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Tony Sparano reportedly doubted by N.Y. Jets players

Before this season began, Tony Sparano was labeled as a hard-working, no-nonsense coordinator who would bring discipline and grit to the New York Jets' offense.

Sixteen painful games later, the shine was off. Sparano most definitely will not return to Florham Park, and it appears Jets coach Rex Ryan wasn't the only one hoping for a change.

Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News reported Thursday that Jets players doubted Sparano's play-calling abilities from early on. According to Mehta, players told him Sparano lacked "creativity and flexibility" in his play-calling with a distinct lack of imagination and innovation.

The Jets' roster, for once, isn't breaking any news here.

Anybody who viewed the Jets for more than a quarter of play witnessed an offense stuck in the mud. New York went into the season singing songs of the ground and pound and a maturing Mark Sanchez. The addition of Tim Tebow brought the media rushing out to Jets training camp, where we were treated to miniseries-length broadcasts. Men in green hovering over the summer grasses. All of it ultimately meaningless.

This is the same team that found a way to extinguish Tebowmania just months after it ruled the nation. No small feat, and only one aspect of the unraveling of this year's New York Jets.

Follow Marc Sessler on Twitter @MarcSesslerNFL.

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