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How not to hire a head coach

Posted on: January 7, 2011 9:32 am
Edited on: January 7, 2011 9:33 am
The Miami Dolphins should be ashamed of themselves.

Talk about a hatchet job. It's one thing to try to throw a truckload of money at a head-coaching candidate. It's another to do it before there's a head-coaching vacancy. But that's exactly what happened in Miami, and shame on the Dolphins. If you're going to talk to Jim Harbaugh at least have the decency -- no, the common sense -- to fire the guy he's supposed to replace. 

Apparently, the Dolphins missed that class. Now there are reports that there's no vacancy at all, that the Dolphins will keep Sparano. You gotta be kidding me. Is this any way to run a football team? I think you know the answer.

So the Dolphins allegedly retain Sparano after they court Harbaugh. Great. What does that tell you about Sparano and the team he works for? It tells me A) that Miami will dump Sparano the moment a more attractive candidate comes along, and B) the Dolphins have no idea how to treat people. Bill Parcells had it right when he said that, basically, there are are six NFL teams that matter -- six that get it -- and Miami just demonstrated why it's not part of that group.

I have no idea how Sparano continues to work for an organization that left him twisting in the wind, but I guess that's the allure of these 32 jobs. Guys are just glad to have them. I'd be glad, too, if it were somewhere I knew I had the owner's support. Sorry, Tony, but that place is not Miami

Category: NFL

Since: Feb 19, 2007
Posted on: January 7, 2011 11:48 pm

How not to hire a head coach

I guess I missed a memo or something.  Isn't Tony Sparano the guy that was a puppet for Bill Parcells?  And isn't Parcells gone now?

The Dolphins are still stupid beyond belief.  But let's not kid ourselves.  Sparano is not one of the top 10 head coaches in the league.  Not even close.

Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: January 7, 2011 7:57 pm

How not to hire a head coach

The NFL's rules suck. If Sporano looks for another job while under contract with Miami he's all done.. can't do it.  The team that even thinks about talking to him is charged with tampering.... not allowed.  So if while under contract a coach can't look for a better situation for himself, why can a team talk to other coaches while the coach is under contract?
If it's tampering when the coach does it then there should be rule against a team doing it as well because it's simply ridiculous.  Because of Miami and the nonesense they put their coach through, he's screwed now.  He's forced to coach next year knowing full well he's not wanted and with the players knowing full well he's not respected.  His only other option is to quit and lose over 2.5 million dollars in salary for next season......

Unfair, isn't it?

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