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Jets promote Tony Sparano Jr., add Eric Smith to staff

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The Jets promoted a familiar name Monday, giving Tony Sparano Jr. a new title.

The team announced that Sparano Jr. had been promoted from seasonal intern the last two seasons to offensive assistant.

His dad was the Jets offensive coordinator in 2012, and is now the assistant head coach/offensive line coach for the Raiders.

They also named former Jets safety Eric Smith a seasonal intern.

The 27-year-old Sparano Jr. was a defensive end at the University of Albany before beginning his coaching career in the UFL. He was then a quality control  coach on his father’s staff in Miami in 2011.

Smith was a third-round pick of the Jets in 2006, and stayed there until he was released last February.

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9 Responses to “Jets promote Tony Sparano Jr., add Eric Smith to staff”
  1. backdapack4evr says: Feb 10, 2014 1:09 PM

    Jets = Joke

  2. Patskrieg dot com says: Feb 10, 2014 1:17 PM

    Eric Smith? That guy couldn’t have covered Rodney Dangerfield without drawing a PI. The one and only tangible thing he ever did as a Jet was cave Anquan Boldin’s face in with a cheap shot when they were getting blown out.

    Full support of this move from business end of the AFC East. Please Eric, show the Jets alllll your secrets.

  3. molsonexport says: Feb 10, 2014 1:33 PM

    AJ!!!

  4. rboutote says: Feb 10, 2014 2:04 PM

    Correction: the Jets were handing the cardinals a large defeat when Smith delivered that cheap shot. I believe Brett Favre set a PR for TD passes in a game that day. If you’re gonna be a hater at least be accurate.

  5. nehxas says: Feb 10, 2014 2:05 PM

    Eric Smith was often credited by new safeties, such as LaRon Landry, as the reason they were able to pick up Rex’s complex defense as fast and well as they did. His experience could be invaluable to the young safeties the Jets have, especially if they don’t bring back Reed.

    He also was invaluable on special teams, including being the captain.

  6. kd75 says: Feb 10, 2014 2:12 PM

    Guess that modeling career didn’t work our huh, Eric Smith???

  7. greenmtnboy31 says: Feb 10, 2014 2:27 PM

    Why would Miami have a quality control coach? That had to be the most boring job in all of Miami.

  8. Iain says: Feb 10, 2014 3:04 PM

    “The one and only tangible thing he ever did as a Jet was cave Anquan Boldin’s face in with a cheap shot when they were getting blown out.”

    For clarity, it was the Cardinals that were getting blown out; and it wasn’t a cheap shot.

  9. rajbais says: Feb 10, 2014 3:47 PM

    Nepotism alert (in the worst way).

    The fired coach’s son gets to stay?

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