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Dolphins, Sparano will talk contract 'adjustment'

And now it is time for the other shoe to drop.

With the Dolphins and their ownership turning their attention back to keeping Tony Sparano as the club's head coach,the idea now is to find peace within the ranks before presenting a calm, happy, united front before the media in a press conference that is planned for today but whose exact time has not yet been determined.

Well, to get that family portrait just right the Dolphins must make coach Tony Sparano a happy camper. And after a week in which ownership said some things and did others, kept Sparano employed but also sought ways to replace him, bringing the coach back to a state of joy is going to require some hard work.

And that is the work that is happening at this hour.

A source in the ownership group tells me the team is working on ways to soothe things over by, among other things, discussing the "adjustment of Sparano's contract."

I suppose in regular everyday English that means the Dolphins are going to talk with Sparano's agent Jimmy Sexton about some sort of contract extension or pay raise or some guarantees of some sort.

I also have been told some of the conversation in today's meetings are supposed to involve Sparano's coaching staff. I reported to you Thursday that offensive coordinator Dan Henning and the team have parted ways. So, obviously, names of possible replacements might be a topic as well as the job security of various other assistants.

All of Miami's assistants are under contract for 2011.

Another topic that would have to be broached is the relationship between Sparano and general manager Jeff Ireland. They were once joined at the hip. They were part of a trio, including Bill Parcells, that was supposed to turn the Dolphins into champions.

Well, Ireland disconnected from Sparano in recent weeks and found a way to find favor with ownership that Sparano did not. And Ireland was on that team that went to California to seek out Jim Harbaugh as a possible replacement for Sparano.

So there are some frayed feelings there. No, the relationship is not broken. But it definitely is different now. There are issues there now.

Those issues have to be addressed.

This is probably not going to be a one-sided conversation. So perhaps ownership will have items it also wants to vent about to Sparano.

I would be careful about venting too much, however. Otherwise, that happy family portrait the Dolphins are hoping to unveil later today might not look quite right ... or might not get unveiled at all.

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JUST SAW A FAN HOLDING A SIGN CALLING MR ROSS "MR RUDE"! LOL..............

MR RUDE LOSES............. LOL.......

Aloco, the Dolphins are real dumb, not the Niners. Harbaugh saw what was going on here. The treatment, the process, etc...

Ross learned a hard lesson and so did we. You can't treat an NFL franchise like real estate.

Anyone still think Ross hasn't damaged the Dolphins image through out the rest of the league?

Bring in Ricky, smoke some weed and have a love fest! That's what seems to be next! What a bunch of Moron's!

I don't think the Dolphin's image can be ruined regardless. It's all about WINS. If you're a loser, you're a loser, and people just laugh anyway.

this is officially the worst franchis ein the nfl now. so sad. the only thing we can do now is go 0-16 and draft luck and make another run at cowher. but i knew our coach sucked, i knew our gm was awful, and now i know our owner is retarded. u kept ireland over getting cowher. unreal. i hope that stadium is empty all of next year.

I think Ross is thinking to himself "Man, what did I get myself into"

JOE SHMOCK,


HARBAUGH PICKED 49'S B/C IT'S HIS HOME TOWN,THAT SIMPLE,HE'S NOT GOING TO COME TO F GRADE STATE IN EDUCATION LIKE FLORIDA .

VIVA SPARANO

yeah 5 year deal with the 49ers. sorry ross you shmuck! hopefully the dolphins will be worse next year and you either sell the team or move them out. this a##hole had mangina coming in for a meeting too. what the hell is this moron doing? this guy should not even have the privlidge of being a nfl owner.

I Agree that Jeffery(Hollywood)Ross might be more clueless then Wayne(Be kind and rewind)(or I'll fine you five dollars)Huizenga, Bot do I miss the Robbie's.......

pft says dolphins having a 445 pm roundtable meeting with the media hey ross when you and sparano are feeding the wolf later dont forget to feed it my season ticket renewal later losers

Extension makes no sense at all. shouldn't you have to earn one? No offense, I like Sparano as a person... but this is really starting to sound like a plan to move this team to LA. for the goal of 2012. Not trying to be a story starter, but it is sounding really weird.

Aloco, that may have something to do with it. But, you REALLY don't think what they did to Sparano, the state of the roster & offense HAD nothing to do with him with taking less money to pick San Fran??

