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Sources: Jets to hire Tony Sparano

Updated: January 11, 2012, 10:08 AM ET
By Rich Cimini | ESPNNewYork.com

One week after an embarrassing, late-season meltdown, New York Jets coach Rex Ryan all but gutted his offensive coaching staff, including embattled coordinator Brian Schottenheimer.

The Jets announced late Tuesday night that Schottenheimer won't return in 2012. League and team sources told senior NFL analyst Chris Mortensen that the Jets have had former Miami Dolphins coach Tony Sparano as their top choice to replace Schottenheimer in the event of a vacancy. The sources said the Jets ...

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