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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: Oct 14, 2008
Posted on: December 12, 2011 4:41 pm

Tony Sparano fired by Dolphins Monday

You're a dopey fuc*wit Hilltopper.  He has an eye condition that makes him sensitive to light.

Since: Oct 27, 2011
Posted on: December 12, 2011 4:38 pm

Tony Sparano fired by Dolphins Monday

firing sparano is going to do nothing to change the rot at the top (ownership)....when you have no quarterback and no decent players on d...what do you expect.........

Since: Jul 29, 2008
Posted on: December 12, 2011 4:35 pm

Tony Sparano fired by Dolphins Monday

I can't believe that is using the admitted and infamous liar Mike Freeman to verify a story about Tony Sporano getting fired. This website is losing its respectability with its decision to keep Freeman.

Since: Sep 20, 2006
Posted on: December 12, 2011 4:35 pm

Tony Sparano fired by Dolphins Monday

Okay...  If Sparano and Haley were the only coaches fired this weekend, that means Raheem Morris has a ton of dirt on the front office in Tampa.  He should have been fired in the 3rd quarter before the game was even over.  Why on earth is this guy still employed?  Mike Singletary is a more qualified head coach.

Since: Feb 26, 2008
Posted on: December 12, 2011 4:29 pm

Tony Sparano fired by Dolphins Monday

I think the GM Jeff Ireland should be fired right along with Soprano. Please get Chuckie (Gruden) or Cowher as a head coach. Lose the last 3 games and get QB Matt Barkley (USC). He is better thank Luck (Stanford). We are tired of living off of the ex Cowboy rejects. Hopefully the owners will sell the team and we can start over.The Fins deserve better than what's been going on the last few years.

Since: Nov 16, 2011
Posted on: December 12, 2011 4:28 pm

Tony Sparano fired by Dolphins Monday

As a Dolphin fan it makes no sense to me why they fire Sparano and keep Ireland.  Why would they want to bring in another coach if they don't know how well he'll work with the GM.  That is unless Ireland gets demoted and works for someone else.  I can wrap my head completely around that.

Since: Dec 16, 2007
Posted on: December 12, 2011 4:28 pm

Tony Sparano fired by Dolphins Monday

It's about time!!!!  Whom ever hires him needs to make him take off those stupid sunglasses!! What a clown.

Since: Jan 11, 2008
Posted on: December 12, 2011 4:22 pm

Tony Sparano fired by Dolphins Monday

How do you fire Sparano but keep Ireland?!?  The best QB Sparano had to work with was Chad Pennington and he miraculously won the division with him at QB.  Even though I liked Sparano I can understand that he didn't win enough but to blame him alone and keep Ireland employed doesn't make any sense at all.  But it Miami these days what else is new...

Since: Mar 15, 2008
Posted on: December 12, 2011 4:22 pm

Tony Sparano fired by Dolphins Monday

"Mike Freeman confirms" - since when has Freeman known anything about anything?

Since: Jun 25, 2010
Posted on: December 12, 2011 4:18 pm

Lovie Smith NOT fired by Bears Monday

Too bad... if the Bears / McCaskeys would get smart in a hurry, they can still fire Smith and get in on the bidding war for former Bear Jeff Fisher. Lovie really has stumbled and bumbled his way through his Bears tenure for long enough - Most recently getting Tebow'd by taking out his best defensive back during the final two Denver scoring drives because he wanted to keep his DBs "fresh". What?! Tim Jennings is on the sidelines watching Tebow move the Broncos to victory because his back-up was "fresh"?! Oh, and, with the game won, let's call a sweep for Marion Barber so he can get pushed out of bounds instead of running it up the middle and keeping the clock running, which would have kept Tebow "fresh" for next week! IDIOT coach needs to be fired right now. Miami did it. Kansas City did it. Come on McCaskeys - do it! Do it now!

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