NEW YORK — A person familiar with the situation tells The Associated Press that the New York Jets have not made a decision on the status of embattled offensive coordinator Tony Sparano.
While many fans and media have speculated that Sparano will be fired after one season with the Jets, the person says Wednesday that the team has not yet made a final determination — meaning there's a chance he could remain on coach Rex Ryan's staff for next season. The person spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity because they are not authorized to discuss the status of the coaching staff.
The Jets' offense struggled mightily this season, finishing 30th overall.
The team is looking for a new general manager after owner Woody Johnson fired Mike Tannenbaum on Monday.
NEW YORK — The New York Jets have violated the NFL's media policy by not making coach Rex Ryan or other team executives available within a week of the end of the regular season.
Ryan and owner Woody Johnson will meet with the media on Jan. 8. The season ended Sunday, Dec. 30.
The Professional Football Writers of America lodged a complaint with the league on Wednesday.
We have been assured the league is looking into it, PFWA President Mark Gaughan of the Buffalo News said. We'll await word from the NFL.
The media agreement with the PFWA requires a season-ending news conference with the head coach, owner, club president or general manager be held during the week following the season finale. Mike Tannenbaum was fired as GM on Monday, then issued a statement.
SAN DIEGO — Consultant Ron Wolf says the San Diego Chargers began interviewing candidates on Tuesday to replace fired general manager A.J. Smith.
The Chargers aren't giving specifics, but Wolf says Tuesday's interview was in San Diego and didn't involve an outside candidate. That would leave Jimmy Raye, the Chargers' director of player personnel who is known to be a candidate.
According to four people familiar with the search process, the other known candidates are player personnel men Tom Gamble of San Francisco, David Caldwell of Atlanta, Steve Keim of Arizona and Tom Telesco of Indianapolis. The people spoke on condition of anonymity because the Chargers haven't revealed the names.
the third straight season.
PHOENIX — The Arizona Cardinals have completed an extensive interview that spread over two days with defensive coordinator Ray Horton in the search for a replacement for fired coach Ken Whisenhunt.
Next up is Andy Reid, the longtime Philadelphia Eagles coach who was among seven NFL head coaches who got the axe on Monday. Reid's interview, while not formally scheduled, could come on Thursday.
Cardinals President Michael Bidwill has identified Horton, Reid and Denver Broncos offensive coordinator Mike McCoy as candidates to replace Whisenhunt, who was dismissed after six seasons. The Cardinals plan to interview McCoy in Denver this weekend.