The Way I See It

The Miami Dolphins have a problem.  A very very big problem.  They have totally managed to make a mockery of the team since the season ended.  You really don’t have to look any further than Stephen Ross in order to place the blame.  There has been absolutely zero coming out of his court to smooth over the relationship of the fans that support the team.  The same fans that will be asked to pony up dough to watch the team play.

This is simply ridiculous.

But, it’s not without hope.  First, the way I see it, is Ross needs to release Tony Sparano, and pay him his final year of his contract.  Maybe more.  Sparano, regardless of how anyone feels about his coaching style or abilities did not and does not deserve this treatment.  Not one single bit.  I don’t care if you say “he’s making millions of dollars…blah blah blah”, he doesn’t deserve it.

Sparano has given everything of himself for this team and every turn has handled adversity with class, dignity, and professionalism.  Even through the last week.  But unfortunately, his control over this team is all but gone.  He will have the respect of his players for the way he has handled this situation but everyone still knows his tenure here, long term, is finished.  Ross needs to do right by Sparano and in the process begin the healing of his own image that has dropped to nothing in less than a week.

Sparano will land on his feet.  His classy handling of the situation this week has won him many kudos in the NFL and he wouldn’t be unemployed long.

This brings us to fixing Ross’ image.  There are two options he has at his disposal.  One, find a coach that will work with Jeff Ireland. His image is tarnished as well.  A John Fox may be that guy or he can promote Mike Nolan to a three year deal and see what he has.  It’s his best option.  The second option is less of an opportunity.

Ross could fire Ireland and sit down and talk with Bill Cowher, apologizing for the mess this week has brought and convincing Cowher that the team and his office needs to upgrade it’s image.  That’s really the only options he has left.

Fans are not going to simply “buy” into any pre-conceived notion that Sparano is his guy.  That chance fell apart the moment that word leaked that Sparano was ready to quit.  Fans see that and they are done.  They are disgusted and embarrassed and tired of the media circus.  Fans are no longer talking about what the draft may hold, or even for that matter next season.  They just want this to all go away, and the only one who can make that happen is Stephen Ross.

The question is whether or not his “Media Roundtable” event tomorrow will shed any light on the situation of the past few days or if it will only further alienate the fan base?

For Dolphins fans, the season can’t get over soon enough.

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Tags: Bill Cowher Jeff Ireland Miami Dolphins Stephen Ross Tony Sparano

  • hawkfinfan

    I agree with you 100%. It’s 7:45 CST and the forum is still not working. It must be run by the Dolphins :(

  • Deven

    Well the fact that he didn’t have the balls to take over play calling at the least and His team made us Twist in the wind as you self claimed Experts called it..I don’t care one bit how he felt…He has the power to make a move when the man who forgot more football then I have learned as the again self proclaimed experts say.. ( to bad for us he forgot the play calling and design ) So Twist Tony Twist.. Then take this and learn.. Make a move when things are down..I hear you called plays in Dallas and did good..I don’t want a coach who is afraid of making a move that might make that EGO Manic who abandon our team ANGRY!! Twist Buddy your inability to take charge brought this on you..The Only Way this man should be brought back is if we nail down McDaniels as a OC..

  • BlabberMouth

    Or my Gawd, Fat Tony will get 3 million if he sits home on his couch next year eating Funyons. He ruined the season will his total lack of coaching ability evidenced in the last three games of the season. The Players don’t even respect him!

  • george

    well brian …… im so tired of hearing the media say how sparano should not have been treated like this and how stephen ross mishandled this whole situation!!!!
    first, there is a reason why ross is a billionaire. if you have an opportunity to make your product better you do it! you cant worry about what other people may say or what feelings you may hurt because ultimately its ross’ money thats on the line here not anyone elses!
    second, if sparano holds any kind of grudge or feels thats he shouldnt have been treated this way, well then i would have to say he is a hypocrite! all season long sparano was “churning the roster” to find players that “fit”!!!! he would sign a player off another teams roster only to release that player 2 weeks later! i know he didnt sign them and that was done by ireland, but sparano was part of it and had no problems with it! this was done countless times this season. even when they traded camarillo! do you think they sat all of these players down and explained anything to them?? hell no! they up rooted players from other cities only to drop them like a bad habit! camarillo didnt know he was on the trading block! so, if its ok for a coach to do this to players and “churn the roster” so he can make his team better and at the same time ensure his job security, then why is it so bad for ross to “churn his roster” and see if he can find a better “fit”? i know what everyone is going to say ….. ” oh, but ross shouldnt have handled it that way! he should have fired sparano if his intentions were to find someone better! NOPE, i dont agree!!! sparano and ireland would never have told camarillo well greg …… we’re looking to replace you so go ahead and leave and we’ll try to fill your spot! what did they do? they went shopping and then when they found someone to replace him with, they said “greg you had a good week of practice! pack your $*!t youre moving to minnesota”! and they did this with every player they signed and released this year! whats good for the gander is good for the goose! ross was 100% right in what he did from a business stand point, because after all it is a business! now could it be considered bad practice? maybe, but not any worse then what they do to players! so anybody who claims to be a “DOLFAN” should realize ross is only trying to continually make this team better and thank him!!

  • davessi

    Sorry George, but you are dead wrong. I have been in the PR business for 20 years and Ross has blown this deal worse than I have ever seen. Poor handling of the situation has created huge morale issues with coaching, players and fans. The biggest issue is the perception Ross has created, whether well founded or not…the perception that the Dolphins are a mess not worth getting involved with. So, again, whether we like it or not….we are stuck with Sporano because Ross is a fool and handled this improperly. He has forfeited his integrity and leadership over an impulsive reaction. Utterly absurd when you think of the mans business acumen. He has displayed his ‘Tell’ as they say… and in cards that makes you a loser!!

  • fins4ever1

    I agree with Davessi that Ross has made horrible PR blunders and I doubt any HC worth a hoot would want the job in Miami. IMO, the franchise has gone from one of the most desirable jobs in the NFL to one of the least. They will be lucky if they can find an OC that is worth a crap.

  • Jeff in Tennessee

    Brian, I love this site, but I agree to disagree with you. Yes, Sparano is making millions of dollars and I feel and think he could land another job very easily. If not, I think he could pay his monthly bills, without a problem. Yes, this goes beyond money. I was laid off from 2 separate jobs through company buyouts, along, with 35 other employees. Were we treated fairly? NO! We were told good luck finding another job. Each employee had 2 weeks to get their items out of the building because some employees were not happy about the situation and how they were being lied to and treated. Were some employees bitter-yes they were and they were not making “millions”. Could I have survived on millions, yes I could, which would have made life a whole lot easier. 2 friends of mine just lost their jobs working as anchors on a TV Station due to buyouts and the economy. Were they mad-you bet they were. They also told me the TV Station management did not treat them kindly in all of this process. They both are still looking for jobs.

    When people, media, etc, want to feel bad for my friends, etc for losing their jobs, while cheaper labor was hired to take their places, while they were still working, then I will fill bad for the way Sparano was treated. Both friends told me people were telling them to get over it because life goes on. I am in no way trying to cause a problem with my post. But I find it very hard to feel bad for a millionaire to be treated this way-like Sparano was, and my friends, who were no where near making a million-far from it-”losing” their jobs. Who would have a better chance at finding another job-Sparano or my friends, Sparano-no doubt.