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Ross skips out on postgame locker room -- again

Dolphins coach Tony Sparano or general manager Jeff Ireland or both have a problem -- and it has nothing to do with what you think.

It doesn't have to do with the fact quarterback Chad Henne is inconsistent and both are tied to Henne as the franchise QB. It has nothing to do with the fact no one in Miami's defensive backfield can be trusted to catch a potential interception delivered directly to the hands. It also has nothing to do with the fact the running game, around which the offense is supposed to be built, has been absent the entire season.

Those problem pale for Miami's top football men compared to this: Owner Stephen Ross is clearly not happy.

And Ross makes the final call on both Sparano's and Ireland's job status.

Ross was at Sunday's 13-10 loss to the Cleveland Browns at Sun Life Stadium. But when the Dolphins lost, he made himself scarce. Unlike other games in which Ross goes from his suite to the team's locker room, Ross skipped the trip on Sunday.

And it was at least the second home loss after which Ross skipped joining his team in the locker room after the game. He wasn't there after the shutout loss to Chicago Nov. 18. So that's two consecutive games after which Ross does not go see his team.

This, by the way, may not seem significant to you. But how the owner's feels about his team is something the football people must be keenly monitoring if they want to enjoy some sort of job security. And it is clear those absences are a sign of disapproval.

It doesn't end there.

Ross is clearly not happy with Miami's 1-5 home record. That record is terrible for any team, but particularly frustrating for a team that has managed a 5-1 record on the road. Clearly, if a team can win on the road, it should be able to manage some wins at home as well. If that isn't happening, it suggest they are under-achieving at home. Certainly, Sunday's loss to the previously 4-7 Cleveland Browns suggests that.

And that is bad because Ross wants his home games to be fun and entertaining and an event. He has spent many resources -- celebrities, concerts, noise, etc ... -- on making home games a bigtime experience.

The problem is all the appetizer and side dish stuff loses its meaning when the main course, the actual football team, is not palatable on its home turf. What's more, the Dolphins are not only seldom successful at home this year, they are boring in the process.

The Dolphins are averaging 16.3 points per game at home this year. They are averaging 19.5 points on the road.

That is not good. And it is especially not good when the owner is so keen on entertainment and showtime and offering people a compelling reason to attend games.

That leads me to the next issue: The Dolphins have two more home games at Sun Life Stadium this season. Never mind whether they win or lose those games against Buffalo (Dec. 19) and Detroit (Dec. 26).

The fact is neither one of those games is sold out at this time. The fact is, barring some unexpected series of events, neither of those games is likely to sell out in time to avert the local television blackout.

That sets a bad tone, folks. Home games that are not sold out make the owner (more) unhappy.

And that is increasingly an issue for folks like Sparano and Ireland.

[I'll be discussing this very topic on my radio show, Armando and the Amigo, today from 6 a.m. to 10 a.m. I'm sure the other local morning hosts that read this blog for material will pick up on this, but I would encourage you to listen to me directly so I can share other tidbits on this topic with you. Armando and the Amigo is on 640 Sports in South Florida.]


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parcells quit. we shouldnt be obligated to keep his guys employed.

Gruden's record with the Bucs: 57-55

Sparano's so far with Miami: 24-20

Years it took Bill Cowher to win a SB: 14

Just pointing out there's no magicians out there. Some of you see to believe otherwise.

If Ross wants to clean house then better yet take the Team out of Miami. Don't worry, we'll get another, in Miami.

Believe me Joe, i have no use for Gruden. personally I give these guys another year to fix this. Talent is there but we certainly need some playmakers on offense. Tough year

Darrin, so by your reasoning, we should continue to enjoy medicority? Why bother look to find better coaching talent? Let's embrace regression & mediocrity!

Kris if you believe anything parcels says then you are nuts. The guy is a quitter, a mover, he must have Attention deficit, because he cannot stay put and complete a job. He has failed everywhere he has been besides NY when he coached.

