- Last Updated: 7:44 AM, July 29, 2012
- Posted: 12:16 AM, July 29, 2012
New Jets offensive coordinator Tony Sparano took a timeout to have a Q&A session with Post columnist Steve Serby.
Q: What’s the biggest thing you learned working for Bill Parcells?
A: I can’t really point to one thing, but I would say to you, how to deal with different personalities would be one of the things I learned from him, and then putting together a 53-man roster, and some of the things that you should be looking for when you get down the road a little later in player 49 and 50 and 51, and the way that they’ve gone about those things, player evaluations. I think it’s neat with what Bill and Tom Coughlin and these people have had to do, because the game has changed so much, and the players have changed so much, and they were able to change with the players, but still kinda keep their own spin on things.
Q: How would you say you motivate compared to the way Parcells motivates?
A: I would say it’s a similar style, I’m more vocal, obviously. When I say more vocal, I’m probably a little more out there with the players that way. Bill motivated so well, he really did, and he had a unique style of motivating a player.
Q: One anecdote.
A: (Chuckle) He had a bunch of sayings. I would say that one of the greatest sayings that he always had for me is, “If they don’t bite when they’re puppies, they don’t bite.”
Q: What was your experience like coaching under Coughlin in Jacksonville?
A: It was outstanding. Coach Coughlin was without a doubt one of the bigger influences for me in my coaching career. It was a short eight months that we were together, but I just learned so much from him during that time, and we’ve always been friends — obviously owners’ meetings, league meetings as head coaches. ... My wife and his wife Judy are friendly.
Q: What impressed you most about him?
A: His organizational skills ... his passion for the game ... the way he went about his process in breaking down a team in front of the team, all those things ... very thorough that way. I kinda grew up in that system with Tom, with Bill Parcells, with even a Marty Schottenheimer. I’ve been fortunate to work for a lot of great head coaches.
Q: How did the Wildcat originate?
A: One of my assistant coaches, David Lee, who is coaching quarterbacks in Buffalo right now, was with me in Dallas. And then he left Dallas and went to Arkansas, and they were there with [Darren] McFadden and that group of guys, I think it was McFadden and Felix Jones. They started doing some things there, and I’ve had some past experiences with that myself. ... It was my first year [as Dolphins head coach], and we had gone and played Arizona, and we got the pants beat off of us there. We just couldn’t generate yards and first downs. And my two best players at the time — beside my quarterback, which was [Chad] Pennington — were Ricky Williams and Ronnie Brown, and I needed to figure out as way to get those two guys on the field at the same time, and we had this plan in place. It was just; “Are you gonna put yourself out there to do this?” OK? It’s a risk. I’ve always said that you gotta take risks to gain reward.Follow @NYPostsports