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Tony Sparano will be out as coach of the Miami Dolphins at the end of the season.
The Miami Herald reported that while Sparano will be dismissed, general manager Jeff Ireland is expected to return.
There was speculation that Sparano's job could be saved after the Dolphins won four of five games following an 0-7 start to the season. The lone defeat in that span was a one-point loss at Dallas.
Miami took a step back Sunday, watching the Philadelphia Eagles score 24 unanswered points in the second quarter of a 26-10 loss.
The DOlphins went 11-5 in Sparano's first season but followed it up with back-to-back 7-9 campaigns and are 4-9 this season.
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Now that the Dolphins are guaranteed to finish the 2011 campaign with a losing record, the spotlight for criticism returns to its usual suspects, coach Tony Sparano and general manager Jeff Ireland, both of whom have been on the hotseat since the year began.
Based on the following conjecture, one of the aforementioned will receive his walking papers, while the other gets another...
DAVIE, FL Tony Sparano was fired Monday as headcoach of the Miami Dolphins. The only shock was that it took so long.
Now, Dolphins fans anxiously wait to see if general manager Jeff Ireland loseshis job.
Ireland should be the next to go so that the Dolphins' house-cleaning and roadto redemption will be made complete. But apparently that's not going to happen.
The expansion Miami Dolphins were understandably terrible as a fledgling franchise, losing more games than they won and missing the playoffs in four consecutive seasons from 1966 to ’69 before Don Shula came on the scene in 1970.
There they were late Monday afternoon, announcing the end of Tony Sparano’s career with the Dolphins and introducing Todd Bowles as an interim coach. There they were, discussing how the Sparano firing was a decision they made together. There they were, talking about how they will search together for the best available replacement.
Miami Dolphins General Manager Jeff Ireland doesn’t have many slips of the tongue.
That’s something I’ve picked up during his four-year tenure in South Florida. He’ll try a couple slight of hand tricks from time-to-time, but Ireland generally says what he means.
And when he drops a hint it is usually intended.
That’s why the most revealing tell from Monday’s firing of...
There they were late Monday afternoon, announcing the end of Tony Sparanos career with the Dolphins and introducing Todd Bowles as an interim coach. There they were, discussing how the Sparano firing was a decision they made together. There they were, talking about how they will search together for the best available replacement.
In what will be one of the final Scouting Notebook's of the 2011 Season (BUT, similar, mini-pieces multiple times a week will be coming), I'll take a look at the type of football player I really don't look forward to discussing: the ESPN ratings boosters, meaning Tim Tebow. I'll take a look at what his abilities as a quarterback means to future scouting the position...
The Miami Dolphins' loss to the Philadelphia Eagles, their ninth of the season, all but guarantees head coach Tony Sparano will be fired at season's end. The same cannot be said of the man who assembled this year's crop of underachievers, general manager Jeff Ireland.
The Miami Herald reported Sunday night that Ireland's job is "totally safe," while Sparano...
Sunday’s 26-10 loss to the Eagles put the brakes on the feel-good story the Dolphins were fashioning over the last few weeks. They looked a lot like the team that lost their first seven games of the season. They made a ton of mistakes on both sides of the ball, the offensive line leaked like…
First off, here at Phins Phocus we would like to wish all the best for Tony Sparano in the future as he was a great man and someone you could respect, unfortunately he was a pretty bad NFL head coach.
We have lived through the fist pump, through the conservative play and really a complete lack of understanding how to manage a football game however Tony Sparano was still able to...
It’s best to let things digest for a couple of hours before trying to break it down, regurgitate what you’ve just swallowed. That approach keeps us from come to any hard and firm conclusions.
It also allows us to avoid foot in mouth disease.
Those who have followed me for a while should know I’m not a knee jerk kind of guy. Jerk maybe….but not knee jerk.
I have to dissect...
Another year, another awkward press conference starring Dolphins owner Stephen Ross. Last winter, Ross sat next to Tony Sparano and G.M. Jeff Ireland to try to explain to the media why it made sense to give Sparano a contract extension despite openly going after Jim Harbaugh for the team’s head coach. (The picture of that…