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Sparano has no endorsement but gives one to Henning

Tony Sparano has not seen Dolphins owner Stephen Ross is some time and consequently has not received any assurances he will continue to be the Dolphins head coach in 2011. But, in case you're wondering, he is endorsing offensive coordinator Dan Henning as his guy.

Sparano was asked during today's press conference if he has met with Ross recently.

“I haven’t visited with him, no, and that’s not my problem right now,” Sparano said. “My problem is to get ready for the Detroit Lions. That’s what I’m charged with.”

For the sake of clarification, I asked Sparano if he's received any sort of endorsement or assurance from Ross that he will be the Miami coach in 2010. He has not.

“I just need to get my team to get ready to play this week," he said. "That's what I need to do. Everything is else is beyond my control. Let someone else deal with it."

Sparano must deal with picking a coach to run Miami's offense in 2011. I have reported previously that most people in the Dolphins facility expect offensive coordinator Dan Henning to retire. But if Henning were to get a wild-hair idea about returning in 2011 after his unit finished 31st in the NFL in scoring (where it currently ranks), Sparano sounds like he'd be fine with that.

“I think that Dan Henning, for Tony Sparano, has been tremendous,” Sparano said, using the often fatal third-person reference to himself in his speech. “I think the guy has done a wonderful job during my time here. I look at the entire body of work, you guys just look at the last three or four games.

"I look at the whole body of work and this guy has done a tremendous job. He’s the same guy that we were all talking about, ‘Man oh man, he finds the ways to use the personnel to the best of their ability.’ That was you people saying that not me. So I would tell you for Tony Sparano Dan Henning has been tremendous. It's easy to point blame, fellas, and I get it. it comes with the territory. That's the way it goes. I need to do a better job. Tony Sparano needs to do a better job.”

Here's my thinking: Sparano went overboard to defend Henning. I don't believe that was by accident. And I hope he fully intends to see Henning off with a gold watch or whatever the Dolphins give their retiring assistants who had terrible seasons.

Ultimately, Sparano will be judged by whether, in fact, Henning returns next year. I believe if he makes the pitch to Ross that he just made to the public about Henning, he will lose all credibility with the owner. I don't think that will happen. I think, I hope that was just for public consumption.

I just wish coach would realize we're not stupid. Dumb, maybe. But not stupid. We understand he's saying something that ultimately won't mean squat. So why say it and hurt your credibility?

... Unless, of course, he actually means this stuff with the zeal he used, in which case I would seriously worry about this franchise's future.

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Marino as a OC???............my god i almost pissed my pants laughing at that one odin.....GOOD one!!!!

Marino already bailed on us once. He doesn't need the long hours and all the bullshyt that comes with a coaching position. Most of all though, Dan Marino is a hero to the Miami fans, last thing he wants to do is fail and tarnish that image. I can't blame him one bit, he is living the dream life. No need to screw it up.

This is from another writer and I thought it had some interesting points so here goes,

"Bill Cowher would be an excellent “get,” one with longstanding ties to Carl Peterson, Steve Ross’ business partner and trusted adviser. Not only was it Peterson who brought Cowher in as Marty Schottenheimer’s defensive coordinator at Kansas City in 1989, but a decade earlier it was Peterson, as the Eagles’ director of player personnel, who signed Cowher as an undrafted linebacker out of N.C. State".

"I know Ross told our Sarah Talalay last month in New York that Peterson would have no official role with the Dolphins going forward, but that doesn’t mean his advice isn’t valued or solicited on football matters. Why wouldn’t it be when those two spend so much time discussing their highly successful FanVision venture. (Notre Dame had a representative at the Bills game Sunday to check it out for potential implementation.)"

"At the same time, if the goal is simply to keep this franchise moving in the direction of consistent excellence – rather than sending another jolt through a bored and jaded fan base – sticking with Sparano and Jeff Ireland makes a lot of sense. Continuity is huge, especially when it’s becoming increasingly rare around the NFL. Your point about all those undrafted rookies panning out is well made and certainly plays into the Quinella’s favor."

