After a brutal week that saw a wrecking ball shoot through the Miami Dolphins “class” window, Stephen Ross has apparently eased some of the tension at their offices by agreeing to keep Tony Sparano for not one, but two more years.
Sparano will have more authority over personnel decisions but final say will still come from Jeff Ireland. According to the Sun-Sentinel, his pay will remain in the 2.5 mill-a-year range.
The extension will remove the “lame duck” status that even a one year deal would have labeled. Instead, Sparano will have time to get this team focused, the attitude adjusted, and the offense fixed.
While Ross and Ireland will move forward now and work at repairing their fractured relationship with Sparano, Sparano himself must now turn to his team and do some reparations of his own.
Ross was blasted by Ricky Williams following last Sunday’s loss to the Patriots. Last Sunday? Sure seems like a month ago. Following Ricky came Jason Taylor talking about his one year stint with the HC where he said the micromanaging often got in the way. Either way, Sparano will have to address those issues as well.
Like the move or not, Sparano is here to stay, for another two years.