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Sparano shadow fades only in the offseason

Me? The head is spinning because another offseason has dawned and a handful of Dolphins players are going off on coaches, on each other, on anything and everything they believe is wrong with the organization.

Again.

Over here, you have Ricky Williams whining because, in his opinion, coach Tony Sparano preached too much about scoring touchdowns in the red zone and not fumbling or making stupid mistakes. Of course, Ricky believes this was wasted energy of the zen demon screwu because the Dolphins clearly didn't need to hear about scoring in the red zone or fumbling.

Then Brian Hartline does a radio interview with former University of Miami quarterback Gino Torretta on WQAM and complains the Dolphins are apparently too regimented and stick to the game plan too closely and need to "make some plays off schedule" to be more effective.

And Brandon Marshall finally explains comments he made after Sunday's season-finale in which he said the offense was not speaking the same language and on different pages. I specifically asked him, by the way, to explain what he meant by speaking a different language during his press conference Sunday and he didn't wish to be specific.

But he got specific on the Michael Irvin show, explaining that in his relationship with previous quarterbacks the understanding was that even if a read called for the ball to go elsewhere but he had man coverage, the QB would throw the ball up to him and he'd run under it or outfight the cornerback for it.

Marshall's complaint is that quarterback Chad Henne wouldn't do that, but rather would go through his progressions as taught to him by quarterback coach David Lee.

"Henne, the way he plays the game is he goes exactly through his reads, no matter the matchup," Marshall said. "Then you get to the sideline, and it’s some conflict there because they don’t like it."

When Tyler Thigpen got in the game Sunday, however, Thigpen apparently blew off the proper read and threw it to Marshall anyway. And that made Marshall a Thigpen fan. And it also led to an argument between Marshall and Lee on the sideline.

And all that is fair to say, but I still think if men are men and they want to stand for something and actually help the team while the season is still salvageable, it should be said during the season.

Yet we hear nothing -- with the exception of a hint here or there from Marshall -- during the season. By the way, I respect that Marshall said what he said during the season. He made his points and no one argued or had the nerve to contradict him in public. So he gets a nod for some honesty and openness.

Everyone else ... where'd this stuff come from? Where was it all season?

I say all that to say this:

This is the second consecutive season Miami players go into open rebellion after the season is over. Last year, Joey Porter went on a scorched Earth campaign against Tony Sparano and his teammates that ultimately got him a one-way ticket to the waiver wire -- twice.

Channing Crowder also chimed in with certain complaints the genesis of which I can't even remember now and don't give any import to, anyway.

But all of Porter's and Crowder's griping came after the season.

And perhaps a surface analysis of this now two-year trend is that several players don't especially love the way the Dolphins are run and don't necessarily agree with the way Sparano does thing. That could lead you to believe Sparano has lost the locker room.

You'd be wrong.

It should lead you to the exact opposite conclusion.

The fact no one seems to have the guts to speak up during the season, while they are still under Sparano's supervision, says all those complainers and bitchers -- not including Marshall -- feared saying anything. They feared what Sparano might do. They were wary of crossing the coach while the season was still in flight.

It was only after the season ended and they were no longer under Sparano's control that they went off on the team or teammates or the coach.

Again: When the season was on and Sparano held the reins, no one other than Marshall said a peep and even Marshall tamed his comments. It wasn't until after Sparano was out of sight that anyone felt like they could, you know, speak.

That, like it or not, is control.

It isn't always like that in a football locker room.

Cam Cameron lost control of his locker room around the middle of 2007 and before the year was over, players were challenging him on the team plane and cursing him out in meetings. I know of no such incident with Sparano's Dolphins.

Remember that in Nick Saban final season, he lost control of the locker room. He got into an expletive-filled argument with quarterback Daunte Culpepper during practice and players were questioning his intentions the last three weeks as Alabama rumors swirled.

Dave Wannstedt lost the Miami locker room early in 2003.

