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Negotiations with Tony Sparano hit a significant snag

The Dolphins have a coach under contract at this hour. But they don't necessarily have a coach.

The negotiations I wrote about in the previous entry on this blog were apparently going fairly well around 3:30 this afternoon when the Dolphins decided to call a media roundtable for 4:45 p.m. to discuss the events of the past week and put a smile on all that has made you frown.

But ...

... at around 4:15ish those talks became a little heated, I'm told. They went astray, I'm told in that you had two sides pulling in different directions. They hit a significant snag in that the sides definitely were not agreeing on a final outcome. And so at that time, the hammer was dropped and coach Tony Sparano or his representative let it be known he wasn't comfortable returning to the Dolphins in 2011.

That serious.

And so, as I said earlier, the Dolphins still had a coach under contract because Sparano is tied to the team for 2011. But they didn't have a coach to put in front of the media with owner Stephen Ross and perhaps general manager Jeff Ireland.

That happy family portrait the Dolphins wanted and intended to put on display was not ready for public viewing.

So the Dolphins called off the round table indefinitely. A spokesman said it could be reconvened in five minutes or five days.

[UPDATE: Dolphins have just rescheduled the roundtable for noon Saturday. This suggests the hurdle the negotiations hit earlier has been overcome, or perhaps overcome to the point sides are very confident they will be resolved by noon Saturday.]

That's all I know.

I do not know the particular topic that caused the gap that kept the sides from having an agreement. I do not know if it was just legalese in a contract that eventually will be overcome by the legal experts -- I'm not betting on that one.

I am told, however, that the sides hope to get this resolved at some point.

So a state of uncertainty exists.

And you thought you'd seen uncertainty with the Miami offense? Ha.

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It's all smoke and mirrors...exactly as some have said here..no OC would show up and take the job here if the coach wasn't "backed" by the owner...simple as that, don't read too far into it guys. And for all of you that want Tony...well it's on you when more of the same happens next year...how about you guys vow to stay off this blog if you are wrong..amd I'll do the same if you are right.. Any takers eeehhem bobby12

Mad props to Sparano. He went from dead man walking, to getting a raise and a 2 year extension. He totally hustled Ross. Anyone that can shake down a billionare gets a tip of the hat from me. And some of you said he had no balls lol. He just ate ross's for dinner. And funny, Ireland didn't get an extension, did he?

SAM, GIVE IT UP AND CHEER YOUR TEAM .THE CIRCUS IS OVER.

IN THE NEW CONTRACT SPARANO HAS TO SIGN ON ALL NEW COACHES HIRED ,PERIOD .THAT'S GOOD B/C HE CAN PICK HIMSELF PEOPLE LIKE NOLAN.

JOE,

IF YOU NOTICE I AM ALWAYS NICE TO YOU .

It's funny. 3 people on this board really think this extension means:

A. It's a ringing endorsement of Sparano instead of major damage control

B. This is proof that Sparano is a good HC

whatever these guys are smokin, I want some. My parliaments don't get me that high!

Bobby12 has some good juice or smoke over there...he lives what Tony has done for the team and he thinks we are in a great spot...
So they allow Internet access at the crazy house?

A QB, Tony, a QB, serviceable, good, it doesn't matter.

who is more retarted, booby2 or aloco? i say boobyd...he probably cheers when his child fails a test and says he can only get better.

Jon you are delirious

dam bobby long term stragety? are you ok lol you do realize ross just spent like 2 days in california trying to replace this bozo right? contract extension means nothing he wont be here past next year my man if you cant see that you are blind

This administration is a joke. Stephen Ross and Ireland are tools! Boycotting dolphins this year. Be prepared for another crappy 2 years. I cannot believe Ross passed on Cowher in favor of Ireland running the show.
Ridiculous!

