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Dolphins fire Tony Sparano

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Tony Sparano is out as head coach of the Miami Dolphins.

The Dolphins have announced a press conference for 4:15 p.m. today, when they will formally announce that Sparano is gone, Jay Glazer of FOX Sports reports.

Assistant Todd Bowles has been named the Dolphins’ interim head coach.

Sparano’s firing has been expected since early this season, when Miami got off to an 0-7 start. Although the Dolphins started to turn things around in the middle of the year, and there was some sentiment that perhaps Sparano could save his job, any thought that he might stick around went away when the Dolphins got whipped by the Eagles on Sunday.

In four seasons with the Dolphins, Sparano has a 29-33 record.

Sparano is the second NFL head coach to lose his job today, following Todd Haley with the Chiefs, and the third NFL head coach to get fired this season, with Jack Del Rio of the Jaguars preceding Haley and Sparano.

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  1. eaglesw00t says: Dec 12, 2011 3:50 PM

    Surprising.

    We all knew it was going to happen. Why now, and not the end of the year? Youre still paying him. Is it that bad between him and Ireland?

  2. austrianpanther says: Dec 12, 2011 3:50 PM

    Don’t worry Tony……KC is looking up your telephone number as we speak!!

  3. jredshoes says: Dec 12, 2011 3:50 PM

    Welcome to Kansas city Tony

  4. whoisgonnasing says: Dec 12, 2011 3:51 PM

    is Leslie Frazier next and if not, pls tell me why?

  5. billinva says: Dec 12, 2011 3:51 PM

    I guess Stephen Ross felt left out.

  6. drexelvol says: Dec 12, 2011 3:51 PM

    Please add Andy Reid to your list.

  7. PFTiswhatitis says: Dec 12, 2011 3:53 PM

    Wow! Sparano is not a bad head coach but that organization is crazy. I hope Pioli hires him for the KC position!

  8. 1972wasalongtimeago says: Dec 12, 2011 3:53 PM

    In his honor, let’s take a moment to reflect on the Sparano era…OKAY. Moment’s over.

  9. Sometimes Interesting says: Dec 12, 2011 3:54 PM

    Guessing this is so they can audition an in house guy? No other reason to fire Sparano now versus end of season.

  10. jimmysee says: Dec 12, 2011 3:54 PM

    Dropping like flies.

    Now the path is clear for Chiefs to hire Sparano!

  11. waldoampere says: Dec 12, 2011 3:54 PM

    They couldn’t wait until the end of the season? Unlike Haley, Sparano had his team playing hard for him.

  12. Land Snark says: Dec 12, 2011 3:55 PM

    Weird to see so many teams firing coaches early. I guess in the long run it doesn’t matter since they’re going nowhere.

  13. xpensivewinos says: Dec 12, 2011 3:55 PM

    This is a deck chair off the Titanic if Ireland is staying.

  14. dequan81 says: Dec 12, 2011 3:55 PM

    Waiting to hear Jason Garrett’s been fired…

  15. justwinbaby29 says: Dec 12, 2011 3:55 PM

    What exactly is gained by firing these guys with three games left in the season? To get a head start next year with a coach who probably won’t even be there.

  16. jayrandle says: Dec 12, 2011 3:55 PM

    Did not see this coming!

    He was fired last year when Stephen Ross flew to California to talk to Harbaugh.

    I will miss how excited he use to get over those field goals with his sunglasses at night.

  17. jc327 says: Dec 12, 2011 3:55 PM

    Ugh.

  18. jackblackshairyback says: Dec 12, 2011 3:56 PM

    “Dont stop, believin”

  19. caseyanthonymunoz says: Dec 12, 2011 3:56 PM

    Too bad. They appeared to play hard for him. At least he didn’t guarantee Super Bowls and fail miserably like the head coach in New Jersey.

  20. goldrush36 says: Dec 12, 2011 3:56 PM

    Fire ireland too or you aren’t gonna get a real coach to come to town!!

