Jets reportedly will fire OC Tony Sparano

Wholesale changes are coming to Gang Green and the first to get the axe likely will be its Wildcat wrangler.

CBS Sports’ Jason La Canfora reports that the Jets plan to fire offensive coordinator Tony Sparano in a move that is “imminent.”

Sparano, who’s in his first — and probably last — year with the team, has come under heavy fire for fielding a unit which ranks 30th in yards and 28th in scoring.

The former Dolphins head coach has severely underwhelmed with his playcalling, completely bungling, among other things, the usage of Tim Tebow and supposed Wildcat packages. His continual habit of changing personnel during games has been questioned by many TV broadcasters — most recently, CBS’ Rich Gannon — and often times kills the momentum of New York’s stagnant offense.

La Canfora points out that Sparano’s biggest supporter inside the organization is general manager Mike Tannenbaum, who also finds himself on the chopping block. Owner Woody Johnson reportedly has begun the process of replacing Tannenbaum.

While the future of coach Rex Ryan has yet to be decided, it doesn’t appear too bright given the amount of turnover already in the works.

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  • Rob Donahue

    Sparano is a joke. What kind of an idiot wears sunglasses in a dome and to press conferences.

  • randy Jets

    He is an idiot, but wears shades because he has a medical issue with his eyes. They should have fired him in pre season.