It is Wednesday morning, I am out of town and the Miami Dolphins could have a new head coaching announcement coming today. His name is Tony Sparano…all thats left is for the Dolphins to officially announce it. I am confident that the wine and dine last night was nothing more than a “meet and greet”, a “Welcome to Miami”…yes Will Smith was playing somewhere.
Last night, Tony arrived in South Florida with Jeff Ireland and immediately was whisked off to dinner with Wayne Huizenga. A mere formality. Consider that Wayne has entrusted his franchise to Bill Parcells, Parcells has entrusted his name to Jeff Ireland, and Ireland already knew who he wanted to entrust his first job as an NFL GM to.
Rumored for weeks if not since Bill Parcells was on the verge of working for Arthur Blank in Atlanta, Tony Sparano was going to be a head coach somewhere…either in Miami or in Atlanta. Part of the deal in Atlanta was Ireland and presumably Tony S. In Miami, there has been no other “real” candidate.
Tony will likely be introduced at a Dolphins press conference later today or tomorrow morning. My guess is today….around 2-ish. The next chapter will be the complete overhaul of the Miami coaching staff that found all but two on the unemployment line. With the recent hiring of David Lee as the QB coach…there are only 3 coaching positions that do not have to be filled…it will be a whirlwind of interviews and rumors about who is coming and going. Specifically, who will be the OC and who will be the DC. Those two will tell more about the direction of this football team than the HC himself. It will be a philosophical change, a system change. This is the Miami Dolphins off-season…and it officially swings into full gear in what I am guessing to be less than 6 hours.
The Sparano’s season one starts today.