"Henne, however, could well thrive again if, say, the Dolphins go out and reunite him with Scot Loeffler, his old Michigan position coach and a proven commodity who is expected to be released from a contract that binds him to the Florida Gators for one more season. The timing of that release will be crucial, but it figures to happen soon after the New Year’s Day bowl game against Penn State."

I found it interesting that he said "thrive again" because I don't think some fans realize how good this kid was in college. He has definitely regressed tons and I can't blame it all on him. He was a young kid coming into the league and the current coaching staff did not develop him properly. It's not all theri fault but the Henne haters have to realize the coaches DO have some responsibility in his poor play.

Henne is Mr. Roboto, in his play and in his pressers, WE need another Vet or young gun in here to push this man so WE all can find out if he has anything to offer in the nfl cuz i havent seen anything but inconsistancy and nervousness from the kid thus far.....having Penny, thigpen , and now ramsey play baybsitter behind him gives him no reason to play like his JOB depended on it.

Where the hell is Homes!This weather is insane.Homes,come in Homes!

WOULD BE NICE FOR MARINO TO COME BACK AND COMPETE W/MARSHALL IN SUITS WEARING .

Homes, what the hell is going on?

Tokyo, Japan (CNN) -- A magnitude 7.4 earthquake off the coast of Japan early Wednesday triggered a tsunami warning for a group of remote islands and an advisory for the southern region of the country, the Japanese Meteorological Agency said.

The U.S. Geological Survey said the quake, which occurred 3:19 a.m., is about 95 miles (155 km) from Chichi-shima, Ogasawara Islands.

A tsunami is a series of destructive sea waves caused by an earthquake, and the warning required people in the islands to evacuate from the seashore immediately to safe places.

Do they even sell Isotoner Gloves anymore? Those were awesome 80's driving gloves(you are a complete badazz if you sport driving gloves)

Homes,all world news is about severe weather disasters first eight minutes.No one knows why?Please, what the hell is going on?

To bobbyd 12,
you hit a nerve you freakin' idot moron pig F&&k ! Marino bailed on us???????? Check again you major F-ING retard!!!!! Johnson wanted a running game and brought Jabar who they ran relentlessly!!! Traded receivers and went to a majority of running plays. Marino still wanted to play and he only got an offer from Minnesota. Check your history before you speak A-HOLE.

Derick, this isnt the f#c%ing wheather channel blog buddy, its a sports blog, take your @ss to cnn.com if you want further details, the only storm im concerned with at the momment is the aftermath of this FO after this year!!!!

Mando,
Need better players not better people at the top you say.

Where are those better players going to come from? Free agency? These are the free agents signed by the 3 stooges: Ernest Wilford, Chad P (twice), Gibril Wilson, Jake Grove and Karlos Dansby. Every quality free agent that Ireland has interviewed has gone elsewhere with the exception of Dansby who only signed here because we made him the highest paid LB ever (look it up).

Through the draft? We have more acorns starting for us than draft picks that the 3 stooges made.

Via trade? What do we have to trade with? All of those that had value left and we got nothing in return (Porter, JT, Roth, Adele, Wilson etc).

Not 1 f u c k i n g skill player added to the running game in 3 drafts.

Our yards/carry is 3.7 which ranks 31st in the NFL.

WHO HAS THE KEYS TO THE CELLAR ?

superPhin,weather is superImportant!Unless indoors we really need to know what is going on during all this man made weather.Maybe you have not looked but the weather is insane everywhere!

Aloco,
To get to the cellar you need to use the BACKDOOR.
The 3 stooges and Chad P are waiting in there for you.

JEEF IRELAND..does not know what he's doing either he's learning on the spot..today the cowboys place wr teddy williams to the active roster ..why because the dolphins wanted to claim him,,if you don't know teddy williams his a worldclass sprinter who's learning to play football..he runs 4.21..well this is another sign the ireland is kearning on the spot ..he's a;ways going after cowboy players..no less a speed demon name teddy..don't you think it's alittle to late to go after a speed wr when the seasons is almost over..now he knows he should have gone after one..jacoby ford would have been a great pick but no brandon marshall prescence was enough to scare cordinators...inside the 20 but not bettween the 20's...like i said jee ireland is learning on the job...bill parcells student..and he's learning on our expense...

