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Fact or Fiction: Dolphins coach version

There are a lot of rumors and reports out there relative to the Dolphins coach situation. Allow me to tell you what is true and what is, well, not exactly true for the sake of not calling things lies or misrepresentations or outright errorneous reports:

1. CBSSports.com reported Tuesday that intermediaries for the Dolphins have contacted people close to Bill Cowher about Cowher becoming Miami's coach. FICTION.

The Dolphins have declined comment publicly but I am told by two sources at the highest level of the organization that this is "Not true" and that the Dolphins "will not reach out to anybody" as long as Tony Sparano remains coach. The truth is this is a sensative subject for the Dolphins, and especially owner Stephen Ross, because he reached out to Jim Harbaugh last January while Sparano was coach. He was ripped mercilessly and, I dare say, appropriately, for the no-no and he has the scars to prove it. Ross is concerned he and the Dolphins would begin to get a reputation as a team that goes behind a coach's back if it happens again. So he is making sure it doesn't happen again through the team, him, or any intermediaries of which there is only really one -- Carl Peterson. (Dan Marino sitting next to Cowher on the CBS set and suggesting he should be the next Dolphins coach does not constitute the Dolphins reaching out to Cowher through intermediaries.) Marino is not a Ross representative. He didn't even want the Dolphins to mention it was his birthday during the season-opener at home against New England and threatened to boycott the game if they did. So Marino is not carrying anyone's water. The Dolphins also know Cowher would be offended by that kind of approach --- behind the current coach's back. It would be exactly the wrong way to do this. And while the Dolphins have not been brilliant in the way they conduct themselves lately, even they admit this would be dumb.

2. Cowher is of high interest to the Dolphins because he's a superstar coach who is available. FACT.

Duh. There was a report that made it seem like the Dolphins having interest in Cowher was news. It's news like saying daylight has interest in the sun is news. The Dolphins indeed view Cowher as a target, and probably their top target, in what will be a certain search that begins once Sparano is gone. But Cowher won't be the only target. Jeff Fisher and Jon Gruden will also be targets and don't rule out any "star" caliber coach that might get the axe after this season.

3. Cowher, as Miami's likely top choice, is also Miami's likely next head coach. FICTION.

Firstly, that's impossible to predict. Secondly, there is the thorny issue of what other jobs are available after the season. The truth is Miami would not be first on Cowher's list of places and franchises he'd like to coach if he had his druthers. It simply isn't. Not his kind of town. Not his kind of approach as a franchise. Just not him. He's a blue collar guy. People that know Cowher tell me he'd rather be the coach someplace like say, Chicago or the Giants or perhaps even Houston or Philadelphia or Kansas City. All things being equal, he'd probably rather go to any of those places than Miami. Of course, all things are not equal. The Fins will have a vacancy. We don't know about any of those other places. This, by the way, also refutes the idea the Dolphins are already touching base with him. He is going to wait to see what is available to him before jumping back in, assuming he jumps at all. Now is not yet the right time to be flirting with anyone..

4. The Dolphins will keep Sparano through the end of the year and begin this big search in January. FICTION, but with an asteriks.

Sparano keeps his job until the end of the season is if he starts winning, so that is the caveat. If he continues winless, he continues to put himself at weekly risk of being fired. I've been told that barring a total embarrassing collapse, Sparano will likely remain coach the next two games at the New York Giants and Kansas City. But if the Dolphins are 0-8 after KC, I think that is the week Sparano will be most at risk because the Dolphins return home for a Nov. 13 game against Washington that starts a five-week span in which Miami plays at home four times. The Dolphins will want to do something for their home fans by then and, fair or not, a coaching change is about the only thing that can be done in-season.

5. The Dolphins are keeping Sparano on now because they are officially in "Suck for Luck" mode. FICTION.

To call the Dolphins an organization is almost a contradiction in terms. This football team cannot organize the proper personnel to put on the field for a two-point conversion AFTER A TIMEOUT and some of you think there's an organized and so-far perfectly successful movement to continue losing? Sparano is the coach because so far he hasn't lost total respect in the locker room and there really isn't anyone better to replace him. Period.