  21. DubZ480 says: Dec 12, 2011 3:56 PM

    When you loose to the Dream Team, there isn’t much dignity left!

  22. tos420 says: Dec 12, 2011 3:56 PM

    Breaking news: the Dolphins will still suck until Ireland fires himself.

  23. ortonwhiskeycrew says: Dec 12, 2011 3:56 PM

    An early Black Monday in the NFL!

  24. fin72 says: Dec 12, 2011 3:56 PM

    Good riddance.

  25. eaglesw00t says: Dec 12, 2011 3:57 PM

    PFTiswhatitis says:
    Dec 12, 2011 3:53 PM
    Wow! Sparano is not a bad head coach but that organization is crazy. I hope Pioli hires him for the KC position!

    ———————————————-

    I would certainly give him a shot. It isnt like he was handed the keys to a perfectly functioning team. He started with nothing, and was slowly building.

    I would like to see what he can do with another, healthy, organization.

  26. beatjoeunibrow says: Dec 12, 2011 3:58 PM

    say what you want about the man.

    The Dolphins played hard every week.

  27. worldwidebleater says: Dec 12, 2011 3:58 PM

    Jason Garrett, don’t answer the phone today.

  28. dawkinseffect says: Dec 12, 2011 3:58 PM

    Why couldn’t Andy Reid lose the game?!?! I want a new Head Coach too!

  29. beardown4me says: Dec 12, 2011 3:58 PM

    3 down and four coaches to go! By the way, can some NFL teams fire the some General Managers too?

  30. raidingtexas says: Dec 12, 2011 3:59 PM

    I’m looking for a hat trick today. Mark Davis, time to do it.

  31. shackdelrio says: Dec 12, 2011 4:00 PM

    Time to bring back Cam Cameron.

  32. jayrandle says: Dec 12, 2011 4:01 PM

    I did not see that coming!

    He was fired last year when Stephen Ross flew to California to talk to Harbaugh.

    I will miss his excitement over field goals with his sunglasses at night.

    Let me know when Ireland is fired also…

  33. mcnabbulous says: Dec 12, 2011 4:01 PM

    At least he can take off his glasses.

  34. spytdi says: Dec 12, 2011 4:02 PM

    Back to the Cowboys he goes, although he’s not gonna help that defense.

  35. PFTiswhatitis says: Dec 12, 2011 4:03 PM

    He had his team playing hard for him even after the season was a loss. I give the guy a lot of credit. Give him some weapons and see what he can do -without the hollywood types hovering overhead.

  36. trollhammer20 says: Dec 12, 2011 4:03 PM

    Badda bing, badda bye-bye.

  37. sterilizecromartie says: Dec 12, 2011 4:03 PM

    I can’t help but think that if Bill Parcells drafted Matt Ryan instead of Jake Long then Sparano would still have a job. Pretty tough to be a good coach when you have the likes of Henne and Moore to work with.

  38. shif716 says: Dec 12, 2011 4:03 PM

    Bills should hire him as a defensive coordinator

  39. goldrush36 says: Dec 12, 2011 4:05 PM

    It’s beginning to smell a lot like Nolan. In which case i would gladly keep Sparano. That bum gm is the problem i tell ya. If they give the job to Nolan you are still screwed too because he will push to get McDrunkie in as GM

  40. Deb says: Dec 12, 2011 4:05 PM

    Are teams trying to set the record for in-season firings? Looks like every team wants to get a jump on somebody. Jeff Fisher?

  41. afc22 says: Dec 12, 2011 4:05 PM

    But they’re the best 4-9 team ever

  42. bearsstillsuck says: Dec 12, 2011 4:05 PM

    I bet Andy Reid is getting nervous.

  43. kevpft says: Dec 12, 2011 4:05 PM

    I expect to see more firings, and soon.

    Every team thinking it may want an elite retired coach next year (Cowher, Gruden, Billick, etc.) that has not already fired its current coach is now already behind the pace of KC, Miami, and Jacksonville.

