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The Saturday meeting with the media (w/ audio)

The so-called round table the Dolphins planned for Saturday is over. The idea of the thing was to set the record straight on what happened over the past week and announce coach Tony Sparano's two-year contract extension, which is worth approximately an extra $6 million

It had its moments. But it was not the Dolphins' finest hour, I'm sorry to report.

As a synopsis, I would tell you:

Club owner Stephen Ross says he never contacted either Bill Cowher or Jon Gruden. Jeff Ireland said he "never wavered" on his opinion of Tony Sparano and that he told Ross "Tony was still the right man for the job."

"In the beginning and in the end of all this, I believe Tony Sparano is the right football coach for this football team," Ireland said. "I've always felt that. That has never changed."

Ireland, however, was on that flight to California to woo John Harbaugh. And he never communicated to Sparano that he was going or what was happening. He did not address those specific facts. But did admit, "I was in a tough spot. And I put Tony in a difficult spot as well."

Ireland read his opening comments from a piece of paper. So did Ross for the most part. (You'll be able to tell in the audio.)

"I was asked by Steve if I thought Harbaugh was the right coach for this team. I told him Tony was still the right man for the job."

Ross did his predictable (read my previous post) admonishing of the media. We're evil and often wrong. He corrected the fact Carl Peterson was not on the flight to California to get Harbaugh -- which was reported by ESPN, NFL Network, The Miami Herald and practically every other media outlet out there. Guess everyone had the same wrong source.

Ross did admit some mistakes of his own. He said he should have told Sparano he was flying to meet with Harbaugh. "I shouldn't have been talking to coaches and seeking a replacement until I decided that I should make a change," he said.

Now, let me take you back a second. Despite saying he only talked to Harbaugh, Ross did talk to more than one coach and every time he spoke on the topic he used the word "coaches.' He "talked" to Eric Mangini when the former Cleveland and Jets coach called him about something or other.

And while Ross said neither he nor anyone in the organization ever spoke with either Cowher or Gruden, sources close to both men continue to insist he spoke with their representatives.

That doesn't make Ross a liar. But if that's how it happened, it makes him a master of nuance. When you speak with someone's agent, folks, it's like you're contacting that guy in my book. Anyone that doesn't understand that needs to go back to working with crayons. It is, in fact, the first or second step of trying to hire that guy.

Then there is something that wasn't asked thus not addressed: Suppose Ross is completely accurate here and everyone else is wrong. So Ross, who said he was trying to explore all avenues of improving his team, was doing so by flying across the entire span of this nation, but he completely ignored the two most accomplished and decorated unemployed coaches on the market?

Ross is clearly thinking of replacing Sparano but doesn't pick up a phone to talk to two former Super Bowl winning coaches, one of which has put your team on a list of teams he'd love to work for?

Sorry, you cannot have it both ways. Either the Dolphins did contact Cowher and Gruden (at least through their agents) ... or they really are inept about getting the best coaches possible.

If Ross maintains the media -- all of us -- were wrong about contact with Cowher and Gruden and if that is the actual case, then he is totally clueless about which coaches need to be contacted during a search. Wonder if he would be so eager to say the media was wrong when presented with that choice?

The Dolphins need help upgrading the offense and don't even reach out to Gruden? Really?

Ross also said he didn't think his search for a new coach would be a big deal. "This was my first time I interviewed and I never thought this would be national news," he said.


Sparano agreed with Ross and Ireland that mistakes were made -- by them.

"The communication problems, I felt like at the time, had it been said right away, that would have been fine and I would have been able to deal with it," Sparano said. "I do think the communication end of things that both Jeff and Steve alluded to could have been handled different."

(A little aside here: I was not at this meeting. I was not allowed in, in part, because the Dolphins limited media presence to two people per outlet. The Miami Herald in an epic failure of wisdom, in my opinion, decided it would use its slots on a reporter and videographer/photographer. The Herald offered me the one reporter chair. I turned down that reporter chair because I am not the beat reporter. I am a columnist that specializes on this beat so I wasn't going to ask someone not at the meeting to write the lead story while I wrote my opinion. I also am the morning show host of Armando and the Amigo on 640-Sports here in South Florida and that station had two slots. I could have used one of those. But the Dolphins forbad that, saying I would be taking advantage of a "loophole." Thus I was locked out. I heard the entire meeting on a speaker phone, instead. Not the best way to do it but did what I could with what I had to work with. You might be asking why did the Dolphins conduct this meeting in a room so small they would have to limit media access. They do, after all, have a team meeting room that seats about 100-150 people. I'm told some of the folks speaking at the meeting aren't comfortable getting up in front of large groups.)

And with that ...

The thing that intrigues me most is the relationship between Ireland and Sparano. These two guys have to work together if the Dolphins are going to have any chance of winning going forward.

Ireland said Sparano would probably still have questions about what exactly happened this week. But he also said he and Sparano had a great conversation to discuss everything and that hard questions were asked and answered.

