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Tony Sparano says that he is talking to himself a lot lately.  You think?  Aren’t you?  Heck, I’m talking to myself a whole lot lately about my beloved Miami Dolphins.  After last Sunday’s loss to the Broncos in overtime, Sparano had to be asking himself if he would have a job this week.  I wonder if he would place himself in Mr. Ross’ shoes, whether he would fire himself.  Maybe, Sparano should do the honorable thing and fall on his own proverbial fist pump resigning for the good of the organization.  He has to be telling himself that he will not have a job with the Dolphins next year.

Sparano may or may not have lost the locker room, but he sure has lost the playing field and some of the fan base.  Last Sunday, the players seemed to have lost motivation to hang on to the first, and maybe the only, victory of the year.  In my last article, I thought for sure that Mr. Ross would fire Sparano and hire someone like Jeff Fisher, especially if there was a Dolphins loss to the Broncos — although, I never thought they would lose in such a horrible way.  I hypothesized that a coaching change now would allow time to assess the current roster and plan for the offseason.  Well, now it seems the only way the Sparano will be replaced this year is if he resigns.

Tony Sparano may not be the only one talking to himself on the Dolphins.  Many players, who are in the last last year of their contract, must also be talking to themselves about their future — especially considering how poorly almost everyone is playing.  Consider this list, which I compiled using rotoworld.com. These guys are playing for contracts = big $$$$.

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  • mmandia

    Great article!! I find it absurd how the pay on this team is divided out. The only people on either list who’ve earned their money would be Henne, Long, Hartline, and Fields. That is to say: Earned what they were paid to this point. The more I look through the list: it’s almost as if The less production you have, the more we will pay you. How does Slaton make half as much Bush with 0 touches. Bush may not have good numbers, but he leaves it on the field every time he’s out there, and no one can tell me he doesn’t run hard. Crazier still, Slaton will have made more than twice as much as Henne. I know Henne is wildly unpopular around here, but he earned his money at least. I wonder what the other QBs on the roster made this season in comparison?

  • Phinphanatic

    Gene…best article I have seen you write! Nice work!

  • Lespaul

    @mmandia I could not agree more. Bush seems really frustrated with how they are using him in the game plan. He runs hard and would sure be nice to see him break one. I just don’t think it’s in him anymore. He was fast and elusive in college but everyone in the NFL is fast and elusive.

  • AustinLopez1972

    Nice article. Completely agree we should fire Sparano now and start rebuilding. Sparano HAS to know he isn’t coming back next year so what’s the problem in pulling the trigger now? Let’s get these players acclimated under a new regime. Whether it’s an interim coach or a big name coach. Let’s let the fans and players know the wheels of change are in motion. The only reason I can find why it hasn’t happened already is that Ross might be content in knowing that every loss gets us closer to Andrew Luck.