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Report: Sparano’s house goes up for sale

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If there was any doubt that Dolphins coach Tony Sparano is bracing — and/or hoping — to be fired, there should now officially be none.

According to Jorge Sedano of 790 The Ticket in Miami, Sparano has put his house up for sale.

It may not be a coincidence that the news comes a day after word broke of the Dolphins’ flirtation with former Steelers coach Bill Cowher.  In January, Sparano endured the indignity of owner Stephen Ross and G.M. Jeff Ireland pursuing former Stanford coach Jim Harbaugh for the job that Sparano still held.

The latest development possibly reflects something more than Sparano getting ready for the inevitable.  He’s smart enough to at least wonder whether owner Stephen Ross is maintaining the status quo, at least for now, in order to increase the chances of sliding to the bottom of the league, and in turn to the top of the draft order.  If Sparano is fired, he’d get a buyout for the balance of his contract, which was extended as a courtesy/apology/P.R. move after the Harbaugh debacle — and Sparano would get a head start on finding his next job, presumably as an offensive line coach.  He could even join a team for the balance of the 2011 season, as a consultant.

Thus, it’d be interesting to know how many times Sparano has overruled assistant coaches this year, deliberately making ill-advised calls that contributed to losses.  I have no reason to think this has happened, but if I were investigating whether he’s trying to get fired, that would be an obvious place to start looking for proof.

Regardless, it’s now clear Sparano knows it’s coming.  The only remaining questions are whether he’s trying to make it happen and, if so, when it will indeed occur.

UPDATE 5:45 p.m. ET:  Sparano said today that he put the house up for sale because he’s an “empty-nester.”  Ben Volin of the Palm Beach Post reports that the house was “initially” put on the market in January, a week after Sparano received a contract extension from the team — and also roughly two weeks after he was figuratively castrated by an owner who tried to hire Jim Harbaugh.

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72 Responses to “Report: Sparano’s house goes up for sale”
  1. 808raiderinparadise says: Oct 26, 2011 4:47 PM

    I heard Tebow just bought it.

  2. damnyoulinelliot says: Oct 26, 2011 4:48 PM

    Pulling a “Jay Cutler”

  3. damnyoulinelliot says: Oct 26, 2011 4:49 PM

    Sure he’s not the best coach around, but this guy’s put up with such a jerk for a boss.

    Be a man, Stephen Ross and fire the guy and not flirt with hiring Harbaugh or now Gruden/Cowher.

    Ross has got to be the worst owner in the league. Dolphins fans, man, you deserve better.

  4. sedcontra97 says: Oct 26, 2011 4:50 PM

    Tim Tebow, slayer of coaches.

  5. finsfrontofficeisajoke says: Oct 26, 2011 4:50 PM

    I’d want out of there, as well. I would have never signed the extension to begin with. The free money is nice, but the slap to the face in January would make it enough for me to tell them to get lost.

    I really don’t care for Jeff Ireland. Sparano might have been the head coach during the last few years’ inadequacies, but Ireland proved in January that he is at least part of, if not ALL OF, the problem in Miami.

    I hope that snake loses his job and never finds another.

  6. seahawks4alltime says: Oct 26, 2011 4:52 PM

    So, it would be Bill Cowher coaching Luck in Miami???

  7. drumnw says: Oct 26, 2011 4:54 PM

    very nice…how much?

  8. thenewenglandpatriots12 says: Oct 26, 2011 4:55 PM

    There might be nothing more depressing in the NFL then the Miami Dolphins . . .

  9. ar082 says: Oct 26, 2011 4:56 PM

    Maybe Saban is interested?

  10. hboilers24 says: Oct 26, 2011 4:56 PM

    feel bad for the guy. if it was me, as I’m sure he is trying to do, do everything I can to win games to stick it to the ownership for treating him like a dope.

  11. pmgfootball says: Oct 26, 2011 4:57 PM

    And now we wait

  12. snaponrules says: Oct 26, 2011 4:58 PM

    If he really wanted to screw the team before he goes. A couple wins would take them out of the hunt for Luck.
    Be nice payback for being canned.

  13. freebird2011 says: Oct 26, 2011 4:58 PM

    This is reminiscent of former Detroit Lions head coach Darryl Rogers lament in 1988–“What does a coach have to do around here to get fired?”

    In Todd Bowles and Dick Nolan, the Dolphins have two potential interim head coaching candidates on the staff already.

  14. weswelkerspornstash says: Oct 26, 2011 5:01 PM

    Thus, it’d be interesting to know how many times Sparano has overruled assistant coaches this year, deliberately making ill-advised calls that contributed to losses.