Anybody that has watched football for more than 5 years fully understands what both Gruden and Cowher have done...how they did it...and the time frame it took to get it done......

Those fans understand very little

This Blog is harder to deal with than WikiLeaks.

Now will be Sparanos true test of leadership. Will he lose the locker room or will they continue to play hard for him knowing there is no chance to make the playoffs? Will he continue to let us lose games with Henne or will he make a QB change? Will Brandon be a cancer or will he be a pro? Will Sparano find a way to beat NE or NY, or just hope his cheerleading does the trick?

"I have more money than I know what to do with it"- Bill Parcells.

Shaggy....what did I say Bill Parcells said....I think you should re-read my post

Shaggy, I wouldn't say he's failed. I am NO fan of his, believe me. But the man has turned franchises around. NE, NYJ, Dalls & Mia. Now, Miami has been the least successful of his turnarounds but he has made everyone else playoff teams. Dallas is in shambles now but that has more to do with their coaching/management structure than Tuna.

He just hasn't found the talent in Miami as he did everywhere else. Much of that has to do with how the NFL has changed so much since his glory days. It's not about being bigger now, or stronger. It's about being faster & creative. The game isn't as simple as it was back then where you just line up & beat the other guy in front of you.

Times changed, Parcells didn't. That is Miami's problem now.

Who said there is no chance to make the playoffs? You have your #'s wrong, mr. 0.

oh man!!!!. i just got a phone call from my peeps in the phins fo and ross just ordered 2 moving trucks and 5 box trucks to be used the week of jan-4th. he is packing up the team and moving everything to l.a. in the middle of the night.. the 49% of the a-hole entertainers and the bimbo tennis chics own is the stdium alone.. wow!!!. lol. what a f’n bombshell.. kaboom!!!!.

someone please tell its gonna get better cause this team right now really sucks !!! there hasn't been any improvement at all this season sparano is a terrible coach and henning calls the worst offence ever !! they both should have been fired immeditaley after the game yesturday.


oscar, if you think this team has a chance to make the playoffs, you need to have your head examined or give up the kool aid. They are 4 games out with 4 games to go and currently lose on all tie breakers.

I just don't want to be sitting here next year, same time, and in the same position. Tampa, Rams, Detroit, these teams got younger, knew they'd lose at first, but stuck it out to win consistently one day. They are on the right track. We had our wake-up moment (1-15). Changed everything. I think we need to change more though to get to where we want to be.

So I'm opting for more change (just not sure who or what change is needed).

after listening to sparano's press conference i realize he's got to go. no wonder the team doesnt play inspired football. the regime needs to be evaluated. sparano is quoting henne pass completion pct% in PRACTICE!!!!!! he says its 80 %. what he doesnt say is no pass is over 3 yds. and no one is allowed to rush the passer.

Are they mathematically eliminated(like you 0)?

DC, change all coaches except Nolan, make him HC.

Get a new GM, C, RB, TE, RT, LG, ILB, OLB, CB x 2, FS, ST guy, & Maybe QB.

Then we'll be contenders! lol

Troy aikman first 26 starts 20 td 36 picks didnt he go to the hall of fame? Lighten up on henne if we cut him we will live to regret it. Lets get him some blocking, a running back and some recievers that are not possession types.

"We're a team that bounces back from these situations"- Tony Sparano

Yes, and then you quickly bounce right back to losing. That's why your team sucks, you have no consistency yet you speak of bouncing back as if that is supposed to appease us.

Do me a favor and bounce back to Connecticut.

Henne can be a fine backup QB.

ALoco, that's my favorite chard recipe. Glad you liked it. I like spicy too, so the crushed red pepper was a good addition. Got me thinking about dinner dude!

oscar if you actually knew something you'd realize what my name means, but its fine to call me 0 if you like.

I have some oceanfront property in Kansas to sell you.

lol Joe, sounds like a total reconstruction job! Anything to save us from this agony next year. I'd rather be 1-15 to tell y'all the truth. At least then we don't hope every week. We already KNOW we're the worst. 8-8 is SO average. I HATE average. Can't work with it, can't win with it. LOL!

