Sparano Vows To Change Offense

Can Sparano Ignite a more aggressive offense?

It’s been said before, “You have to score points to win games”.  Dave Wannstedt said that many years ago on the heels of this lovely quote “You run the ball to win games, you throw the ball to score points.  You have to score points to win games”.  This in defense of running the ball as much as he did.  So should the recent comments by Miami Dolphins head coach Tony Sparano elicit some kind of “WhooHoo!” from me?

Yes.  Yes it should.

Sparano stated that his team has simply forged ahead season after season based on the thoughts of the “bosses” at that time.  A finger pointed jab towards Bill Parcells perhaps.  He said “The people that I worked for before, low-risk play-calling is, how they approached it.”  Evident by the Chad Pennington methodical approach under Dan Henning.  Evident more so by any play called by Dan Henning.

I maintained last year that Sparano had no authority to over rule or can the former OC.  Henning was Bill Parcells‘ hire and a close friend.  Despite the resignation of Parcells a week before last season, Parcells still held his shadow over the team.  It was completely out of Sparano’s control.  Now with both Henning and Parcells gone, Jeff Ireland is now free to hand over players to Tony Sparano and let him run his team.  Brian Daboll is charged with running the offense and you can bet that Sparano will get involved when he needs to.

The assertion that this team needs to score points is the first step to allowing this offense to play to win instead of playing not to lose.


In two pre-season games thus far, the offense has not been afraid to throw the ball down field.  In fact, Chad Henne is actually using his check down options the way they are intended…as last options.  While this will not necessarily translate to a grand winning season, it should ignite some excitement in an otherwise dull offense from the last few years.  Sorry folks, but while the Wild Cat was fun to watch three years ago, it was not exciting the last two.

The fact that the Tony Sparano is making the move to open up the offense will surely stir a little of the debate soup as to whether he is simply trying to save his job and placate Stephen Ross or making the change because for the first time as an HC he has the freedom to do it.

Tomorrow Phins fans will get another look at the Brian Daboll offense as they will then pack up most of the starters for week 4 and head towards the regular season.  For now, the excitement of seeing a Dolphins offense pro-active instead of re-active is enough to get the “WhooHoo”!

Here is more from Sparano’s interview with Jason Cole of Yahoo Sports.

“I spent a lot of time looking at myself in the mirror, knowing that I need to make the change,” Sparano said.  “Obviously, three-quarters of my staff on offense is new.  That’s something that I felt we had to do.  I feel like Brian’s style is more aggressive. . . .  [But] it started with me with big plays and how hard we had to work to advance the ball down field in the past.  That’s where I had to look at myself and say, ‘I’m the CEO of the football part of it.  If I see it broke, I have to fix it and it has to start with me.’  We couldn’t crawl down the field anymore.”

Topics: Bill Parcells, Brian Daboll, Chad Henne, Dan Henning, Jeff Ireland, Miami Dolphins, Tony Sparano

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  • fins4ever

    It is ironic that it was Parcells kept tight control of the decision making process, but was the same guy who said, “if you want me to cook, you have to let me shop for the groceries.” Definitely a double standard. It is a relief that BP is gone along with most of his remnants.

    It was evident Tony was nothing more than a puppet. I often wondered why he even took the job. However, it seems to have worked out for the best. I am glad to hear TS is flexible when it comes to the O. He needs to put all of his attention to the O line and let Daboll take care of the rest.

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  • phinfandan

    I was not that excited to hear of the Daboll hiring. He wasn’t that successful in Cleveland so I definitely had my doubts. Guess what?, After the first 2 preseason games I really think it was a great move by the Front Office. The fact that we are starting to attack the defense is great. Win or lose it will make watching the Dolphins exciting again. I remember the best years we had no running game and I could sit there all game and watch the Greats fling it across the field. Those were great times, with Marino, Kelly & Bledsoe.

    I am very exciting about the way it looks like we are going to use the running game & Bush in particular. Barring some complete meltdown which is very possible, I just don’t see how we won’t be competitive this year. Heck, we were last year and the play calling was horrible. The game against Tampa will be a very important game. This is only preseason, but they are going to be a very tough team during the season. I feel like this will be a very good test for us to see how we will play this season.

    I know how excited we all were last week when they killed the Panthers, but after seeing Cincy beat them up to, I hope it wasn’t just that we played a horrible defense. That defense looked bad yesterday against the run and a rookie QB. I still have my faith that we will open the field and kick some Buc tail tomorrow. I think as the season is approaching that people are starting to fall behind Henne. I think we forget the past and hope the best for our future. I can’t wait for the New England game. Let’s make a statement and hit them in the mouth just like the Giants did. Go Dolphins!!!!!

  • Lespaul

    Yeah, actually I agree…this team should do better at scoring points and hopefully will make less mistakes. I have been saying it for years…gotta score TD’s not FG’s if your going to beat the better teams. Sporano is such a likeable guy that you can’t help but root for him and hope he has success. That said, if Henne turns into the interception machine and Moore is a bust, Sporano will need to think about selling his house.

  • RandyCarlson

    @fins4ever

    Parcells like’s to micro manage every aspect of the game,it’s what I like to call the Al Davis syndrome.

  • MOU

    Gotta score points IF going to beat the Patriots so they better be able to put some points on the board. Of course the blue print to beating Pats is to all out blitz v Brady its the only chance of beating him. Gotta be able to score if they are going to beat the Jets – they are winning with defense. Its going to be a very tough division. Even if there lighting up the score board – its going to be close down the stretch IF we are in it. I like our Defense and the overall potential of this team. Time will tell.

    Another note – I think that going for it on 4th down is something to exploit in the modern era NFL. Not as a bailout for the 3 poor calls but basically saying we have 4 downs to pick up the 1st down. Not deep in our own territory so lets say our 40 yard line and out. Any NFL team worth its salt should be able to pick up 3 yards per play. Any defense with any aspirations of playoffs should be able to defend from mid field and keep the opponents from scoring. Successful 4th down conversions keep drives alive and wear down defenses. Scores more points.

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