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Wednesday, January 11, 2012
Tony Sparano's statement on Jets

By James Walker

Former Miami Dolphins head coach Tony Sparano released a statement on joining the New York Jets as the team’s new offensive coordinator. Sparano was fired by the Dolphins during the regular season and will replace former New York offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer.

"I’m very proud to be part of such an outstanding organization and to have an opportunity to work with these players," said Sparano. "I know this division very well and I’m looking forward to that challenge. I’d like to thank Mr. [Woody] Johnson, Mike Tannenbaum and Coach [Rex] Ryan for giving me the opportunity."

Ryan also provided a statement on Sparano.

"When we sat down with Tony, I knew that he was the right person at the right time for our offense," said Ryan. "I’ve admired his work as a competitor in the division for the past three seasons. His teams were always physical, tough and hard-nosed."

Sparano will take over a Jets offense that was ranked No. 25 in the NFL and is filled with turmoil. On Wednesday, dysfunction was taken to a new level when Jets starting quarterback Mark Sanchez was ripped by several anonymous teammates and team sources in the New York Daily News.