Mere hours after the Miami Dolphins disastrous 38-7 finish to the New England Patriots and their dismal 2010-2011 season, the clock started to tick for Tony Sparano. The Dolphins gave up on their coach and played Sunday as if there was nothing more to play for, regardless of job security. Ronnie Brown couldn’t reach 750 yards for the season (or for a $500k bonus check) in which is likely his last as a Miami Dolphin. Chad Henne showed little urgency, throwing an early first quarter interception and was soon benched. Even the Miami defense, which came into the final game ranked 3rd in the NFL, was picked apart by the best team and the best quarterback in the NFL. It’s possible that as early as tomorrow morning the onslaught of firings and hirings will start to unfold for the Miami Dolphins.
Speculation for Tony Sparano’s job has finally come knocking. His plea, after losing 4 of the last 5 games, needs to be more convincing than whatever Bill Parcell’s has to say or has said to Dolphins owner Stephen Ross. Maybe he can make an argument that he brought in Mike Nolan this year and the defense went from awful to very good. Regardless, Ross is the beholder to the future of this organization and he may come to simple economics rather than team success. The fact that Ross would have to pay for one more year of contracts for both Sparano and GM Jeff Ireland is something he may not want to part with. Let’s not forget the 2 years of pay for Parcell’s on top of that. All that money could be used on players since Miami is thin with draft picks.