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Tony Sparano not panicking: I’ve been 0-5 before


Dolphins coach Tony Sparano says he’s not ready to panic with his team at 0-4, noting that he’s been in worse situations before.

“As a head coach I’ve been in this situation a few times, not necessarily only as a head coach,” Sparano said. “I was 0-5 with Marty Schottenheimer in Washington. That’s a hard place to be 0-5. No place is good. We won our last eight of whatever it was.”

Sparano is referring to the 2001 season, when he was tight ends coach on Schottenheimer’s Redskins staff. That year the Redskins lost their first five games, then won their next five games.

“So, I mean, I’ve been in some of those situations where it’s bounced around,” Sparano said. “It just takes a win to get yourself going and right now that’s all we’re worried about. We’re worried about making our football team better, using this time to develop some of our players here and figure out to win a game.”

Sparano is certainly right that the 2001 Redskins are an example of a team that can turn things around and start playing competitive football after a terrible start. Of course, Sparano probably doesn’t want to take the analogy too far. At the end of that season, the Redskins were 8-8 and out of the playoffs, and Schottenheimer and the staff — including Sparano — got fired.

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51 Responses to “Tony Sparano not panicking: I’ve been 0-5 before”
  1. westmantooth says: Oct 6, 2011 8:53 AM

    Oh you have? Cool, Tony. Nobody’s sweating it. You obviously have things under control.

  2. waltdawg says: Oct 6, 2011 8:54 AM

    Yeah you were 0-5 at your old job…I would like to emphasize the word OLD….

  3. quittsburghstoolers says: Oct 6, 2011 8:55 AM

    Sounds to me like nothing is gonna bother old Tone as long as he is the Dolphin coach.

    I think he is just ‘playing out the string’ in Miami and cashing his paychecks. I’ll bet at this point he don’t give a crap if he’s fired or not.

    He’s just biding his time for now until his next coaching gig comes along someplace else.

    And I don’t blame him after what the organization did to him in the past by publicly trying to replace him then keeping him around anyways after their “first choice” turned them down.


  4. jw731 says: Oct 6, 2011 8:55 AM

    He should put that quote as his “mission statement” when he updates his resume then…..

  5. redrifle14 says: Oct 6, 2011 8:59 AM

    Just the fact you’ve been 0-5 before should say something. Oh well, when he does get cut loose, he can always go work for Mr. Weaver in Jacksonville. They dont even care about drafting quality players, let alone fielding a competitive team. Heck he should last a decade there.

  6. creese76 says: Oct 6, 2011 8:59 AM

    How is this guy a head coach? Not only is he clueless but he looks creepy with those transition lenses? Seriously, do they still make those??

  7. realitypolice says: Oct 6, 2011 8:59 AM

    Well, that’s comforting.

    Has there even been a less inspiring football coach in the eyes of that team’s fans?

    Guy kinda reminds me of Richie Kotite.

    Anybody else?

  8. justentertainingthestupid says: Oct 6, 2011 9:00 AM

    Given the lockout and lack of OTA’s I expected some teams to get off to a slow start (Miami, Philly,Dallas)
    As long as these teams keep perspective and keep working, things will turn around for them. Whether they make the playoffs or not that’s a different story. Of course it doesn’t help Tony that he’s also lost his starting quarterback already.

  9. cubancigar10 says: Oct 6, 2011 9:01 AM

    Tony, I love your enthusiasm. However, you have no results oriented talent at the head coaching level.

    You are still a nice guy!!!

  10. slapnutz says: Oct 6, 2011 9:05 AM

    Put your panties on and get some pom poms.

  11. xpensivewinos says: Oct 6, 2011 9:07 AM

    Sorry you other 31 teams out there……….can’t have him. This genius-winner is all ours!

    Ain’t ya jealous?????

    It’s actually funny listening to him speak. He’s like an old person………you know he’s going to say something stupid or inappropriate, it’s just a matter of when and how entertaining it may be.

    Dolphins are doomed as long Ross and Ireland are at the helm so it makes absolutely no difference whatsoever who the coach is.

  12. cdngatorfan says: Oct 6, 2011 9:10 AM

    I don’t see that as a comforting thing, and I’m sure mr. Ross would like to find someone who sees 0-5 as foreign territory.

