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Fans chanting 'we want Orton' make Sparano 'sick'

Posted on: August 3, 2011 3:38 pm

Posted by Ryan Wilson

Dolphins head coach Tony Sparano gets points for honesty, although that quality alone won't be enough to make Chad Henne a consistent NFL quarterback or insure that Sparano keeps his job. We mention this because during a Dolphins practice Monday night at Sun Life Stadium, the fans broke out in a "We want Orton!" chant. Apparently, everybody heard it, including the players and coaches.

The Sun-Sentinel's Andrew Carter was on hand and provides the awkward, uncomfortable details.

"The chant referenced, of course, Kyle Orton. He’s the Denver quarterback whom the Dolphins showed interest in acquiring before the start of preseason practice. And the chant came, as you’d expect it to, after Miami quarterback Chad Henne struggled a bit during that Monday night practice.

"First, fans booed Henne. Booed him after incomplete passes. Booed him after he didn’t throw down the field. Booed him when he threw an interception that wasn’t even really his fault. Then, it got uglier. Then, the “we want Orton” chant started and gained momentum and volume."

When asked about it Wednesday, Sparano got right to the point.

“Beside the fact that it really makes me sick?” he said, according to Carter. “That would be it.”

This is what happens to a fan base exasperated by the recent run on mediocrity at the quarterback position. Since Dan Marino retired after the 1999 season, we've seen the likes of Jay Fiedler, AJ Feeley, Sage Rosenfels, Gus Frerotte, Daunte Culpepper, Joey Harrington, Cleo Lemon, John Beck, Trent Green, Chad Pennington and Henne. It's enough to, well, make you scream for Kyle Orton.

We're sure Sparano shares the fans' frustrations, but he questions their methods. Specifically, Monday's practice was part of a fan appreciation event. “I think that when people come to the stadium like that in one of those kinds of events, OK, to support the Miami Dolphins, that what we should be thinking about,” he said. “That’s what I think.”

Sparano then admitted that, ultimately, he's unconcerned about such stuff. “I’m not worried about any of that. I’m not worried about how it affects anybody. We’re all big boys here, OK. I’m just talking about taking my team to the stadium, OK, in one of those situations and the reason why we did it, OK, and then to see that happen – it’s just disappointing to me.”

Orton to the Dolphins would have made a lot of sense (certainly more sense than signing Reggie Bush), but it appears that ship has sailed. According to reports, the Broncos aren't as high on Tim Tebow as it may have seemed this offseason, and they have every intention of not only keeping Orton in Denver but installing him as the starter.

So Dolphins fans will need to come up with a new chant.

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: February 21, 2012 10:55 am

Fans chanting 'we want Orton' make Sparano 'sick'

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Posted on: January 16, 2012 12:52 am

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Since: Nov 14, 2006
Posted on: August 27, 2011 12:27 pm

Fans chanting 'we want Orton' make Sparano 'sick'

ALL of you BRAINLESS A$$Holes out there from other teams DON'T have the first CLUE about how the Dolphins front office and ownership has FAILED the fans for over a DECADE!

The BLUNDERED moves on selecting personnel over the years has been simply AMAZING! Satan (Saban) passed on Drew Brees over Culpepper. Cameron passing on Brady Quinn to take Ted Ginn. Sparano could have taken Matt Ryan, but instead chose an offensive tackle. I'm NOT saying that ALL the selections would have worked out (ie, Quinn), but it surely would have been better than what they HAD DONE on a couple of other opportunities! It's just RIDICULOUS and frustrating as a fan for the Dolphins season after season.......

Since: Jul 10, 2010
Posted on: August 4, 2011 5:48 pm

Fans chanting 'we want Orton' make Sparano 'sick'

We are not being hard on the Dolphins management just for missing on Kyle Orton.  I don't even like Orton that much.  We are being hard on them because they have had over a decade to find competent QBing and failed miserably.

they don't even have any guts.  Miami has STILL not used a first round pick on a QB since taking Dan Marino in 1983.  You have to man up and take a shot on someone once in a while.  Trying to band-aid the problem with stop-gap solutions and 2nd round picks has been a disaster.

Since: Aug 4, 2011
Posted on: August 4, 2011 12:48 pm

Fans chanting 'we want Orton' make Sparano 'sick'

I wish I was there chanting with them.  I a huge Dolphin fan for 30 years.  Henne is awful, with the quality of our defense all we need is a QB that can manage the game and Orton can do that. 

Since: Nov 3, 2006
Posted on: August 4, 2011 12:41 pm

Fans chanting 'we want Orton' make Sparano 'sick'

I don't see why the Dolphins fans are being so hard on the Dolphins front office for not getting Orton. I don't think Denver had any intention of trading him so the Dolphins never really had a chance at him. Once John Fox got to run practice with the team he realized that Tebow sucked and they needed to keep Orton. Miami never had a chance at landing him.

Since: Jan 5, 2008
Posted on: August 4, 2011 12:25 pm

Fans chanting 'we want Orton' make Sparano 'sick'

If you want to say he has problems stretching the field due to his arm strength or lack there of, that's one thing but to say Orton sucks ass is clearly misguided.  He has proven to be one of the more accurate and efficient quarterbacks that is currently playing in the NFL.  He may not be the "sexy" choice but he is far from sucking ass!  The fact that Bronco fans are in love with Tebow, the Dolphin fans are merely saying if you don't want Orton, we'll be happy to take him.  Based on the inconsistency at that position over the past 12 season, I can't say I blame them.

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