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Sparano still holding Dolphins together

Posted on: November 3, 2011 11:19 am
SparanoPosted by Josh Katzowitz

Tony Sparano still has a job. And you have to think part of the reason the Dolphins still employ him for now is because the team hasn’t quit on him. As we’ve seen in the past few weeks, when it built leads on the Broncos and the Giants only to watch those advantages crumble, it’s not a matter of desire for Miami. It’s a matter of talent, and Sparano isn’t the only one to blame for it.

So, Sparano does whatever he can to change the routine to try to find some way, somehow, to find the formula for victory.

“I changed everything really,” Sparano said, via the Palm Beach Post. “I changed the amount of reps we took. I changed the length of the periods. I changed what we were practicing, (and) when. … Shaved time, made practice shorter, a little more efficient. Tried to keep the players fresher that way. Two minute (drill) we did on Thursday. Up the weightlifting all week so that we had more time at the end of the week to recover as opposed to lifting weights deep into the week. Kind of made as many changes as I could.

“Hopefully we find a winning formula this week and we don’t have to change, because we’re creatures of habit. I think once we get one of these under our belt -- which we hope is this week -- then we‘ll stick to that for a little while.”

Sparano's Future
But one of the strongest reasons to support Sparano at this point is that the team still seems to be held together. Considering there was some early-season tension with the quarterback situation (you might recall fans chanting for Kyle Orton at the expense of Chad Henne -- boy, were those fans crazy, eh?), Sparano’s ability to not watch over a team-wise breakdown is impressive. Even the whole “this team stinks, you stink, I stink” issue of last week was more funny than disruptive.

In fact, as one player suggests, the team is still (gasp!) having a good time together.

“Practice is still fun,” said Reggie Bush via the South Florida Sun Sentinel. “Guys are having a good time out there, still working and we’re still hacking away at it.”

Sparano knows he’s fortunate that his locker room seems to have remained supportive of him. Even Brandon Marshall has been relatively harmless, it seems. The energy at practice remains strong; Sparano simply says the team’s efficiency needs to improve.

Or maybe Sparano can find some kind of good luck piece, a la Todd Haley’s scary winning-streak beard.

“I’ve had this thing (facial hair) since the start of the season and preseason and that didn’t work out so good, so I shaved it just before one of the games a couple weeks ago,” he said. “And that didn’t work out so good, so I grew it back. And maybe this thing is going to turn into those ZZ Top things. We’ll work it that way.”

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Since: Sep 12, 2011
Posted on: November 3, 2011 4:23 pm

Sparano still holding Dolphins together

Even the Chiefs are better, i know it is water over the bridge but what if they only took a quarterback instead of a guard in the first round, i think it will greatly helped this season. Aso when will they draft a better option at tightend.

Since: Aug 30, 2007
Posted on: November 3, 2011 2:55 pm

Sparano still holding Dolphins together

If he couldn't beat the Broncos, he isn't going to beat anyone unless it's a fluke. He should stay the rest of the year just ensure the first pick next year at this point.

Since: Nov 16, 2009
Posted on: November 3, 2011 12:18 pm

Sparano still holding Dolphins together

I just don't see how you fire a guy who is liked by everyone in the locker room. This team will win eventually with him as the coach, they just need more talent. It also doesn't help that they are in a very competitive division, at least this year. I mean, it's not Sparano's fault that the defense gave up 15 points in the final 3 minutes to a guy who completes less than half of his passes. They need some help on D for sure, and they need Daniel Thomas out there. With that being said, they still don't have a QB, and I wouldn't at all be surprised if they went 0-16 this season and got Luck in the draft (who I don't think is that spectacular, but that's an opinion best saved for another blog). Anyway, the fact that Reggie Bush is "having fun" being 0-7 is a bit concerning, and I would try to handle the lazy, happy-go-lucky attitude if I were Sparano, but the guy doesn't deserve to be fired just because his players are playing terrible.

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