Jimmy Johnson lost Dan Marino around 1998, perhaps earlier, and the two waged all-out war in 1999, with most of the locker room siding with Marino.

Yet in-season, Sparano rides herd over Miami's locker room. Players may not like him. It's impossible to get 53 gifted people to like one guy telling them what to do, anyway. But none of them showed much desire to criticize Sparano or anything else until they got out from under his shadow.

Control.  

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Joe Buck has the same number of NFL wins as Stanford's Harbaugh. If college success translated to the NFL, Steve Spurrier and Vinny Testaverde would both be shoe-ins for the NFL Hall of Fame.

Is the reason they are talking with Cowher b/c Ross is on the verge of losing his football operations staff? I would hold my nose and accept Cowher for the Fins but man there is a ton of stuff to get over from him. Talk about BAGGAGE... Where to begin? You want to talk about player revolt, no one remembers the climate in Pitt when Cowher. It was awful. Good defense but significant problems on offense until he left. So to hire Cowher you would potentially be replacing the Phins problem of poor offensive production with a coach that lost his job for the same reason. Again is anyone thinking out there in media weirdo fantasy land???

JOE,


IF YOU HIRE THE HEYNA ,YOU R GOING TO PAY HIS PEOPLE MONEY AND YOU KNOW WHO DECIDES THAT ...COWHER ,SO HE CAN HIRE LET SAY A GM FOR 4 MILLION FOR 4 YEARS CONTRACT AS HIS CONTRACT ,SO YOU GOT BE HIS HOSTAGE FOR 4 YEARS ,NO ONE DOES THAT TODAY IN THE NFL.......... SF JUST THEIRED THEIR OWN GM NOT WAITING FOR ANY ONE TO COME TO HIRE HIM FOR THEM .

Wannstache is a good college coach. The grass isn't greener.

Regardless of whether Sparano had control over the locker room, he couldn't get his players to show up consistently on Sundays. At the end of the day, it's all about wins and losses. The last two seasons, Sparano's players have done more losing than winning, and there isn't much hope for the future so long as he's the man in charge.

Step right up, Jim Harbaugh.

JEFF DARLINGTON JUST TWEED ....... DOLPHINS ARE EXPLORING ALL COACHES AND THEY ARE WAITING ON COACH FISHER.


P.S...VERY GOOD YOU GOT TO GO EASY, IT'S A BIG DEAL

that argument about gruden winning with dungys players is the most overrated ridiculous argument ever, he still won the super bowl when dungy couldnt hell the giants beat the supposed greatest team ever a couple years ago against belichick and they were belichicks players and he can do no wrong my point is if you win a super bowl your a damn good coach and gruden is just that

This is stupid Mando.
What does el amigo say?
You hated this regime at first , are you now a dolphin cronie like QAM guys?

Aloco, your CAPS make it almost impossible to understand you. On top of that, your grammar is still an obstacle. LOL

However, my point was simply being that for $7 million, I'd rather give it to a guy who has had success. That's all.

With Harbaugh, he has to be able to have say over personnel. Ireland is all about bigger & slower guys. We need quicker guys. If Harbaugh has no say I wouldn't take the job, if I were him.

JT - Why exactly does the first year under Sparano not count in your calculation?

Thanks Mando, great post!

Me, I'm flummoxed, don't know what to say about Tony. From great expectations and a 2-0 start, to embarrassing home losses to Bills, Browns and the Lions. no comment.

go dolphins

Cowher has been to the mountain top.

Superbowl....been there done that.

Commitment....gotta top off the old bank account, buy a pit bull and name it buttercup killer and then buy a house next door to Jimmy Johnson and retire.

Say no to Buttercup killer

Soiled :)

Soiled :)

JOE,

we are talking 7 millions times 4=28 million
so if you fire the guy you got to give him the money but if you hire an nfl coach like fisher ,you know he will not play hide and seek with you .