    It doesn’t seem right to me, but that may be the new reality. These teams want their next coaches to know they’re available now, and not risk there being any doubt about whether the spot is available.

    Seems more likely to me that these three teams end up with Tennessee/Cleveland-type coaches, as opposed to the big celebrity types, but they must figure they improve their odds by opening the door now.

  44. 8drinkminimum says: Dec 12, 2011 4:06 PM

    @eagleswoot.

    Actually he caught a rare break in year one by having a mistake free QB and a soft schedule.

    Since then 7-9, 7-9 and 4-9. He was also a solid 9 or 10 games under .500 in September.

    A supposed O Line guru, that portion of the team has seen more changes than a baby after eating a bowl of chile.

    I am not sold on Ireland staying around but Tony had to go.

  45. phileborn says: Dec 12, 2011 4:07 PM

    I never understood why these teams fire coaches in the middle of a season. It helps nothing at all. Why not start to rebuild at the end of the season?

  46. goldrush36 says: Dec 12, 2011 4:07 PM

    So what’s the over/under that Garret, Reid, Frazier, or Spagnuolo join him by season’s end?

  47. xpensivewinos says: Dec 12, 2011 4:07 PM

    I for one don’t have a big problem with what sounds like Carl Peterson becoming the new football czar in Miami. Seems like a lousy guy, but those Chiefs teams could put up points on offense like they were going out of style and Miami already has a killer defense in place.

  48. damnyoulinelliot says: Dec 12, 2011 4:08 PM

    Looks like Stephen Ross finally grew a pair and fired Sparano like a man. Ross can go flirt with any big name coach now.

  49. cags777 says: Dec 12, 2011 4:08 PM

    I am surprised the Dolphins are firing Tony Sporano now than later on in the season. But then again, I can’t be suprised given the lack of class and professionalism from Stephen Ross last year when he attempted to hire John Harbaugh while keeping Sporano hanging. Dolphins fans, Ross is the reason why you won’t be able to get a great hire like Bill Cowher next season. Great coaches like that wouldn’t put up with the same crap Sporano put up with in Miami.

    And whoisgonnasing, firing Leslie Frazier would not be wise for the Minnesota Vikings. They have a rookie quarterback and have been plagued with injuries. Give him another year, but fire Rick Spielman. More importantly, if you fire Frazier now, Vikings fans can kiss any idea of stadium funding goodbye, as the public will see how disorganized this organization truly is.

  50. finfan87 says: Dec 12, 2011 4:09 PM

    Why are so many people surprised by this and/or saying Sparano wasn’t that bad? And no, he wasn’t slowly building anything. They’ve gotten progressively worse since his first year as coach, when Pennington carried the team to the playoffs along with a gimmicky offense, despite arguably being more talented now.

  51. cletusvandam says: Dec 12, 2011 4:10 PM

    Andy Reid is on deck

  52. tfaulk says: Dec 12, 2011 4:10 PM

    The good thing about this is that they may preserve some continuity of the coaching staff if they give Todd Bowles a legitimate shot.

  53. FeartheFightinSnap says: Dec 12, 2011 4:10 PM

    Sparano replied “Listen yous guys…this deal over here, see, it’s a done deal ok? Now, I’m not gonna stand here and tell you I still gotta job. Ok? I don’t. So this thing here is, like, I go get a paper over there, and get after them classified ads. Good buncha ads going on over there. Good buncha ads. ON THREE!”

  54. Sometimes Interesting says: Dec 12, 2011 4:11 PM

    Just heard Carl Peterson is now in Bill Parcells’ old job.

    If Parcells couldn’t do Parcells old job, Peterson sure as hell isn’t going to do it either.

    Ugh. I need a new team. Seriously.

  55. earthtopft says: Dec 12, 2011 4:11 PM

    Fat Tony got capped in Miami. He swims with the dolphins. There’s going to be trouble on the boardwalk tonight.