Tony didn't eat Ross noots, it's all a smoke screen man...get it through Jon and bobby

If Stephen Ross is worth 3 bil, then obviously he was hustled and screwed out of at least 5 bil. Harbough poped this guys housing bubble for real

Ease up Marc. Have you read the excerpts of Tony's remarks at tomorrow's presser yet?

And I quote:
"Mr. Ross, Jeff, Mike and I had a good conversation. I think Mr. Ross was tremendous. Just tremendous with...everything...he's done for me."

"This is the best job a man can have, really. I mean, where else can you completely f*** up, and then get an extension and a bonus."

"Sure, I know things aren't fixed yet, like the fans certainly want them. But I know what to do. If you noticed, Danny [Carpenter] kinda started fading at the end of the season. Well, I'm planning to have TWO kickers on the team next year. So, hopefully, we can put that little douzy of a problem to bed.
(smiles, with a twinkle in his glass eyeball).

3 YEARS FROM NOW:
49ers in the Superbowl
Dolphins will still be mediocre and looking for new coach...

3 YEARS AGO:
Falcons lose Parcells to Dolphins, choose Ryan
Dolphins get Parcells, choose Jake Long
Falcons a #1 Seed in NFC (could go to SB)
Dolphins still mediocre and looking for new coach (but strikeout).

SEVERAL YEARS AGO:
Dolphins choose Culpepper over Brees
Saints sign Drew Brees
Saints win Superbowl
Dolphins still mediocre, lose Saban, & looking for a new coach...

Notice a pattern?
INSANITY!

Ugh.

Unfortunately, Ross is, apparently, an idiot.

Not even a mention of Billick. Proven winner.

Yeah I still don't get the Ireland connection and why he "has" to stay around..probably some huge payout bartered by Parcells when he first came here...something like if you fire Ireland you have to give him 5mill...wouldn't put it past the slimy tuna

Aloco, I'm nice to you too. I just thing your deranged if you think sparano has a long term future in Miami.

He must win & get to the playoffs. You know that right? With Pitt, Balt, & NE you do realize this team needs a minimum of 11 wins to have a shot at the wildcard right?

You think the same coach can bring in 4 more wins without a QB, Rb, o-line etc? LOL

Like i said friend, lay off the crack pipe LOL When you hear Ross & ireland blow smoke up ur as* tomorrow about theres no frictioon, we were just evaluating and always wanted to Tony blah blah blah....you should know the truth.

Which is, the Dolphins have become a laighing stock around the NFL. I wish them well, but dude, please get some common sense LOL

yeah give sparano more power thats what we need we'll be attempting field goals from our own 35 yard line now just great

LOL @ lc

SPARANO WAS READY TO QUIT THE TEAM TODAY WHEN THE OFFER WAS TWEAKED TO BE THROUGH 2013 AND RAISE THE SALARY TO 3,300,000.


NOW THE DILEMA IS .....THE FINS MUST GO TO THE PLAYOFFS AND DRAFT REAL WELL OR IRELAND WILL GONE NEXT YEAR..


LOOK THINGS CHANGED;;

1-SPARANO WASN'T SECURE IN HIS JO,NOW HE'S

2-IRLEAND WAS ON TOP 2 DAYS AGO NOW,HE TRADED PLACES W/SPARANO.


I never said this was a good move or Tony is a great coach. Its not smoke and mirrors because if Tony gets fired, he's getting paid for 2 years. Could he still be fired? Hell yeah. He def will be if they don't make the playoffs. But you can't deny Tony beat Ross easily on this one. He went from being fired to getting 3 mil over the next 3 years no matter what.

So far I have Jon, Aloco, and bobb12 that can't seem to grasp all of this and they think all is well...poppy tea anyone?

82 yard field goal attempts LOL

Joe, unless there actually IS a fountain of youth, Tony doesn't have enough time on this Earth to fix the ST.

What's guaranteed out of that money? Whatever isn't will be still in Ross's pocket when Tony is gone mid to late next season

If only we could clone Sparano a few times and make them all coaches. We would have a losing season but, it would be cool to see five or six guys fist pumping on the sidelines in unison after a FG attempt.