    So, thats why he picked up Reggie Bush

  15. petehemlock says: Oct 26, 2011 5:05 PM

    He ought to quit like Riggelman of the Nationals to save a little dignity. It’s getting embarrassing to witness.

  16. tomtravis76 says: Oct 26, 2011 5:05 PM

    He must have been told already that he is being fired. Tony and Dolphins can’t spin this any other way. Put the guy out of his misery, it is beyond ridiculous now.
    I thought he should sink with the ship ,but all the coaching rumors, daily firing watch, the business side and team total disconnect over promotions, the house up for sale, Tony begging refs to help him keep his job, it is just time for the team to have a new voice.
    The “Lose for Luck” plan is awful. Roger needs to watch this and a ping pong ball draft order might have to be put in place, if the Dolphins are supporting this idea on their business side.

    The Jets, Pats or Bills should bring him in when he gets fired. Tony did not deserve the treatment he got from the owner and his staff. Other players, coaches and agents pay attention to this stuff.

  17. finsfan71 says: Oct 26, 2011 5:06 PM

    Much like the Dolphins, it’s a fixer upper. Buyer beware.

  18. cbs1971 says: Oct 26, 2011 5:07 PM

    Wow..just talked to my real estate agent down there and Gruden just put in an offer on it……WOW!!!

  19. profootballwalk says: Oct 26, 2011 5:08 PM

    Norv Turner will be looking for a new house soon.

  20. yycfin says: Oct 26, 2011 5:12 PM

    He has gone from 11-5 down to two 7-9’s an now starts 0-6. I think even Tony knows where this is headed. Interesting that Ireland hasn’t figured out to put his house on the market yet. I guess that shows where the real problem is!

  21. thegonz13 says: Oct 26, 2011 5:17 PM

    He should have quit when Stephen Ross flirted with Harbaugh…

  22. sterilizecromartie says: Oct 26, 2011 5:18 PM

    Didn’t Sparano win Coach of the Year a few years ago when he took the Dolphins from 1-15 to AFC Champs? I guess he just forgot how to coach between now and then. When are people going to start pointing the finger at Bill Parcells for this debacle that is the Dolphins?

  23. seahawks4alltime says: Oct 26, 2011 5:19 PM

    “There might be nothing more depressing in the NFL then the Miami Dolphins . . .”

    As a Seahawks fan, I’m glad to hear that. Oh wait, I’m still depressed.

  24. ownbay says: Oct 26, 2011 5:20 PM

    Ross is taking over the title as worst owner in the NFL from Al Davis.

  25. someguyiniowa says: Oct 26, 2011 5:22 PM

    Per Ben Volin of Palm Beach Post, Sparano’s youngest is now a freshmen in college, so probably doesn’t need a 5600 sq ft home anymore.

  26. autumnwind999 says: Oct 26, 2011 5:24 PM

    sedcontra97 says:
    Oct 26, 2011 4:50 PM
    Tim Tebow, slayer of coaches.

    —————————-

    LMAO.

    Yeah. John Fox will be next if he’s forced to stick with this goofball!!

    Sorry but Tebow isn’t going to get away with 55 minutes of atrocious, scoreless QB play every week only to get bailed out in the last 5 minutes by a soft, prevent D and onside kick recovery against a team that doesn’t know how to win at this point.

  27. someguyiniowa says: Oct 26, 2011 5:28 PM

    @BobGlauber: Sparano on selling his house: “I’m an empty nester. My wife & I have a huge house with nobody in it. We’re beach people

  28. drunkenagitator says: Oct 26, 2011 5:31 PM

    Make no mistake, Parcells was the architect that led the Dolphins to where they are now. Sparano was nothing more than his hand puppet; easy to push aside if it worked out, easy to blame if it didn’t. Parcells, as usual, bailed before the job was even half-done and left his puppet regime to sort through his mess. He’s no better than a con man, he’s the crappy contractor of the NFL; the guy who rips apart your kitchen then disappears with your money before it’s finished.

  29. jakek2 says: Oct 26, 2011 5:32 PM

    makes no sense. If he truly wanted to screw Ross or get fired, he’d win a few games to avoid the first overall pick.

  30. groganshero says: Oct 26, 2011 5:34 PM

    Pats fan to Fins fans … early congradulations! I’ll look forward to playing you twice a year again. By the way … you deserve a better coach , and any quarterback you want.

