Source: Jets eying Turner as offensive coordinator
The Jets may have already moved on from offensive coordinator Tony Sparano before they’ve even parted ways with him.
A league source told Metro New York that the Jets have expressed an interest in recently fired Chargers head coach Norv Turner. Per the source, the Jets like what Turner, considered an offensive mastermind, could do in turning around an offense ranked No. 30 in the league. The Jets fired general manager Mike Tannenbaum this past Monday, but have not yet parted ways with Sparano.
Turner to the Jets might be a longshot right now as the source speculated the former Chargers head coach may be turned off by the Jets’ lack of weapons and would prefer a head coaching position over a return to his roots as a coordinator.
Sprinkled in with several head coaching positions over the past two decades, Turner has been an offensive coordinator with the Cowboys, Chargers, Dolphins and 49ers before returning to San Diego in 2007. In his six years with the Chargers he had a regular season record of 56-40 and won the AFC West three times. His best season came in 2007 when the Chargers made the AFC Championship game.
He was 3-3 all time in the playoffs with the Chargers.
Sparano was brought in as the Jets offensive coordinator this past offseason after a stint as head coach of the Dolphins. He was supposed to bring a return to the run game after a 2011 season when the traditionally conservative Jets offense tilted toward the pass game. The Jets showed moderate improvement with the No. 12 rushing offense in the league, but were in the bottom five in scoring.
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