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Tony Sparano fired by Dolphins Monday

Posted on: December 12, 2011 3:49 pm
Edited on: December 29, 2011 5:31 pm
By Will Brinson

Black Monday isn't usually for a couple of weeks, but it came early for a pair of NFL coaches -- on the heels of Todd Haley getting dumped by the Chiefs, the Dolphins have fired Tony Sparano on Monday,'s Mike Freeman confirms.

We noted Monday morning that there were reports Sparano would be let go at the end of the season. It appears that timeline was ramped up, and it's entirely possible that owner Stephen Ross didn't want to fall too far behind other teams in searching for a new head coach.

Sparano, speaking to the media on Monday morning, would not address his job security.

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"No, I want to coach against the Buffalo Bills this week," Sparano said. "I'm going to get ready to coach the Buffalo Bills. That’s my sole focus. Can’t wait to get my team back here and Wednesday and get ready to go."

According to Mike Lombardi of the NFL Network, secondary coach (and Assistant Head Coach) Todd Bowles will take over as interim head coach for the next three weeks in Miami.

And there's an additional twist to the Miami situation emerging, as Chris Mortensen of ESPN reports that former Chiefs president Carl Peterson will take over the role of "czar" in the front office, which has been vacant since Bill Parcells departure from Miami. (Peterson has been/is business partners with Ross and is believed to be a link to hiring Bill Cowher in Miami.)

But Peterson tells Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald that ESPN's report of him joining the Dolphins is "inaccurate."

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Since: Aug 16, 2009
Posted on: December 13, 2011 2:45 am

Tony Sparano fired by Dolphins Monday

I'm sure lots of folks want to see Bill Cowher, but I think Jeff Fisher will wind up in Miami.  He's the best available candidate and will get the Dolphins into the playoffs.

Since: Oct 28, 2006
Posted on: December 13, 2011 1:01 am

Tony Sparano fired by Dolphins Monday

I find this way more suprising then Todd Haley's firing. Good luck Tony, Pittsburgh needs an OC.

Since: Mar 1, 2009
Posted on: December 13, 2011 12:41 am

Tony Sparano fired by Dolphins Monday

Dallas should bring him back to coach the Offensive line

Since: Mar 6, 2007
Posted on: December 12, 2011 11:18 pm

Tony Sparano fired by Dolphins Monday

I think this was a bad move. This team lost their starting quarterback for the season and he still got them to compete. Having a coach who the players respect and fight for means something. The Dolphins went from "suck for luck" to beating the pants off of a few teams.  I still think Sparano will go on to have a good coaching career in this league. Maybe the Chiefs will give him a shot.

Since: Feb 26, 2008
Posted on: December 12, 2011 11:13 pm

Tony Sparano fired by Dolphins Monday

Give Chucky (Jon Gruden) the keys to Fish Pond. Then let's get the Fish swimming up stream. No coach will even touch this job that's worth a damn if they do not have full control and Jeff Ireland is still there. We are done being the Dallas Dolphins. That's why the Tuna (Parcells) man bailed he seen this Tsunami coming and was surrounded by Sharks. Too bad we couldn't fire the owner.......Nothing will change in this circus as long as the clowns are still there, just selling tickets and we will never get to the show !!!!

Since: Jul 26, 2009
Posted on: December 12, 2011 10:35 pm

Tony Sparano fired by Dolphins Monday

Surprising. Miami is actually playing good ball and were playing for him. 

Since: Nov 12, 2011
Posted on: December 12, 2011 10:22 pm

Tony Sparano fired by Dolphins Monday

wow - i may far and away from the topic by now, but to put the new england 18-0 and losing in the very last seconds to stop a perfect season ... with the Jets getting to the championship and linking this to Miami ? Other than finding a reason to bash someones team I find the comments out of bounds...Teams like Philly and the Jets getting to the championship, regularily(sic Add new England) and the drama of failure versus conquest is the art of football. It is the reason we watch. I would rather have a team to scream at and break my heart than what I currently have which is 25 below average seasons with the Lions. Now we are getting ALLL excited because they MAY have a winning season ! You should see this town.  Detroit is squirting all over itself with Matt Stafford, who if he got a decent O-Line, could rival Brady. He's really good. But heck, I cant tell you how many years Ive despised folks like yourself who bemoan playoff teams when we cant even get to .500.......  Soooo the jets are building something special - but EVERYONE can see they wont get over the top with Sanchez. Baltimore WILL barely do it with all the talent they built around Flacco. I do agree the Ryan brothers are silly and annoying, like that dad in Cindy LAupers video ... with the rubber bands in his beard. What was his name ? Anyway - I'll leave the Jets fans with that thought and hopefully you all recognize these good teams who arent great still provide you with a darn entertaining Sunday.

Since: Jan 28, 2008
Posted on: December 12, 2011 9:41 pm

Tony Sparano fired by Dolphins Monday

One of those two will end up in Indy!

Since: Dec 5, 2011
Posted on: December 12, 2011 9:22 pm

Tony Sparano fired by Dolphins Monday

The Dolphins and Bengals are 2 teams I feel can and will be very good teams in the near future.
What's that they say . . .  up and coming teams. 

Since: Jan 28, 2008
Posted on: December 12, 2011 9:20 pm

Tony Sparano fired by Dolphins Monday

Lets be real, all three Florida teams are lacking the talent to compete for a S.B. at this point in time.  But in the same thought they all have a few really nice parts to start that building process under the right tutolage.

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