NEW YORK (WFAN) - Tony Sparano, the new offensive coordinator of the New York Jets, spoke with reporters on a conference call on Thursday and offered some of his initial thoughts and opinions about New York’s offense.
The ex-Dolphins head coach has certainly been preparing this offseason, claiming that upon his hiring he watched film of every snap of every Jets game from the 2010 and 2011 seasons. The West Haven, Connecticut native repeatedly praised the always controversial — yet incredibly talented — Santonio Holmes, not only touting his ability on the field, but commending his fierce competitiveness as well.
The offensive mind explained that a goal for this season will be to limit turnovers, which was a major issue for Gang Green this past season. He said the team is discussing the matter daily and focusing on more effective ways to protect the football.
When it came to discussing the quarterback position, Sparano expressed confidence that Tim Tebow’s persona in the public eye will not be a distraction, and more importantly will not affect the quarterback dynamic in any way, shape or form. He also showed high praise for backup quarterback Greg McElroy, who he went so far as to call “brilliant.”
The coach didn’t offer much insight into how he plans to utilize Tebow, but he did say that starting quarterback Mark Sanchez has been having a remarkable offseason, and is poised for an excellent campaign.
Sanchez had the fifth-lowest quarterback rating last season with a 33.6 mark. Tebow had the third-worst with a 27.2 figure.
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