Sparano To Stay In Miami?


Well, according to multiple national media reports, my source earlier today was…wrong.  The Miami Dolphins apparently are pulling out of the Jim Harbaugh derby and sticking with Tony Sparano for the 2011 season.

Earlier this afternoon, I reported that a source I have indicated that Ross and Harbaugh had agreed in principal on a deal that would pay the Stanford HC somewhere in the neighborhood of 7.5 million and that Tony Sparano had been informed that he would be fired.  That source is apparently wrong in his information.  It happens.  His information was strong enough that I ran with it and that’s what happens when you play in this business.

According to ESPN the Dolphins have pulled out of the JH derby and will keep their embattled HC for the final year of his contract.  The Dolphins have apparently failed to acquire three HC’s in the last 4 days including Harbaugh, Jon Gruden, and Bill Cowher.

Earlier today, Sparano met with OC Dan Henning and the two sides “mutually” agreed to part company.  The Dolphins will now be on the hunt for a new OC.  The questions that remain is how Tony Sparano will approach next season with the negative atmosphere surrounding his tenure.  Both Ricky Williams and former Dolphins Jason Taylor have spoken out publicly against Sparano’s coaching style.

Sparano has been all but removed from his job this week.

The fact that the Dolphins will retain Sparano, and it appears that this will be the case, sheds no light on what has been going on for the last few days.  Stephen Ross has galloped to California where he met with Harbaugh and still kept his incumbent HC sitting on thin ice.  The black-eye that Ross and the organization have taken this week will give way to memory, but the fact that Sparano will likely be a “lame duck” coach won’t sit well with the thousands of ticket holders.

Stephen Ross’ first priority was to sell seats.  Tony Sparano is not going to instill confidence in those renewals.  Right or wrong.

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  • Jeff in Tennessee

    I don’t like the fact that Miami is keeping Sparano, nor do I feel sorry for him. He is a millionaire and if I were in his shoes, hurt my feelings all you want, I have money to live on. I am not being demeaning to Sparano, but would he feel sorry for me when I got laid off, along with 35 other employees, by the TV Station I worked for, after it was bought out? I very seriously doubt it. This is a business to win games and championships. He could have fired Henning a long time back and did not. He stood by him. I hope he changes his coaching style for next year. Right now, I am trying to find the positive of Sparano staying and I cannot find anything positive to say. I am a very disappointed Miami Dolphin fan.

    • Jeff in Tennessee

      I am reading blogs from Miami and this is not setting well with Miami Dolphin fans. If all Ross needed to do is give Cowher full control, give it to him. Ross has money and I don’t understand his decision making. It will be interesting to hear the full story on this ordeal.

  • Dolfan in L.A.

    Very right! I am just going to stop caring next season. Not with Sparano and Henne (because we know Henne’s going nowhere with this coach-owner duo around) around, we just aren’t committed to winning. ‘Nuff said.

    • Jeff in Tennessee

      What I don’t understand about this deal is that when a HC cannot obviously see that his OC stinks and that their offense is not working. Well, play not to lose. Lets score 3 points and ask our defense to play the game. If we go into our jobs and we make $10 an hour and mess things up, we get fired. I realize that Sparano is making millions to mess things up and he keeps his job. Yes, I do realize that finding a head coach is not easy at times. But he still makes very good money.

      BTW, what does he plan to do this year knowing he is on the hot seat and better win. If someone here has something positive to say about Sparano staying, then I would like to know because I cannot find anything positive about it. Gee, I will be glad to take the job for a couple of years on his salary and get fired. I would be set for life counting my money.

      • Jeff in Tennessee

        It will costs Ross more money in ticket sales, souvenier sales, and trying to explain this decision, than it would to have paid Cowher what he wanted to win. Ross will lose money on this deal. He can afford it. Sorry for all my posts, just not happy right now about this decision.

