i dont believe that is how it went down. I think the Jets plan at the time was essentially to have co-offensive coordinators. Sparano would coordinate the running game, since the line was his strength, while Haley would be the passing game manager. I thought they felt Haley would go for it since he and Sparano worked together in Dallas and probably they felt Parcells would tell him why it was such a good idea. Haleys interviews came after Sparano not before him. I could see there being a rift over Matt Cavanaugh and perhaps Haley wanted no part of him, but I dont think it was a money deal.
The whole situation is a mess. Rex spoke so highly of Sparano when the hire was made. At the time of the hire the beat were all saying "unnamed sources" told them that Rex pushed hard for Sparano, which makes sense of Rexs usual nonsense of if they beat me they must be awesome mentality. If Rex was just giving lip service then he really is a puppet for the organization. To me those two mesh philosophically. Rex wanted to run. Rex wanted the return of the Wildcat. Rex wanted a OC with head coaching experience to help him. He wanted a simple offense he understood. I find it hard to believe that he did not want him. Maybe now he realizes how bad Sparano is and how this archaic offense doesnt work in todays NFL so he doesnt want him anymore, but I think in January this was clearly Rexs guy.
RR: Tony, look, I don't want to know anything about what's goin' on with the offense. It's not my thing, never been my thing. It'd be your baby; your thing. You guys hold onto the ball for forty minutes and we win the Super Bowl and that's the truth.
TS: My thing? I'd be in control--control--of the whole thing?
RR: The whole f*ckin' thing.
TS: What about the kid?
RR: The kid comes with it. He can play, ya know, it's just Schott...****in' Schottenheimer got into his head and...
TS: I can fix him, ya know. I can do that. Run it 35 times, throw it 15. Boom.
RR: That's what I'm talking about.
TS: My baby! My thing! Haha!
RR: Your ****in' baby, baby. Hahaha
[The two men clink their beer cans together and laugh, followed by a pause. SPARANO takes a pull of his cigar.]
RR: That's some sh*t about Peyton Manning, huh?
TS: Denver. Cold out there.
RR: Cold as f*ck, I tellya. With a broken neck. Forget about it.
RR: Whattya think about that Tebow kid?
Well, that's the internet, man: 9 billion tough guys who secretly want to touch your pee-pee.