If you believe that, I have some ocean view property in New Orleans I'd love to sell you.

So much going on here I look forward to hearing the "true" story. They were looking for consultation from Mangini???

MAYBE HARBAUGH WUSSED OUT AND FIGURED IT'S A LOT EASIER TO WIN IN THE NFC WEST THAN FACE BELICHICK TWICE A YEAR TRYING TO WIN IN THE AFC EAST! THEN DEAL WITH THE DYSFUCTION OF OWNERSHIP TOO BOOT!

Tony Sparano is a good coach for this team. We are missing a couple of good players and a very good oc. Please get a very oc and we are going to the playoffs in 2011.

IN YEAR 2 THIS COLLAGE GUY WILL BE RESIGNING .

Oh come on Mando, they'll just toss Tony another million and there goes the hard feelings, you seem so worried about it.

This is the BIG leagues, Tony does the same crap to the players. You writing news articles defending them.

Get out from under Tonys bed and move on about the "hurt feelings".

no way ross made his money, guy is a retarded rock. maybe he won the lottery or something. what a joke this team is now. everyone should cancel season tickets.

It's embarrassing to even wear any miami dolphins merchandise at this point Mr. Ross has made this once proud organization look like romper room. I think most other NFL fans are laughing at us fin fans and rightfully so.

Giving Al Davis a run for his money in the crazy dept isn't Mr. Ross? The man's a menace!!! Give Sparano an extension? For what? Another year of jumping up and down like a jack-in- the -box for field goals? This team is now the worst in the AFC East, and I haven't been this apathetic about an upcoming season in a long time as I am now. I don't remotely even see a glimmer of light at the end of this nightmare. Steve Ross, Tony Sparano, Chad Henne, HORRIBLE trifecta!!!!

No Cowher, No Harbaugh, No Chucky, but thats OK. We thought there was No Sparano, but now there is a Sparano sighting who is getting a pay raise with a 7-9 record. No Henning, maybe No Henne. Mr Ross, maybe No fannys in the bleachers next yr, and plenty of blacked out home football games, if there is a 2011 season. Good job Mr. Ross, you Michigan idiot.

MR.ROSS LOOKS LIKE A FOOL ,DON'T KNOW HOW TO RUN A SPORT ORGANIZATION !

Looking at the schedule, anyone finding more than 4 wins next year???

poizen the only reason they are giving him an ext is cause they think this way free agents and a new oc will actually want to come here. too late for that, everyone knows sparano will be fired in midseason. no proven oc will ever come here, and def no free agents will. like i said we need to go 0-16 so we can draft luck and fire everyone. hire cowher finally if he even would still come here

Mando, you're saying that Ireland wanted to keep Sparano and then you're saying that Ireland threw Sparano under the bus by accompanying Ross on this fiasco.

If Harbaugh was going to report to Ireland, don't you think it makes sense if he came along to meet with him and let him know how he operates?

Personally, I would have been concerned if Ireland hadn't come along because that would mean that Ross would have been willing to can Ireland for a guy who's never been an NFL head coach in his life over two guys who've won Super Bowls.

Excuse me Mando "frayed feelings".

Congrats to the 49ers, they got a good one. Obviously he never wanted to leave the bay. We were used to get more money. Nothing more, nothing less.

They say there's a "media sitdown" with Ross and Ireland today. If true, good, good.

miami steve wake up man, nobody wants to come here and work for a lameduck coach.

Poizen, It reminds me of the Movie "Major League" Where the owner tried to field the worse team possible to get it moved, Wouldn't be surprised if Mr. Hollywood is trying the same scam to get his team to move to where else??, That's right Los Angles home of Hollywood... HUMMMMMM, I wonder if "Home" is checking into this possible conspiracy....

If Al Davis has a winning record and we dont Ross officially becomes dumbest owner in the league! LOL..............

I wonder what is REALLY going on in davie
this does'nt make a lot of sence

do you yhink there may still be a backdoor coach search going on ?

Apparently ERIC MANGINI was the Fallback in case Sparano walked...

Stephan Ross = Al Davis (..with a TurnTable)
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Go sparano it's ur birthday yes he is back

Go sparano it's ur birthday yes he is back

I wouldn't give Sparano anything. Show me a blueprint for improvement & then I'll consider changes.

