Ross Gives Sparano 2 Year Extension

Sparano Gets A "Double Fist Pump" Extension

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.

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  • The Toledo Rocket

    cant justify the season ticket price no more ….love the fins …sick of the oc ..thank god him and his conservative play calling are gone …get someone a little more innovative …will help henne i truly believe..

  • fins4ever1

    I am just sick!!!!!! I thought they were FINALLY going to get someone with the expertise they need, which is an innovative HC that has extended experience playing and developing QB’s.

    Not only did JH turn down the job for considerable less money, the Fins are stuck with the fist pumper. THAT SUCKS.

  • onole1

    The extension I see. He still basically has one year to turn it around IMO. However, with three years on a contract he might now be able to attract a top available OC. The part that worries me is more authority over player personnel.

    Sure seems to me like more of the same old boring thing…

  • Dolphin Jay

    Rumors earlier this season seemed to suggest Sparano wanted to fire Henning and Ireland protected him. That now seems to ring true considering its being reported that Sparano’s new contract states he has final say on his staff.

    Henning was a Parcells hire. Ireland protected him out of respect for Parcells. Sparano wanted him gone long ago. The best move for this franchise is cutting all ties w/Parcells. He is the reason we are in this mess. Lets give Sparano & Ireland a chance without the fat shadow of Bill Parcells looming over them.

  • Shanedog

    Wow, put your team in a position where your players can no longer respect the coach, and then keep the coach. 2011 is gonna look like the return of Cam Cameron.

    • The Toledo Rocket

      give me cam back….at least he tried or wanted to score points…

  • Exiliado

    I think the players will respect TS due to the way he was treated and how he acted, however, it might be hard for him to implement a new system or find new staff to work with him (other than Nolan) if there is not much security in his position.
    I never thought this team would have an owner that would be so much in the spotlight due to decisions over the team…
    I think this next season i will have to root for the steelers and watch the dolphins from afar… after all steelers was my dad’s team, they can’t be that bad…

  • fins4ever1

    To Dolphin Jay,

    Not sure where you get your info concerning TS wanting Henning gone and JI protecting him, but suggest you check your sources.

    Since I don’t have your inside info I have to believe what I see and hear. What I saw was TS letting DH have free range all year and what I heard was TS protecting and even glamorizing Henning to a fault. Sure didn’t sound like he wanted DH fired to me.