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Dolphins not looking to fire Sparano yet

Posted on: October 24, 2011 10:03 am
 
SparanoPosted by Josh Katzowitz

At some point, you have to feel sorry for Dolphins coach Tony Sparano. His team is 0-6, and though some of that is his fault, Miami has lost in some mind-boggling ways.

Then, on Sunday, after Tim Tebow led the Broncos to 18 unanswered points in an overtime win -- even if it was a mirage -- owner Stephen Ross was spotted chatting up former University of Florida coach Urban Meyer (currently unemployed as a football coach) on the sideline. Considering Ross completely emasculated Sparano in the offseason by publicly going after Jim Harbaugh, I joked that obviously Ross was offering Sparano’s job to Meyer, effective immediately.

And really, it wouldn’t have been surprising if Ross had fired Sparano after Sunday’s effort. Alas, according to the Miami Herald, Sparano will continue coaching the Dolphins for now. Ross boarded a flight to Seattle, so the newspaper speculates he could change his mind after reflection, but that appears unlikely at this moment, especially since he probably wouldn’t fire anybody from thousands of miles away.

But going after Meyer? Was that really a joke, or could Ross actually be considering that?

From the Herald:
Never mind that the time Ross and Meyer spent on the sideline was completely coincidental. The owner intended to go into the Dolphins locker room to celebrate with his team when he left his suite. But by the time he got to the field level, the Broncos had made the score 15-7 and were lining up for an onside kick.

So the owner went to the sideline where Meyer “happened” to be standing. And the two got to talking. And Meyer, an impressive guy, seemingly impressed Ross.

That’s where it stops for the moment. It really can go no further. Meyer isn’t anyone’s midseason or interim hire. The Dolphins still believe if, and when, Meyer returns to coaching it will be on the college level.

None of that, though, should comfort Sparano. He is not long for this job, and it’s not all his fault. But that doesn’t change the near-certainty that a change is coming and Sparano will be the one left behind.

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Comments

Since: Oct 25, 2011
Posted on: October 25, 2011 1:03 am
 

Dolphins not looking to fire Sparano yet

Absolutely a disaster!!!  Been a long suffering fan since 1984, I have bled orange and teal on sundays since I can remember!  It physically makes me ill to watch this "team".  I would have had Sporano's entire office boxed up and had him escorted from the stadium!!! We might as well have our stupid celebrity "owners" rotate as coaches! It is truly pathetic.  Parcells brought his shitty staff and all his cronies from Dallas to destroy us, Dallas sucks too by the way! He saw the ship sinking and jumped onto his ESPN life raft!  PAT WHITE?!?  TED GINN?!?  I hate that we are losing and you should too!   Give Cowher the keys to his house and get out of his way!!!



Since: Apr 3, 2009
Posted on: October 24, 2011 9:00 pm
 

Dolphins not looking to fire Sparano yet

They are not firing Saprano because he gives them the best chance for the #1 pick.



Since: Aug 17, 2011
Posted on: October 24, 2011 7:14 pm
 

Dolphins not looking to fire Sparano yet

The Lions have already gone 0-16 while NO ONE will ever go undefeated through a whole season, just ask Tom Brady and Bellicheat.



Since: Aug 17, 2011
Posted on: October 24, 2011 7:11 pm
 

Dolphins not looking to fire Sparano yet

Fire that bum Soprano, get the #1 pick and hire Chuckie or Cowher.



Since: Feb 25, 2008
Posted on: October 24, 2011 5:06 pm
 

Dolphins not looking to fire Sparano yet

Well they will have maybe 1 win this year, but u get rid of this fool now and try to get a top coach, gruden is off the table with his 5 yr deal with espn, and he jst doesnt want this job. If u keep this guy around and dont have a game plan miami will be cornered like the chargers where with Eli....They gotta show and go after one of the tops guys behind closed doors, and let Nolan runthe team until then.. Hoping they go after Cower



Since: Feb 25, 2008
Posted on: October 24, 2011 5:01 pm
 

Dolphins not looking to fire Sparano yet

Prob is the coach, he doesnt use Bush they he should be, the offense is vanilla,and u never go for a 2pt conversion unless its the 4th qt. Never go for it that early, cause u kick the extra point we win...But hes an idiot..



Since: Sep 1, 2006
Posted on: October 24, 2011 4:55 pm
 

Dolphins not looking to fire Sparano yet

Look the coach is not the only problem we need a new GM, QB, and O-Coordinator.



Since: Oct 24, 2011
Posted on: October 24, 2011 4:50 pm
 

Dolphins not looking to fire Sparano yet

Why fire Sparano?  He has a contract, which will still need to be paid, plus if they go 0-16, they can take LUCK in the draft.  Ownership should wait until the end of the season and then fire him, get a solid coach (Gruden) and Andrew Luck.



Since: Oct 3, 2006
Posted on: October 24, 2011 4:32 pm
 

Dolphins not looking to fire Sparano yet

If Miami was smart, they would fire Sprano ASAP and Ireland too!!!Then, I'd hope that Philly would be dumb enough to let Andy Reid go and I'd give him all the keys to the Building...Gruden isn;t the answer.Miami is in trouble cause they never drafted a franshise QB!!! Thats how you will win in the NFL!!!Meyer isn;t the Answer either!!!



Since: Mar 21, 2008
Posted on: October 24, 2011 4:29 pm
 

Dolphins not looking to fire Sparano yet

I considered this guy a questionable hire when they brought him on as coach but I think the real problem is the personnel.  This team is not good, to be kind.  No QB, over rated HBs, 1 real good WR who doesnt get ball enough, 1 good OL, and maybe a couple good defensive players WITH a bad coach. That is not enough to get it done in that division or in that conference. Period.


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