So I tried to cover the press briefing VIA phone and twitter and neither are effective. So I tried to do a “live” cover of it using our coverage for gameday chats and feed in some of the Tweets, but that didn’t work either. So, in a nutshell, Sparano is the coach, Ross said he never talked to Cowher or Gruden, told Sparano he was the guy all along.

Or basically…blah blah blah. It’s called damage control.

Update: Ross says he underestimated the media and didn’t realize it was being broadcast like it was…so to speak. Said he is committed to Sparano and that he and Ireland form a young formidable team. Also said that everyone there is obsessed with winning.

Update: Ireland talking now, says he felt Sparano was always the right one for the job.  Doesn’t deny the meeting with Harbaugh was for coaching but was to gauge whether or not Harbaugh was the right man for the job.  He is reading apparently off a script, like Ross.  They say Sparano has no papers in his hand.

Update: Says team will be aggressive and are looking for a new OC…did not say if aggressive was in terms of free agency.  Also, Ross said that Carl Petersen was NOT on the plane or at the meetings with Harbaugh and has not had any input into the decisions Ross has been making.

Update: Ross blames writers and the agents for the wrong info getting out on Harbaugh…I guess I’m partially to blame for some of that…LOL

UPDATE:  Funny, Sparano is giving rather short answers it seems.  Ross and Ireland are different.  Ross brought up Michigan as a reason to see Harbaugh…yeah o.k.

Sparano said that communication should have been different, then said it’s not his first rodeo and he has been fired before.  Says he never takes the job for granted and loves it.  He really does want to make this work…I think that’s why I like him so much…his dedication.

UPDATE: Check that, Ross cited the Michigan connection to why he went to see him.  Sparano said he shut his phone off when the plane was coming back from Cali, had 40 -50 texts the next day from players telling him to hang in there.

UPDATE:  Want to know the direction of this team for next two years?  Sparano is going to hire his own OC…keep an eye on that selection as it will really be the key to this team moving forward.  Expect some offensive firepower in the draft and FA too…that wasn’t said but it makes sense as the owner NEEDS Sparano to succeed.

UPDATE:  Sparano says he wants an opened up EXPLOSIVE offense

UPDATE:  tony says “we’ll keep communicating and we’ll get this thing going” as far as his relationship with ireland…Does that sound like the two of them are on good terms?  Yeah me neither.

FINAL UPDATE: Ross says he would have handled this a different way…could be the only real honesty to come out of this.  What we know is that they are trying desperately to get this swept under a rug.  The presser has ended and all of the main reporters there said they were allowed very few questions.

So there you have it.

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  • Dolfan1

    In other words Steven Ross not only believes TS is an idiot, he believes the press and all the fans are idiots as well. How could anyone think that someone with half a brain couldn’t see right through this? This isn’t damage control, this is BS in it’s purest form and it’s only making fans even madder. Even during the 1-15 season I held my head high because I knew this was a proud organization and could fix the problem. Now, we’re a joke. End of story.

    • fins4ever1

      Hard to believe, but it could actually get worse. Rumors abound around the league that Miami may have violated the Rooney Rule by making an offer to JH without talking to minorities. The Fins however are denying it.

  • Sneller

    If they put as much effort into finding an OC, and in Free Agency and the Draft, as they did in trying to BS everyone, then maybe there will some light at the end of the tunnel. LOL

  • Bill .G

    I,m embarrassed to call myself a dolphin fan!!!! TONY where is your pride? We are doomed no player on this team will have any respect for a coach that wasnt even their 1,2,3 choice. Marshall will be asking for a trade or he will be dropping balls. “JESUS” can be our QB and will still lose.

  • dodgeguy

    all we can really do as fans is wait n see.but i can guarantee one thing if all the fans are really true, we need to be more positive than ever before!believe me i’m as hurt as anyone, but with the way the information gets out anymore i think we can drive f.a.away with all our’s time to man up dolphans,everything is done and we can’t bring any of it back.all we can do is move forward!please!!

  • Juan Troop

    A fan’s letter of response to Mr. Ross (although I know he wont read it, even if I did read yours).

    Dear Mr. Ross:

    It is very hard for me to see what is happening with our beloved Dolphins. We, as fans, follow a team, invest time, money and energy because we want to feel the thrill of Victory, not because we want to see 1-7 home campaigns and see our team play one playoff game (a loss) in 9 years. Our biggest thrill over the past decade is arguably a touchdown in overtime to win 1 game in a 16 game season!

    A couple of days ago I saw the most beautiful banner I have ever seen, Aqua and Orange, stating “MIAMI DOLPHINS SUPER BOWL CHAMPIONS1972 1973″ Do you know how long ago 1972 and 1973 was? Most of your fan base, like me, wasn’t even born then!!!!! In the 38 years since then we’ve had the winningest coach in the history of the game, arguably the best QB of all time, a multiple Super Bowl winning coach, a multiple national championship winning coach, a multiple Super Bowl winning VP of football operations and no championships!!! Yes, a perennial playoff contender in the 70′s, 80′s and 90′s, and then nothing but loosing during the 2000′s.

    So, you see, it’s hard for me to believe that this is an organization that is committed to winning! It is hard for me to believe that you are committed to winning by trying the same things that you have done since you invested your money in our beloved Dolphins. I believe that you cannot expect different results if you are doing the same things to achieve them.

    I like coach Sparano, although I don’t believe in him right now, and I hope that he and Jeff Ireland, under your leadership can do the job and bring a Super Bowl championship to South Florida like you are promising, but right now, I have trouble believing you will. Don’t get me wrong, I will watch every game, cry when we win, cry when we lose, I will buy officially licensed products, even travel to Miami, from Mexico, to watch a game, as I always do. But, right now my faith is lost. So, if you want to restore our faith, here is what I think needs to be done. Get great players, who are winners in Key positions, we need WINNERS at Offensive Coordinator, WR, RB, C, LG, DL and S. I know other fans will think I’m crazy for not calling for a QB, but I think we need someone who can coach the strong arm we already have in Miami and who can create an offense that suits a strong arm. If you decide to change QB, trade up to get the best one in the class or spend a whole bunch of cash to bring in Michael Vick. Nothing else will do. Finally, and probably above all, make sure that you create a winning culture, an atmosphere in which players and coaches are not worried about making mistakes, but instead are focused on nothing but winning, so the atmosphere in Davie changes to the point in which winning is the only option.

    Best regards,

    Juan Troop