ONE MORE THING';;;

STARTING MONDAY TONY SPARANO WILL HAVE FINAL SAY ON ALL PLAYERS AND FOOTBALL PERSONAL INCLUDING COACHES .

That would be funny..especially fist pump unison


I just read that Harbaugh has a picture of Bill Walsh on his computer and looks at it every day.

The Dolphins never really had a chance to sign Harbaugh , it's been San Fransisco all along .

Looks like you got your boy Tony back Mando , hope your happy , you sure inflamed a lot of people along the way. It is after all what you do best. Good luck with that!

IF TONY GOES HE GETS ALL HIS MONEY.IF HE RESIGN HE DOESN'T .

Spanao went from dead man walking to man coaching....

He's only here because all other attempts failed.

As far as any last minute "balls"....
it was probably his agent. Tony didn't grow a set overnight, no matter how bad the situation, it's just not him....we have all seen it.

Hell, his agent probaby had to threaten to break his arm just to let him play hardball.

cowkilla, throw craigm into the happy optimist list LOL

Aloco, for the hundreth time, Sparano is secure until he is 1-4 next season. Then he goes back to Dallas, where he belongsm as an assitant o-line coach. You really CAN'T be this naive can you? Say it ain't so friend!

If you believe it, then i'd love to sell you some beach front property in New Orleans!

Tony also has final say on all timeouts. Oh, wait, he had that this year. My bad.

As usual you guys either lack the brain power or lack common sense, unsure which. Ross has embarrassed the organization, the coaches, the fans and himself with the way he conducted this "search". The LAST thing he wants to do is have to go through this debacle anytime in the near future. He wants to hide under a rock right now. He will throw money at an OC, Free Agents whatever. BUT he will not screw with Sparano anytime in the near future. And if you guys think that ain't the truth ur as STUPID as they come. Now go shovel some snow or something while I have another Jack and Coke
ROTF LMFAO GO TONY!!!!

Jimmy Jam,

I like Billick too but this was never about winning or finding a proven winner. It was about the big name and selling tickets plain and simple. Would Billick sell tickets? No. Sure it would excite fans like me and you but not the majority.

If it wasn't Harbaugh, Gruden or Cowher there was no other big name coach that would sell tickets. Ross is a smart man. He will give Sparano another year and if he fails he will go after the next big name next year. Who that might be? Who knows.

bobby, I thought all the yayo was in Florida. OH, you meant, real snow. hahahaha. oops.

ALoco, never thought I would say it, but ur a genius in a sea of idiots!!!! Life is GREAT!!

all i know is sparano must have something on jesus christ himself to be handed a head coaching job without earning it then act like a total buffoon on the sidelines and have no coaching instincts and have your team get beat down at the end of each of the last two seasons and not come close to making a playoff run when his boss prdicted a super bowl appearance and still come out smelling like a rose with a 2 year extension regardless of how phony it is, all i can say is wow

Not saying everything is cool. Would have preferred cleaning house and giving the keys to Cowher. But Sparano clearly kicked ross's as* on this. And the way 99.9 percent of coaching contracts are, if you get fired, you get paid for the remainder of the years left. Look at Gruden, he's still banking 5 mil from the Bucs. Tony and is agent Hustled Ross. No way to come to any other conclusion.

Bobby, can I move into your bubble? LOL You live on the most unrealistic place on earth. Talk to us all when Miami is 1-4 or 2-5. Tell us how he is doing as the Dallas asst. o-line coach.

God, some people can't wrap their heads around common sense. Throwing money at FA's really neeted us more wins this year Bobby! How many? ZERO LMFAO

Come on coach S how bout a big old 43 yard field goal fist pump. Lame duck walking. Can't wait for the Detroit Dolphins next move.

