Offensive Coordinator Woes Continue

http://www.dolphinsgab.com/2010/12/30/sparano-to-stay-as-coach-of-the-dolphins/Tony Sparano is using all his lifelines to rebuild the Miami Dolphins the way he see’s it without Bill Parcells calling the shots.  The 2011-2012 season will be redemption for Sparano to prove himself.  Like Parcells however, Sparano is continuing the trend of poaching from the Dallas Cowboys, to the dismay of the many Dolphins fans.  Though many have come in the form of recruited Cowboys players rather than coaches, the outcome has been similar – failure.  It’s no secret that the current frontrunner for the vacant offensive coordinator position is Cowboys tight end coach John Garrett.  Sparano has ties with Garrett from when he was the offensive line coach in Dallas.  Not to write off Garrett simply because he is a Cowboy but the Dallas offense this past season speaks for itself.  Like Garrett, Sparano’s other candidates  have been questionable.

In a recent report from ESPN, Cleveland Browns offensive coordinator Brian Daboll has interviewed for the open OC position.  Daboll was previously in New England as a defensive coaching assistant and a wide receivers coach from 2000 to 2006 winning 3 Super Bowl rings alongside Bill Belichick before moving over to the Browns with Eric Mangini.  This year the Browns offense ranked 31st, one slot behind the Dolphins.  One would question interviewing an offensive coordinator that had a worse season than Dan Henning did.

Though Sparano’s connection with Daboll are thin, his next candidate, UFL head coach of the Hartford Colonels, Chris Palmer, is said to be coming in for an interview this week.  Palmer brought Sparano over to the NFL as head coach of the Browns in the 1999-2000 season as an offense quality control coach but their lineage traces back to 1986 when they met while both coaching at the University of New Haven.  Palmer’s career in the NFL, which has spanned from the Browns to coincidentally the Cowboys, among many other NFL teams, has been sporadic.  His candidacy for offensive coordinator sounds unqualified.

Also up for consideration is current assistant head coach of the San Diego Chargers, Rob Chudzinski. While the Chargers looked good on paper this season with a number one ranked offense and defense, they were unable to capitalize and win games.  Chudzinski is also unproven as far as being an offensive coordinator but shines in comparison to both Daboll and Palmer.

Sparano has a lot to prove this offseason and he must start with bringing in a qualified offensive coordinator who can restart the Dolphins offense.  His candidate choices thus far are a scary sign of what may come.

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  • armyrn

    Well all of the OC’s that are worth anything have jobs, so the pickin is awfully thin ATM. Out of the three, Chudszinski looks promising…I feel the Chargers woes should be placed at the feet of Mr. Turner

  • Mitch

    How about Brad Childress, does he stink also, he’s coming in for a interview Sat ! Oh sorry, you jumped the gun and decided to complain and not just wait and see.

  • dougkelly

    No one has been hired yet. It’s a process. Plus some teams are still playing. Are any of their OC’s avaliable at the end of the season?

    • Nando Casinelli

      Remember Charlie Weiss had already accepted the OC job at the U of M before the Chiefs had even played their first game in the playoffs.

  • lou

    “… chance for Sparano to redeem himself…” ???? I would’ve felt more comfortable with: “Ä chance for Sparano to EITHER redeem or sink himself” I don’t dislike the guy but just about everyone around here seems to think the guy is a great coach… Why? Maybe a great O/L coach, but he hasn’t proven himself either way and from my vantage point, he stinks.

  • davessi

    I am still on the fence about Sporano, but these off-season choices have left me shaking my head. I, for one, would like to see how the guy can manage the team without the thumbs of Parcels and Ireland pressing down on him. Its sink or swim time for Sporano so lets see what he does…As for OC, one source I have with FSN has indicated that the job is not as enticing for some heavy hitters because of the lack of leadership from the owner down to the starting QB. Its an enormous challenge for someone who wants to win now, not rebuild an offense.

  • Trent

    “Not to write off Garrett simply because he is a Cowboy but the Dallas offense this past season speaks for itself.”

    You are right the Dallas offense did speak for itself:

    Dallas offensive ranking: 7
    Miami offensive ranking: 30

  • dougkelly

    Nothing on Childress? And I loved what Trent said. Dallas offense was ranked 7th in the league. Miami’s was 30th.

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