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Jets fire offensive coordinator Sparano

Jets fire offensive coordinator Sparano
Tony Sparano (L) and New York Jets Coach Rex Ryan are shown during a game in September 2012. Sparano was fired Tuesday as the Jets' offensive coordinator. UPI/Susan Knowles | License Photo

FLORHAM PARK, N.J., Jan. 8 (UPI) -- Tony Sparano was fired as the New York Jets' offensive coordinator, the NFL team said Tuesday.

Jets Coach Rex Ryan said he informed Sparano of the decision Monday.

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Last week the Jets fired General Manager Mike Tannenbaum but said Ryan would be returning for the 2013 season.

Sparano was the team's offensive coordinator for one year after four years as the head coach of the Miami Dolphins. The Jets were 30th in the NFL in yards per game and 28th in points in 2012. They were 30th in passing yards and 12th in rushing.

The team regularly made news with its quarterback controversy among Mark Sanchez, Tim Tebow and Greg McElroy.

The Jets were 6-10 in 2012 and will have the ninth overall selection in the 2013 NFL draft.

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