Hans Deryk, File, Associated Press
FILE - In this Nov. 20, 2011 file photo, Miami Dolphins head coach Tony Sparano calls out a play during the first half of an NFL football game against the Buffalo Bills, in Miami. The New York Jets have hired Sparano as their offensive coordinator to replace Brian Schottenheimer. The team announced the hiring of Sparano on Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2012, just over 12 hours after announcing that Schottenheimer told the Jets he wouldn't return next season despite having two years left on his contract.

NEW YORK — Newly hired offensive coordinator Tony Sparano expects the New York Jets to have a "physical mentality" and says the team will focus on the running game again while also being "an explosive" offense.

Sparano says during in a conference call Friday that he has seen "a lot of good qualities" in embattled quarterback Mark Sanchez while preparing to play against him when he was coaching the Miami Dolphins.

Sparano says he's "kind of a 'show-me' guy" and everyone on offense will come in like "a blank piece of paper."

Sparano took over for Brian Schottenheimer, who left earlier this week in what the team called "a mutual decision." Coach Rex Ryan says when he spoke to Sparano, "it was like, 'Wow!' I was blown away."