Turner, Conner talk Sparano, Tebow & flag football

BROOKLYN, NY – With the Jets meeting with coaches and receiving their new playbook from their new offensive coordinator Tony Sparano, players seem excited for a fresh start.

“Tony is a no-nonsense type of guy. I think he’s going to be great for this offense and great for this team. Guys really seem to be responding well to him, so I think he’s going to be a big edition to the team,” John Conner said at the Boys & Girls High School where he was supporting the PSAL’s inaugural girls’ varsity flag football tournament.

Patrick Turner, who joined Conner on Saturday, was drafted by Sparano’s Miami Dolphins in 2009 and feels he can help with the adjustment of learning a new offense.

“I can help Mark and the guys with the little things about the offense —  like the ducks on the routes and what not. But the quarterbacks are always the first ones to see the playbook. He’s getting a good grasp of it.”

Patrick Turner (above) is ready for Sparano, the Wildcat, Tim Tebow & women's flag football. (JetsInsider.com Photo).

For Conner, a smash-mouth, thick-neck fullback, getting back to a more ground & pound mentality —  something that Rex Ryan prefers to be the face of his team. Despite the possibility of losing playing time in lieu of Tim Tebow and his versatility, Conner remains team-oriented and excited for an offensive shift.

“I think we’re a team that’s built for that. I think Sparano is going to help us regain our swag … [Tebow]’s a great addition. It’s just going to cause more trouble for the defense to deal with,” Conner said.

While much ado has been whether an offensive shift in philosophy to a re-emphasis on the ground game can work. With many teams running more shot gun and spread offense, can a steady ground game work week-t0-week? Fourth year receiver Turner believes it will.

“Coach Sparano did a great job of running the wildcat offense in Miami. Having a player like Tim Tebow — who’s a dual threat – really fits this team and that package perfectly. To have that wrinkle each and every week is going to be an advantage for our offense. That’s why the decision was made. He’s a good football player and we want good football players on our team.”

The team starts Mini-Camp and OTAs in May. Be sure to stay with the JetsInsider.com as the NFL Draft and training camp are right around the corner!

NOTES: At the Paul Tudor Jones Athletic Facility of Boys & Girls High School in Brooklyn 22 full-fledged flag football teams competed in the PSAL’s inaugural girls’ varsity tournament. With 29 teams spanning the five boroughs, teams competed in a double-elimination tournament to crown their first-ever champion.

What was merely an idea 11 months ago grew into 450 young women competing on Saturday. The idea was made possible in part to the Jets organization, who donated $150,000 to the PSAL, $50,000 of which was given to the flag football program.

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