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1/6/11 12:13 AM
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Believe it. The owner is in cali right now throwing bags of money at him.
1/6/11 1:07 AM
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 I saw that Chris Mortensen on ESPN inferring that Harbaugh could get up to 7-8 million from the Dolphins. If that is anywhere close to true that is just insane. He went 29-21 at Stanford. He went 12-1 this season, but how much of that do you put at the feet of Andrew Luck? Paying that much for a rookie head coach makes me wonder if Dan Snyder has secretly purchased the Dolphins.
1/6/11 1:23 AM
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Well, Stephen Ross is a Michigan alum. I think Harbaugh will do a better job than Sparano, so what the hell do I care how much he gets paid.
1/6/11 9:49 AM
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Sparano is a good coach he is really getting the shaft if this is true. Fucking guy took a 1-15 team to a division title and the playoffs the next year
1/6/11 1:13 PM
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I love my Dolphins. I think Sparano is a good coach, but Harbaugh seems to have the potential to be a great coach. He could lead us for the next 10 seasons, maybe longer and hopefully to great success.   
 
We have never fully recovered since Shula was forced to retire. Ever since Shula left we rebuild every 3 seasons.  

On a side note, the jets SUCK SUCK SUCK!!!!

1/6/11 4:39 PM
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Tommy Gunnz - Sparano is a good coach he is really getting the shaft if this is true. Fucking guy took a 1-15 team to a division title and the playoffs the next year


I completely agree.

Ross has whored himself to every coach with a name he could reach out to, without even giving Sparano the common courtesy of firing him. He's gonna yo yo him, and keep him around until he finds a "sexier mistress."

If I were Tony Sparano, I'd tell Stephen Ross to get fucked. And I'm a HUGE Dolphin fan saying this.
1/6/11 4:44 PM
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If I were Tony Sparano, I'd tell Stephen Ross to get fucked. And I'm a HUGE Dolphin fan saying this."


exactly, if I were Sparano I would already be on a plane to Denver or Carolina to tell them I want to be their coach
1/6/11 4:51 PM
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Tommy Gunnz - If I were Tony Sparano, I'd tell Stephen Ross to get fucked. And I'm a HUGE Dolphin fan saying this."


exactly, if I were Sparano I would already be on a plane to Denver or Carolina to tell them I want to be their coach


Likewise.. I'd be contacting those teams, the University of Michigan, Pitt and UConn, letting them know I'm open for an interview.

I think Sparano would be an awesome coach on the college level. I think he's a good coach period who deserves far better than the shit sandwich he's been handed by Stephen Ross.
1/6/11 5:01 PM
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I agree the way Ross has handled this whole situation is total bullshit. Sparano deserves better treatment. Not only that, if Harbaugh agrees to become the Dolphins coach, Ross would have to fire Sparano, and as per the Rooney rule interview a minority candidate and then hire Harbaugh.
 

1/6/11 5:27 PM
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I don't give 2 shits about Sparano or the way Ross has handled the situation. As a Dolphin fan, I just want to fucking win.

If the end result of this situation is winning, then I'm happy.
1/7/11 12:23 AM
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Well, the owner blew that. You don't get any more lame duck than Sparano is now.

At least Dan Henning is gone. Also, we will be in competition for the Andrew Luck sweepstakes next year.
1/7/11 11:20 AM
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We are offically the joke of the NFL.
1/7/11 3:58 PM
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The 49ers have called a press conference for this afternoon. No points for guessing what they are announcing. Phone Post
1/7/11 5:23 PM
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Now the Dolphins are talking about giving Sparano a contract extension. Doh!
1/8/11 8:19 AM
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^^^^funny crap tho lol as if they have a choice or did it from their heart since San Franny took him from them
1/8/11 12:21 PM
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The best I can hope for is that Sparano will use this as motivation & will be able to get the players back on board.

The really great news in all of this is that our shitty Offensive Coordinator Dan Henning is officially gone.
1/8/11 10:37 PM
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agreed^^^^^^^^
1/9/11 8:03 AM
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Haha. What a clusterfuck. Even in type Ross exudes bullshit. He decides to keep Sparano mid-interview with Harbaugh? LOL. Fuck Miami. Incredible disrespect for a head coach that took a job no one wanted and exceeded everyone's expectations.


DAVIE, Fla. (AP)—Tony Sparano stared into space stone-faced, tapping his foot and chomping on gum.

Miami Dolphins general manager Jeff Ireland also wore a somber expression, his cheeks turning red as awkward details were discussed.

Team owner Stephen Ross sat between them, sweat glistening above his upper lip while he tried to put lipstick on a pig of a week for the Dolphins.