  56. goldrush36 says: Dec 12, 2011 4:12 PM

    Just read Carl Peterson will be vp of football operations. Wow, just wow. I really feel bad for Dolphins fans right now. Ever since Wayne sold his majority its been a dumpster fire. It really seems like Ross wants to erase all hope

  57. jackblackshairyback says: Dec 12, 2011 4:13 PM

    new rumor is he is allowed to keep 2 no-show jobs in the Dolphins’ payroll.

  58. djdvd says: Dec 12, 2011 4:15 PM

    As a Dolphins fan, he seemed like a decent guy but never HC material. It’s a good change and he’ll catch on somewhere else. Now only if Ireland was gone too…

  59. adamskic says: Dec 12, 2011 4:17 PM

    Lot of the elite coaches without jobs refuse to talk to teams that have head coaches. Coaches fraternity.

  60. polegojim says: Dec 12, 2011 4:18 PM

    Scapegoat…. these NFL Organizations that have an OBVIOUS revolving Head Coach door need to start looking FURTHER UP the executive ladder.

    No way ALL these guys are that inept…. and if they are….. they need to look at WHO IS HIRING THEM… which is STILL exactly my point.

  61. rcali says: Dec 12, 2011 4:18 PM

    Maybe Jo-Lo should be the next coach because it isn’t going to matter much until the GM is gone as well.

  62. andrewfbrowne says: Dec 12, 2011 4:19 PM

    I think you have to look seriously at Steve Spagnaulo and Leslie Frazier also losing their jobs as well.

    Norv Turner is for sure gone, so this is a big year for coaches getting fired. I think there will be one or two more surprises also. Raheem Morris and Jim Caldwell might also be gone. Interesting year.

  63. lapsncaps says: Dec 12, 2011 4:19 PM

    Are the firings of Caldwell, Garrett, and Fraiser coming later today too?

  64. 1972wasalongtimeago says: Dec 12, 2011 4:20 PM

    How bad are things in Kansas City when there are multiple posts here that are actually advocating the Chiefs hiring this guy?

  65. thefiesty1 says: Dec 12, 2011 4:23 PM

    If they are looking for the next Marino and Shula, forget about it. They don’t exist anymore. If Belicek was coaching and Peyton was playing, they’d still be mediocre.

  66. nofunleague says: Dec 12, 2011 4:23 PM

    On your way out of Miami, please swing by Tampa and pick up our dead fish Raheem. The tide is moving, take him with you. He is so done. Same press conference every week. “We have some things to work on if we are going to be a better team and we will start working on those thins” When? Thanks

  67. jamesneuf says: Dec 12, 2011 4:23 PM

    Being that he’s a former offensive line coach, maybe the Eagles will hire him to be their defensive coordinator next year.

  68. ProDolphinsTalk says: Dec 12, 2011 4:24 PM

    I wish you the best of luck Tony. My fellow Dolphins fans out there have quickly forgotten just how miserable the 2007 season was. Tony and Co. came in and changed the culture, emphasized the details, and put a competitive team on the field the very next year. Expectations were high, but it wasn’t all Tony’s fault that certain players didn’t pan out, the so-called football czar had lost his touch and the GM was a rookie. If anything I will always remember that ass-whopping we handed the Pats (and the look on Bill’s face) and knocking the Jets and Favre out of the Playoffs. Too few good memories since but it could have been worse. Go Dolphins.

  69. yevrag3535 says: Dec 12, 2011 4:25 PM

    Dallas sucks!

  70. americankris says: Dec 12, 2011 4:25 PM

    How strategic fire the coach and kill the players confident just to pick in the top 5

    stay classy Dolphins Organization

  71. actiondanwi says: Dec 12, 2011 4:25 PM

    Tony Sparano would look great in the green&gold coaching up our o-line.

  72. forcef1ve says: Dec 12, 2011 4:26 PM

    The Dolphins wanted to snatch up Haley before another team did?

