It’s been a whirlwind these last couple days as a Miami Dolphin fan. Even more for Tony Sparano who has been officially retained as head coach for 2011 after being humiliated and despicably hung out to dry by the gutless owner of the Dolphins Stephen Ross for the last five days. Ross, who was on a personal manhunt to find an upgrade at coach, failed to secure Bill Cowher, John Gruden and most news worthy, the highly coveted Jim Harbaugh. We have now been given good reason for Bill Parcells departure from the organization early, as we learn how the spineless Ross does business. It makes logical sense too that Harbaugh would pass on coaching a team with an owner like Ross. With hopes that Sparano is out to prove himself next season rather than seek fulfillment of a personal grudge for this week’s events, a catch phrase we all know is considerable for this situation: everything happens for a reason. Losing Jim Harbaugh is a good thing for the Miami Dolphins.
It is without question that Harbaugh is a winner. He comes from a pedigree of football coaches, including his brother John Harbaugh, current head coach of the Baltimore Ravens. He also has the NFL experience as a player, where he was a first round draft pick of the Chicago Bears in 1987 where he played quarterback. His track record of turning college teams around is impressive. He inherited a 7-4 University of San Diego team and turned them into an 11-1 team over three seasons, winning two conference titles. He inherited a worse 4-8 Stanford team and turned them into a 12-1 team in four seasons, winning 1 BCS bowl game and losing another. As a head coach in the NFL he is obviously untested. A $7.5 million a year salary, which Ross was speculated to propose to Harbaugh, is a very rickety gamble. Bill Cowher, a proven NFL Super Bowl winning coach was asking for $8 million a year. Who would you choose?