What brand of hot dog was Sanchez eating on the sidelines that one day? @Gerbalaya
That “one day” Jeff is referring to is the day that Mark Sanchez, after leading the Jets to a 38-0 lead over the Oakland Raiders in the Black Hole, was relieved in the 4th quarter to take a seat on the sideline. Sanchez, who had been feeling ill and and reportedly has not been able to eat much the week prior, was spotted by the CBS cameras putting mustard on a hot dog and…eating it. Like ya do.
I was able to find out that the Oakland Coliseum serves hot dogs from a local brand, Miller’s Hot Dogs, which was founded in 1910 by a German sausage maker in the area. The company boasts “The Best Tasting Hot Dogs in the World.”
I also discovered that the Coliseum is known for these $2 dollar hot dogs (that used to be a dollar), though something tells me Mark Sanchez got his snack for free.
It’s obviously way too early to answer this question, as we can only speculate as to exactly what a Tony Sparano offense will look like in New York. But I’m inclined to believe that it will be better, primarily because Tony Sparano’s offensive philosophy is more suited to the Jets – and Rex Ryan’s – preferred style of play.
Brian Schottenheimer’s is a disciple of the “Air Coryell” offensive system (also known as the vertical offense) that has been used over the years by coaches such as Norv Turner, Cam Cameron and Mike Martz. For the better part of his time in New York, Schottenheimer ran a mostly run-oriented variation of the offense with moderate success.
At the heart of the system, a strong running game is absolutely essential, as is the execution of deep downfield passes from a pocket quarterback with two vertical threats. As you can imagine, the Jets were largely unable to execute in this type of system last season, especially after they adopted a more pass-heavy variation, and the offense stumbled. Moreover, the Coryell style offense is generally considered to be fairly complex, using a digital system of calling plays that is vastly dependent on the opposing defense. As it turns out, Rex Ryan, and I would imagine many others including Mark Sanchez, found this system to a little too complex.
Schottenheimer took a lot of heat for his play calling in New York, and frankly, it was often warranted. There were definitely some pretty maddening, head scratching moments, but ultimately, the lack of success in New York may not have been entirely Schotty’s fault. Under Schottenheimer, the Jets offense lacked an identity, and given the personnel (and I include the quarterback, receivers, running backs and lineman in this group) it was simply not a good fit.
In contrast, Tony Sparano is. Sparano is from from the Bill Parcells coaching tree, which boasts a number of very successful defensive-minded, head coaches I shouldn’t need to list.
As the offensive coordinator of the Jets, Sparano has stated that he will put an emphasis on a “physical” style of offense that will feature a commitment to a strong power running game. The run-first ,”Ground and Pound” offense will also incorporate an “explosive” vertical passing attack (because this is 2012 and you have to throw the ball sometime to win), and boast a tough, non-nonsense attitude. This style coincides with Rex’s offensive philosophy and will give the team an identity that they can count on.
Additionally, Sparano has stated a commitment to get back to fundamentals: Ball security, game management, and solid offensive line play. Coincidentally, these are all things the Jets need to improve upon.
There is also a more simplistic approach to Sparano’s play calling, meaning Rex can be involved in some decision making. Make no mistake: Rex will not be calling the plays. But if he can understand the language, he can participate and, in turn, be held accountable for what happens on the field.
Of course, you cannot mention a Tony Sparano offense without also mentioning the Wildcat, which recetly gained popularity in the NFL under Sparano. The Wildcat, in it’s prime, was considered very difficult to defend. As a defensive minded coach, Rex Ryan has a particular fondness for offensive philosophies that challenge opposing defenses, and therefore, some derivative of the Wildcat offense will exist in New York so long as both Sparano and Rex are in town (and the addition of Tim Tebow further insures it will be used).
So let me clarify by saying one style of offense is not necessarily “better” than the other, it is simply a better fit. As you can see, Sparano’s offensive (and defensive, to a degree) approach, on paper, is a better match with this Rex Ryan coached team than Brian Schottenheimer ever was. Moreover, Sparano’s back-to-basics approach and notority as disciplinarian will serve the team well in this transitional period.