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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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Since: Aug 23, 2007
Posted on: December 12, 2011 11:38 am

Report: Sparano to be fired, GM Ireland to stay

Great post Reverend.  I completely agree with what you have said.

Maybe a new, younger head coach will motivate this team and win some of those late games.  Games we have been giving away in the past two years.

Since: Sep 8, 2006
Posted on: December 12, 2011 11:38 am

Report: Sparano to be fired, GM Ireland to stay

I feel kind of bad for Sparano.  He has had some bad luck with QB injuries and it must have been tough to come to work this season after they publicly pursued Jim Harbaugh in the offseason.  

But the bottom line... you don't start 0-7 and survive (unless you finish up 9-7 and make a deep playoff run).  I think Sparano met his end when the Fins got Tebowed in what was an unforgivable way to lose.  Combine all that with an abysmal home record the past 3 season and you just can't possibly justify keeping Sparano around.

Not sure why Irleland is being spared the axe.  It's unltimately his talent pool that Sparano has been stuck coaching.

Since: Sep 20, 2006
Posted on: December 12, 2011 11:37 am

Report: Sparano to be fired, GM Ireland to stay

Fire all the players on the offensive side of the ball!
FIre anyone who had anything to do with drafting Ted Ginn in the first ROUND! He wouldve been there in the 25th round if there
was one!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 

Since: Nov 20, 2006
Posted on: December 12, 2011 11:35 am

Report: Sparano to be fired, GM Ireland to stay

Seems like the GM needs to go, too. When the level of players on a team gets to sink to a low level, doesn't the guy who brings them in get called out?
The team has shown some sparks, but QB, line, and safety are spots that require upgrades--and this has been the case for a couple of years.

Since: Dec 15, 2007
Posted on: December 12, 2011 11:22 am

Report: Sparano to be fired, GM Ireland to stay

Sparano's conservative play has lead him down this path.  This is the same team he started the year with, in all honesty.  It is obvious that Chad "Remember Me?" Henee is not the answer, but, at the same time, the conservative 4th quarter calls doomed so many of the early games.  They were the first to be "Tebowed," but, the fact is that they should have won that game and didn't, same as the Bears.

I believe the time is now for a new coach, but not necessarily one that is a big name.  Miami needs a coach like Don Shula (of course, that's easy to say), one who is willing to take a risk and stays with his moneymakers through thick and thin.

In addition, someone needs to remind Brandon Marshall that, just because he has a mouth, he is not always required to run it.  Running hard on the field IS important, however, whether you are winning or losing.   

Since: Dec 9, 2006
Posted on: December 12, 2011 11:21 am

Sparano is hardly the problem in Miami

If Sparano were to coach a team that actually had talent, he may not appear so bad. This always baffles me. Last year, John Fox was fired from Carolina while the talent on the filed was equivalent to a mediocre college team. Maybe if the Dolphins had more talent than Miami High School, Sparano would appear a better fit. Hey Matt Moore is a great QB. Hey Reggie Bush is a top-notch back, Hey Brandon Marshall is really smart. ALL OF THOSE STATEMENTS ARE RIDICULOUS!  ANYONE WHO KNOWS FOOTBALL KNEW BEFORE WEEK 1 THAT THIS TEAM WAS GOING NOWHERE. I feel they've over-performed thus far. So go ahead and hire another head coach, and The Dolphins will be in even worse shape than they were before.

Since: Feb 19, 2008
Posted on: December 12, 2011 11:15 am

Report: Sparano to be fired, GM Ireland to stay

@edubbie: I'd rather see the Dolphins draft in this order:

  • QB should be top priority, plenty of good QBs in this year's draft for it not be the top priority.
  • O-Line(preferably a RT, then maybe a LG)
  • TE... It's a crime that Fasano has remained the starting TE for this many years.
  • Maybe a better player at his position than Jared Odrick/Koa Misi/Kevin Burnett? (Yes, Ireland should have been fired)
  • Secondary(if it's a FS or SS)
  • WR(It might be nice to have an actual good #2 receiver to pair with Marshall and Bess, Hartline is not a #2 WR)

Since: Apr 14, 2010
Posted on: December 12, 2011 11:07 am

Report: Sparano to be fired, GM Ireland to stay

GOD PLEASE NO MORE LINEMAN!!!!  At least not in the first 3 rds....Turnstile Columbo and fat cat Carey need to go though. 

I'd say trade up to get one of the 3 top QBs no matter what it takes, then WR then fill in with BPA.

Since: Aug 23, 2007
Posted on: December 12, 2011 11:03 am

Report: Sparano to be fired, GM Ireland to stay

Sporano is a good guy and I wish him all the luck finding a new gig. 

Miami showed some promise this year.  Overall with some minor tweaks to the secondary, the defense looks good.  Reggie Bush has been suprisingly good and Thomas is a good compliment. 

I would like to see the Dolphins go out and draft in this order;

1. Quarterback
2. Offensive Lineman
3. Secondary

Why keep Jeff Ireland?

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