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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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Report: Parcells convinces Ross to keep Sparano

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Since: Mar 18, 2009
Posted on: December 31, 2010 9:53 am


As a life-long Dolphins fan, let me clear this up - Henning is the Offensive Coordinator and Chad Henne is the Quarterback.  But all of the preceding posts are correct - Henning has performed terribly this year AND Henne has performed equally as terrible.  I would like to reiterate my ealier post if anyone in the Dolphins' think-tank reads these things - DO NOT bring Josh McDaniels to Miami.... please.

Since: Sep 21, 2010
Posted on: December 31, 2010 1:28 am

Report: Parcells convinces Ross to keep Sparano

Dude, really???  I've painfully watched all of the Dolphins games this year.

If you wish to look at some tangible "facts" here, let's do so. Through 15 games played thus far under Sparano's leadership, here are some by-the-numbers facts to consider:  

Miami has only won 2 games against teams with a .500 or better record (both were on the road)
Record against teams over .500:     
;  2-5
Record against teams under .500:     
Record through first 8 games:     
;     &nbs
p;      4-4  (1-4 vs winning teams, 3-0 vs losing teams) 
Record through games 9-15:     
;     &nbs
p;  3-4  (1-1 vs winning teams, 2-3 vs losing teams)
Points FOR/AGAINST teams over .500:     
Points FOR/AGAINST teams under .500:    164/132

In a nutshell, Miami cannot beat teams with a winning record, and struggles to beat teams with a losing record. They struggle to score against teams with a winning record, and barely outscore teams with a losing record. They can't win at home.  In their last 4 games played, their record is 1-3, and their 3 losses came at home against teams with a losing record (Browns, Bills, Lions). Need I go on?

IThe record speaks for itself, and the Dolphins will never amount to anything as long as Sparano is their head coach.

Since: Dec 30, 2010
Posted on: December 30, 2010 3:12 pm

Report: Parcells convinces Ross to keep Sparano

Really!!!  C'Mon guys.  I'm all for keeping Sparono in Miami. Lets look at the facts here.  He has help build a team that is good and compete with anybody (if you disagree watch the games).  Miami is ranked 3rd in D right now and it is one of the youngest D's in the league, not to mention their 1st round draft pick didn't play all year.  Sure the offense has struggled donw the streatch but they need a new coordinator and a consitant QB.  The locker room is ONE locker room and all the players like the coach and play hard for him.  I will agree they need to get better on Offense but that comes down to Coordinator and QB not the Coach.  Look at where this team is after just 3 years.  They were horrible offensively and defensively and now their a good (not great) QB away from being a serious contender.   Just go back and watch the season and then tell me their not right in the thick of things with better QB play.

Keep Sparano and bring in a good O coordinator and the phins are in business.  ** if they can find a decent QB.

Since: Dec 15, 2010
Posted on: December 30, 2010 1:38 pm

Report: Parcells convinces Ross to keep Sparano

"We need to make a BIG Name move...Gruden, Cower, Billick, Garrett?"

Wow, Big 'Name coach' and 'Garrett' in the same sentence. I like it!!!!!!!! Perhaps Jerry Jones can take the hint

Since: Sep 21, 2010
Posted on: December 30, 2010 1:21 pm

Report: Parcells convinces Ross to keep Sparano

Patriots fans and Jets fans: rejoice!  This is exactly the news you've been waiting for.  No way will the Dolphins improve or compete for the AFC East as long as Sparano remains their head coach. 

It's hard to believe the "Big Tuna" continues to promote this guy, but it's understandable. If he were to suggest otherwise he'd be admitting he brought in the wrong guy. No way that's going to happen, and Ross should be smart enough to realize that. 

For what it's worth, Sparano can hang his hat on the 2008 season, but it was nothing more than an anomaly. Looking at the whole picture that year, the Patriots were without Tom Brady, yet still finished 11-5 and lost the division (to Miami) due to  the tiebreak system. The Jets were in a rebuilding year with old man winter Favre at the helm. Since then, Miami has regressed, and will continue to do so as long as a complete coaching staff overhaul takes place. 

Sparano is not the answer. He has kept an old, dull and outdated Dan Henning in place, yet fired the special teams coach. His game planning is woefully conservative, and relies on FG's to make his living in the NFL.  Parcells is old hat, and is not doing this team any favors with his (Sparano) recommendation. With proven head coaches like Cowher and Gruden available, Stephen Ross needs to make a change sooner than later. Otherwise, the suffering shall continue. 

Since: Jun 14, 2007
Posted on: December 30, 2010 12:56 pm

Report: Parcells convinces Ross to keep Sparano

Burn!  What a D-bag!  Nice post 'Bluv'!  With so many chumps on sportsline, posting crap-ass comments, it's nice to finally read something accurate.  Not to mention, that it's funny as hell. 

Keep up the good posting, geniuses.

Since: Dec 1, 2010
Posted on: December 30, 2010 12:51 pm

Report: Parcells convinces Ross to keep Sparano

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