A Dear John Letter

Let me start with a big, “HAPPY NEW YEAR, ONE AND ALL”

I wanted to wait till our last game before I put anything on here, as some of you probably know, I’ve tried to stay positive throughout this trying season. But now I feel it’s time to change, so I have written Tony Sparano a Dear John letter.

Dear  Tony,

I don’t know if  this is a surprise to you, but I wanted to do this without upsetting you too much! It breaks my heart but it’s over! I really wanted it to work, even with five games to go I thought if things went our way we would have been ok, but alas, it was not to be! I really wanted Chad to be the Man, wanted him to show out the last three games, but he seemed to deteriorate (badly), yes I’m blaming you for this as well. As for the Dan Henning fiasco, well I always knew what he meant to you and understood his job was to come in and help you, and I dealt with your need to keep him around, even though I secretly disliked him, (he was never going to light it up, but to help manage things till you found your feet, and I stood by you when other’s didn’t)! And as for you, I rooted for you, had your back!  I really wanted us to have that continuity, that feeling of, “you were the right guy”. But all of these hopes and prayers went out of the window come week 17.

See, after watching that debacle I have changed my mind! (I’m allowed, aren’t I?). After seeing my team trounced, and yes, it was a trouncing! I want you to go, pack your bags and don’t look back when you leave! And here’s why…..

“Dan Henning!”, I hear all the time about Dan Hennings play calling, well to me, no head coach worth his salt just lets the OC devise a plan! And have no say whats so ever!!!! Ok, so I know you may bow to Henning’s knowledge, but after the season started to get away from us, you needed to step in and take control. (To me this never happened, and if it did, then it only backs up my argument.) That upset me!

Chad Henne, here’s a guy who seemed to be shackled to what he could or couldn’t do! Who seemed to regress more than he progressed! Now this could be play calling, it could be lack of faith, but to me, it seems to be coaching. I’ve heard suggestions that his throwing motion needs work, etc, etc. But it never got fixed all season. Where were you throughout all of this? Now I know David Lee is a respected coach, but you obviously left this to other people to sort out! “What do you mean?”, I hear you say, well because you had no clue on how to coach a QB’s mechanics, and it seems neither does your  creator of the beloved ” Wildcat,” David Lee.

Offensive line! Man you’re an O line guru! Tell me, are Pat Mcqusitan and Lyndon Murtha, better than Jake Grove? or Donald Thomas? I have no idea what has gone on there! We were a dominant line a year ago, now we’re a joke! Dallas must be laughing at us, taking all their rejects! This is your area of expertise and you failed me!

Game management! Now this is the final nail in the coffin! Because as we have all witnessed, on numerous occasion’s this year, (your third). You lack the instinct that all good coaches have, and that is to know exactly what’s going on! When & where, (remembering players snaps per game is for an arm chair QB, not the head coach!). You should be aware of down and distance, time on the clock, situational substitution’s etc. And again, this is because you leave too much to other people! As for mismanaging the QB situation last Sunday,  just showed your faults up even more! After saying, “Chad H will be the man for the rest of the season”, you yank him… Then reinserted him! Only to pull him out again!!! (That has to be the most embarrassing thing I’ve seen all season!), talk about not knowing what your doing! Jeez!!

Now I’m sorry Tony, I tried to stick by you. I thought you were the one! I know I’m not perfect, yeah I’ll admit, I missed a game or two, and the last shirt I bought was Jason Taylor’s. But I’ve stuck by you as much as I can and now I feel we have to part, if only you had won out those last three games! If only you had grown into the role! But it’s just not to be! Sorry ….

P.S  you can keep the ring you promised!!.. and don’t call.



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  • http://www.PhinNation.com Bill

    I have to say that I 100% agree with your letter to Tony. Going into yesterday’s game I was on board with him coaching the team in 2011, even after the home losses to Buffalo and Detroit. But the lack of effort and energy the Dolphins displayed yesterday was atrocious. If Harbaugh, Cowher, or Gruden want the Dolphins job, I’d get them on the phone tonight.

  • PMC

    Good note.
    I hear you. It’s all about accountability. But I do think one more year for Sparano is appropriate. Hook Henne and Henning and let’s give it a season to see if things could possibly improve. My main issue is I can’t bear another 3 years of “rebuilding” and “retooling”. No seriously, I won’t be breathing when this team finally gets competetive so let’s make some changes, some big changes but not start from the ground up. Sparano is a players coach and I do beleive we are better off with him than without him for another season. I don’t give a flip about Ireland. BUT at the end of the day my stint as a season ticket holder are over. Panthers, Canes, Heat, Marlins in 2012, MMA at Hard Rock and Gulfstream Park now get my discretionary sports dollar. Whoever is at the helm next year I truly hope they make me regret my decision. Go Phins.

    • PMC

      Oh and BTW end the Crowder Experiment. I can’t fathom he called us fair weather fans. He shoots his mouth off, does not back it up with his play, arrives back this season in what week 4?, and the media gives him a forum and a voice to display his clear lack of intelligence. He has three brain cells and they are fighting with each other. An embarrassment in every way.


    If you agree to g]do 5 simple things I can gurantee a play-off berth and a high powered offense to match the speedy young agressive defense that ranks top 10 in the NFL!! #1.Draft or trade for a Q.B.Maybe Chad if he can throw over 40 yards on a rope!! Let Thigpen compete for the starting job.(he has shown more promise then Henne in a Dolphin uniform. Thigpen is a gifted athlete and has a Jay Fiedler presence along with weapons he may be the starter after all!#2 Get D.Williams and 2 running backs and 2 T.E.’s in the upcoming draft by player points/draft board value. 2 safeties and 1 corner along and the rest lineman. Ronnie is gone and Ricky can return if he wants to compete.#3 Get an offense guru who prepares week to week and has to plays called for each snap. One for a zone d’s and one for man d’s. I do it in Madden all of the time and kick ass!! Last Sunday you tried to run a double draw on 2nd down. C’mon man!! #4.Give your starting Q.B. the green light like Thigpen to throw to a W.R. when he seems to be covered man on man. So many times this year Henne checked down took sacks and looked slow because of “the don’t lose the game for us conservative style of coaching”#5.Be yourself and lead with the energy and character you bring to Miami. It is a shame that the running backs, lineman and offensive coordinator let you down this year. You are the coach = Fix it!!! And the Fish will see a Superbowl!!!