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The biggest loser? Stephen Ross

Joe Robbie had issues and some of them came out of bottles of alcohol. Wayne Huizenga was duped by Jimmy Johnson, Dave Wannstedt, Rick Spielman, Nick Saban and then duped Bill Parcells.

Stephen Ross?

He's the worst of all.

In the past week, Dolphins owner Stephen Ross has turned the bitter disappointment of a 7-9 season into the good ol' days. He has lacked wisdom. He has misled and deceived. He has overestimated. And those were his resoundingly good moments.

Mostly he has embarassed the Miami Dolphins, his coach, his fans, and himself.

In a nutshell, he has stunk like a skunk.

Ross arrived back in South Florida early Friday morning and landed his private jet at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport. He had spent the previous 30 or so hours trying repeatedly trying to convince Jim Harbaugh to become Miami's new head coach. By all reliable reports, he failed.

Ross couldn't sway Harbaugh in northern California.

Ross couldn't sway Harbaugh's agent David Dunn in southern California.

Ross took a giant swing and whiffed. He also whiffed on Jon Gruden. He also whiffed on Bill Cowher before that.

So Ross returned to South Florida a defeated person. But he mostly returned to South Florida a reviled person.

Reviled, you might ask? Yup.


Remember I have reported to you Ross met with Bill Parcells on Saturday to ask his opinion of what to do with Jeff Ireland and Tony Sparano. He left that meeting after indicating to Parcells that he was keeping both the general manager and coach. And then he went about the business of trying to replace the coach.

So Ross has crossed Bill Parcells.

It obviously can be argued Ross changed his mind after that Saturday meeting and reactied to Sunday's 38-7 defeat at New England. That one, after all, could have caused the owner to reconsider what he had told Parcells.


You see, Ross met with Sparano for several hours on Monday. And when he left that meeting, he gave Sparano the strong feeling that he would be retained. And then Ross went about the business of wooing several coaches, particularly Harbaugh.

That's his prerogative, right? He's just doing his due diligence, right?

Well, sure. But why mislead and misdirect? Why give an indication that points north and then go south? Why sully the honor of your word with men who value honor and the bond of one's word, men like Parcells and Sparano?

Ross could have easily left his meeting with Sparano by saying, "Coach, I understand you had issues this year and I understand everything you've just explained, but it's my duty as owner to go look around for the best coach I possibly can. So I'm going to take the next couple of days to do exactly that. I hope you understand and can be patient while that process plays out. If you can't be, I understand that, too."

Sparano would have had no choice but to accept that. And he would have respected the way Ross was handling it. But Ross never uttered words even remotely close to that. He just smiled and glad-handed Sparano and upon leaving his company, went about the business of trying to replace him.

However you feel about that -- even if misdirection doesn't bother you -- the process Ross then undertook was, well, kooky.

He approached Cowher and reportedly offered mega-bucks to get the Super Bowl winning coach. But he wanted to saddle Cowher with an unaccomplished general manager and defensive coordinator Mike Nolan.

Is anyone surprised Cowher turned Ross down? Please speak now if you are suprised. (You are alone if you raised your hand. Go face the wall.)

Ross also reportedly contacted Gruden or his "people" to gauge his interest. Gruden's interest is said to have been located at around the $10 million range. Outrageous, right? Even for a great offensive mind and former Super Bowl winning coach, that price tag is exorbitant.

But Ross is a billionaire three times over. He just offered around $7 millionish to Cowher. What's another $3? That's a total of $12 million over four years. That was too much for a multi-billionaire? That's like shopping for a Rolls Royce but walking away for not wanting to pay extra for the air conditioning.

Then came the Harbaugh debacle. This one makes 38-7 seem palatable.

Ross made a run at him here in South Florida and got rejected. And then Ross flew across country to San Jose, California to make a run at Harbaugh at his home turf. And despite offering more money than anyone else, Ross still couldn't close the deal.

A warning: When or if Ross finally speaks on this topic -- he refused to do that Friday morning when his plane landed -- he will likely say he never really offered Harbaugh a deal. He will probably paint this fiasco of a trip as an exploratory mission to feel out Harbaugh. It was, he may say, an interview of Harbaugh.

In truth, it was a Harbaugh interview of Ross. And Ross failed the interview if nothing changes in the next couple of days and Harbaugh does not run back to the Dolphins to become their coach.

So now Ross goes back to Sparano. I would tell you that was his fall-back plan the whole time. Not true because that would require you to believe Ross had any plan to begin with. I will not insult you with that.