  31. semperfi24 says: Oct 26, 2011 5:35 PM

    sterilizecromartie says:Oct 26, 2011 5:18 PM

    Didn’t Sparano win Coach of the Year a few years ago when he took the Dolphins from 1-15 to AFC Champs? I guess he just forgot how to coach between now and then. When are people going to start pointing the finger at Bill Parcells for this debacle that is the Dolphins?
    ________________________________

    The Dolphins played in the Super Bowl a few years ago??? when the hell did this happen? How long was I sleeping for…

  32. ssgonesolo says: Oct 26, 2011 5:38 PM

    Why do coaches buy houses in the cities in which they coach anyway… What’s the shelf life of a coach 3-4yrs? Lease a condo and call it good!!

  33. colinsnooks says: Oct 26, 2011 5:38 PM

    I love how athletes/coaches selling their homes these days in the NFL is usually viewed as some sort of power play

  34. donz0 says: Oct 26, 2011 5:39 PM

    As a Dolphin fan for 40 years, I not only want a new coach, I want a new owner and a new GM.

  35. pape27 says: Oct 26, 2011 5:41 PM

    Sparano isnt faultless in all of this, and deserves to be fired. Heaps of blame should also be laid at the feet of Jeff Ireland and Bill Parcels, the real architect of the Miami Debacle.

    With that said, Sparano should be doing everything possible (including bribing oposing players and coaches) in order to get the dolphins a win. Just to screw Miami over amd make sure that they are out of the running for Luck.

  36. gavinmac says: Oct 26, 2011 5:43 PM

    At least he hasn’t attempted a 76 yard field goal yet.

  37. sandwichsad says: Oct 26, 2011 5:43 PM

    If he sits out for a while the Raiders might trade for him with a 2013 first round pick and 2014 second round pick

  38. faulkana says: Oct 26, 2011 5:45 PM

    I think that the Pats should trade Ryan Mallet to the Dolphins for….Ummmmmm…Ahhhhhhh….
    Forget it.
    You’ve got nothing.

  39. cantonbound13 says: Oct 26, 2011 5:50 PM

    I’ll be happy when I hear Ireland was fired & Ross sold the team.

  40. bobhk says: Oct 26, 2011 5:52 PM

    Ross comes from the Jerry Jones school of jackass owners, except he may be worse.
    Way to go Ross.

  41. 808raiderinparadise says: Oct 26, 2011 5:53 PM

    I completely didn’t even think this was possible …. they were 1-15 a few years back, very possibly will go 0-16 this year. Wow.

  42. bobhk says: Oct 26, 2011 5:55 PM

    drunkenagitator says:
    Oct 26, 2011 5:31 PM
    Make no mistake, Parcells was the architect that led the Dolphins to where they are now. Sparano was nothing more than his hand puppet; easy to push aside if it worked out, easy to blame if it didn’t. Parcells, as usual, bailed before the job was even half-done and left his puppet regime to sort through his mess. He’s no better than a con man, he’s the crappy contractor of the NFL; the guy who rips apart your kitchen then disappears with your money before it’s finished.
    —————–
    Absolutely right! Parcells has done increasing worse jobs as his career progressed. He won the superbowl with the Giants, lost superbowl with Pats, lost AFC championship game with Jets, did a semi-decent job with Cowboys, and completely ruined the Dolphins. Shouldn’t this tarnish is so-called legacy?

  43. jcusa514 says: Oct 26, 2011 5:56 PM

    i’m going to miss sparano. never has the NFL seen a head coach get so into it after dan carpenter kicks a field goal {see above picture}

  44. marcuswelby70 says: Oct 26, 2011 5:58 PM

    Hey Mike, this guy is a professional football coach. To say that he might be tanking games is going a little too far.
    Have you ever coached?

  45. slammincamnewton says: Oct 26, 2011 5:59 PM

    I can’t wait for the articles stating how Tim Tebow single handedly cost Tony Sparano his job. The big whigs got what they wanted that day, on that Tim Tebow day, a legendary victory for their “hero”.

  46. jaxdolfan says: Oct 26, 2011 6:00 PM

    Daniel Snyder laughs at what an idiot owner Stephen Ross is.

    This once proud franchise that was owned by Joe Robbie and coached by Don Shula has gone into the toilet (Huizenga and JJ) and further South to Ross and Peterson, JLo, Marc Anthony, Jimmy Buffet, Luke Skywalker, Gloria Estefan, Venus Williams, Kimbo Slice, KC and the Sunshine Band, and other notable superstars.

  47. glac1 says: Oct 26, 2011 6:00 PM

    and the housing market is very weak right now…

  48. goldrush36 says: Oct 26, 2011 6:05 PM

    Man up Sparano. For crying out loud just grow a pair and quit. The money isn’t worth it. He already took your dignity…. It really tears Ross up to see the 49ers successful after Harbaugh told him to pound sand. Show some self respect and tell him to pound sand as well.