Andy, I know this is a novel idea. I have a hunch, what might sell tickets, are...wait for it...Touchdowns!

I know, I know. Shhhh. Don't tell anyone. I just came up with it. I'm so lucid right now.

Lets give those that screwed up more power and control. Sounds like a reasonable solution to me. Just wondering if anyone is left on the Cowboys practice squad.

It's also funny how the people in the majority opinion don't have common sense or bain power. This coming from the minority? OOOOOOOOOOOOOOk braiac!

LOL The Miami Acorns is it?

There are 2 captains in this Sea of idiots. Our fearless leaders, CraigM & Bobbyd12

boobyd is dumber than a goat. i'm convinced beyond a shadow of a doubt. or, he has the life experience of a 7 year old...how gullible that dude is...unreal... he thinks after all this sparano will be here 3+ years...man bozo the clown knows better...no use arguing with silly putty.

THAnks, bobby

Maybe the CFL will let you guys into their league for a few years until you have a real NFL team.

this is not candy land bobby the grown men that get paid to play football are not going to play or want to play for a guy who is obviously 3rd 4th or 5th choice step into real life for a minute will ya

Dear Mr. Ross,

Thank you for buying our recent book, "How to destroy an NFL franchise in 24 hours".

Sincerly,

Danny & Jerry

bobbyd12,

I aint mad dude. It is what it is. I am not confident in Sparano for his lack of direction and having no identity as a team this past year but maybe he learned something from this that he has to change some too or this is his last chance.

What I would like to see is Miami find it's identity again. And under Sparano it's power running football. I have no problem with that style if that is who you are. Miami isn't going to go with a QB with Sparano at coach in the 1st round. Sparano has to win now. Miami needs to go get Mark Ingram or in free agency go get DeAngelo Williams if he is not franchised. Get back to the basics of what you beleive in. Don't get cute with being a passing team. Miami still needs a speed receiver to get teams from committing 8 and 9 players in the box and not sure where they get that draft or FA but my point being of this is what it is and Sparano is Miami's guy so be it.

If Sparano is smart, he will resign and go back to the Cowboys. It was a blatant show of disrespect on Ross to NOT fire Sparano while he was out looking for a new head coach. If Sparano does go, there are still some quality coaches out there for hire. Perry Fewell (D/C, NY Giants), Brian Billick and even Jim Fassel for that matter. It is not the end of the world for the Dolphins if he stays or even goes. But I can't say I blame Sparano if he does voluntarily leave. I can't say I would be completely comfortable working for Ross anymore under the present circumstances.

It's obvious Bobby isn't here to talk about the real Dolphins. Maybe about his Madden franchise? They must be right on the cusp of something special!

He's here to tell you he's right & you're wrong. He will not address everyones criticism. He will only tell you he told you so. In this case, logic matters not.

take it for what it is fellow humans, you cannot defeat his superior intellect & fandom.

NOBODY knows what will happen in the next minute much less in the next year.

Ok, let's get serious for a second.

A Miami fan was walking down the street, and saw a magic lamp. So he rubbed it, and out popped, a GENIE!

The genie said, "thank you for releasing me. For your courtesy I will grant you one wish, anything you want."

So, the fan thought long and hard, then said, "I want one million women, naked and waiting for me to seduce them."

The genie shook his head. "Hold up, I'm just a genie, can you take it easy on me."

So the fan said, "ok, I want you to make Chad Henne throw an accurate out pass."

The genie sighed, and said, "so, you said ONE million women, right?"

For bobby and Craig!

In the next minute I forsee myself watching Inception. Goodbye Humans

Im now 100% behind TS to be successful. If TS doesnt workout who's going to wanna come work for Ross after this most recent disaster. once Tony's gone we wouldnt even being to get Joe the Plumber to come coach for Ross.

Sparano won't resign and just give up a free 3 mill. Might happen on a lifetime network movie, not here.

With that being said, I don't believe he grew a set overnight.

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