Ross told Sparano upon leaving that meeting that he would get back with him on Tuesday and it would all be resolved by then. Tuesday came and went. Wednesday came and went. Thursday came and went. And the two had not talked.

Sparano was reading accounts of what was happening in the media. Of course, Ross may tell Sparano those accounts were wrong and he never talked to three different potential replacements. The owner may tell Sparano he has his confidence and it's always been that way.

Sparano is smart enough to know better.

And here's the kicker:

When Ross went on his cross-country coach search, even as he hung Sparano out to dry by offering a job that was still filled, the owner was something of a hero to one segment of the fan base. Fans that wanted Sparano out appreciated what Ross was doing regardless of the slimey manner in which he was doing it.

It angered fans that saw it as a classless, low-life, back-stabbing move. But it made fans of change enthusiastic about Ross.

But having failed to successfully make change, Ross has now alienated fans that didn't appreciate the manner he was going about trying to make this coaching change ... and he has now alienated fans that wanted the change he seemed to be working on but failed to accomplish .. and he has now aliented fans that didn't want any change to begin with even though there is no change being made.

He's solidified the entire Dolphins fan base! Everyone hates Ross for one reason or another.

He either embarrassed you or he embarrassed you.

Maybe Ross should offer to sell the team back to Huizenga. Or even Robbie. Either would be better than him. And, yes, I know Robbie is dead. He still had a better week than Ross.


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Guess this is the part were a bunch of names that most of us have NEVER SEEN....come in here and say "I TOLD YOU SO"!.....This should be good......

This has " Carl Peterson " finger prints all over it. He ran K.C. into the ground for 15 years. This is why Cowher turned Ross down.

Hey Ross, thanks buddy for making me look good. nice of you to replace me as the worst owner in the NFL.

Dear Mr. Salguero

Tony will be a different man now....hardened by the cold hard facts of the NFL.

Now when Tony looks Jeff Ireland in the eye there will be no...We can do this together...like a familly..with trust and respect....not anymore.

Look for a new and improved Tony Sparano...one that will rule with an Iron Fist Pump

A little boy eyes have been opened

Soiled :)

I am a big fan of Ross. I agree with his moves 100%. The only way to win in this league is to change head coaches every few years and micro-manage the team.

Hey Armando,
It's his team. you don't like what he's doing go cover the jets. Don't root for the team and don't show up on sundays.

He'll still make a profit and you'll still be a beat writer for small potatoe town. Get a grip.




Stop pretending you speak for Dolphin fans Armando. There are plenty of us as shown on this blog who believe Ross did the right thing in trying to upgrade the HC position. What would have been worse was to fire Sparano and then not get a top tier coach and replace Sparano with some retread. We are in the same position we were before all of this happened. Everyone knew if Tony stayed and didnt produce next year he would be gone. Fisher, Kubiak and numerous other coaches are in the same boat. It is no harder today to find a good OC and recruit free agents to Miami than it was before the coaching search took place. If players or coaches come to Miami they are going to do so based on the belief this team can win and of course the $s.

Mando, you are right on. Now, what happens if Sparano has a college coaching job lined up and walks away? Nolan is sick of it and gets hired by another team and walks away? Could that happen? Talk about nuking a bridge. Ross screwed everything up! What about the Rooney rule? Even if he was successful, it would be easy for someone to prove that in this case it was a sham. Ross is like a lot of people that have lots of money. They only care about what the want, regardless of the cost! This one cost him BIG.. More to come on this I have a feeling..

No doubt Belichek is the happiest man today. Two freebies next year against Sparano. He now has 3 byes! The normal one, and then he can rest his starters against Sparano and still whip us 38-7. Before the game he will tell us how tough this team plays, and then he will melt us like butter...again..and again.

If he isn't talking then how do we know he is done with his search? Because Jay Glaxer said so. I hope he goes after Fassel.

Geez Mando you are not even remotely removed from this situation. Based on this article I guess your inside man for info about the team was Tony.

Look at this point who cares. Heck if you're doing a lousy job and they hire a consultant to see what can be fixed. Is that not due diligence?

I don't know why your so enamored with Parcells, Ireland or Sparano? Parcells hasn't cut it here with bad draft picks and pulling away from this team to become our consultant. If I were Ross, I wouldn't even have asked Parcells his opinion.

Having said that anything that can be done to bring a winning strategy back to this team is fine by me.