I hope Joe Buck can do better then Sparano. Overall, I really like the hiring. I think Joe will bring a new flavor to this team. It is reported that his favorite flavor snow cone is blueberry. The reported also that Joe Buck(coach Buck) was also awarded full control of all the concession stands at Sun Life. Each week he will introduce a new flavor of snow cone available only at Sun Life Stadium.

Hate to say it but Denver is a better fit for Harnaugh. Elway was handed the keys today and has total contol. For a guy who is from the mid-west and has family, Denver certainly has a lot more to offer then Miami. No way, no how I would want my kids raised in this Third World shyt hole.

Joe Schmoe - Harbaugh in Stanford won with a bunch of really big dudes. His philosophy in player types is not that much different than Ireland's. The main difference is he has the foresight and imagination and scouting ability to put it all together. Ireland takes Sparano's input on player selections. That's why, Odrick and Jerry are here. Sparano lobbied for all of them hard from the senior bowl. Probably others too. Misi?

the way elway drinks i wouldnt give him the keys to anything

I assume the earlier post about Harbaugh and the Dolphins was a lame joke. Last night I seriously heard on the radio a rumor that Harbaugh is expected to be announced as a Niner in the next day or 2. Anyone else hear that?

If the end result of this mess was that Fisher somehow winds up in Miami I'd be delighted. Ecstatic, in fact.

If Bud Adams is dumb enough to let him go, please let him land with the Dolphins.

it's official.


carson PALMER BACK NEXT YEAR W/CIN ...so all palmer fans ,it's over .

Aloco, you still make no sense to me. My comment stands. If they are willing to hire Harbaugh & he want's $7 mil a year, I wouldn't. I'd give it to Cowher though. For the sole fact that for that money, I want a guy with a proven track record.

What aren't you understanding, friend? And if you're arguing that a coach ain't worth all the money I say this: You get what you pay for. Sparano is 2-3 mil = a mediocre squad.

Cowher or whoever else - 5-7 million, promise of a better squad with a past to back it up.

Nothing is guaranteed brother. You gotta take chances & pay for quality if you want quality. You can't make an omelet without breaking a few eggs.

Thigpen and Hartline arent Marino and Clayton when it comes to calling their own plays. They should be called on it. What's more amazing is that our oc is so inept that those rogue plays were some of the biggest of the season

Thank you Soiled ! (@ 12:21 PM)


I say...

Fire the DJ at Sun Life Stadium.


KEEP THE HEAD COACH !!
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I agree with Soiled:

Say no to Cowher.
He's been to the mountain top.
The fire in his belly burns no more.
He's looking for a Sunday afternoon hobby because he's bored.
So, he comes out of retirement when he wants?
He picks the team he wants?
No thank you.
Continue with the youth movement.
Find a "diamond in the rough" coach.

I would like HArbaugh, but 7 mil$ for a someone who hasn't coached 1 NFL game yet is a lot of money imo. Either he lowers his demands or we look at other options...Jeff Fisher maybe?

We don't need Harbaugh or Cowher. We have Joe Buck leading this team now. Yay...free snow cones for everyone!!!

JKC, it's not a ridiculous argument. Gruden stepped in to a golden situation with Dungy's team and won the SuperBowl. Once he started picking his own players the team was ripped apart. Read what happened to that locker room Grudens last couple years. It was ripped apart. Gruden blows and needs to stay as far away from Miami as possible. Maybe he can bring his Chucky Act back to the Raiders. Part II

COWER THE WESAL HYENAE WILL TELL MR ROSS I AM HERE TO FIX EVERY THING THEN HE WILL TAKE 60 MILLON DOLLARS AND DISPEAR IN THE BAHMAHA ISLANDS WITH MARTINI DRINKS.

IT WILL TAKE MR SPOCK OR THE LADY ON BEWICHED TO SEE THIS BECAUSE HE IS VERY SNEEKY. THEY WILL GO IN HIS HEAD AND SEE THE PLAN AND THEN GP TELL MR ROSS OF THIS!