  13. jcjets says: Oct 6, 2011 9:10 AM

    probably not a good idea to remind people how much you’ve lost in your career. probably want to focus on the winning seasons

  14. duanethomas says: Oct 6, 2011 9:12 AM

    Listen, The great Bill Parcells handpicked him, so he must be ok. Just think of Parcells coaching tree besides Belichick. Charlie Weis…nuff said. Romeo Crennell…nuff said. Al Groh…nuff said. So shut up and be grateful!

  15. expatpatfan says: Oct 6, 2011 9:17 AM

    “People forget, I’m a sub-.500 coach. I’m totally comfortable with losing.”

  16. nav711 says: Oct 6, 2011 9:18 AM

    …and my goal is 0-16

  17. realitypolice says: Oct 6, 2011 9:19 AM

    justentertainingthestupid says:
    Oct 6, 2011 9:00 AM
    Given the lockout and lack of OTA’s I expected some teams to get off to a slow start (Miami, Philly,Dallas)
    As long as these teams keep perspective and keep working, things will turn around for them. Whether they make the playoffs or not that’s a different story. Of course it doesn’t help Tony that he’s also lost his starting quarterback already.

    I would like to hear your rationale for why these particular teams would be inordinately effected by conditions that applied to every team in the league.

    I would have thought that these three teams in particular, all with the same basic systems, coaches, and personnel that they ran out there last year, would have done a better job handling the abbreviated off season, not a worse job.

    Not saying you’re wrong, I would just be interested in what would have led you to believe that these types of teams would struggle more than others.

  18. thereisalwaysnextyear says: Oct 6, 2011 9:23 AM

    “We won our last eight of whatever it was.”

    Did he really say this, or did he say “last eight or whatever it was”? Another PFT typo?

  19. zimaman says: Oct 6, 2011 9:27 AM

    okay Mr. Sunglasses I am sure you have comforted all of Dolphin Nation

  20. The Phantom Stranger says: Oct 6, 2011 9:27 AM

    Donovan McNabb isn’t panicking either.

  21. derekjetersmansion says: Oct 6, 2011 9:28 AM

    That was Snyder’s biggest mistake with the Redskins, right? (Firing Marty.) I think it was.

  22. baddegg says: Oct 6, 2011 9:28 AM

    …and you will be again.

  23. andyb053 says: Oct 6, 2011 9:30 AM

    Too bad neither he nor Schottenheimer should have been fired in Washington after that kind of turnaround. They were winning with Tony Banks for goodness sake, but stupid Danny fell in love with Spurrier. I’m glad Snyder has since learned to stay out of the way and let a coach run the team the way it’s supposed to be ran.

  24. davidjcu says: Oct 6, 2011 9:32 AM

    Tony are you trying to get fired? Your team is 0-4 don’t talk about 0-5. Especially since you weren’t even the head coach or even a coordinator at the time.

  25. inbillwetrust says: Oct 6, 2011 9:32 AM

    has he ever been 0-6

  26. klunge says: Oct 6, 2011 9:33 AM

    …and he’ll be 0-5 again, probably two more times this season!!!

  27. 7thlombardiontheway says: Oct 6, 2011 9:35 AM

    Wow, sometimes you just have to look down to realize just how high up you are. CAN YOU HEAR US DOWN THERE? LOL

  28. dolphindad says: Oct 6, 2011 9:36 AM


    its starting to piss me off. he should be fired up and steaming mad, but he acts like its no big deal. maybe that is why the players don’t care anymore and look careless on the sidelines.

  29. richm2256 says: Oct 6, 2011 9:42 AM

    Being experienced at 0-5 is not something you’d want at the top of your resume, Tony.

    He seems to think that stopping the losing streak in Washington was a great accomplishment, failing to realize that finishing 8-8 is still, um, mediocre.

    As I said about McNabb;

    You’re 0-4, go ahead and panic.

  30. blackbug99 says: Oct 6, 2011 9:49 AM

    When you are 0-5 and you aren’t panicked…IT’S TIME TO PANIC!!!

  31. waldoampere says: Oct 6, 2011 9:49 AM

    Not exactly “Win one for the Gipper.”

  32. bostonhasrealhockey says: Oct 6, 2011 9:58 AM

    And you have been unemployed before

  33. carranomx says: Oct 6, 2011 10:00 AM

    Did he just say the Dolphins have to figure out how to win a game? Wow. I see the problem are bigger than we thought.

  34. NFLJunkie says: Oct 6, 2011 10:04 AM

    That’s a hard place to be 0-5. No place is good. We won our last eight of whatever it was…8 of 11 games I think it was.

    He should totally go on Jeopardy if this head coaching thing doesn’t work out.

