"It was like, 'Wow!' I was blown away," Ryan said Friday. "This is the guy I wanted."
So did general manager Mike Tannenbaum and owner Woody Johnson. After the team and Brian Schottenheimer decided to mutually part ways early in the week, they knew Sparano was the perfect fit to be the Jets' new offensive coordinator.
"This is a physical football team," Sparano said during a conference call. "I like playing a physical style of offense. I think anybody that knows me knows I want to be physical."
"I'm a guy who believes you have to form an identity," Sparano said. "I want to have an identity here offensively."
Sparano, fired as Miami's coach last month, is high on embattled quarterback Mark Sanchez, describing him as "difficult" to prepare for.
As far as the negative talk in the locker room about Sanchez, and rifts that involved wide receiver Santonio Holmes and the offensive line, Sparano isn't concerned.
"I'm kind of a show-me guy," he said. "This is a show-me business, a show-me game. Once the players get here, it'll be a blank piece of paper, as far as I'm concerned. And I think that's a positive. Sometimes, change is good."
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Tannenbaum and Ryan said they conducted 25-30 exit interviews with players to determine the cause of the team's troubles, according to the Daily News.
But players speaking to the media anonymously does not sit well with Ryan.
"Saying things and not putting your name on it? That's not being a Jet," he said. "That's going to change, without question."
The Associated Press contributed to this report.