Rich people think you can just fix everything with money. In this case, you may be paying somebody MORE money to make things worse for you.

Ross is showing utter incompetence.

Steven Ross soundly beaten by Jedd "Clampett" Ross! LOL...............

MR.ROSS LOOKS LIKE A FOOL ,DON'T KNOW HOW TO RUN A SPORT ORGANIZATION , DON'T COUNT ON ME TO SIT ON THE STANDS :(

franchise is done fellas. what a waste of a year next season is. lets hope they strike

Could some of you people at least pretend to know what you are talking about? If you don't give him an extension, no OC worth a damn will come here. Same goes for any good free agents. And yes, the team would tune him out. Give him an extension, and those problems go away. Plus, everyone knows if they don't make the playoffs, he will get fired. So can you people seriously chill the hell out? This is the smartest thing the owner has done this week.

bill_cnnrs, I can absolutely seeing it take them forever to land even an unknown young OC willing to risk what he has to come here for a season.

Like that FA safety who would leave his train conductor job for a shot at going to the playoffs LOL

That's how far this origination has sunk.

Sparano deserves an apology, money and an extension from Ross and Ireland, in public. Good for Tony

This is not that difficult to understand:
Sparano has no other team interested in him...
The Dolphins don't have another head coach willing to take over the coaching job...
So... Sparano stays, by default.


On the other hand,
Ross is a pompous idiot who's only interested in "sexy" coaches and has-been celebrities to sit at the owner's box...
He can't make an intelligent decision that has to do with football. it's beyond him.

As long as he's the owner,
It's quite simple, we're doomed.

ON THE WORLD TODAY IT'S BETTER TO GET A MONEY APOLOGY THAN JUST SAYING WE R SORRY .

VIVA SPARANO

DOWN W/GANG OF DEFEAT


Espn saying harbough going to 49r's for $5 mil?

THIS is going to be ONE HECK OF A MEDIA SESSION AT 4:45 !!!

This is almost as fun as Game Day...LOL
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Sorry $25 over 5 years

hahaha, franchise is lost. Man, if Florida wasn't surrounded by water, all of oyu guys would be Mexican by now.

Worse than France.

BOBBYD12........ WE THINK A LIKE

It'll be sooo funny if sparano goes to playoffs had the niners regress. After all that.

NFL Live saying Sparano only getting a 1yr extention. Ross now compounding idiousy with lunacy!

ONE YEAR EXTENSION? THAT'S A GREENLIGHT FOR MUTINY. THEY BETTER SEE ABOUT TRADING MARSHALL BECAUSE HE'LL BE LEADING THE REVOLT! lol........

Aloco, can we all get a money apology from Ross?

Mando stirring the pot as usual. That is what fake journalist do right! Good thing you work for an organization where politics do not exist and peoples feelings dont get hurt. Not to mention favoritism and people trying to save their own skin. This stuff only occurs within the Dolphins organization. Wow it must be so tough for you to see that kind of busines environment. You and your followers are so fortunate that stuff doesn't happen in their jobs.

Mike Dee left the Boston Red Sox for this steaming pile of sh** organization.

Probably like to have that one to do all over again........

@Yazzi...on fire Bro!

@Mark in T...I'm in Cali, no bomb shelter but birds are mysteriously falling from the sky!

WHAT A F'ING JOKE!!!!!!

u want to replace the guy, u fail so now he gets more years and maybe more money... this is the mose distaste i've had for this team in my 30+ plus years as a fan, including 1-15, at least they just sucked and that was the reason for the record. this is failure created upon themselves! i wouldnt mind a lock out now

Go sparano it's ur birthday yes he is back

Jon, we understand the need for it but do you really think it means anything? It's a financial apology. No coordinator is gonna say..Oh, they gave Tony an extension. I feel safer there!

HELL NO! They're gonna think, isn't that the guy the entire organization threw under the bus looking to upgrade?

NO OC worth damn is coming here with or without an extension!! I don't think people realize how bad the Dolphins look in league circles.

They're still me team and all but, man...it is certainly ugly.

HOT OFF THE PRESS

Jim Harbaugh's five-year deal with the 49ers will be worth $25 million.

He played us like a cheap violin.

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