"... He knows how I feel about him and I know how he feels about me," Ireland said. "We've worked together for nearly seven years. We have a great working relationship and more important we have a very close personal relationship." 

Sparano put a good face on the relationship as well. He didn't say he loves Jeff Ireland but neither did he mention leaving a bloody, sawed-off horse head in Ireland's bed last night. 

"I tell my players we don't place blame, we solve problems," Ireland said. "The three of us are trying to solve problems and move forward."

Sparano on the offensive coordinator search: "We're going to open this thing up and try to be more explosive. We're going to hire the best man for that job."

The time frame for that?

"We're going to move forward as fast as we can," he said.

Ross ended the 40-minute meet by saying, "I will deliver a winner."

I was listening on a speakerphone. Maybe he said he will deliver a wiener.

Anyway, if you got an extra 45 minutes or so to spare, you can listen to the entire meeting. Just click here. There are a couple of seconds of empty background noise to start and at the end. If that link doesn't work, try this one:

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Has anyone won the SB with a losing regualr season record?

Alex Flannigan is smoking!!!!!





Well the Seattle ChickenHawks are no longer 7-9. ther 8-8, and now maybe we don't have to hear about New Orleans whinning about life and wanting government hand outs, what a toilet.




Turn out the lights
The party’s over
They say that
All good things must end
Call it tonight
The party’s over
And tomorrow starts
The same old thing again

So far JT made the right decision to get to the playoffs.

We'll see how long his ride will be.

Jets have been waiting longer than the Fins to win a SB.

Jets maybe bringing a knife to a gunfight in Mark Sanchez. But we'll see!

We also get to see if the "old guns" the Jets hired have any post season bullets left! LOL......

go coltssssssssssssss f the jets hate to say it but if im betting id take the jets. colts cant run or stop the run

The AFC East will be considered the strongest conference in the entire NFL if the Jets win the SB.

I'm a big Dolphin fan, with that in mind I also know that this team is far and away from wining anything soon. GO N.E

Swamy, bite your tongue you heretic! Lol...

The SB could be the first with two teams in green.

Jets and Eagles.

After just watching Seattle win I have come to the conclusion that we are NOWHERE near being competitive with even a 7-9 team.Major problems hear that Ross is too dumb to correct.Maybe he should sell out and buy a night club.

First - regarding Ireland. He was only doing his job. If the owner comes to him and says lets go replace the coach and don't tell him, he was doing exactly what his job was suppose to do. GM's fire and hire coaches all the time. His job was to BE on that plane.

I have no issue with what he did here, and contrary to what Armando says, not a single one of you, including him, have any idea if he said something privately to Sparano or if he did/did not try to convince the owner to keep him. We can only go by what they say in this case and anyone who says otherwise is completely full of it.

Second, Armando - you are supposedly a professional member of the media. So yes, no contract offers were made, he did not talk to directly to the coaches. Talking to the agent is not the same thing, no matter how you try to paint it, if that is what happened then you report he talked to the agent. You can't call it nuances. If you report it wrong, you report it wrong. So stop trying to make everything seem like none of it was your fault.

Lastly, as far as the rules go, you were trying to take advantage of the loophole. You were trying to attend as a member of 640 but then use that information as a member of the Herald (as this write up clearly shows). Oh wait, let me guess, that's just a nuance as well.

I hope Sparano can have the o-line ready in 2011.

If not, it could be the end for him.

Well the Seattle ChickenHawks are no longer 7-9. ther 8-8, and now maybe we don't have to hear about New Orleans whinning about life and wanting government hand outs, what a toilet.

Posted by: Phin4Life | January 08, 2011 at 08:02 PM

Say what you like about the Seahawks.

Your comment about NO indicates you are a moron and posses zero compassion.

I suppose if your town and your house, your life was wiped out you wouldn't any help. Right.

i would love to see darlington and mandouche go at it in the octagon. mandoo probably out weights jeff by 200% but my money is on the speedy lil darling. we have seen how successful big, plodding attacks are this year....

I like SparAN*S.

I don't know if this has been said or if anyone has read it yet but check out Dan Lebatard's article in the herald! Great great article IMHO! Oh yea tonight for a few hours I'm a HUGE colts fan!


sorry. name typo.

who else has seen a clear down spiral of this blog since man-doo got his radio show? this year he has gotten progressively more petty, whiny, and pompous.

i really think that the only reason he has risen as far as he has, (radio show, herald's #1 blog, etc) is due to the large, dedicated, insatiable online fanbase that doesnt have many options. if someone capable came along with another blog, we would all jump ship VERY quickly. he better get he s*** together and do a better job, or its all going to end.....

Swedish, you forgot one particular: shortly before the big bout between Mandouche and Jeff 'I'm your darling' Darlington, Mandouche will insist, through a long-winded and pretentious blog write-up, that the octagon be renamed the Mandogon!

dish, he would probably say that the herald first asked him to fight himself because he is awesome, but he graciously allowed another person to be involved. then he would whine about it for 500 words of bitterness.

