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Report: Sparano to be fired, GM Ireland to stay

Posted on: December 12, 2011 10:46 am
Edited on: December 12, 2011 11:59 am
 
By Will Brinson

The Dolphins lost to the Eagles on Sunday, falling 26-10 in South Beach for just their second loss in the last six games. But the effort reportedly won't be enough, as there are rumblings out of Miami that Sparano will still be fired at the end of the year.

That's according to Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald, who reported on Sunday afternoon that as of right now, Sparano is out at the end of the season, though GM Jeff Ireland is currently slated to stay on with the franchise.

Per Salguero, the team is "adamant no final decision has been made" regarding Sparano's future, but the reality is that they do intend to let the coach go following the season.

The logic behind canning Sparano and keeping Ireland is pretty obvious: owner Stephen Ross believes the roster's chock-full of talent (thanks to Ireland's assembly) but has been underachieving (thanks to Sparano's coaching).

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What's interesting about this, though, is that if Ross truly wants to chase a big-name coach in the offseason, he may face an issue with personnel control. It's believed that Ross would love to land either Bill Cowher or Jon Gruden in Miami, but both guys might demand more personnel control than what's offered if the team's under Ireland's control.

There are plenty of other candidates out there that won't demand control over what players are on the roster, of course, so it's not like Ross can't land a good candidate this offseason, provided he knows what he's looking for.

The real key may be whether or not Ireland believes that Matt Moore is the quarterback of the future as that will change the way Miami approaches the draft and free agency with respect to the availability of signal callers.

And, of course, if they think Moore's the guy, he actually needs to be the guy.


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Comments

Since: May 27, 2008
Posted on: December 12, 2011 1:47 pm
 

Report: Sparano to be fired, GM Ireland to stay

It's time for Tony to go, but I think whoever adds him to their staff will benefit from it. He's been in over his head as a head coach but the way the team has played for him the past few weeks is an indicator that he's a good guy. I wanted him replaced a while back too, but I maintained that he was a solid, genuine guy and I was happy to see him milk some success out of the season after such a horrendous start.




Since: Jan 11, 2008
Posted on: December 12, 2011 1:36 pm
 

Report: Sparano to be fired, GM Ireland to stay

I know the fans won't put up with Sparano another year but Ireland's a much bigger problem.  The team is totally behind Sparano, winning games that don't matter anymore.  That's his job which he's doing well.  He can't help it if the receivers constantly drop the ball when they're wide open, that the QB has never been above-average or that the o-line cannot block at all.  The o-line is the most telling part.  Sparano was considered an o-line guru when he came to Miami.  What's more likely, Sparano forgot how to coach the o-line or Ireland didn't give him any good players on the line to use? 



Since: Dec 12, 2011
Posted on: December 12, 2011 1:32 pm
 

Report: Sparano to be fired, GM Ireland to stay

Don't forget that the Dolphins also passed on Brees in 2001 as well - they could have drafted him out of the gate.



Since: Sep 20, 2006
Posted on: December 12, 2011 1:09 pm
 

Report: Sparano to be fired, GM Ireland to stay

If Sparano is getting let go and Raheem Morris is still employed, he HAS to have dirt on somebody...talk about completely unqualified for his job.  Mike Singletary knew how to coach football better than Morris.




Since: Jul 2, 2011
Posted on: December 12, 2011 1:05 pm
 

Report: Sparano to be fired, GM Ireland to stay

there are 2 problems in MIAMI , JEFF IRELAND AND A QUATERBACK  the dolphins should go after barkley 
he plays in a pro set offence  and could step right in given the right guidance after that give me another 
pass rusher to compliment WAKEand we will be fineWink 



Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: December 12, 2011 1:04 pm
 

Report: Sparano to be fired, GM Ireland to stay

foogazzee,
you're an idiot.  sorry to say, but point blank you are far from even being right.  Miami was afraid of brees' should injury and subsequent rehab that followed surgery.  They weren't sure what they were getting and didn't want to throw big money at him, plus they were still deciding between brees and culpepper.  However, and you can look it up, they decided that culpepper would be a better fit (and the guy was coming off of multiple ligament tears in in his knee).  They basically picked culpepper over brees. It was never about brees being a backup because he was not signing with a team to be their backup.  So, please don't post sh!t you know nothing about!!


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Since: Dec 12, 2011
Posted on: December 12, 2011 1:03 pm
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Since: Oct 17, 2010
Posted on: December 12, 2011 1:01 pm
 

Report: Sparano to be fired, GM Ireland to stay

How do you keep one and not the other or vice versa? Jeff Ireland should be fired along side Sporano. What has he done to deserve the extra shot? Was it the second round pick used for Pat White or maybe the trade of Sampson Sattelle to theRaiders for a center who not only did not make it out of camp but is no longer in the league. I know it was trading Ronnie and Ricky or maybe the move that sent Welker to the Pats. Either way this front office is lost and they both have earned the AXE.



Since: Dec 12, 2011
Posted on: December 12, 2011 1:00 pm
 

Report: Sparano to be fired, GM Ireland to stay

"The Dolphins lost to the Eagles on Sunday, falling 26-10 in South Beach for just their second loss in the last six games."

FYI to the author of this article: The Dolphins do not play in South Beach. I know you're a "journalist" and probably don't care much for geography, but accurately describing the locating of something you're reporting on is a good practice. Sun Life Stadium is actually in Miami Gardens and is almost 20 miles from South Beach. It is closer to Fort Lauderdale, Carol City, and Opa-Locka than South Beach, but I guess that doesn't make good copy.



Since: May 18, 2009
Posted on: December 12, 2011 12:54 pm
 

Report: Sparano to be fired, GM Ireland to stay

I kind of feel bad for the guy. Although I am not a Dolphins fan. This guy isnt doing so bad with what he has. He has a 3rd string QB as his starter. Never had a QB to begin. He has a running back that bases his game on catching passes out of the backfield and 1 pretty good wide reciever who would be great if he didnt have a mouth. With this they have one a few games this year. I was expecting them to be a lot worse. 


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