  73. damnyoulinelliot says: Dec 12, 2011 4:26 PM

    Ross will hire Carl Peterson as VP of football operations.

    Dolphins fans, my condolences.

    Speaking for all fellow Chiefs fans.

  74. FurtherSeemsFasano says: Dec 12, 2011 4:27 PM

    Sad to see this happen, as the Dolphins turnaround was pretty extraordinary. But why the hell is Jeff Ireland sticking around? I would rather see him go.

  75. coldlegend says: Dec 12, 2011 4:31 PM

    Tony Sparano sleeps with the dolphins.

  76. learysdisciples says: Dec 12, 2011 4:31 PM

    Good. This guy is a meathead. Hopefully, the Bears will fire Tice, and both can join Tony Siragusa for a coupla sandwiches and they can talk about how it all went wrong.

  77. enutpenfry says: Dec 12, 2011 4:33 PM

    It has been a long hangover for Miami following the departure of Don Shula, as well as a revolving door of QBs since Marino. Sparano was in over his head, and it is hard to commit to a coach who loses the first 7 games of a season.

  78. comeonnowguys says: Dec 12, 2011 4:33 PM

    This is so Ireland throwing him under the bus on the chance he may survive.

  79. ilovefoolsball says: Dec 12, 2011 4:35 PM

    Reggie Bush to Kansas City.

  80. ruggerlad says: Dec 12, 2011 4:35 PM

    Please hire a competent coach and not some inexpensive line coach, special teams coach or celebrity. Gruden will not mesh with this bunch and does not develop young QB’s, he screams at them.

  81. ruggerlad says: Dec 12, 2011 4:36 PM

    In fact give Bowles a shot next season, he is already a better HC.

  82. bigjdve says: Dec 12, 2011 4:37 PM

    I think that they are just trying to give internal people a little bit of an audition as well as trying to make sure that the current HCs weren’t poisoning the team anymore than they already had.

    In regards to people talking about Gruden, Cowher, Billick, and Fisher – they can’t be hired right now. Don’t forget the Rooney rule. All of the best minority candidates currently have jobs and I don’t see current teams letting their coordinators interview in a playoff run.

    Should be interesting to see who ends up where.

  83. liquidalfa says: Dec 12, 2011 4:37 PM

    He was a dead man walking ever since they started flirting with Harbaugh.

  84. cowboylover says: Dec 12, 2011 4:39 PM

    Ugh. All three coaches fired so far this season have links to the Cowboys.

  85. ruggerlad says: Dec 12, 2011 4:39 PM

    Urban Mayer and RG111 would have been sweet but Mayer is off the market.

  86. realitypolice says: Dec 12, 2011 4:39 PM

    Ireland: Hey boss, I got a great idea for the new coach!

    Ross: Tell me about him.

    Ireland: Well, he’s defensive minded, has never won a super bowl, gets his teams to the playoffs about 30% of the time, hovers around .500 most of the time, has a great mustache and gives fun interviews.

    Ross: Ummm…..didn’t we just fire that guy?

    Ireland: No silly, I’m talking about Jeff Fisher!

  87. 1972wasalongtimeago says: Dec 12, 2011 4:42 PM

    But then again, how bad are things in Miami if Carl Petersen is going to be hired to run the program?

  88. wittersworld says: Dec 12, 2011 4:42 PM

    I’m not sure about the other teams, but firing the coach in Jacksonville was about more than just auditioning an interim guy. The culture needed to change in that locker room, and by all accounts it has. The young core of players needed to experience some success, and that wasn’t going to happen under Del Rio.

    Also, Del Rio played favorites with the players. Since his departure, certain guys have been benched while others have gotten more playing time. This is extremely helpful for the organization going forward to know who deserves to stay and who deserves to go.