You left out Dan Henning and why not throw in Chad Pennington while we are at it.

I hope whatever s h i t t y team Sparano ends up on brings in Pennington to develop the QB.


This team has many problems but we have the only coach in the entire league who is genuinely ecstatic over field goals and that is pretty much all we need to know, every other head coach looks a little dissapointed after "settling" for a field goal but not captain fist pump he loves them. Even the women at the sports bars laugh at the idiot jumping around for field goals its pretty pathetic

Darrin, so by your reasoning, we should continue to enjoy medicority? Why bother look to find better coaching talent? Let's embrace regression & mediocrity!

Posted by: Joe Schmoe


Uh, where exactly did I say anything even remotely like that?

Simply pointing out that Jon Gruden was a .500 coach and that it took Bill Cowher 14 years to win it all.

Doesn't mean I just want the status-quo, only that I'm not dumb enough to think there are magical coaches who can sprinkle pixie dust and make it all better.

ohhh...now I get it Shaggy.....why did you beat arund the bush. You didn't like me not talking up Henne....got it.

If your gonna use HOF to prove your point...you might want to also add the fact that...

They traded Herschel Walker in the biggest trade in NFL history...1 player for 11 players

Troy Aikmen also played with a HOF running back (only the leading rusher of ALL TIME)

A HOF wide reciever....Michael Irvin...the perfecter of the push-off...he changed the way offense is played

At least 1 HOF lineman and I am sure more will join them in the HOF....next up...Dayrl Johnston...better know as Moose

I keep telling you guys....Tell the whole Story and then let us decide...don't manipulate the stats just to fit your point

Everytime dan dierdorf does our game we lose. I think Irland needs to take a hit on DierDorf. Get rid of him and we win :-)

hihi, People from Kansas feel they are Superior; but that's all becuse of their Dorothy who also will never make starting QB.

To be even shorter....How many HOF players is Henne playing with....and whats our plan to get him more?

trade one AGING SUPERSTAR for 11 has been done and will NEVER BE DONE AGAIN....Ditjka tried it in reverse and it got him FIRED....

So how do we get 3 or 4 HOF guys around Henne so he can go to the HOF?

DC Dolphan, respectfully, as a guy who spends quite a bit of money on season tickets, I am not interested in a 1-15 team OR another start over. This team has talent and can be fixed. Another start over is the kiss of death for this 15 year season ticket holder. We have had enough start overs. This staff deserves one more year to get this right IMO

Darrin it took Cowher that long to win it all BUT, 90% of his time in Pittsburgh was spent in the playoffs. For the love of God I would take 10-6 and 11-5 seasons over this garbage. At least then we would have a shot. Cowher never had a qb and as soon as he got one they won the SB. So hire Cowher and an EXPERIENCED GM with a proven track record. We will be drafting a qb and need someone who is capable of evaluating talent at a high level.

NO MORE FIRST TIMERS! It's not working! Saban,Cameron,Sparano, all first time nfl head coaches.

WTF? Are we a f***ing charity? Stop betting the farm on first timers and get some people with REAL NFL experience.

Let's talk draft. So sad, the Dolphins went on the clock in week 13.

So the Dolphins had 4 exhibition games in pre season and will have 4 more in December/Jan.

If Jake is in any danger, shut him down too please.


If I see any defensive draft picks, I'm going to puke.

Lots fo Coaches, Owners and pronosticators here. Here's my 2 cents worth-NY wins tonight.

Interessting stats.....

TD to int ratio between 22 and 26 starts

Bradshaw 19-46

Tarkenton 40-42

Griese 36-34

Steve Young 24-24

Drew Brees 28-31

Favre 37-37

Namath 27-42

Aikman 20-36

Our boy Chad Henne 24-29

All of these guys are hall of famers or will be. Lighten up.