BLACKCEROTE ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,EVERY TIME WE GET A WR WE NEED ANOTHER WR TO HELP HIM OUT,WHAT THE HELL .


JEEF IRELAND..does not know what he's doing either he's learning on the spot..Today the cowboys place WR Teddy Williams to the active roster ..why because the dolphins wanted to claim him,,if you don't know teddy williams is a worldclass sprinter who's learning to play football..He runs 4.21..well this is another sign that ireland is learning on the job ..He's always going after cowboy players..No less a speed demon name Teddy..(get it teddy ginn)..Don't you think it's alittle to late to go after a speed wr when the seasons is almost over..Now he knows he should have gone after one..Jacoby Ford would have been a great pick but no Brandon Marshall prescence was enough to scare cordinators...Inside the 20 but not bettween the 20's...like i said jerk ireland is learning on the job...Bill PARCELLS student..and he's learning on our expense...

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PRICE. I WENT TO CELLAR AND NO ONE IS THERE ,I WAS TOLD THEY ALL MILLINORES AND THEY ALL WENT HOME EXCEPT HENNE ,HE'S ALONE IN THE CELLAR .

Mando,
You cry for the lack of improvisation on the part of Chad Henne at the end of the game?

I was watching his first game at Michigan when on the first series he became the starter due to the injury to John Navarre. As an 18 year old freshman, in front of 100,000+ fans and on national tv his first play he called an audible.

And he holds the Big Ten record for touchdown passes (more than Brady, Brees and Orton).

The difference is Michigan never went out of thier way to make Henne look like an a s s h o l e.

No other team in the NFL pulls the qb on the goal line over and over to screw him out of a performance bonus to supplement his $600k salary.

At the time he was benched he was 9th in completion percentage in the NFL and 12th in yards.

Now the coaches call plays and he executes them flawlessly, and the plays don't work because they're poorly designed plays to start with and you want him to go because he doesn't change the plays to something you like? And you want them to stay?

Doesn't it make more sense to bring in someone that can design plays that do work and have him execute those with robotic precision?

Ricky & Ronnie on the way but it takes them longer to get there because we are 31st in yards/carry and the 3 stooges have not added 1 skill player to the running game in 3 drafts.

WE NEED 3 CONS COMING OUT OF JAIL TO COACH THIS TEAM,DO YOU KNOW ANY PRICE MASTER ?

Henne sucks, open your eyes, look at the Cleveland game and Buffalo game. Most pathetic performances I've ever seen. Drops back in slow motion, throws 2 yard outs on long situations, and instead of avoiding the rush it is like a magnet heading right to it. He is a dumbo, no coaching him out of that.

HENNE WILL BE THE QUATERBACK NEXT YEAR..you think ross the owner of the team ..who went to michigan and compared him to dan marino ..is gonna let them make him look like a fool and get rid of him i think not..i was watching a special interview with dan henning and lesley v. last preaseason ..and dan said that when chad henne takes over he will be great. that he has the right stuff..well this preseason ..bill parcells said he's not happy with henne..why cause they wanted him to be a superstar right away and make them look good..and make dan henning look good.. and when they found out he's still a work in progress they started to bash him..the wildcat saved tony morono from being another dave w. they were 0 and 3 before they did it vs. the pats..with chad pennighton at qb i might add!

Chet, God ur as stupid as a rock. If you remember through ur crack induced conscious, Wayne hired Marino AFTER his playing days to be a special assistant. After about 5 days Marino BAILED and said it would take up too much of his time. If you were a REAL Dolphin fan u would remember that because it wasn't that ling ago, Now please go back to the short bus because NO INE here can be as stupid as you.

wingless hen, PriceMaster just produced a lot of "Facts" about Henne in his last post and all you can come up with is Henne is dumb. Join Chet on the short bus cause ur as clueless as him.

HAPPY CHRISTMAS TO ALL OF YOU ,PRICE,BOBBY,SUPERPHINLACKTHOTE AND DERICK .

Merry Christmas ALoco.

BTW, My brother lives in the NortEast and is a HUGE Fins fan. I won the silent auction at the last game for a Fins helmet autographed by all the coaches and players. I can't wait till he gets it for Christmas!!

