Tag:Tony Sparano
Posted on: December 24, 2011 2:37 pm
 

Dolphins surprise punchless Pats, up 17-0 at half

Miami is having no problems with New England so far today (US Presswire).

By Josh Katzowitz

It has not been a good day for the Patriots. First, they lost left tackle Matt Light to an ankle injury in warm-ups (!) and then, his replacement, Pro Bowl left guard Logan Mankins, injured his knee in the first quarter.

The Dolphins have not been very forgiving.

With New England having the ability to clinch a first-round playoff bye with a win vs. Miami, the Dolphins are the only ones who seem to care about winning today, taking a 17-0 lead into halftime.

Reggie Bush, in going over the 1,000-yard mark on the season, has 16 carries for 81 yards, while quarterback Matt Moore has thrown for 179 yards and two touchdown passes. Meanwhile, the Patriots rush game has been anemic (33 yards), and Tom Brady has been less than mediocre, completing 7 of 19 passes for 87 yards.

While the Dolphins began playing better earlier this season once it was clear former coach Tony Sparano would not return, they’ve obviously saved their best for interim coach Todd Bowles against perhaps the best team in the AFC (though I’m not sure a “best team” in that conference even exists).

 “I don’t have any expectations, really,” Bowles said earlier this week. “I’m just trying to get the guys to play hard and play better and play fast and try to come out with wins.”

His team is halfway there.


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Posted on: December 16, 2011 4:50 pm
Edited on: December 16, 2011 5:09 pm
 

Fins fans raise $1.5K for 'Fire Ireland' banner

By Will Brinson

(US PRESSWIRE)

You might recall earlier in the season when the guys who run Finsnation.com, a Dolphins blog, got real amped up about the "Suck for Luck" campaign in Miami. The Dolphins resurgence derailed that, but undeterred, blog proprietors Chris Joseph and Roger Paul are taking their anger out elsewhere: GM Jeff Ireland.

Joseph and Paul raised $1,500 to fly a banner over Sun Life Stadium during the Dolphins final home game of the season that will read, "Mr. Ross, save our Dolphins. Fire Jeff Ireland."

The money for the banner was raised by readers of the site and Twitter followers which is, well, kind of amazing.

"We just put it out there on Twitter, and the next thing you know it snowballed like crazy," Joseph told Ben Volin of the Palm Beach Post. "This afternoon we put up a Paypal link, and within four hours we met our goal, just purely on donations. We're just overwhelmed by people's anger."


It's really all so touching isn't it? Unfortunately (for drama's sake anyway), the plane won't be able to fly over Sun Life during the game. There's a air space restriction that only allows the banner to fly up to an hour before the game.

But that's not slowing Joseph and Paul down -- they're having an "airplane watch party" while tailgating.

Unfortunately for the duo it looks like, based on Stephen Ross' actions, they're also going to have a "watch Jeff Ireland draft" party in the next couple of months too.

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Posted on: December 13, 2011 4:26 pm
 

Pick-6 Podcast: Harrison suspended, coaches fired

By Will Brinson & Ryan Wilson

Tuesdays are usually pretty slow during the regular season. But last week Jack Del Rio got canned, and today the NFL suspended Steelers linebacker Jame Harrison one game for blasting Browns quarterback Colt McCoy.

Oh, and on Monday, Todd Haley and Tony Sparano got the Del Rio treatment and now the Chiefs and Dolphins are in the market for head coaches, too.

So, yes, we have plenty to talk about on the latest edition of the podcast.

Did Harrison's punishment fit the crime(s)?

Who's on the head-coaching short list in Miami and Kansas City?

As always, we're joined by ProFootballTalk.com's Michael David Smith. We talk playoffs for the Lions and Bears, the latest Tebow awesomness (specifically: can the Steelers win a wild card game in Denver? We couldn't believe we asked that either), the Haley news, and T.J. Yates' accomplishment in Cincinnati Sunday.

All right, let's get to it...

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Posted on: December 12, 2011 8:15 pm
Edited on: December 29, 2011 5:29 pm
 

Dolphins owner wants 'young Shula'...or does he?

