Jets looking to make sweeping changes on coaching staff

Rex Ryan said he would rather be fired than come back to the same offensive personnel he had this year.

Well, he will get his wish and more as offensive coordinator Tony Sparano is expected to be fired, special teams Coach Mike Westhoff will be retiring, and defensive coordinator Mike Pettine’s contract is up at the end of the season.

Along with the demotion of Mike Tannebaum, the Jets are going in a new direction and will rebuild their front office and make sweeping changes among the coaching staff.

The need for an offensive mind to retool the offense is one of the top priorities. Ryan is a defensive guru, but has little to no interest in the offensive side of the ball.

The difference was evident with the departure of much maligned Brian Schottenheimer, who in fact has been praised for his work as offensive coordinator in St. Louis and is a hot target for a head coaching gig.

Ryan convinced ownership to hire Sparano due to his wildcat experience but it didn’t work out so well with Tim Tebow in 2012, and Mark Sanchez’s decline will prompt the new GM to focus hard on offense according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.