It's all about the W's. Period. Not happy about the media circus, but that's what sells papers and you know that.

Can you please trade Vontae Davis, Jake Long, and Cameron Wake to the Jaguars so that I can become a full-fledged fan of theirs and leave the pathetic phins forever?

What a putz this guy is! And I can say that because I never have to interview him. But Mando,,,,BIG ONES MAN! Hahahahah boy Mando ripped him apart so bad I don't even know how Ross will be able to be in the same room . Well this really blows. What a joke, I can't believe the owner is actually more clueless than Huzienga. We're doomed.

Well here we go.... Now Ross has turned into a virus like billick said yesterday. The potential coaches that might want to come here thinks he will do the same thing to them as he has done to sparano. As much as sparano pissed me off this yr no man desreves this. he is an ultra conservative coach. Will he change? i think he will try a differnt approach but its going to be business as usual. and after this i see a 1 to 3 win season next year and now it makes him real hard to fire because no one wants ross but carl peterson who probably encouraged ross to do it this way in the first place. WOW what a mess in just one week this team is probably going to be a laughing stock for yrs to come..

You have to look at it this way the fins were looking to upgrade the coaching position and discovered they wanted to keep their current coach this happens with players all the time why would a coach be different. I think this might light a fire under Sparano's ass and get him motivated to show everyone what he is made of. I also have to give the man alot of props he has never thrown anyone under the bus for the offense woes and took blame for everything. Now with this debuckle he takes it like a man and just sits and waits doesnt say a word. I have to say I am impressed. By the way the only players that complained about Sparano was Ricky and JT but they are no longer on the team so who cares what they say. The other complaints were about Henning and the O and hes gone.


Rule with an Iron Fist Pump

You forget to mention, embarrassing players too. I'm sure the players are going to be really "inspired" to play for Ross.

I guess the next question we have to ask ourselves is, what coach would EVER want to be employed by Ross?

I've been loyal to this team for over 35 years. Thanks Mr. Ross for sucking the loyalty right out of me.

Oh well, I'm glad I lived in Atlanta for 15 years. At least I have something to look forward too.

Ericat...Billick would take this JOB in a heart beat...is "coaches show" is nothing more than a half-hour interview for a job every week.....

to write a post with headlin saying ross is a loser speaks volume of armando who didn't even finisih even high school .


You sure make a lot of assumptions in this post. You were not privy to ANY of what transpired behind closed doors, yet now you cast aspersions and question Mr. Ross' actions?

ASSUME = ASS of U and ME.

Right now sir, IMHO opinion, you are making an ass of yourself.

I respect what Mr. Ross was attempting to do; try and make the Fins a better team by finding more qualified leadership. Sure, it sucks the way it happened w Tony sitting and watching from the sidelines, but doesn't this happen everyday in football? Players are routinely released, brought back, released, signed by another team. As we have heard 100x over, the NFL is a business. This is just a magnified example of it, so get a grip.

One final point; Parcells a man of honor??

Are you flippin' serious? Parcells is a has-been mercenary who quit on the Fins and the Fins fans (and Tony Sparano). Please, don't ever use his name in the same sentence with honor. At least for other people. He honors himself and his image, that's it!

I wanted change and felt Harbaugh would've been a good match. But going forward, I'll back Sparano and root for the Fins as I have for the last 40 years, and hope for the best.

My 2 cents.

Hit the nail on the head Mando, to all telling me from my last blog I was wrong, Unfortunatly I was right. Man this is a joke. Now it is damage control time, Hopefully sparano feels he has something to prove and works is arse off and mends fences with players. hopefully ross feels like an idiot that he is and puts money into what needs to go on the field. Truth is all, as mad as some of us are. If we go 5-0 to start the season next year, we mostly forget this crap.

Man, he really got under your skin! It's naive to think Parcells and Sparano haven't done the exact same thing to players. It's part of the process, of this business. Sparano may have just gotten a second birthday. By whatever method, he should be doing cartwheels! In any case, there will be a lock out. The point is moot!

Ross is a clown and he brought the circus to Miami.

Harbaugh just used the NFL to get more money and perks from the college ranks. I don't think he had any real intention of leaving, since he neither took the 49ers job - where he had plenty of perks such as a weak division to compete in and staying in state, nor did he take the Miami job, who were offering a ton more money.

So, I don't think he was ever really leaving. He just did what some people in jobs do - go to competition, get an offer, go back to your employer and say see what they are willing to pay me.