Does Miami owner Stephen Ross want a vetern big-name head coach? (US PRESSWIRE/Getty Images)

Posted by Ryan Wilson

Tony Sparano wasn't the next Don Shula. We know this because Dolphins owner Stephen Ross said Monday, shortly after firing Sparano, that he's looking for the next "young Don Shula."

"We're looking for the best head coach," Ross said. "It's important that the head coach and the general manager be able to work together, so you're not going to find someone who has a conflict to start with. You want to have the time to talk to people so you create that chemistry that's required to create a winning environment."

Ross' public comments indicate that he's leaning toward an up-and-coming assistant, perhaps someone like offensive coordinators Jay Gruden (Bengals) Brian Schottenheimer (Jets), or even Josh McDaniels, who coached the Broncos in 2009-10 and now serves as the offensive coordinator in St. Louis.

There's also the possibility that, despite what Ross said about finding the next young Shula, the Dolphins could purse a big-name coach. Like, say, Bill Cowher, who said on October 30, amid reports that he had been contacted by the Dolphins about replacing Sparano: "I am here to say to you today: I do not plan on coaching next year. I love where I work, more importantly, I enjoy the people that I work with up here. So I can put all this speculation to rest and if I have to repeat this in December again, I will."

Well, it's December and Cowher might have to repeat himself.

The Miami Herald's Barry Jackson writes that "the Dolphins are not convinced that he’s adamant about that and are expected to contact him once the job is open, according to an associate of Ross."

And if Cowher's not interested, Jackson says that "Ross is expected to turn his attention to ESPN analyst Jon Gruden, former Tennessee coach Jeff Fisher and former Baltimore Ravens coach Brian Billick. … Philadelphia’s Andy Reid likely would be considered if he and the Eagles surprisingly part ways."

So here's what we know: the Dolphins are looking for a head coach between the ages of 35 and 65.

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

Tony Sparano fired by Dolphins Monday

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, CBSSports.com'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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Posted on: December 12, 2011 10:46 am
Edited on: December 12, 2011 11:59 am
 

Report: Sparano to be fired, GM Ireland to stay

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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Posted on: December 10, 2011 4:34 pm
 

For the gambler in you, Week 14

Tebow

By Josh Katzowitz


Each Saturday, we’ll take the best -- and most clever -- odds collected by bodog.com for the upcoming week and give our take. This is important stuff, perhaps the most important post you’ll read all week. Because if you can’t lose money while watching a game in which you have absolutely no effect, what’s the point of watching sports at all?

Will the Denver Broncos trail at any point in the fourth quarter and still beat the Chicago Bears?

Yes 7/2

No 1/5

I’m going no, because I don’t think the Broncos will be trailing the Bears in the second half at all. Ah, the power of Tim Tebow (and the deficiency of starting Caleb Hanie).

Who will finish second in NFL MVP voting?     

Tom Brady (NE) QB 2/3       

Drew Brees (NO) QB 3/2       

Ben Roethlisberger (PIT) QB 5/1       

Tim Tebow (DEN) QB 10/1     

As much as I want to say Tebow -- even if it’s just for some good old fashioned CBSSports.com unity with colleague Gregg Doyel -- I’ll go with Brady to finish behind Aaron Rodgers in the MVP race. Brady is too easy a selection after Rodgers not to pick him.

Will Tony Sparano be the head coach of the Dolphins for Game 1 of the 2012 regular season?   
    
   
Yes -150    

No +110 

Ha, no. But I think Sparano and his team have done the city proud with the way the Dolphins are playing. You have to think Sparano is impressing somebody, even if that somebody is not Miami owner Stephen Ross.

Will Donovan McNabb sign with an NFL team during the 2011 regular season?      
 
Yes 2/1       

No 1/3

If the Bears, who are in desperate, desperate need of a legit starting quarterback, passes on claiming McNabb, you have to think nobody else will be interested. The more interesting question: is McNabb’s career over? For that, I’d say yes.

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Posted on: December 8, 2011 10:56 am
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