  89. ranoversquarells says: Dec 12, 2011 4:43 PM

    Somewhere inside the “Razor” BB is laughing at this joke of a coach …

  90. tonydel1 says: Dec 12, 2011 4:43 PM

    Bad enough you fire the guy with three weeks left, but even worse Stephen Ross hires Carl Peterson as Vice President of Football Operations (the idiot that ran Kansas City into the ground) to search for the next coach??? Somewhere Joe Robbie is spinning..

  91. nesuperfan says: Dec 12, 2011 4:44 PM

    He could have kept coaching through the end of the season had he kept losing, but he screwed up and started to actually win a few. Bye Bye Andrew Luck, bye bye job.

  92. checkforecheck says: Dec 12, 2011 4:44 PM

    When you loose to the Dream Team, there isn’t much dignity left!

    ——
    When you spell lose wrong, there isn’t much dignity left!

  93. minkytails says: Dec 12, 2011 4:44 PM

    You fire them now so you can start interviewing the big names now and hire them the day after the season ends. Cowher, Chucky, etc.

  94. pm58 says: Dec 12, 2011 4:44 PM

    Ireland not being fired for one reason: So Ross can order him to draft Robert Griffin. Ross craves splashy high octane offense. Would a high profile GM put up with Ross in the drafting of players? Ireland would.

  95. randomguy9999 says: Dec 12, 2011 4:45 PM

    connecting the dots with the Harbaugh situation… it looks like Ross is using Ireland as his right hand guy… if that really is the case…. it’s gonna be a long decade, cause Ireland’s player selection has been questionable at best…..

  96. citiciti says: Dec 12, 2011 4:45 PM

    To bad Holmgren won’t fire his buddy Shurmer!

  97. checkforecheck says: Dec 12, 2011 4:45 PM

    Indeed, what happened to constant proclaiming in headlines about this being the best 4-8 team ever? “Best” teams don’t get their coaches fired.

  98. dublindemonszfl says: Dec 12, 2011 4:45 PM

    whoisgonnasing says:
    Dec 12, 2011 3:51 PM
    is Leslie Frazier next and if not, pls tell me why?

    because they are still paying Childress

  99. knn9413 says: Dec 12, 2011 4:48 PM

    AFC is 3-0 in head coach firings!!

  100. tampajoey says: Dec 12, 2011 4:48 PM

    What about Raheem?

    Doesn’t the Rooney Rule work both ways? 3 whites coaches fired and I nominate Raheem Morris as the minority candidate to be fired next.

  101. tominma says: Dec 12, 2011 4:48 PM

    Was the coach shopping for the groceries or was someone else?? Mother Hubbard’s cubbard’s been bare for quite sometime!

  102. moerawn says: Dec 12, 2011 4:51 PM

    When did Harry Reid become the Chairman of the Dolphins?

  103. dcfan4life says: Dec 12, 2011 4:51 PM

    The Dolphins are 4-9, and were a Tebow miracle and a let down in NY away from 6-7. They played hard every week despite a terrible schedule. There defense created turnovers and were playing very strong these past few weeks. Even against the Eagles they had a chance if not for some untimely turnovers themselves. Not to mention the key injuries to there QB and there often injured RB. Dumb move. But hey, stay classy Miami…

  104. SteveBeans says: Dec 12, 2011 4:53 PM

    I wonder if they’re going to be asked why he was fired so close to Christmas too lol. Dumb reporters

  105. david7590 says: Dec 12, 2011 4:54 PM

    Merry Christmas

  106. jbaxt says: Dec 12, 2011 4:55 PM

    Dear Dolphins, we suck and you suck but you beat us so we suck worse. Could you not let us have 5 freaking minutes under the spotlight this year?

    Sincerely, Coachless in KC!

  107. 3yrsnfl says: Dec 12, 2011 4:56 PM

    If the Jets beat the Eagles and Giants(maybe) they would probably lose to the Dolphins. LOL But now….Will the Dolphins just mail-it-in the rest of the way??