I also think him and Luck coordinated, which is why Luck said he is coming back this week, earlier then he had to. That gives Harbaugh his cover to stay (for the kids!). You already see people saying that Harbaugh may be staying because Luck returned. So now Harbaugh gets more money/perks, retains his same job and maybe in a year or two moves onto the NFL.

The only thing that can turn me off of this team is if we DON'T draft Cam NEWTON if we get the chance

1. Shouldn't the owner always try to get what he thinks is the "best" coach, even if it burns some bridges?

2. Mondo, you're assuming that you know EXACTLY what conversations went on behind closed doors, and even though you're a great reporter (I read you daily), isn't that a little pompous? What are your sources, and how can you know everything that was said? (Of course you won't say your sources; it was silly for me to even post that.) How do we know that Ross did tell Spar that while he liked him, he was still going to take a few days to consider replacements?

Why shouldn't an owner try?

Whats done is done

Who will be our OC

Who will choose our OC

Who will want to be Miami's OC

What about Chad

Whats done is done

Wow, so many idiots. Ross is trying to make this a winning team and our fan base is full of WHINERS. Ross tried to go out and get JOHN GRUDEN. JOHN GRUDEN! How can you blame the guy for that? He failed and sadly had to try another option after embarrassing sporano. Was he not embarrassed this whole season? After shelling out record contracts for free agents and bringing in one of the best D.C. in the league? If Harbaugh was the only candidate i would say we have a right to complain, but think about it. JOHN GRUDEN! we could have landed the best available coach not currently taken. Atleast Ross tried to do something with the team that is flailing on the deck. Give sporano one more year with new O.C. and see if he can get something done but personally i was more embarrassed by the patriots stomping us twice this year so convincingly.

As for Ross, its better to try and fail then not try at all. I think you are way off base in your everyone hates him deal but whatever, we all know you hold grudges.

Maybe Harbaugh is old fashioned.

He likes to interview for jobs that are really open.

I once interviewed for a job and found out during the interview that they still had a person in the position.

I went thru the interview but thought it was unethical and coniving. I felt they could just as easily do the same to me later. I didn't accept the job.

But then again, I wasn't offered $7+ million.

Sparano seems to be a great straight up guy and a decent coach, but he needs to repent over the Henning fiasco. When he said Henning has been a great OC he lost me as a believer. No accountability means things will not get corrected. I'm sure he lost the lockerroom and Ross at that moment too. Saying that solidified that nagging belief gleaned from Mando's writings; that Sparano just might think he is smart and all of us are dumb. It's just too inconvienent for the coach that opposing DC's are just as dumb as us.

Mando, what so interesting about this blog today is that you fail to recognize that's how business is done.

I'm so sorry if Tony got his feeling hurt, but truth be told you'll probably find yourself there before everything's said and done.

Why should Tony be subject to this, because everyone else is too.

If you worked at the paper for 3 years and all your articles and all your blogs were only successful 50% of the time, would you be employeed?

No. So you think a HC should be treated differently than us? No the reality of your situation is what it is.

Yesterday, I said that I thought Ross was doing a disservice to this team the way he's going about. ESPN reported the same thing all day yesterday.

This is yesterday's news, with YOUR spin! Dude, get up and do some real work for a change. Your regurgitating yesterday news today!

Ross reminds me of the Steinbrenner character on Seinfeld,completely clueless.Is this not eerily similar to the Saban fiasco?

Dear Mr. Salguero

Mr. Ross's biggest mistake was bringing Mike Dee and Jeff Ireland to wooh Jim Harbaugh...he should have brought J-LO and The Booty Williams sisters...thats woohing 101

Soiled :)

You know what's funny is mando u lash out at Ross but openly support the tuna fish debacle. Are u not at all aware of the fact we are in the bottom of the list of players drafted in the last three years that are still playing for us? How do u build a team? SPEED, DEPTH, com on Mando and all other Ross haters. I am not saying we need to go hire harbaugh or cowher. I think both arent the problem. It's the draft busts. We have had way to many draft busts in three years. No matter who comes in and coaches we don't have enough resources to build a team it will take 3-5 years to implemment. Then at three years we would all be screaming for the coaches head. Mando u would never right a column like this about the smiley tuna or his little boy bands he protects so instead u turn ur anger at the owner. Wasn't it u who wrote Ross should do due diligence. COME ON MAN. Get a grip on this thing. Ross did what he thought was right. From what I can tell it won't matter any ways. ALSO PLEASE TELL ME ONE TIME THE SMILEY TUNA BOY BAND EVER WAS HONEST AND TRUTHFUL WITH THEIR ACTIONS. ONE TIME THEY ANSWERED HONESTLY. Tomorrow Tony will come out and say he loves rickey and can't wait to see him out on
The field next year. The next day Rickey will be cut. COME ON MANDO. Instead of come on man, COME ON MANDO

You media guys think you know what goes on behind closed doors. The real facts are you don't know what's been said, just spinning it however to sell papers and garner attention!