  49. sterilizecromartie says: Oct 26, 2011 6:07 PM

    emperfi24 says:Oct 26, 2011 5:35 PM

    sterilizecromartie says:Oct 26, 2011 5:18 PM

    Didn’t Sparano win Coach of the Year a few years ago when he took the Dolphins from 1-15 to AFC Champs? I guess he just forgot how to coach between now and then. When are people going to start pointing the finger at Bill Parcells for this debacle that is the Dolphins?
    ________________________________

    The Dolphins played in the Super Bowl a few years ago??? when the hell did this happen? How long was I sleeping for…

    ———

    Sorry. AFC EAST Champs.

  50. justentertainingthestupid says: Oct 26, 2011 6:22 PM

    Some of the blame has to go to sporano but not all of it. Our Owner is a complete buffoon. I’m 30 and what I said might be right. I will never see the Dolphins or Jets win a superbowl in my life3time. It’s a damn shame. ………for the Dolphins fans

  51. ilovefoolsball says: Oct 26, 2011 6:24 PM

    I bet Reggie Bush now knows what it means to miss New Orleans.

  52. 8man says: Oct 26, 2011 6:52 PM

    justentertainingthestupid says:
    Oct 26, 2011 6:22 PM
    Some of the blame has to go to sporano but not all of it. Our Owner is a complete buffoon. I’m 30 and what I said might be right. I will never see the Dolphins or Jets win a superbowl in my life3time. It’s a damn shame. ………for the Dolphins fans
    ————————————————
    Dude, Patriots, Red Sox, Bruins fan here. live in B-More, and in 2001, after watching the Ravens win the Super Bowl, I seriously asked myself if any of my teams aside from the Celtics would ever get it done.

    It can happen. It will happen. But you are right, when you tacitly assert that quality play on the field begins with quality ownership. Hang in there!

    Hey! How come the Dolphin on the helmet doesn’t have a dolphin on his helmet instead of that orange M?

  53. nesuperfan says: Oct 26, 2011 7:36 PM

    I am pretty sure that he is just selling it so he can upgrade with the raise he will be getting for doing such a great job…getting Luck.

  54. corvusrex96 says: Oct 26, 2011 7:44 PM

    @8man says:

    “Hey! How come the Dolphin on the helmet doesn’t have a dolphin on his helmet instead of that orange M?”

    B/c if the Dolphin on the helmet had a Dolphin on its helmet that dolphin would also have a dolphin on its helmet and so on and so on and so on ……….Thus causing a rip in the space -time continuum

  55. cmack21 says: Oct 26, 2011 7:58 PM

    Its kinda funny how Bill Parcell dosent get any of the blame.

  56. 305fan says: Oct 26, 2011 8:21 PM

    faulkana says:Oct 26, 2011 5:45 PM

    I think that the Pats should trade Ryan Mallet to the Dolphins for….Ummmmmm…Ahhhhhhh….
    Forget it.
    You’ve got nothing.
    —————————————————-

    The Dolphins have an undefeated season that ended with a superbowl win. The Pats had an undefeated season that ended with……Ummmmm….Ahhhhhhhh…. Oh yea NOTHING!!!

  57. drunkenagitator says: Oct 26, 2011 9:55 PM

    Parcells NEVER gets any blame. If Norwood makes that FG, Tuna is a one-time SB winner, big deal. Few recall that in May of 1991 Parcells bailed on the Giants (after drafting a FB in the first round, no less) leaving them with no choice but to hire Ray Handley as HC. Then he went on to N.E. and quit before that job was finished so he could “lead” the Jets to exactly nothing. Then he was off to Dallas to play his little ego game, where he once again quit. Then he took the “football czar” job in Miami and bailed on that too. If there’s a Hall Of Fame for swindling wealthy NFL owners, Tuna is in on the first ballot. While the great Tuna was diddling around in Miami the whole NFL passed them by, Now they’re rudderless and saddled with an owner who’s more concerned about the gators and Jimmy Buffett than he is with finding good football people.

  58. 1fast84 says: Oct 26, 2011 10:01 PM

    I seen a few responses calling Ross the worst NFL owner but sorry Mike Brown already has that title maybe Ross can be the 2nd worst nfl owner

  59. promickey says: Oct 26, 2011 10:14 PM

    Well maybe Bill Parcells will buy Tony’s house so that he can finish buying the groceries in Miami.

    Owner Steven Ross may not be politically correct with his off season actions but he was correct in trying to move Sparano out of his coaching job.

    Sparano…………..0 and 6
    Harbaugh………..5 and 1

    Sparano had player personnel decision making power in Miami. It’s irrational not to blame him
    along with the head grocery buyer Parcells.