JS, you wouldn't hire Harbaugh for $7 mill cause it's too much but you would hire Cowher as a better value? Hmmm, even if Cowher would come here for $7 million - which the figure I read is $8, you need to hire another Gm, another $4m in addition to the $4m you are already paying to ireland plus you would need a top OC because Cowher sure as heck doesn't know offense - another $2-3 m in addition. Harbaugh would hire his own OC, probably one who isn't a seasoned NFl vet for a lower salaray and would not need another GM.

Cowher is too expensive and would probably bolt at the first sign of adversity. This would be the worst hire in my opinion.

Tom, Niners are out of the Harbaugh contest, did u just wake up?

joe,

1- I AM against the hiring of the hyena for i believe he's phony.
2-harbaugh , i wouldn't pay him more than 4 million without an nfl exp


p.s......look at pete carrol .he would be fired today if not for the fact they r in the playoffs with 7-9

Cowher comes here and cans Nolan, yea that's what we want

Please no to Fisher. He's been head coach in Tenn for bleedin ages and what has he ever won....NOTHING.

I'd rather have Cameron back...

To welcome Joe Buck as our new coach, the players all pulled their money together to buy coach Buck a welcome present. They got him a yo-yo signed by the '72 Dolphins and a box of jacks. I can't wait for next year to start.

I WANT TO DISAPPEAR INTO THE BAHMAHA ISLANDS WITH MARTINI DRINKS !!!
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So Aloco, you'd rather stay with the status quo than take a chance on any coach who can fix things? Don't take it from me, look at the results! There are 50 coordinator/coaches who can do what Sparano does. Hardly any of us even knew of him before.

It's pretty apparent we can do better. I applaud for Ross for looking into options. However, he shoul dhev been looking atoptions during the season & act on them after the season. I do not approve of leaving Sparano hanging like this. It's disrespectful & amateurish.

remember , this is the first hire for mr ROSS, IT GOT BE SLOW,SNEAKY .NOT FAST .HE'S A GOOD OWNER .TAKE ALL THE TIME YOU NEED MR ROSS,IT'S YOUR MONEY .

There's no coach worth 7 mil a year, Haubaugh, Cowher or whoever. That's ridiculous. Instead of spending that much money, find me the next Mike Tomlin or Sean Payton.

I guess so, all I heard is he is out of Michigan. Where did you hear he was out of SF?

Go with Harbaugh, Cower plays boring football that doesnt work in today's NFL. Harbaugh - exNFL QB, he can actually coach a QB unlike Soprano and Cower. I just believe Harbaugh, can find ways to move the ball and develop a QB. We will be better off for the future, big mistake if we dont get harbaugh. If possible pull a Mike Dikta and trade your whole draft for Andrew Luck, good luck with tht!

Respectfully disagree about Fisher, Mark.

I think you'd find that he is pretty uiniversally respected as a fine coach and great teacher around the league.

I'd also say that had he been with a stable, winning organization like the Steelers all these years he'd have at LEAST as much success as Cowher did there, and perhaps more than one title along the way.

Bud Adams is a notoriously bad owner and something of a cheapskate as well. Fisher tried to leave for the Dallas job a few years ago (Jones wanted him badly) but couldn;t get out of the contract. If anything, he's shown too much loyalty to that franchise.

Understand your feelings but I think he'd be a terrific hire and would win instantly with the tools to do it.

JOE, I AGREE BUT ROSS DIDN'T KNOW DURING THE SEASON HE WILL FIRE SPARANO .


ANOTHER POINT ,WHERE THE MONEY GOING TO COME FROM TO SIGN A DRAFT QB AND ANOTHER QB LIKE ORTON AND OTHER PLAYERS ?

Joe:

You don't fire a Head Coach because of two 7 - 9 Seasons.
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THAT'S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN
DAN ROONEY
..and
AL DAVIS.
.

Joe Buck has announced that the first thing he will do to help his new team reach greatness again is try to talk Doug Flutie out of retirement. He likes his size(they both wear the same size and can trade cloths if wanted) and he always had a insatiable love for Flutie Flakes. He said Flutie Flakes always made him feel Strong like bull and he will force feed them to the team every day at practice. Stay tuned for more news on our new HC.