This is why people like Armando are writing columns and not actually running a team. They are clueless.

Ross did the right thing! He didn't just fire Sparano and then hope a better thing would land in his lap. A real business person looks around first to see if there is a better deal, and if there isn't - stick with what you have and work with that.

Cowher and Gruden would not have worked down here. There is no need to revamp the team, again. Seriously, with a decent quarterback, we would have won 10-12 games and probably be in the playoffs - why blow the team up.

As for Harbaugh, let's face it - he just wasn't that impressive. It doesn't hurt to meet with him and see that Harbaugh would not be a success. I say good for Ross. It is only ugly to sports columnist who like to create drama, but in the real world it works.

ross need our support not our jokes .


You may be correct about your storyline but you have stuck your neck out without really knowing (unless you have an informant) what has gone on behind closed doors.

Somebody say, "Cam Newton" ?

Miami Dolphins Franchise QB Cam Newton

Newton started the first game of Auburn's season, a home victory over Arkansas State on September 4, 2010. Newton accounted for 5 total offensive touchdowns and over 350 yards of total offense. He was named SEC Offensive Player of the Week following his performance.

Three weeks later Newton had a second break-out game with 5 total touchdowns and over 330 total offensive yards against the South Carolina Gamecocks. "That's a great SEC win against a really, really good football team. I can't be more proud of our guys," Auburn coach Gene Chizik said. "I thought we had a good pace going on," Newton said.

On October 2, 2010, Newton led Auburn to a 52-3 victory over Louisiana-Monroe. He completed three touchdown passes, one of which went for 94 yards. It was the longest touchdown pass and offensive play in Auburn football history. On October 9, 2010, Newton led Auburn to a 37-34 victory over Kentucky. He passed for 210 yards and rushed for 198 yards including 4 rushing touchdowns. On October 16, 2010, during the Arkansas game, Newton ran for three touchdowns and threw one touchdown pass. Following these performances, media reports began to list Newton among the top 5 candidates to watch for the Heisman Trophy.
Newton (top) warming up prior to the 2010 Iron Bowl.

On October 23, 2010, Newton led Auburn to a 24-17 victory over the LSU Tigers. He rushed for 217 yards in the game which gave him 1,077 yards for the season and set the SEC record for yards rushing in a season by a quarterback—a record that stood for over 40 years—and became just the second quarterback to rush for over 1,000 yards in the conference's history. He also broke Pat Sullivan's school record for most touchdowns in a single season—a record that has stood since 1971—with 27. Both of these records were broken on the same play: a 49-yard touchdown run in which Newton escaped two tackles, corrected himself with his arm, eluded two additional tackles, and dragged a defender into the endzone for the touchdown. The play was described as Newton's "Heisman moment" Auburn received its first #1 overall BCS ranking and Newton was listed as the overall favorite for the Heisman.

By halftime of the game against Georgia, Newton became the first SEC player to ever throw for 2,000 yards and rush for 1,000 yards in a single season. With the victory, Auburn improved to 11-0 and clinched the SEC West, allowing them to play in the SEC Championship game.
Newton led the Tigers back from a 24-point deficit to defeat rival Alabama.

Newton led Auburn to a 28–27 victory over Alabama in the Iron Bowl after being down 24–0. The 24-point come from behind victory was the largest in the program's 117 year history. He passed for 216 yards with three passing touchdowns, and ran for another touchdown.

On December 4, 2010 Newton led the Tigers to an SEC Championship, their first since 2004, by defeating South Carolina once again 56-17, which set an SEC Championship Game record for most points scored and largest margin of victory. Newton was named the game MVP after scoring a career-best six touchdowns (four passing and two rushing). With his performance, Newton also became the third player in NCAA FBS history to throw and run for 20-plus touchdowns in a single season (along with former Florida teammate Tim Tebow and Colin Kaepernick, who reached the milestone earlier the same day). Following the victory, Auburn was invited to participate in the school's first BCS National Championship Game which will take place on January 10, 2011 in Glendale, Arizona against the Oregon Ducks.