  35. dolphincritic says: Oct 6, 2011 10:11 AM

    I am comforted by the fact that Tony has been on lots of bad teams! Maybe he can heal Henne’s shoulder, cure Marshall’s mental illness and rehabilitate Davis, but if he isn’t a healer then he should start to worry. Henne, his boy, is down and Moore has no back up! Nolan Carol and Will Allen are playing every down! The 4-man DL isn’t any better than the 3-man line! The LB’s are out of gas! Tony! It’s time to worry! KC looks like the next game wrack win!

    Can we go 0-16?

  36. brealistic says: Oct 6, 2011 10:18 AM

    Dear Tony da Phony, The object of this Game is to be 4-0 trying to get to 5-0. This guy make some of the most BUTT head statements. Plz get this guy out of your building, FAST.

  37. psdaleno says: Oct 6, 2011 10:26 AM

    i know the problem. they dont have their mascot “snowflake” from the ace ventura movie.

  38. balewsquare says: Oct 6, 2011 10:38 AM

    So, in order to build confidence in the team and in the job he’s doing, he brags about all the times he’s been winless?? If you ask that question to Belicheck, he’d just put his hands full of rings up on your desk and not say anything.

  39. 72fish says: Oct 6, 2011 10:45 AM

    Very sad when you can state “I’ve been 0-5 before” with any team. Just listen to Sparano’s tone and that tells you he feels this is acceptable coaching. I am completely over player lack of motivitation for an excuse. You are the coach Tony…dammit coach them!

  40. t16rich says: Oct 6, 2011 11:08 AM

    Will it be J.Lo or Fergie telling him he’s fired? Or maybe he can get Venus and Serena to play QB and Linebacker.

  41. cornersss says: Oct 6, 2011 11:15 AM

    You people suck. Not sure why you hover over these boards just to post rants and whines

    What do you honestly want him to say? Hes nervous and the seasons over, stop watching we have no chance and he doesn’t have the experience to turn things around?

  42. cornersss says: Oct 6, 2011 11:19 AM

    “its starting to piss me off. he should be fired up and steaming mad, but he acts like its no big deal”

    Exactly what i mean. He cant do anything or hes wrong either way.

    First hes too fired up, now hes not fired up enough

    Just shows you what once sentence from the media, plucked from a long interview will do to ignorant and naive fans too lazy to read/watch the whole thing.

    They should change the name of the internet to “takenoutofcontext net”

    No different then breaking up with someone over a text message or email

  43. finsbooyah says: Oct 6, 2011 11:25 AM

    No coach would be able to succeed with Ross and Ireland running the show. Sparano will get another job after Miami fires him and he’ll make the Dolphins look real foolish for doing so.

  44. dolphandan says: Oct 6, 2011 11:27 AM

    Woo Hoo… Field goal baby (clap clap clap clap clap) 7 more of those and we might be able to outscore our opponent.

    -Tony Sparano

  45. umrguy42 says: Oct 6, 2011 11:30 AM

    Ah, 2001 – I’ve been trying to remember what year it was when Monday Night Football featured the 0-5 Cowboys against the 0-5 Redskins. I recall the announcers in the pregame commenting on how it was a shame that somebody was going to have to win this game (unless they tied)…

  46. deadeye says: Oct 6, 2011 11:33 AM

    The ownership obviously believes in Sparano because he got an extension in the off season. No coach who gets an extansion has anything to worry about.

  47. cantonbound13 says: Oct 6, 2011 11:35 AM

    Why would a bad coach with an aweful GM & clueless owner panic? He should be happy he has a job.

  48. 2ndaryinsanity says: Oct 6, 2011 12:14 PM

    Not very inspiring comments (for the players or fans). I kinda feel bad for the guy (with the Dolphins’ owners, he’s limited in how much success he can have). But, a few weeks ago, wasn’t he the coach who basically admitted to being clueless on how to change the ‘Fins losing ways?

    He makes the Texans’ Gary Kubiak seem like a coaching genius (didn’t think that was possible!!).

  49. cantonbound13 says: Oct 6, 2011 12:50 PM

    Sporano really knows how to fire up a team. He just inspired me to never watch a Dolphin game again as long as he is head coach.

  50. MichaelEdits says: Oct 6, 2011 1:01 PM

    Going 0-5 more than once isn’t the sort of thing most folks would brag about.

  51. Soulman45 says: Oct 6, 2011 1:40 PM

    He is good for the year than he is gone.

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