  108. jeffjewell says: Dec 12, 2011 4:59 PM

    Miami is not in line for an elite coach. None of those guys is going to work under Ireland, plus now Peterson.

    The Dolphins died when Joe Robbie died.

  109. ronin36 says: Dec 12, 2011 5:00 PM

    I think Sparano’s firing is a direct reaction to Haley’s termination.

    Why?

    Because I think Miami didn’t want to wait until the end of the season. And felt they might be at a disadvantage compared to the other teams looking for coaches.

    It’s too bad. It’s one thing to fire a coach if he’s squandering talent. It’s another thing to fire a coach that doesn’t have any talent on his team.

    Sadly, it looks like Sparano’s firing is a bit more of the later.

  110. 1972wasalongtimeago says: Dec 12, 2011 5:01 PM

    Bottom line is that Sparano should have been fired after week 14. Problem is that it should have happened after week 14, 2010. Jim Harbaugh would be our coach and this season would not have been a total waste. A

  111. baboushka says: Dec 12, 2011 5:02 PM

    Next up to the tee is Chan Gaily in Buffalo. All of those teams are racing to get a head start on Bill Cowher, Eric Mangini and Brian Billick. All three will be head coaches in the NFL next year.

    For those commenters wishing for Jason Garrett and Andy Reid to go. No chance. Both will get another year. And both will work out for the better with their teams. With a full offseason, along with a real def coordinator, the Eagles will soar again in 2012. They are both right for those teams and suffered most from the strike. They will fix the problems. Especially Garrett. His problem is Tony Romo & Dez Bryant. Romo is not a leader. Nor is he Garretts answer at the critical QB position. Bryant is dumb as dog poop. And he doesn’t know the playbook. Garrett is young and like a son to JJ. Heck, he even looks like JJ. He’ll fix this and become a great young coach IMO. I like his demeanor a lot.

  112. pack15forever says: Dec 12, 2011 5:02 PM

    The problem with the Dolphins starts at the top. Dolphins need a major overhaul. They need to get real football people in there. Start by getting rid of Ireland and bring in a Ron Wolf type. I remember how it was in Green Bay before Ron Wolf and how Wolf changed the whole culture.

  113. rajbais says: Dec 12, 2011 5:03 PM

    Sorry, Stephen Ross!

    Jim Harbaugh is taken!!!

  114. patsandsox says: Dec 12, 2011 5:04 PM

    Cowher, Gruden, and Fisher should be getting phone calls soon.

  115. weepingjebus says: Dec 12, 2011 5:05 PM

    Please continue opening up coaching positions. I am all in favor of anything that increases the odds I won’t have to suffer through Gruden as an announcer yet again next season.

  116. 8drinkminimum says: Dec 12, 2011 5:10 PM

    Tony’s strength was supposed to be the offensive line. In four years that group went through more changes than a baby after eating a bowl of chile.

  117. orthomarine says: Dec 12, 2011 5:15 PM

    Did not excel as a HC, but what great heart his team played with. Tony-screw the NFL, college may be your shot. I’d bet you would be a great recruiter.

  118. cliffordc05 says: Dec 12, 2011 5:19 PM

    It seems like Ross has been intending to fire Sporano for most of the season but when the team started playing well it interfered with his plans. Fire him now and even if the team finishes the year on a strong note, the coach is already gone. No muss. No Fuss.

  119. drbob117 says: Dec 12, 2011 5:21 PM

    I guess losing to the Eagles is a deal breaker

  120. bobfultz says: Dec 12, 2011 5:25 PM

    I wish Tony the best where ever he ends up. It’ll be interesting to see who’ll be the Phins’ coach next year.

  121. pesh00 says: Dec 12, 2011 5:28 PM

    Come back to Dallas we need you as OC….

