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Report: Parcells convinces Ross to keep Sparano

Posted on: December 29, 2010 10:31 pm
Edited on: December 30, 2010 12:44 am
Posted by Andy Benoit
T. Sparano (US Presswire)
Tony Sparano has been a surprise member of the NFL’s row of late-season hot seats the past several weeks. The Dolphins are a modestly-respectable 7-8, but owner Stephen Ross, who is intent on making a splash in the entertainment world of South Beach, is not pleased with the team’s 1-7 record at home.

Sparano was brought to Miami as a Bill Parcells guy. Now, according to Michael Lombardi of NFL Network, he’ll remain in Miami because of the Big Tuna. Lombardi says Parcells, who stepped down from his post as the Dolphins’ football czar prior to the season, has convinced Ross to stick with Sparano.

Sparano was Parcells’ offensive line coach in Dallas. He led a 1-15 Dolphins team to an 11-5 record and AFC East division title in his ’08 debut season as the head coach.

Just because Sparano is staying doesn't necessarily mean the Dolphins won't be bringing in someone with head coaching experience. Lombardi also said, according to the Miami Herald, that the offensive coordinator vacancy (remember, Dan Henning is set to retire) could be filled by either Josh McDaniels or, if he’s available, Gary Kubiak.

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Since: Mar 18, 2009
Posted on: December 30, 2010 10:13 am

Rumour: McDaniels to Miami

Please, please, please, do NOT give the OC job in Miami to Josh McDaniels.  He's immature to the point where he cannot make sound decisions.  Without getting into the he-said-he-said stuff, he forced Cutler and Marshall out of Denver and lied to Pat Bowlen about his actions.  Bringing him to Miami would be tantamount to Sparano's termination after (or during) the '11 season, if there is one.  McDaniels is a virus for any team because he acts like a grade 4 kid that has had his lunch money stolen if he doesn't get his own way.

Since: Oct 22, 2006
Posted on: December 30, 2010 9:53 am

Report: Parcells convinces Ross to keep Sparano

McDaniels and Marshall were not exactly on great terms in Denver.

Since: Nov 11, 2010
Posted on: December 30, 2010 9:26 am

Report: Parcells convinces Ross to keep Sparano

Name recognition is not always the best way to go.  Cowher is a great coach and brings credibility, but will he get the team there.  His record is similar to Coughlin who is on the hot seat in NY.  Gruden, I have never been a fan of his.  Fisher is interesting but again, he hasn't ever won a SB.  Names don't get you there, good players and coaching do.
Henning is a primary problem and Sparanoi's conservative nature as well.  In fact, I would be willing to bet that Sparano being conservative played right into Hennings MO and made the situation worse.  I would like to see both go, but you also have to consider what is going on in the NFL and the pending lockout.  Change coaches now and you run risk of being a step behind when the season starts.  Does Ross want to do that?  I agree with an earlier post that said, we are a few years away from competing with the Pats and maybe even the Jets, so I would lose both Henning and Sparano and take your lumps for next season, if the lockout occurs.  Get ready for 2012 by get a QB (every time I see Brees on TV I just despise Wannestadt even more - Jamar freakin Fletcher.......), grab a WR and add some pieces at RB and OL.  I like the Defense (maybe a solid LB would help some) and you HAVE to keep Nolan...HAVE TO!
Kubiak brings some offensive juice to the team, but what has McDaniels done, aside from work for Bellicheck?  Was he the OC in New England?  I thought he was only a QB coach, I could be wrong here? 

Since: Mar 5, 2007
Posted on: December 30, 2010 8:39 am

Report: Parcells convinces Ross to keep Sparano

I think this could b a good move if they actually do hire McDaniels or Kubiak as the O-coordinator.  Henning has just been horrible this year.  I would prefer McDaniels actually he has been great on the offensive side of the ball he just can't keep players happy but Sparano has players willing to fight for him it seems.  This could be a perfect match for Dolphins fans especially if they can keep Nolan for at least another year before he gets another shot at being a head coach somewhere.

Since: Sep 14, 2006
Posted on: December 30, 2010 8:21 am

Report: Parcells convinces Ross to keep Sparano

i guess in nfl as in life it is who you know not what you know

Since: Jan 12, 2010
Posted on: December 30, 2010 7:45 am

Report: Parcells convinces Ross to keep Sparano

I think this is a smart move by the Fins to stick with him.  They don't have a bad team, I think an upgrade at the RB position push for better play at the QB position and improve the defense they can compete.  Keep in mind there in a very tough division with NE and will take some time for them to pose a real challenge.

Since: Mar 14, 2007
Posted on: December 30, 2010 7:16 am

Report: Parcells convinces Ross to keep Sparano

It could be worse. You could have Norv Turner as head coach. Just ask any Redskins, Raiders or Chargers fan about him.

Since: Feb 25, 2008
Posted on: December 30, 2010 5:47 am

Report: Parcells convinces Ross to keep Sparano

Are u Kidding me ???? this guy is horrible, u have 2 pretty good backs and u run the ball 15 times a game..every game...this is the only coach in the history of the NFL that gets super stoked for a damn FG...he got better players this year compared to last yr and did a hell of aton worse...Great lineback and great wr were wasted...FIRE him and his 70s porn stache and that idiot outdated henning

Since: Dec 6, 2010
Posted on: December 30, 2010 1:53 am

Report: Parcells convinces Ross to keep Sparano

He shouldent be fired Miami is doing better than alot of teams like bills, bengals, Cleveland and other teams

Since: Jan 6, 2008
Posted on: December 30, 2010 1:16 am

Report: Parcells convinces Ross to keep Sparano

I don't think Sparano should be fired, but Parcells bailed on the Dolphins, why would Ross care what he thinks? For all we know he could be headed to the Bills and is saying this to sabotage the Dolphins. Wouldn't be unlike Parcells to head to a former team's rival...

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