Last season, the Dolphins perplexed fans by failing at home and winning away from Sun Life Stadium. This year, there's nothing confusing about them -- they just can't win, and fell to 0-4 against San Diego yesterday as they head into the bye.
So there are some problems. Like, for instance, Tony Sparano canceling his Monday morning press conference because of something that involves a lack of time to watch the film from Sunday. Or something. But, reportedly, he's not being fired ... yet.
According to Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald, Sparano's job security hasn't changed from last week, even though Miami's winless and without a shot at picking up their first "W" this week.
However, Salguero's source told him that "the only way the coach can save his job on a permanent basis" is by getting the Dolphins to the postseason. Which is to say, well, Sparano's probably done.
Miami's not mathematically eliminated or anything quite yet, but they've got a serious uphill battle towards playoff contention. The Bills and Patriots are both 3-1 and the Jets are 2-2 so they're certainly looking a long ways up at even a wild-card berth.
Things get a little easier after the bye, as the Dolphins play the Jets, Broncos, Giants and Chiefs in the following four weeks. Losing three of those games would almost certainly doom Sparano though. Some good news: he may get his starting quarterback on the field for the first of them.
Chad Henne hurt his shoulder in the loss against San Diego, but insisted that he'd be back for the Jets game.
"I can rip this arm off, and as long as I can post the ball up I think I can play," Henne said, via Ben Volin of the Palm Beach Post. "I've had shoulder injuries in college and high school and I played through it, so I expect to play through it again."
By the by, the play that Henne was injured on is almost too perfect -- Lex Hilliard didn't realize Henne was giving him the ball on a draw play, there was a pile of confusion, and Henne tried to take off up the middle on a blown-up quarterback sneak, only to get crushed and miss the rest of the game.
Matt Moore looked "poised" according to his teammates, which is nice, especially if Henne's incapable of playing, because Moore will be needed to suit up.
Although at this point, if the playoffs are what's required for the Dolphins to avoid owner Stephen Ross making it rain pink slips at Sun Life, it might just be six- or one-half dozen when it comes to who's taking snaps.
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