Hey doesn’t this sound familiar? It should because it’s basically what Miami Dophins Stephen Ross did with Deshuan Watson, back then it was Jim Harbaugh.
In 2011, the Dolphins weren’t doing that great and Tony Sporano was the head coach. I don’t think many thought the late great Tony Sporano was going to be the head coach in 2012. His message seemed to have worn thin with the players and things were stale. Getting a new coach for 2012 was probably the right way to go.
Jim Harbaugh, who is a Michigan alumni like Stephen Ross is and still might be the apple of Ross’ desire for his head coach. Okay, nothing wrong with going and getting Harbaugh.
But Ross didn’t simply fire Sporano and then go and chat with Harbaugh to see if he wanted to be the next coach. He did that while the 2011 season was still going on meaning Sporano was still coaching the team. A level of unprofessionalism that I haven’t heard from any other team at least publicly. It was a major error in judgment and one that Ross admits to. Amazingly or perhaps not so amazingly, Ross just did the same thing with the Watson and Tua situation or at least he tried to do it.
Sporano more so than Tua didn’t deserve that kind of treatment and it was just one of those moments that painted a picture of the Dolphins simply being foolish with their handling of a pretty basic and common occurrence.