MERRY CHRISTMAS ALOCO!

Sorry Aloco I don't know any ex-cons.
Where I live white people work the supermarket register and a 2nd white person bags your groceries. The gardeners and hotel housekeepers are white also.
That's right I'm in Blacksburg, VA.

Let's Go Hokies!

Oddly enough, Marino's postion was VP Football Operations. The same position Huizenga created for Parcells.

CocoaJoe, thank you, I'm glad you remember cause obviously Chet can't.

bobby, oh yes, real facts, try ancient history....only his performance with the fins counts, go watch the game and try to come to a different conclusion... if you think otherwise you probably have a poster of him on your ceiling.

Da nada bobby

BOBBY, THIS A REAL NICE GIFT ,I AM SURE THE MOST VALUBLE SIGNTURE IS DAN HENNIG ,I AM NOT KIDDING .

Henning Aloco? Now why would you think that?

wingless hen, well bad news for u cause more then likely Henne will be our QB next year. I guess you can cackle ur NFL Sunday Ticket in protest.

Bd

Looking at the fact Henne's numbers are not that bad, and looking at the fact he has only played in 25 games, and looking at the fact Ross is a Michigan guy, and looking at the fact that Henning is a disaster, Henne will continue his QB position with the Fins under some new coaching

Should have written 'more than likely'. First learn the language before trying to profess expertise in something else. Try to learn what is a fact, and what is opinion or guesswork too. No more lessons for today...peace out.

The refs call the Roethlisberger fumble correctly and we're 8-6 now.

Carpenter converts 2 of 3 makeable FG's and we're 9-5.

At least I can take pleasure knowing that we f u c k e d up the Jets playoff positioning.

COCO, WHEN THE EXPERTS TRY TO PRICE ANY THING ,THEY LOOK FOR RARITY ,I AM SURE HENNING DIDN'T SIGN MUCH IN HIS LIFE LIKE A PLAYTER IN THE INTERNET AGE PLUS DANN\ HENNING IS THE MOST TALKED ABOUT COACH IN FINS HISTORY FOR LAST 3 YEARS .

P.S...PLAYERS SIGNTURE TODAY OF THE INTERNET AGE IS A BOUT 5 BUCKS BUT HENNING I THINK HE ADD SOME THING .

Last word:

Mando you pounded Pat White all last season for not putting up production from the backup QB spot.

Why no pounding of Thigpen? We got shut out once this year and it was Thigpen's game. Why the silence?

Why no comments on the lack of production from Cobbs and Hilliard?

LMAO @ wingless hen, you are more then likely WRONG, again. FACT

Actually 'more than' is correct. But I have no comment on those conversations.

Christmas Wish list

1. New OC
2. Draft a Qb and let grow behind #3
3. Sign McNabb or V. Young
4. Rest of the picks go towards O this year
5. Keep the the Fist pumping Italian one more year

2010 Miami Dolphins season wasn't worth all the injuries!

The season wasn't even worth Parcells sticking around! Talk about a "red flag" when Parcells left! He wouldn't have walked away during the season if he knew the team were winners!

I've read all the comments, but I feel that the biggest issue in Miami is having a fouling out spark plug(i.e., Chad Henne)! On the field Henne looks like a 3 year old child LOST in a Walmart store! However, then I ask myself, just how did Henne get there? At least New England had a coach left there when the Big Tuna left that WAS NOT an A---- kissing idiot Tuna Butt-boy!

The greatest disappointment is that the triumvirate came in with credibility on building a champion. They've actually acted with trial and error, mostly errors. They've taken production money for obtaining an education on how not to run a team. Sparano is a good guy, too good, and with misplaced loyalties. Seems like a Shula-Ollivadotti repeat when it comes to Henning. I'm not sure how Ross can get sold on another year with these guys. Then again if there is a looming lock out, why change.

“I think that Dan Henning, for Tony Sparano, has been tremendous.”

As a person, I like Sparano. But for that quote alone, he needs to be fired.

I understand that he doesn't want to throw the guy under the bus, but a quote like that makes Sparano seems as oblivious to Henning's stupidity and idiocy as he is to when to call a time out.

