tough situation. We got to play better as a team,'' Dansby said. "As of right now I'd say his job is on the line. We got to do a better job to defend it for him. Right now, we're the only ones who can.''
Mon, 26 Sep 2011 06:35:35 -0700
Miami Dolphins head coach Tony Sparano's job appears to be safe for the moment despite an 0-3 start to the season, according to a team source.
Thu, 22 Sep 2011 07:02:50 -0700
Week 3 might be the most important coaching week of Miami Dolphins head coach Tony Sparano's tenure. His future is wavering and could depend on the Dolphins winning this week against the Cleveland Browns, the first game of a three-game road trip. Sparano would not survive coming home 0-5, which will loom as a real possibility without a win this week.
Tue, 25 Jan 2011 06:45:25 -0800
Miami Dolphins general manager Jeff Ireland and head coach Tony Sparano paid close attention to Washington QB Jake Locker during Senior Bowl practice Monday, Jan. 24, according to Ben Volin, of the Palm Beach Post.