Draft. 1. Running back/s 2. TE 3. Speed WR 4. ST Returner/playmaker

The next great coach is more than likely a young assistant that nobody here has even the slightest bit of knowledge about. It could easily be a guy on a losing team, doing a great job with a less-than-full cupboard of talent.

But if Miami actually went on a search for a "no-name" guy like that, I'd bet a good percentage of the fanbase would be in an uproar. "We want a big name" bla bla bla.

Alreday tried that twice, folks. It failed miserably in case you forgot.

I don't think Sparano deserves to be canned at all, but would be open to the idea if it meant a genuine search for a real up-and-comer rather than another overhyped and inflated "name" coach. Especially Gruden---who left the Bucs in a complete shambles.

Odds that Stephen Ross would look for that type of guy? Next to zero.

alot of people bash gruden for inheriting a good tampa team that dungy couldnt get a ring with but seem to forget the team he beat in that super bowl was his raider team that he did a great job with in the seasons prior to going to tampa

Bobby, no OT/OL? I may argue that is the biggest need on this team. No QB consideration either? could go either way on that one.

ST returner, go back to the CFL for that - we have guys like Stefan Logan by the dozen, no need to use a draft pick there.

I wouldn't really look to draft a TE early in this draft either - there aren't very many of those tweener types that could work. Fasano does a decent job there now in a Heath Miller type role.

Some observations:

1) If there is one expression I can not abide, it is "backing into the playoffs." Permit me to illustrate. Suppose the Dolphins win their remaining 4 games, and either the Jets, Patriots, Steelers or Ravens suffer a complete collapse and lose most or all of its remaining games, and tie the Dolphins for a playoff spot. Moreover, suppose the Dolphins lose the tie-breaker. Many of you would say, "The Ravens [or whoever] backed into the playoffs."

BALDERDASH! That infuriating expression implies that a win at the beginning of the season is worth less than a win at the end of the season. Naturally, teams would prefer to have a great December so they can go into the playoffs with momentum. However, in terms of MERITING a playoff spot, as Aristotle said, "A win is a win is a win, whether it comes in the heady days of September, or the frozen tundra of December."

2) Did you ever look at Lindsay Lohan's lips in the movie "Mean Girls"? There's a scene where she's not wearing any lipstick, and her lips are so naturally soft and full. And there's this intoxicatingly lovely little mark on her upper lip. Slight imperfections can be exquisite.

3) You know you're a Gentile if you've ever used the expression, "Oh, for the love of Pete!"

Yes Jus, also, he did with the same players what dungy could not........Isnt that what a coach is for?

bobby, I agree (I was more joking than serious with that last post). I'm willing to give Sparano/Ireland AND Henne another year honestly. Just not Henning.

But I'm not so sure now they are the answer. Where I was squarely behind them a few weeks ago, I'm now hesitant.

But I'm not a season ticketholder (like you). From your point-of-view, I totally understand how it needs to happen quick or they'll lose your revenue. I don't blame you for that.

3) You know you're a Gentile if you've ever used the expression, "Oh, for the love of Pete!"

Posted by: Nathaniel Dodsworth


Or "Great Caesar's Ghost!"

Of course, using either one might also imply you are a geriatric!

Thk u shaggy, these guys dont get it. Instant gratification

draft 1. QB, 2. Rb, 3. TE 4. WR. If you can't get a good QB first trade up, trade down, really scout. Marino came out with a ton of other very talented QB. use free agency. whatever it takes to get an elite QB so Henne can sit as a backup.

oh, we really need an OL that can open up some lanes and creases so our Rb's can run. having said that the new NFL sure throws the ball a lot. it's running and passing that wins game. not running alone.

1. The idea of blaming Ross's penchant for bringing in celebrities and glitz with the failure of this years team is just stupid. No connection. Ross has opened his wallet and supported the team well. He has not been that well served by the people he hired.

2. The Trifecta did do some good things. They changed 47/53 people and replaced a dysfunctional favoritism-based culture filled with malcontents, over-the-hill players, and half-hearted effort types with a ruthless meritocracy filled with tough young capable athletes. We have a great basis for the future thanks to their efforts.

