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UPDATE: Team officially announced the hiring of Tony Sparano as offensive coordinator. Todd Haley’s interview was moved from Wednesday to Thursday.
FLORHAM PARK, NJ - Despite team brass saying he will return, Brian Schottenheimer is gone as Jets Offensive Coordinator as confirmed by a statement released by the team late Tuesday evening. Soon after, the word is that former Dolphins Head Coach and Tony Sparano and former Chiefs Head Coach Todd Haley could be coming in to run the Jets offense. Jets offensive line coach Bill Callahan will also not be back as he is headed to Dallas to do the same job for the Cowboys.
The statement released by the team said that Schottenheimer has “decided not to return” but there’s no doubt that he was let go after he did not get the Jaguars head coaching gig. Likely he was given a financial settlement after being told his services were no longer wanted.
Soon after the announcement various sources were reporting that Schotty’s job would be offered to Sparano and then this morning, Haley came into the mix. Sparano and Haley are good friends and ran the Cowboys offense under Bill Parcells in Dallas from 2004-2006. Sparano’s expertise is running backs/offensive line while Haley has experience with Quarterbacks/Wide Receivers. All is all, a great combo.
The Jets are expected to announce Sparano’s hiring today while Haley will reportedly meet with the team today. His hiring is not imminent as the Cardinals are showing interest as well.
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