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Jets fire offensive coordinator Sparano

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FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) - Tony Sparano was fired Tuesday as the New York Jets' offensive coordinator after one season in which the offense ranked among the league's worst.

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Sparano was hired last March to replace Brian Schottenheimer and take over an offense that struggled mightily. Instead, the former Miami Dolphins head coach wasn't able to jumpstart the running game or figure out a way to use Tim Tebow consistently as the Jets finished 30th in the NFL in total offense.

Also leaving the organization is defensive coordinator Mike Pettine, whose contract expired. Coach Rex Ryan, who worked with Pettine the last 10 years, said Pettine was interviewing for the same job in Buffalo.

Sparano was expected to use Tebow as a major part of the Jets' wildcat-style offense, but the popular backup quarterback was mostly a nonfactor, failing to get into the end zone during his first and likely only season in New York.

The contract of quarterbacks coach Matt Cavanaugh also was not renewed.

Ben Kotwica replaces the retired Mike Westhoff as special teams coordinator.

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