Yes, Henning gets 90 percent of the game right, but everybody in the NFL gets 90 percent right. You have to get 98 percent right. 90 percent puts you were you are - at 31. If that's good enough for Tony, then Tony isn't good enough for us.


Da MiAMi DoLPHiNS STiLL CANNoT WiN@H0ME EVEN 2MAKE Da PLAY0FFS-Da Li0NS SAY Da D0LPHiNS r D0NE -- Da LiONS HAVE ALREADY WON n TAMPA -- LiONS SAY ON 2 MiAMi n LETS WiN THERE! UN-f ucn-BELiEVABLE....

IF NOT NOW....DAMN-IT "WHEN"???

(@ MR. STEPHEN M. ROSS, ARE YOU A "PROVEN WINNER OR WHAT???")

***** TO RITE THIS SHIP AGAIN, COACH BILL COWHER IS TOTALLY AVAILABLE RITE NOW *****

COACH BILL COWHER IS ABSOLUTELY "YOUR LOYAL MIAMI DOLPHINS FANS BASE CHOICE" AND CLEARLY "ALL OF THE PEOPLES FAVORITE!!!"

COACH JON GRUDEN IS ALSO AVAILABLE RITE NOW!!! COACH TONY DUNGY IS MOST DEFINITELY AVAILABLE RITE NOW -- THESE SOLID, TOUGH, CHAMPIONSHIP PROVEN COACHES ARE UP CLOSE AND HANDS ON AND "BIGG GAME TIME WINNERS"....

(PROVEN "LOMBARDI TROPHY" WINNERS MR. ROSS)...

MR. ROSS, JUST IMAGINE YOUR MIAMI DOLPHINS PERFORMING AT A HIGH LEVEL EACH AND EVERY WEEK AND EVERY GAME OVER AND ABOVE THEIR PHYSICAL, MENTAL, AND SKILLS CAPABILITIES AND "WINNING" -- EVERYONE IN SOUTH FLORIDA WILL BE TRYING TO GET INTO SUNLIFE STADIUM TO WITNESS THAT KIND OF AWSOME MIAMI DOLPHINS PERFORMANCE, JUST BY THE WORD OF MOUTH ALONE...

MY, MY, MY -- COACH BILL COWHER "IMAGINE THAT"???
STEVE ROSS THAT BUNCH OF "IDIOTS YOU HAVE" RITE NOW AT THE HELM ARE DONE!!!

(IF THE TEAM HAS NO SPEED ON EITHER SIDE OF BALL, DAMN-IT...IT'S YOUR FAULT HENNING) -- THAT SHIP HAS COMPLETELY SUNK!!! MR. R0SS "Y0U" DESEARVE A MUCH BETTER SENIOR MANAGEMENT STAFF AND COACHES FOR YOUR MONEY THEN THAT "AWFUL PISS P00R PERFORMING GROUP"
(SWITZERLAND, MIKE DEE, JEFF IRELAND, TONY SPARANO & DAN HENNING) --- THEY ARE HIGHLY DESPICABLE AND INCOMPETENT 2 SAY THE LEAST!!!
(THE PROBLEM IS YOU WON THE DIVISION IN 2008 -- TWO YEARS LATER YOU HAVE SUNKEN THE DOLPHINS TEAM T0 THE LOWEST DEPTHS OF THEY CANN0T WIN A GAME AT HOME NOW -- ARE YOU BLIND -- CUTT THE DAMN EXCUSES DAN HENNING!!!)
*** SUPA SPECIAL SHOUT-OUT 2 MR. MIKE GOLIC AT MIKEANDMIKE@ESPNRADIO.COM ***

THERE IS ABS0LUTELY NOTHING JEKYLL AND "HIDE" AB0UT YOU -- JUST KEEP ON TRUCKIN' MY MAN....ENJOY YOUR CHRISTMAS AND ALL 0F THE BEAUTIFUL HOLIDAYS THAT BRINGS IN THIS NEW YEAR....

MRjavinbur

Da DOLPHINS Do WAT DEY Do BEST ON Da ROAD "WIN"-UNFORTUNATELY Da DOLPHINS Do WAT DEY Do BEST@HOME AND Da LIONS Do NOT WANT2 CHANGE DAT FACT


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