Holy sh*t that's funny ... and entirely possible

Armando is the best looking writer in the herald .

Stan, did you mean 'west looking,' as in he's a westerner? If so, you're weird ...

My girlfriend will give a bj to the first 5 bloggers if the Jets lose. She HATES the jets more than I do. Sign up here....need to be in Orlando.

marc's girl friend is a boy . watch out guys .

"marc" is actually tiger woods and his girlfriend will give a bj to 5 bloggers even if the jets win......

Ok, all kidding aside, how can any of you support this team when the profits go to a man like Mr. Ross?

what marc's girl friend's name ?

agreed with you KJ, Armando and most of the local media went nuts reporting on stuff that apperantly wasn't even true, where they got the stories from is irrevelant, if is not accurate and you know is not true it should not be reported as something that did or is happening, the media is deceiving the fans and helping make the organization look foolish. i do agree that Ross was wrong in not communicating more openly with Sparano nor i beleive everything he said, but it sounds like the media was way off on the story.

aloco got some breaking news accurate .

Jessica, she's no guy..you can take a peak at the details beforehand...no obese dudes. 20 - 45 is ok

Rex Ryan's wife will give you a footjob if the jets win ...

I have zero problem with Ross. The man owns the team. The Sparano product sucks. The seats are empty at the stadium. The Sparano blunders are numerous. And either way Sparano makes 3 million next year. Why cry for him?

If you screwed up your job would you be shocked if they sought out someone better?

Man, the way people blast away at Ross for trying to make this team better for all of us.

Just because Armando is low brow enough to run an attack column or 3 at Ross does not make it right.
Come on man.

no thanks dish, i know where those feet have been....

Your loss Swedish. They didn't nickname her 'The Gobbler' for nothin'

Dont Mr Ross statement remind you of Im not going to Alabama???, I think I heard that before,

How many other people on here are sick of listening to Armando whine? Enough already!

When are you guys going to learn that the news media NEVER let's the FACTS get in the way of a good story......

erocku, you're right about LeBatard's column in the Herald....well written, I agree with him!



Sparano is on notice BIG TIME...what Ross is essentially telling him is forget the conservative field goal approach...ramp it up or your fired next year....he has put Tony on notice big time that his expectations are a lot different to what TS is delivering...

Noww. everybody stop feeling sorry for a guy who has made 10 mill in the last 3 years....hes fine and so is his family...
But his performance has been terrible really...his OWN personal management performance both in game day and with personnel has been UNACCEPTABLE...tons of mistakes this year...TONS....

Kris...i agree with your assessment...

I think ROSS wants a lot better and so Fukking wot if people on 3 mill per annum are offended...its costing ROSS in potential revenue that he is losing, just to line the pockets of numbskulls who cant manage a clock?
He has every right to put them ALL on notice...all of them who are on BIG BUCKS to produce or FK OFF....TS included...

Now if TS keeps talking about how he'l fix "this thing" as he calls it and doesnt make DRAMMATIC changes to his own philosophies, then he is just a stupid fool...

TONY....dont convince us that you are really not that smart as you say...make moves or many will start to beleive you.......

The Colts should have come running out of the tunnel barefooted, just to get at man boobs. Die jets die !!!

So let me get this straight Asmondo. First, both Ross and Ireland are lying about not contacting Cowher or Gruden. Of course, they must also be lying about (1) Peterson not being on the plane and (2) Harbuagh not getting an offer (despite, as Clayton and other have noted, the fact that that would violate the Roony Rule).

In contrast, you reporters worked diligently to uncover the mysteries of the Dolphins. And all of you---amazingly---in perfect agreement got the right scoop.

How about this for a possible scenario: One of the networks jumped the gun and made a wrong statement. The other outlets, fearful of having no new information either (1) copied the other outlet's information or (2) called a source, who said he could not deny the news (probably because he or she lacked knowledge), and flew with the shoddy information.

Nah, journalists would NEVER jump the gun and give the public erroneous information. I mean LeBron is still in Cleveland, Fischer was fired from Tennessee, and Iraq has weapons of mass destruction.

You earlier asked Ross to recognize that he made errors. At the round-table discussion, he did just that. If only you listened to your own advice.

yes i believe sparano and ireland will finish what they started. that is running the dolphins into the ground and turning them into a joke! and thats the bottom line.

who the fu$k is john garrett? of course another douche associated with dallas. that's a great move.

You nailed it omega. Mando is in Tony's pocket that's why he writes like yhis

boring game.

Oldenglish, Mando could be the little dummy sitting on Sparano's lap spewing words, Sparano the ventriloquist! LOL!

Well the Dolphins were losers well before Sparano and Ireland arrived! At least they got to the playoffs, which no one else has done in Miami in over ten years. PATHETIC.

Jets well on their way to yet another playoff win, which will be 3 since last year. When was the last time you losers won 3 playoff games. Have to track back to the 90's. LMFAO.


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