I'm getting more depressed, dispirited, bitter by the minute.

Someone try to spin this in a positive light:

Kevin Curtis just signed with KC. I didn't see anything about compensation. Was he cut from the roster?

So, that was Ireland's/Sparano attempt to fix the offense. Sign a guy coming off cancer for a game or two. Throw a couple of passes to him. Then cut him without trying to trade him for compensation.

All this instead of playing 2-3 rookies itching to get some real-game experience (who PROVED they could help the team if given a try).

And there are still people clamoring for this management team. Completely ridiculous!

please lord, no bill cower. Harbaugh would be awesome but don't see it happening, otherwise stay with Tony.

THIS FRANCHISE IS A MESS!

Waaaaaaaaa, Ricky will only talk to David Hyde! Waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa

, I'll show him, I'll trash him in my blog.

What's the matter Armando, drop your pacifier this morning?

WE ARE A PLAYOFF TEAM IF YOU GO BY SEA HAWKS STANDARDS OF 7-9.


HOW IN HELL THAT HAPPENED ?7-9 TAKES YOU TO THE PLAYOFFS

this is how the coaching search started. mr.ross: so tony this has been a long dissapointing season i want to know how your going to fix this mess sparano: were going to start by feeding the wolf mr ross we really are its gonna be great it really is why not us mr ross why not us mr.ross: mr dee get this knucklehead outta here and get me my phone. and so the search began

And if SF is out of the running... the Raiders are now in??

MR SPOCK HAS SENT BRAIN WAVES TO MR ROSS TO LET HIM KNOW OF THE SNEEKY HYENAE WESEL COWER AND HIS PLAN TO TAKE ALL HIS MONEY AND DRINK IN THE BAHMAHA ISLANDS FOR EVER. NOW HE WILL MEET FOR SOUP AND CHIKEN MEAT WITH THE LADY ON BEWICHED AND SHE WILL SHOW MR ROSS THE FUTURE ON A CRYSTAL BOWL SO HE DOESNT MAKE THIS MISTAKES!

give Tony good QB play and we wouldn't be having this discussion. They should definitely be searching for answers at the QB position.

Dear Mr. Salguero

Some time in the future....3 old bullsh itters in a nursing home on some tropical Island talking smack to each.

Old man Johnson : I took em for ? million per season for four years

Old man Parcells : I took em for 4 million per season for four years

Old man ? : I'm gonna take em for millions in there near future.

BullSh itters


Soiled :)

Can't imagine any scenario where Harbaugh would want to coach under that doddering fool Al Davis.

That franchise is a popcorn stand. They just had their best season in eight years and that wrinkled prune fires the coach?? Yeah, I'll bet the top candidates are just lining up for that plum job. Jesus.

GOOBY BRESS!

Joe Buck said to make the players feel like having fun while playing on sundays from now on, he will hire a clown on stilts to hand out snow cones to the players. Also, he will have a bearded lady passing out cotton candy. Magic shows during the halftime in the locker room also. And a chimpanzee in a tutu blowing bubbles on the sideline throughout the games.

be real curious to know what kind of advice our "consultant" is giving the front office right now?

dolfanSF.........HE'S GIVING THEM,THE GOOBY BRESS ROUTINE .


Wow Mando,
You had some decent posts and article at the start of the year , but this :

"Over here, you have Ricky Williams whining because, in his opinion, coach Tony Sparano preached too much about scoring touchdowns in the red zone and not fumbling or making stupid mistakes. Of course, Ricky believes this was wasted energy of the zen demon screwu because the Dolphins clearly didn't need to hear about scoring in the red zone or fumbling."

may be the stupidest and most ridiculous thing I have read in a long time. You may have had a good formal education and use proper grammar , but you remind me of a saying " an educated voice spoken from an ignorant mind ".

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