3. Sparano did a good job bringing in Nolan but has done poorly in choice of offensive coordinator and special teams coaches. He showed some imagination with the wildcat but has failed to properly school the young players in key skills (like secondary players being able to hold on to interceptions and make tackles). His biggest mistake was to over-use the concept of churning (originally intended to put every position under competitive pressure) to the point where our OL is weaker for having lost the better of our centers and its coherence and where our backups and special teams are filled with people who don't know the system and have killed us with mistakes. Sparano may be good enough to be a head coach but it seems very clear that he is not in the first rank of head coaches - definitely not a Shula or a Walsh or a Bellicheck. The data are in and it is time for Ross to find a replacement for him and his OC (but to keep Nolan).

4. The GM has done decently but given the very high percentage of our high draft picks who have been busts he should be directed to upgrade the talent evaluation in a major way and told that his job retention is contingent on doing so.

5. I have been a Henne supporter. He has the physical tools. He has improved for the most part game to game - with some notable exceptions like yesterday. His main problem seems to be mental. He has trouble reading the field and finding his secondary receivers, seeing where the defenders threaten interception and making decisions at the speed of the pro game. This will probably improve over the next few years. Right now he is ranked #25. That seems about right for his performance. I think he can improve to middle of the pack - to the level of a Kitna or a Josh Freeman. It is harder to see him becoming a top 5 QB or a top 10 QB. Still, he is the best QB we have had since Marino. I think we have to draft a young talented QB next round - probably our first round pick - but over the next couple of years while Henne is the starter, unless he moves up to the top 10 range our goal has to be to eventually have him be a backup or just flat our replace him. Free agency is an option but we have done really poorly with that over the last 15 years so I would not hold my breath on that.

6. All that said, I think we have 90% of the players we need to be great. No replacements needed on defense (except perhaps for an upgrade at Crowders position) - especially with Merling, Odrick and Edds coming back. We need to focus the draft and free agency at finding first rate starters for QB (long term), center and TE, a fast young RB and punt returner, and depth at RT. All do-able next year. WIth a different offensive coordinator and Henne as QB with a stronger team we can still win while we find the QB of the future.

how many 4 straight 3 and outs have those qb's that you've mentioned had.?. zero. henne is the problem. he sux arse.

Great to see Ross isnt cosigning the bs fans have been oh so sorely witnissing at home. Kudos Mr. Ross!

Im sure Mr. Ross has an offseason plan that will just as sorely effect the offseason plans of this underachieving regime. Even if he doesnt bring in Peterson, unlike Huizenga, he does have a veteran nfl mind to bounce things off of.


Didn't mean to come off harsh.... just think you should come with full disclosure....I don't have the time nor intrest....

but how many QBs do you think I could come up with with similar numbers who were out of the league in 3-4 years....especially since you had to go all the way back to Fran Tarketon...lol

I could probably equal the number of people on your list with just Dolphin QBs alone since Marino retired.....

Dc Dolphan, no doubt on Henning. If Ireland or Sparano try keeping him then I will be outside Ross's office calling for all their heads

keep sparano, henning, henne, all the field goal fistpumps all the lousy in game coaching all the bad draft picks the horrible offensive line juggling all the signing of other teams trash and cutting the players you had all preseason etc etc etc yep keep it all but only if we can move to the NFC west otherwise get rid of all these clueless morons


Blaming the players is like treating the symptoms of cancer and not treating the cancer itself. Hoping this offseason Mr. Ross surgically removes the cancer.

The cancer is this region and the horrid decision making we've witnessed that's we now see on the field. Imagine what we would we look like had Mr. Ross had not been so willing to open his vast wallett. Still this region has squandered many of those dollars too.

kris, I think ur missimg the point. Point is wether a great QB or bad QB, 23 games is not enough time to evaluate a QB. If all those HOF QBs had those numbers at 20 games,then its not unusual for Henne to have similiar numbers

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