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Monday, January 7, 2013
Cavanaugh out as QBs coach

By Rich Cimini

Here comes the shake up.

In a long expected move, the Jets parted ways Monday with quarterbacks coach Matt Cavanaugh, according to sources.

Cavanaugh's contract is expiring, and there was virtually no chance that he'd be back, not after Mark Sanchez regressed in his fourth year under Cavanaugh. The Jets almost fired him last year, interviewing candidates for his position, but they decided to keep him for continuity and because they didn't want to eat the final year of his contract.

Offensive coordinator Tony Sparano is next expected to go.

Sources said Sparano and Rex Ryan were in the office Monday, the first day back from a week vacation. Cavanaugh received the news Monday morning. His office was closed and there were boxes outside his door, leading people in the building to conclude that the inevitable had occurred.

In other staff developments, defensive coordinator Mike Pettine is in demand. The Bills requested permission to speak with him about the same position; a short time later, permission was granted. It was a formality, with Pettine's contract due to expire shortly.

Cavanaugh arrived with Ryan in 2009. His previous job was offensive coordinator at Pitt. Before that, he was the Ravens' offensive coordinator.