August 14, 2012 |
While the New York Jets are scrambling to get up to speed on the scheme of first-year coordinator Tony Sparano, 15 other teams are also putting together new systems on offense. That's right, half of the teams in the NFL have new offensive coordinators. Here are the others: Todd Haley, Pittsburgh — The former Kansas City coach returns to the Steelers, where his father, Dick, ran the personnel department during the Super Bowl years of the 1970s. Bruce Arians, Indianapolis — Arians goes from working with Ben Roethlisberger in Pittsburgh to Colts rookie quarterback Andrew Luck, the No. 1 overall draft pick.
December 12, 2011 |
Kansas City's Todd Haley and Miami's Tony Sparano had something in common as NFL coaches. They both enjoyed early success, briefly putting their teams on an upward trajectory, before those clubs leveled off and began to head back down. Haley and Sparano now have something else in common. Both were fired Monday, three weeks before the end of the regular season. They were the second and third firings this season, coming on the heels of Jacksonville dismissing Jack Del Rio two weeks ago. "Timing in this situation is always difficult," Chiefs owner Clark Hunt said at a news conference.
October 16, 2011 |
Home has never felt so sweet to the New York Jets, whose 2-0 start was spoiled by a three-game swing to Oakland, Baltimore and New England. Three losses later, with captain Santonio Holmes nearly inspiring a mutiny by calling out his team's offensive line, the Jets return to MetLife Stadium in New Jersey on Monday night to meet winless AFC East division rival Miami. "Each team is going to have to deal with adversity," Coach Rex Ryan said last week. "This is our opportunity.
January 8, 2011 |
Tony Sparano stared into space stone-faced, tapping his foot and chomping on gum. Miami Dolphins General Manager Jeff Ireland also wore a somber expression, his cheeks turning red as awkward details were discussed. Team owner Stephen Ross sat between them, sweat glistening above his upper lip while he tried to put lipstick on a pig of a week for the Dolphins. They did damage control Saturday, holding an extraordinary news conference to announce a two-year contract extension for Sparano ?
January 4, 2011 |
Reporting from Seattle Evaluating the job performance of some NFL coaches this season is a little like appraising real estate. It's location, location, location. For instance, while Pete Carroll and his Seattle Seahawks are sitting pretty at 7-9 ? the first losing team to make the playoffs ? Miami's Tony Sparano is twisting in the wind after his Dolphins finished 7-9 and a distant third in the AFC East. While Sparano was telling reporters how much he loves his job, how he has never taken it for granted, and how he'll learn more about his status once he meets with Dolphins owner Stephen Ross, Carroll on Monday was tweeting: "anyone else too excited to sleep last night?
November 8, 2010 |
The Carolina Panthers' miserable season took an even darker twist Monday when tests revealed starting quarterback Matt Moore has a torn labrum in his throwing shoulder and will require season-ending surgery. Moore was injured when Sedrick Ellis drove his right shoulder into the turf on a sack in the second quarter of New Orleans' 34-3 rout on Sunday. In the last year of his contract, Moore may have played his last game in Carolina. Coach John Fox's reluctance to commit to struggling Jimmy Clausen over fellow rookie Tony Pike as Moore's replacement further illustrated his predicament as the Panthers (1-7)