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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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Unfortunately, this team has become arguably one of the worst run franchises in sports. We have become the Lions, Browns, Raiders, etc...

We have become a LOSER franchise!!

Let's Go Heat!!!!!!!!!!!

MANGINI

MANGINI

I CAN'T SEE TONY IS COMING BACK

Well said Bill...
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Ahole: His reputation has been distroyed by his performance and by the Dolphins lack of respect for him. Fist humper has become a joke to the players and the fans. There is no way the Dolphins can keep him. If they do the fans will have a field day at the expense of Tony "Fist Humper " Sparano and the Dolphins.

remember the good old days when all we had to worry about was matt roth in his baseball cap on the stationary bike day after day ahhh those were the days

LOL DB!!!!

Sparano thinks he is Roy Orbison!

BOY DAN SNYDER AND AL DAVIS BOTH SEEM LIKE GENIOUSES RIGHT NOW! LOL............

TUNA. PLEASE COME BACK.LOL

If Ross wants to learn maybe he should call Don Shula

The Mangini meeting was clearly NOT a job interview, just a brain-picking session.

Very upset over all this other stuff but this is a non story, folks.

If you think Ross was willing to shell out that kind of money for a "name" and was also interested in Mangini then you seriously need your head examined!

DC Dolfan,

I'm on your side more but I do see some optimism. Like I said FA isn't a problem. Miami clearly has done a bad job at it for the most part but isn't afraid to spend. They bidded against themselves for Smiley and Grove to retool the offensive line which was good when they both played on it. But both cam with injuries concerns and that was their undoing. Miami paid what they had to land Dansby because he wanted to play for NY but money talks.

Harbaugh didn't come to Miami because the offense is bare. No QB, RB, legit #2 WR, TE, missing at least 2 to 3 linemen. San Fran has young offensive line that looks set for the future, RB, top 3 TE, they need a QB which is the same as Miami but there is still is talent assembled

ALoco!!!

They canceled the meeting because you were supposed to supply the Meatball Sandwiches!!!

DONT KNOW ABOUT YOU GUYS BUT I"LL BE HAPPY FOR 4 WINS IN 2011! LOL.............

Park all the out side names and call the coach and qb that one every season here for help

The Miami Clippers!

THREE STOOGES CLOWNS ARE LIVING IN MIAMI AS :MR .ROSS, IRELAND AND SPARANO :)

Why would they ask Mangini for advice? Is it REALLY that bad? Holy Bejesus!

The dolphins have now earned the right to be laughed at by everyone like the Bills & the Lions.

Hell, even those 2 teams, having worse records than us, showed improvement!

IN THE SAME TIME THEY WERE TALKING EXTENSION FOR SPARANO ,THEY WERE TALKING TO MANGINI, THE ART OF DECIT .

MY COUSINS LISTERINE JONES AND CLOROX WILSON BE COMIN TO MIAMI NEXT YEAR. EVERYTHIN GOIN BE OK. THEY GOOD.


The Pats are 14-2, with a bunch of ROOKIES. They have 3 picks in the top 33 in the draft. These guys are reloading while we're all playing with our frank 'n' beans.

Posted by: DC Dolfan | January 07, 2011 at 04:38 PM

DC, It's all done with witchcraft,If Mr. Hoodie wis in Mass. In the 1600s he would have been burned at the stake...., BTW, They have 9 picks in the 1st 3 rounds next year.., Not bad for a rebuilding team huh....

Victor-You and Assmando should go get some flowers, chocolates and a 55gal drum of ass lube, p/u Phony Morano and have yourselves a menage a trois, fist-pumping lovefest at some motel while watching an endless loop of field goal attempts.

Oh, and BTW, Assmando, if you're gonna write about your fist-pumping ass-capades w/Phony Morano and other dumbass fans-use the spellcheck...you're an embarassment as a self-descrbed "writer" & you're a clueless-mediocrity-loving-apologist.

As fans, we deserve better performance, both on the field and in the newspaper/blog.

The only notable accomplishment of Mangini is that he once made a cameo appearance on the Sopranos !!!
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Ross = Al Davis (...with a TurnTable)
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SPARANO WILL BE THE ONLY REASON BELICHICK DOESNT RUN UP 80PTS ON US IN 2011! LOL...........

Fans can look at it any way they want. But I've been a fan for 30 years. And last I checked, I'm not a moron, and I have some common sense.

Look at Miami's recent history (last decade). All you see are mistakes. Any time a decision was made, it was the wrong one. Whether choosing a coach, drafting players, free agency, play-calling, you name it, we messed it up. Even up to taking Jake Long, a ProBowler, can probably now be officially deemed a mistake since we could have had a franchise QB (Matt Ryan) who would have helped the team more just because of the position he plays.

I don't care anymore about wins and losses. Baby steps people. We need to stop making mistakes as an organization. I won't say this episode is a mistake, but it sure feels like it. Time will tell.

But I just want an organization that is SMART for once. Not the Bad News Bears.

STILL LOL @ EVERYBODY LOVES SPARANO

TALK EXTENSION THEN TALK TO MANGINI.THE ART OF DECIT .

Yazzi,

I remember that. That was his one year as Man-genious. Tony said I should go say hello.

Harbaugh will be the next 49ers head coach. They just reached a deal...First to hear it guys!

If I was Sparano I would go through free agency, the draft, training camp. Then on the night before the first game I would hand in my resignation. Tell ROSS thanks but no thanks.

NEVER IMAGINED A FIN OWNER MAKING HUIZENGA LOOK GENIUS! LOL...............

