Originally posted on sun-sentinel.com  |  Last updated 10/31/11
Probably the worst kept secret in the NFL is the perception that Tony Sparano’s days as the Miami Dolphins’ head coach are numbered. The Dolphins haven't protected the quarterback all season. Sure Sparano hasn’t been fired despite the team’s free fall in this winless season - which stretches the team’s losing streak to 10 games going back to last season - but truth is Sparano’s removal is more of a formality than anything. Consider this: just minutes before the Dolphins’ first training camp practice team owner Steve Ross boldly admitted to the media that Sparano needed to produce a winning season to retain his job in 2012. “Tony (Sparano) is a great guy. The players like him. But he’s got to win this season,” Ross said on July 29. “They have all the resources they need and I’m not meddling with him. I believe in them. When you are a football coach there’s pressure.” If you do the math that means Sparano and his coaching staff have to WIN OUT to survive, sweeping the final
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