        • dieharddolfan

          “The whole situation’s tough and I think that what everybody on the outside has to understand is the change that’s been made over three years,” Pennington said. “The previous three years before Tony got here the Dolphins were 16-32. He’s been here three years they’re 25-23 with an AFC East championship, so I think people need to back off the short term emotion of it and take a long look at what’s happened over the last three years and realize that this organization is headed in the right direction and Tony Sparano is the reason for that and you need to be patient.”
          —Chad Peenington on Sparano

          Thanks Penney!!!

          • dieharddolfan

            Pennington–yes..that was a typo, my apologies before everyone starts slammin my typing..lol~though it is funny to read it like that out loud

      • mlm92124

        I know what you mean. If I’m making $10 per hour I don’t go to work with the thought that I’ll work enough to keep my job and my current wage, though I have worked alongside other people who seem to have that thought process. No, I work with the idea of doing and learning all I can, getting better and better. When your coach or OC is “playing to not lose” in every game….he MUST go. As I stated in another post regarding the supposed firing of Sparano…..Sparano did NOTHING to change the horrible play I was watching, he did nothing. He failed to change players and make some starters warm the pine as he should have and he failed to get rid of the OC during the season as he should have pushed for. He did nothing to stop the bleeding and that is why I am not okay with Sparano being a part of my team. I’ve been a Miami fan longer than most of their current players have been alive and this is unacceptable just as the 1-15 record a few seasons ago was. If you are too timid to “get it done” then you are “done”. I see NOTHING good about keeping Sparano with the team. I want Jeff Fisher in Miami, so Ross, you need to make that happen and stop pretending to care about the team you own. I honestly see Jeff Fisher as the one to fix the team, more so than ANY other coach.

  • mlm92124

    What good does it do to keep a coach you failed to replace? All the players on every team know it. Any potential players know it. How productive will players, and even coaches, be when it will be everyone’s belief that Sparano will be gone when his contract is up? How can he possibly hope to really coach a team successfully after what Ross did? How can a coach, and a lame one at that, get respect from his players after what Ross did? Ross is an even bigger horse’s rear than I already thought. “I want to replace you but I’ll hang on to ya in case that fails”, “oh, it failed so I’ll keep ya eventhough you are too timid or whatever to do what needs to be done as a coach”, “I don’t care if the team is mediocre and looks bad for another year because you’re not that good and neither is my Michigan QB”. I miss the Joe Robbie era, at least he did something with the team.

  • tommynolefin

    I can’t believe we’re keeping this greaseball head coach around after he screwed up this team!!! Ross, you’re a fucking idiot!!! I’ve just seen my last Dolphins game!!!!

    • dieharddolfan

      “The whole situation’s tough and I think that what everybody on the outside has to understand is the change that’s been made over three years,” Pennington said. “The previous three years before Tony got here the Dolphins were 16-32. He’s been here three years they’re 25-23 with an AFC East championship, so I think people need to back off the short term emotion of it and take a long look at what’s happened over the last three years and realize that this organization is headed in the right direction and Tony Sparano is the reason for that and you need to be patient.”

      -Chad Pennington

  • fins4ever1

    Terrible, just awful news. Does this ABSOLUTELY mean there is NO POSIBILITY of replacing TS???? What about Tom Cable? Wouldn’t he be an upgrade over TS? There MUST be some other options. PLEASE GOD!!! Let there be other options before the fist pump is the new craze at all the Southbeach nightclubs.

  • http://yahoo.com anthony burgess

    I REALLY DONT THINK miami has any intension on winning. that high school offense is tha worst n tha nfl. sparano needs 2 GO…… an god knows that Q.B. needs 2 follow him….. how can u have 2 potential pro bowl recievers an dont get them tha ball. ronnie an ricky can handle thiers, but that sorry play calling has cost miami a lot of games this year. i tell u what, watch tha pats n tha playoff if u dare, an c a real nfl offense @ work.. PEACE

  • imawriterrobj

    Brian, I don’t believe tony assuming he is retained0 will be a lame duck coach, even with the CBA looming.
    I’ll wager he gets at least a one year extension and a RAISE.
    Only in America, and only with the Dolphins…and Canes.