Way to go old boy ross, you just proved to have as much balls as sparano for taking the risk most people wanted in cohwer or harbaugh...what a mistake, something tells me if henning indeed wanted to be back with this group, he most likely would have gotten spordrainos vote of confidence. Well, get used to seeing the same dead beat stadium for 2011 if football is played Mr. Ross...youve earned it..Oh and please do us all a favor and keep REAL quiet when it comes to naming dan marinos successor or a SB appereance for next year, okay RALPH!!!!

Yeah Cuban that's why this stuffs on Parcells and Ireland. Morons with the draft, trading up, trading down and nothing to show for it.

THE HYENA COWER PUT A CHINESE VOODO HEX ON MR ROSS FOR NOT HIRE HIM AND GIVING HIM 80 MILLION DOLLARS TO GO TO THE BAHMAHAS WITH MISS OPHRA WINFRY AND DRINK RUM AND PLAY BONGOS ALL DAY.

NOW MR ROSS WILL ACT CRAZY COO COO UNTIL THE HEX IF LIFTED. GET ((((MR SPOCK)))) ON THPHONE!

This just in...

Jason Taylor to miss the playoffs due to a torn abdominal muscle, from laughing his head off!!!

Check out ESPN.com if you don't believe it. Harbaugh headed to the 49ers. What does this tell you???

Ross & company are the most incompetent bunch in the NFL!

andy we need to build through draft more than free agency. and with ireland here that wont happen

Andy, I hear you on being semi-optimistic. I do think Miami will be able to pick-up some players. But then something else will mess things up.

I'm saying the organization doesn't yet know how to stop making mistakes, and that will ultimately doom any progress they make (like '08 to today).

COULD THIS BE THE START OF THE FINS MOVING TO L.A?

Do people here not like Chinese people?

The Harbaugh deal with the 49ers was announced hours ago, dude.

Aloco firstly, it's deceit. Secondly, It's not the art of deceit, it's the art of an incompetent an dysfunctional orginization. Especially looking for advioce from a twice fired head coach who has a track record of mediocrity with NYJ & losing with Cleveland.

JOE SHMOE,

SPARANO NEEDS ME AS HIS AGENT. I CAN MAKE IT HAPPEN. STAR HIS OWN TV SHOW, "EVERYBODY LOVES SPARANO"! HE'S THE MOST LOVED MAN IN THE NFL RIGHT NOW! LOL.............

i love to eat dog food and cheese .

bill_cnnrs

I agree but with so many holes this team can't fill all the needs in just the draft.

Three Cheers for the TRI-F*ckedus!

Since, we're going to have to go through another year with Sparano, then we need to do the following:
1. Hire a proven offensive coordinator that can coach QBs.
2. Draft Ryan Mallett from Arkansas to compete with Mr. Chad "Roboto" Henne.
3. We need speedy RBs and receivers, so let's get going.

Joe Schmoe, Im fukin tired of talking to you. I have told you over and over why I am optimistic, either you dont get it or dont want to get it. Im tired of posting the same shyt over and over. Cancel your DirecTv if it makes you happy. Anyone who looks at Dansby's numbers this year and asks what he did must be joking. Anyone who watches Marshall snatch the ball out of the air and what he does on the field cant be serious asking that question. Im also sick of some of you out of state motherfuers telling me how I should spend my money or how I should think. You dont live here, you dont spend one cent on this team. I could care less what your brilliant thoughts are. I tell you what I believe and guess what?? IM RIGHT A HELL OF A LOT MORE THEN WRONG. Get over it. Stay here and cry, I have work to do. In the words of Tom Coughlin, "you can line up and kiss my ass"

lol Martin

BLACKEROTE,

I BLOGGED ABOUT THAT. DESTROY THE FAN BASE LOVE. NO OPPOSITION TO MOVING TO LA! LOL........

Andy (@ 4:55 PM)

Those episodes
R O C K E D !!!


...Siragusa made an 'appearance' too.
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BILL COWER IS PART CHINA MAN. THERE WERE PEOPLE HERE YESTERDAY TALKING WHERE THE SAW THIS ON TV AND YOU CAN TELL BY HIS (((EYES))...HIS GRAND MOTHER ON MOTER SIDE WAS CHINESE.

Don't be silly John! We're just pulling your CHANG!

or with free agency andy.

repeat after me---WE WILL COMPETE FOR THE BILLS TORONTO RIGHTS TO COMPETE IN CANADA----
Now Sporedraino will probably get a 8 $$$ million contract extension and become the highest paid joke in NFL history!!!!

THE DOLPHINS HAVEN'T WON CRAP SINCE THE YEAR I WAS BORN 73...WHAT'S ANOTHER YEAR GUYS ..COOL DOWN..THE FANS I FEEL SORRY FOR ARE THE ONES THAT ARE GETTING REAL OLD!

Cuban, check the labels. A lot of dog food come with the cheese product already in there.

joe,

thanks for correcting me .mangini is a panic move .Now it's clear to me SPARANO WILL NOT BE BACK ..


WHAT ADVICE YOU GET FROM MANGINI , THEY WOULD TALK TO HIM THEN FIGURE IT OUT IF HE'S INTERESTED IN THE JOB OR NOT.

This is by far the lowest I have felt about this team in my 25 plus years as a fan. I defended this team up until the end of this year and now they have become non defendable. We as fans are a laughing stock to the rest of the NFL. Mr. Ross has ruined my football enjoyment so badly that I can't even watch the nfl network or espn for a while. Atleast we have the draft in April.

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