They did damage control Saturday, holding an extraordinary news conference to announce a two-year contract extension for Sparano—and to acknowledge mistakes in dealing with the team’s coaching situation.


“The lines of communication should be handled differently,” Ireland said.

“Now,” Ross said, “I would go about it a different way.”

Ross and Ireland flew to California for an interview Thursday with Stanford coach Jim Harbaugh, leaving Sparano in very public limbo. Negotiations broke off, Harbaugh took a job with the 49ers, and Ross decided to keep Sparano.

Ross, who took over the Dolphins two years ago, said he had never interviewed a coach before and was naive to think he could keep his meeting with Harbaugh secret.

“I should have probably let Tony know,” Ross said. “I never thought it would be national news. I realized after having read the papers the anguish I had put Tony through. It’s probably a mistake on my part not thinking that when you do something like this, it’s public.”

Ross, Ireland and Sparano said any harm to their relationships had been repaired, but their body language and demeanor suggested otherwise.

Sitting at the end of a long table before 40 media members, they did not look at each other. Ross did most of the talking and occasionally chuckled, while Sparano and Ireland sat rigid with the sort of expressions common on the Dolphins’ sideline during their late-season meltdown.

However, everyone said all the right things, including Sparano regarding his week of uncertainty. He said it was difficult not only for himself, but for his players and assistant coaches and their families.

“I had a lot of different emotions,” he said. “Frustrations bubble over a little bit sometimes when there’s uncertainty.

“We’re in a happy place right now, and we’re going to do the best job we can to get things right.”

With the extension, Sparano’s under contract through 2013, and changes this offseason will be limited to his roster and staff. Offensive coordinator Dan Henning, for one, is leaving.

“The emphasis is going to be on offense—an exciting offense, a more aggressive offense, creative,” Ross said. “I will deliver a winner. That is my commitment.”

Sparano was a winner at first, leading the Dolphins to the 2008 AFC East title in his first season as an NFL coach. But he went 7-9 each of the past two seasons, and the team was dreadful in the final few weeks of 2010.

That inspired Ross to consider alternatives. But he said no one from the organization had contact with Bill Cowher or Jon Gruden, despite speculation Miami might be interested in both.

And while the Dolphins did court Harbaugh, Ross denied making an offer.

“We did our due diligence in an effort to improve this organization,” said Ireland, reading a statement. “In the beginning and the end of all this, I believe Tony Sparano is the right coach for this team. I’ve always felt that. That has never changed.”

Ireland and Sparano said they’ll continue to have a good relationship. It dates back eight years, when both were with the Dallas Cowboys.

“Jeff and I have agreed not to agree a bunch of times,” Sparano said. “Sometimes there’s smoke coming from that office. If there’s not, it’s not healthy. It needs to happen.

“At the end of this whole thing, we’ll keep communicating, and it’s going to be fine. We’re going to try to do the best thing for this franchise together. That’s the way it has to be—together.”

Speaking from notes, Ross began the 35-minute news conference with an 18-minute statement that chronicled the week’s events. On Monday, the day after the Dolphins lost their season finale at New England 38-7, Ross met with Sparano, who laid out a detailed plan of offseason changes.

“Just because you hear a plan, there are still frustrations,” Ross said. “It doesn’t ease the pain.”

That night, Ross met Harbaugh for the first time at the Orange Bowl game. Andrew Luck threw four touchdown passes and Stanford won to complete a 12-1 season.

Ross said he found Harbaugh appealing in part because they’re both Michigan alumni, and he decided to arrange their meeting in California.

“He’s probably the hottest commodity in America today in terms of an offensive mind,” Ross said.

But during their interview, Ross said, he decided to keep Sparano.

“You don’t just make change for the sake of change,” Ross said.

Instead of offering Harbaugh a job, Ross said, he gave advice.

“Harbaugh wanted to go to the NFL, but he wasn’t exactly sure. He asked me, `What should I do?’ I recommended, `Go back to Stanford and hitch yourself to the quarterback. You’ve got the best quarterback. You can win the national championship. The pros will be there.”’

On the late-night flight from California to Florida, Ross tried to call Sparano with the news there would be no change in coaches. But Sparano had turned off his phone and gone to bed.

Meanwhile, the news leaked to the media.

“I woke up the next morning and had 31 text messages from my players,” Sparano said.

They were sending congratulations.
1/10/11 3:24 AM
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 I like Sparano, but like the poster above stated, I just want to fucking win. Whatever it takes. I have been a loyal Dolphan for 23 years now, and it sure can be painful. 
1/10/11 8:12 AM
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i wish ne and miami's season would switch places... i kinda like ol' miami

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