  60. makeshersquirt says: Oct 26, 2011 10:57 PM

    freebird2011 says:
    Oct 26, 2011 4:58 PM
    This is reminiscent of former Detroit Lions head coach Darryl Rogers lament in 1988–”What does a coach have to do around here to get fired?”

    In Todd Bowles and Dick Nolan, the Dolphins have two potential interim head coaching candidates on the staff already.

     Ya…Dick Nolan would be a good candidate….lord knows Steve Marino was a great QB!!

  61. trollaikman8 says: Oct 26, 2011 11:00 PM

    Ireland shouldn’t be off the hook. He put together that horrible roster. Reggie Bush?

  62. oldhamletman says: Oct 26, 2011 11:35 PM

    “Thus, it’d be interesting to know how many times Sparano has overruled assistant coaches this year, deliberately making ill-advised calls that contributed to losses”

    my bet is that extension and Sparano’s thumb on the scale are all the suck for luck plan… he’s expecting the axe, because it’s part of the plan… an extension / severance in order to help out the draft order….

  63. bobhk says: Oct 26, 2011 11:48 PM

    This has nothing to do with political correctness.
    Ross needed to have fired sparano before flirting with Harbaugh, Cowher or whoever else.

  64. jcd213 says: Oct 27, 2011 12:22 AM

    No ill feelings towards Tony Sparano. I was born after the undefeated season, I’m used to mediocrity. Sparano gave me a smile with the afc east crown in 2008, one of few. One I’ll have to savor for a lifetime from the looks of things.

  65. moreheadslim says: Oct 27, 2011 12:53 AM

    i see comments about tebow sucking for 55 minutes but didnt brady do the same thing against the cowboys the week before?? you fools listen to espn analysts too much

  66. usedtool says: Oct 27, 2011 1:08 AM

    A team that is mediocre to bad for years is caused by the owner. Look at the Cards, Bengals, Dolphins and Lions. They are bad for years with an occasional fluke of winning for a couple years.

    Then there are the perpetually mediocre, the Chiefs, Vikings and those like them. Just good enough to keep the stands full without ever being good enough that the owner has figure out how to get around the salary cap.

    It’s the owner. That’s the end all/be all in the NFL.

  67. Andre's Johnson says: Oct 27, 2011 1:10 AM

    Tony Sparano’s quarterbacks this year:

    Chad Henne
    Sage Rosenfels
    Matt Moore
    JP Losman

    You can’t win with that crap. Dude’s been completely shat on. Tony, take your bag of cash from that ass clown Ross guy and sail the world until a good college coordinator position or pro position coach spot opens up.

    I’m actually starting to feel sorry for this guy.

  68. drunkenagitator says: Oct 27, 2011 1:45 AM

    The whole Dolphins organization is screwed-up beyond belief. Look at this week’s Losman signing. They go into the season with Chad Henne as the starter, a guy who’s the plain vanilla of NFL QB’s as it is. He gets hurt so Matt Moore, the definition of “a warm body”, comes in. Now he’s nicked so they signed Sage Rosenfels (lol) who’s too sick to play. Then they scrape the bottom of the barrel for Losman. Meanwhile they have a rookie QB on the roster, Devlin, an undrafted FA out of Delaware, I think. They are 0-6. The season is a wash. The coach and probably the GM will soon be gone. The team is pitiful and can’t manage more than a TD and three FG’s a game. What reason can there be to not give this kid a start and see where it goes? If he is so bad he cannot be considered at all, then why keep him? It’d be at least something for the home fans to be interested in, right? What if he plays decently? How much worse could he be? But the Dolphins brain-trust would never consider this, too risky, too chance-y, can’t do anything out of the box. They think like losers.

  69. revischrist says: Oct 27, 2011 1:53 AM

    Implying that a pro coach is trying to lose is a serious accusation.To even suggest that the man is tanking games without a shred of proof is despicable. But considering who wrote the story, not suprising.

  70. browningnagle says: Oct 27, 2011 3:55 AM

    …and when all is said and done, year 2012…
    Stephen Ross will still own the team…ouch.

  71. cshearing says: Oct 27, 2011 9:07 AM

    A couple of points:

    Sparano should not just up and quit. Make that slug Ross pay as much as possible, simply out of principle.

    Parcells surely share the blame in this mess, but I have to admit: if I had a contract that said I could stop working for Ross and still get paid, I would jump on it in a heartbeat.

  72. cdngatorfan says: Oct 27, 2011 10:48 AM

    I’ll feel better when Ireland’s house goes up for sale too.

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