Newton was named the 2010 SEC Offensive Player of the Year as well as the 2010 AP Player of the Year. He was also one of four finalists for the 2010 Heisman Trophy, which he won in a landslide victory.

If Newton declares for the draft, he is projected as a high to middle first-round NFL draft pick

Say no to LAPTOP BANDITS...he stole my P orn bro


LOL...! I had not read your post before posting mine...I guess great minds think alike!


GOOD POINT , this team doesn't need revamping . which what the hyena and gruden would have done .agree with you the gollage guy is not that impressive .

Irelend is the moron that needed to go. First you have a chance at Matt Ryan. Now granted Jake Long is a great player. But so far no Anthony Munoz or anything and we get Chad Henne. Then the next year use second rounder on Pat White. And the next year Vonte Davis who is a good CB but can't catch and right behind him the Packers get Clay Mathews a freaking stud. This Ross guy is a complete idiot. If he has any honor at all he will give Sparano a big fat raise and contract extention. If he does not how do we get a great OC , QB, free agents. Ross should run American Idol or something not an NFL Football team.

Dolphins need to trade up and get QB Cam Newton

Sparano is gonna need some major help at QB postion
and No One on our QB roster is even remotely close to challenging Brady & the Patriots for years to come

U want fannies in the seats?

Trade UP

Draft Cam Newton

Oh Yeah!

Poll of the day:

Who is the least competent at their job:
1. Ross
2. Sparano
3. Armando
4. All of the above

Please vote.

Home, how big is Cam Newton again? I forget...


Hey Aloco,

I didn't get the impression that anybody was impressed with offering 7-8 million for a college coach, but that's how transitions from college work.

I would have rather offered that money to the hyena Cowher or Gruden for that matter.

Oh well, it's water under the bridge at this point. Now how do we build up Sparano in the eyes of next years players?

That's going to be tough.


Jeff Ireland over Bill Cowher!!!! That pretty much sums it up right there! We're in for a long bumpy ride with Ross running the show. UGH

Poll answer #3 - Armando

What a ridiculous blog this was.

0x80.....Sporano by far followed by Armando...if i get 2 votes....Ross has done nothing wrong other than try to improve HIS TEAM

Yeah Home....we both are on the same page when it comes to NEWTON

I wanted Jim Harbaugh as much as anyone here...But if he turns down 7 million to be our coach, f*** him... I want someone who really wants to be here... End of the story.

Poll of the day;
Who is the best comptent at their job ;
1-Ross.............is a billionare'
2-Sparano........ is a millionare
3-armando....... blog guy
4- OX80......................................... HAS a HOT DOG STAND .


What an ABSOLUTE JOKE Ross is. It's getting hard to root for this team with the way it's being run.

What a ride! Mando, I ripped you yesterday, but I have to say (though I disagree with a lot you said), it was a very good accounting of what transpired the last few days and where we stand now.

I guess I'm in a category all to myself. I don't like the way Ross went about all this, but it's eerily reminiscent of how Parcells and Co. went about the Zach Thomas/JT situations. So, I guess it's just karma. However, that's the least of my concerns here (the "ethics" of this coaching search).

I'm not so mad at Ross for trying to upgrade from Sparano (I think he should have done that). Nothing worked, so now he's falling back to his last choice (which would be my last choice, Sparano). Not sure what the problem is.

If you read the blog yesterday, you'd see this was the most fun fans had ALL year. I'm actually less depressed today than I was last week (even knowing Sparano will be back). Don't get me wrong, it's hard for me to see how we're any better next year than this year, but at least I know winning is important to this organization.

There is a silver lining here for folks who wanted change. It's not everything we wanted, but Henning left yesterday (that was the biggest thing we wanted). Lee will most likely be gone soon if he's not already. BUT, SECOND most important, there's is absolutely NO chance Chad Henne is a starter for Miami in 2011. Does anyone really think after 2 7-9 seasons, with the owner ITCHING to make a change in HC, that Sparano would dare put his career in Henne's hands AGAIN? Doubt it. Henne has moved to the last possible option as the starting QB next year (good news for fans like me).

So, another year. See what Sparano does. My prediction, 7-9, 8-8. Then Ross can take what he learned this year and get a new coach next year (and possibly new GM). It was a fun ride while it lasted, but back to the mediocre reality.

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