Dustin Keller: Sparano runs a tighter ship than Jets have seen before

AP

In his four seasons with the Jets, tight end Dustin Keller hasn’t experienced a coach as intense and detail-oriented as new offensive coordinator Tony Sparano.

He definitely runs a tighter ship than I’ve seen from anyone before, and he’s not going to let anyone slip up,” Keller told the Star-Ledger. “I think that’s when problems do arise. It’s going to continue. You can tell it’s not just a one day or an OTA thing, this thing is going to keep on going and going, and I think we need it.”

Keller’s comments don’t speak well for the previous Jets offensive coordinator, Brian Schottenheimer. Keller didn’t come right out and criticize Schottenheimer, but he did make clear that he thinks Sparano has changed things for the better.

“When Sparano is in there talking, all eyes are on him,” Keller said. “It’s a change. Before, I would say it was a little more laid-back. But with him it’s more stern, and he just has everybody’s attention, and I think guys are paying more attention to details now more than ever.”

After the disappointment of last season, the Jets needed a change. Sparano is bringing it.

41 responses to “Dustin Keller: Sparano runs a tighter ship than Jets have seen before

  1. Also, because players know if the organization is bringing in new OCs, things arent going well, and the next year it could be the HC being replaced..along with the roster. If they don’t shape up that is.

  2. Coaches’s sons aren’t respected by players because they know these “wet behind the ears” kids got their jobs ONLY because they are coaches’ sons. Its the same deal in Washington where Shenahan (spelling?) has his son as the offensive coordinator.

  3. If it were a tighter ship didnt seem to go to well in Miami. Of course new coordinator different way of running things.

  4. Sparano is an old school guy who after losing his first seven games last season as HC of the Miami Dolphins realized that everything he was taught was not working. He was taught in the NFL by Bill Parcells who most insiders realize is an offensive dinosaur. That said to Sparano’s credit he seemed to change and was most likely helped by his offensive coordinator Brian Daboll. It will be interesting to see what happens this season with the ever changing Tony Sparano.

  5. Just heard a giggle from the Dolphins because, you know, they were so disciplined………

  6. His former players were quoted as saying that they were so nervous not to make a mistake that they did not enjoy playing for him because all he did was yell or whisper.

  7. Lets see how long that “tight ship” lasts. I’ve never seen a coach that gets so excited for a field goal. It made me sick watching the phins kick field goal after field goal when they should of been putting the ball in the end zone.

  8. ravenmuscle says:
    May 16, 2012 7:15 AM
    Coaches’s sons aren’t respected by players because they know these “wet behind the ears” kids got their jobs ONLY because they are coaches’ sons. Its the same deal in Washington where Shenahan (spelling?) has his son as the offensive coordinator.

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    Preach, brotha, preach! And Little Kyle is the heir apparent to Poppa Shanahan. Heaven, help us!

  9. Sparano is a synonym for field goals. We’ll see how much praise he gets when the Jets are settling for 3 points all the time.

  10. Lets see how long that “tight ship” lasts. I’ve never seen a coach that gets so excited for a field goal. It made me sick watching the phins kick field goal after field goal when they should of been putting the ball in the end zone.

  11. Sparano was brought in for a specific reason. He was never an Offensive Coordinator. He also was not the one who implemented the wildcat like everyone thinks. It was Dan Henning and David Lee. They brought Sparano in because Rex is on a VERY short leash this season and they need a person with Head Coaching experience just in case they have to fire Rex in the middle of the season.

  12. “He definitely runs a tighter ship than I’ve seen from anyone before, and he’s not going to let anyone slip up,”

    That’s true, you’d better not mess up those field goals from inside the 10 that he loves or he’ll let you have it.

  13. This is laughable. The “ole fist pumper” got a new bag. He now makes players do the right thing,, well hells bells aint that a novel idea? The only head coach who gets excited about 30 yd fieldgoals. You go there, Tony…

  14. music to my ears

    don’t forget, if any jets really slip up, tony knows a guy who knows a guy in north jersey!

  15. We’ll see what you think of him when it’s 3rd and 10 and Tebow comes in for wildcat plays for 3 yards!!! As a Dolphins fan, firing Sparano was the best thing that happened to the team, the second best thing was for him to go to the Jets. You can expect to lose a lot of close games with him at the helm.

  16. Gotta love that every third story is about the JETS and every fourth story is about the GIANTS. Thanks for the great league wide coverage guys.

  17. Hey Keller, if YOU were not paying attention to Shottenheimer, thats on YOU… don’t blame the coach because you were lax and lazy. It’s called self-discipline and maturity. Give it a try.

    J-E-S-T-S

  18. So, did I miss something? Isn’t Rex Ryan still the coach of the Jets? If so, why would an assistant be running the ship? And the only thing Sparano will be running is the Jets offense- from average to well-below.

  19. JETS = IRRELEVANT

    Sanchise is now Sanchez.
    Rex & Tony are a couple of tools.
    They finished 8-8 last year.
    I say sub .500 is in the works this year.

  20. New drinking game. It’s called the “Tebow-pump”. Every time Tim “Tebows” or Tony fist pumps, you have to take a shot. Jets fans won’t make it to half time. I’d get Sunday Ticket just to watch..

  21. In all fairness to Sparano look what he had for QBs last year.

    Any team with those QBs would be kicking 3 pointers.

    I think it’s an improvement for the Jets.

  22. @ finfan1622 – the best thing to happen to Miamiwould be when the Fins leave and let a real team take their place….heres to another year of non-sellout home games and losing seasons

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