  122. slammincamnewton says: Dec 12, 2011 5:32 PM

    @afc22 the best 4-9 team ever is the Panthers and don’t you forget it

  123. goldrush36 says: Dec 12, 2011 5:37 PM

    1972wasalongtimeago says: Dec 12, 2011 5:01 PM

    Bottom line is that Sparano should have been fired after week 14. Problem is that it should have happened after week 14, 2010. Jim Harbaugh would be our coach and this season would not have been a total waste. A

    _____________________________________

    That’s rich. Harbaugh took $3 million less to coach in San Francisco… Did it occur to you that maybe Harbaugh though Ross was a D-bag not withstanding what he did to Sparano? Or maybe Ireland is completely over his head? Or how about San Francisco had more talent overall to build around? Baalke is in the running for exec of the year, and many many 49ers fans hated that hiring. He has put a lot of great pieces in place already. Ireland has ripped Miami apart. I’m pretty sure Harbaugh wasn’t going to Miami no matter when Sparano was fired.

  124. dolphins4 says: Dec 12, 2011 6:01 PM

    I hope they hire Bill Cowher ,he could have team on top in 3 years.This team plays the 3-4 and has good runningbacks ,it’s all ready for him to take over.

  125. bsizemore68 says: Dec 12, 2011 6:12 PM

    What about the young head coach at the U? Bill

  126. dolfan72 says: Dec 12, 2011 6:20 PM

    MISSION: ACCOMPLISHED! NOW HIRE JEFF FISHER!

    My wife will be happy. Now I can remove the shoe polish off my rear windshield that reads: FIRE TONY SPARANO!

  127. laeaglefan says: Dec 12, 2011 6:20 PM

    Goes to show how low the Eagles have sunk. Lose to the the Eagles and get fired as a result.

  128. ppdoc13 says: Dec 12, 2011 6:55 PM

    Brian Billick would be the perfect hire for Miami. He never had a real QB in Baltimore and could join Miami which doesn’t have a QB.

    In all seriousness, I thought that Billick got a bum rap from the media after his release in Bmore. He was an outstanding organizer and motivator. He was a very good head coach and deserves a shot somewhere else, but he has said so himself, that it has got to be the right position. He doesn’t need the $, he’s doing fine as a color commentator. So its got to be the right fit.

  129. dynaco says: Dec 12, 2011 7:03 PM

    caseyanthonymunoz says:
    Dec 12, 2011 3:56 PM
    Too bad. They appeared to play hard for him. At least he didn’t guarantee Super Bowls and fail miserably like the head coach in New Jersey.

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    Miami appeared to play hard not to become the Cleveland of their division. They will remain bottom dwellers for a few more years.

  130. droopyyydog1 says: Dec 12, 2011 7:47 PM

    I maybe the only one on here who thinks Todd Bowles has a chance at keeping this job but its true. He would provide the continuity that Ross wants and provided they can get a real QB this offense could be pretty decent with a full off season.

    Of course I could be dreaming and maybe the only one who noticed, that by promoting Crennal and Bowles both the Chiefs and Dolphins will have fulfilled the Rooney Rule going into 2012.

  131. aharris230 says: Dec 12, 2011 7:57 PM

    To those asking why they fired Sparano now, it’s simple. Jacksonville is looking for a coach, KC is now looking for a coach, and there will be a few more coaching vacancies in a few weeks. The Dolphins are simply getting a head start on the coaching search. It can’t hurt. It’s better than trying to hire a coach when you already have one in place (ala Harbaugh).

  132. ocgunslinger says: Dec 12, 2011 10:03 PM

    Sporano had that team competing every game and he did not have a constant at the QB. His team was in most every game but certainly played hard. He earned the right to return next year regardless of the won-loss record. Miami’s loss will be another teams gain as this guy is going to have a strong career with someone else.

  133. saintsfire says: Dec 13, 2011 12:20 AM

    Draft a quarterback you imbeciles!

    quit picking up hand me downs.

    srry dble post forgot important part.

  134. sojumaster says: Dec 19, 2011 10:09 AM

    I wonder if the Dolphin’s Owner, Jeff Ireland, will find a horses head in his bed now. lol

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