Tuesday, January 8, 2013
Time for Jets to go after Norv Turner
By James Walker
The inevitable happened Tuesday when the New York Jets fired struggling offensive coordinator Tony Sparano. New York’s offense was a disaster in Sparano's only season with the Jets. New York ranked 30th in total offense and quarterbacks Mark Sanchez and Tim Tebow both regressed on Sparano's watch.
But that's in the past. Now, it's time for New York to look toward the future.
The future of the Jets' offense should be Norv Turner.
A Rex Ryan-Norv Turner pairing in New York is one of the few ways to get the Jets back on track. Ryan has his zany traits, but he is a tremendous defensive coach. The Jets were eighth in total defense in 2012 without their best player for most of the season: Pro Bowl cornerback Darrelle Revis. That speaks volumes about Ryan's schemes.
However, Ryan's kryptonite has always been coaching offense. Ryan treats it like a necessary evil. He trusted Sparano -- and before that Brian Schottenheimer -- with the job and both offensive coordinators failed him. Ryan needs a veteran offensive mind that he can count on -- and Turner is the right person for the job.
In fact, Turner may be the only offensive coordinator available who can get something out of an embattled Sanchez next season. If the Jets are able to add more quarterback competition via the draft or free agency, that's even better.
Ryan and Turner were not always cozy. Ryan went on an infamous rant last year where he said he could've won multiple Super Bowls in San Diego with the talent Turner had. Turner took offense to that, and Ryan later apologized.
Turner was not a great head coach, but he is a great offensive coordinator. With Turner recently fired from the Chargers and looking for work, the time is now for the Jets to do everything possible to bring Turner to New York.