Steve Mitchell-US PRESSWIRE
The Kansas City Chiefs are still trying to add a few spots on their coaching staff, including the offensive line coach. Two people were initially linked to that job -- Juan Castillo and George Warhop -- but it doesn't appear that's happening anymore. Castillo is interviewing for other jobs and Warhop is reportedly staying in Cleveland. A new option has emerged for the Chiefs -- Tony Sparano.
On Sunday it was reported that the Chiefs plan to interview former Miami Dolphins head coach Tony Sparano for the role of offensive line coach. Sparano of course was part of the circus last year -- the New York Jets offensive coordinator. They weren't very good but, you know, the Jets were also the only team in the NFL who were jealous of the Chiefs QB situation so...
People hear the name Sparano and they connect it to his time as the head coach in Miami, where the Dolphins weren't always very good. So they say Sparano isn't very good and therefore this would be a bad move for the Chiefs.
That's not the way I see it. Sparano got a head coaching opportunity because he was a very good offensive line coach. He was elevated to head coach where he wasn't very good (or at offensive coordinator last year). That doesn't change that he is still considered a good offensive line coach.
That's the same way that Kevin Nogle over at The Phinsider sees it:
Hiring him to be the team's offensive line coach is a good move for the Chiefs, and taking a job like that, especially under a coach like Andy Reid, is a good move for Sparano. He should be able to help the Chiefs build their offensive line, while learning and developing his own abilities, to possibly move back into the coordinator levels down the line.
I like the idea of hiring guys who are in Sparano's situation -- willing to take a step back in their career to build it back up. (Well, is Chiefs o-line coach really a step back from Jets OC? Ha.) He would have a lot riding on his success in Kansas City.
I'm very curious how this goes. Sparano is an intriguing candidate for that job.