6. Defensive coordinator Mike Nolan, the former head coach of the San Francisco 49'ers is the most logical choice to replace Sparano on an interim basis. FICTION.

Have you seen the Dolphins play defense so far this season? That unit is so far part of the problem. So what about Mike Nolan's work suggests he deserves a promotion? The truth is no one on staff likely deserves the promotion. But the Dolphins would also look at assistant head coach/secondary coach Todd Bowles and quarterbacks coach Karl Dorrell as candidates on an interim basis. Bowles has the Bill Parcells stamp of being a future head coach. That is one reason he was interviewed for the head coach job in both Kansas City and Detroit. Dorrell was the head coach at UCLA from 2003-07 before joining the Dolphins in 2008. So he has head coach experience, although not in the NFL. They Dolphins will consider both very strongly. And while the team will never say this, naming either of these men would mark the first time in franchise history the Dolphins would have a black head coach. It would be a historical milestone.

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Gruden would be a good choice for the Fins.. The guy did a good job with the Raiders and if we were to get Luck he could really help bring him along. Fisher would love to coach here and i feel like he will be the coach. He likes to party and Miami is a party town with alot hot woman for him to party with.. Think im kidding ? Its no joke.. Cowher is just to difficult to deal with. Would loveto have him though..

Mr. Doddsworth, When will you be challenging the current GOP Canidate Perry????, Not much time left..... " Dodsworth/Menace 2012"....................

you all realize even if we go 0-16, we're not getting Luck... He has another year of college eligibility, and rumors are swirling he wont play for the team with the worst record in the NFL... So, he goes back to school or pulls an Eli Manning/John Elway move... with the rookie cap, he wouldn't be sacrificing (in a relative sense) that much money. So we'll get an also ran... and I'm not sold on any of them... Plus the Colts may very well out SUCK us

For all you T.O. lovers:

A day after Terrell Owens worked out in front of TV cameras but not any NFL scouts, agent Drew Rosenhaus said the workout did not yield any calls from NFL teams.

Mr. Dodsworth, Is it true Mrs. Dodsworth has agreed to pose Nude in Playboy to help "Dodsworth/Menace 2012"???????

Fisher "loves to party?" Uh, this is a guy who won't even allow himself (or his team) to sear on the sidelines. Hardly a party animal.

I'd love to see him come in---and believe he'd be the best choice and is someone who would instantly make the franchise once again intelligent and disciplines---but your 'info' about his personal life must come via tinfoil hats and moonbeams.

If Andy Reid gets fired and Miami wins the Suck For Luck sweep stakes, I think he would be the best option IMO. He'd be angry, and hungry to prove his Doubters wrong, and has done an excellent job grooming QB's. Just my opinion

Summers, Watching the 1st half of the Colts/Saints game I can honestly say the Colts suck more then the fins, But to blow a 15 point lead in the last 4 minutes the fins have shown the too are hapless and deserving of the # 1 pick in April.... IMHO..

I'M MAKIN ME SOME OUTER SPACE BUG JUICE AND I'M GONNA DRINK THE WHOLE DAMN THING!

Y'ALL ARE RETARDS!

Meant "swear" and not "sear" in regards to Fisher.

I have no idea his feelings about grilling or cooking in general. :)

dave, drug users are a very dedicated bunch. I think between dealing with 53 players, constantly getting in trouble and needing to be disciplined, and 2 drug addicted children, Reid would JUMP at the chance to stay coaching, just so he doesn't have to go home and deal with his creations (I know I would).

Plus rehab is expensive. Anyway, Philly fans ARE idiots. Sparano hasn't had a winning record 12-out-of-13 years like Reid has. Philly fans just hate for the sake of hating. I can accept all that other stuff (time mgmt, etc.) if we had a winning record and were consistently in the Playoffs.

I just read that Sparano has the "house for sale" sign up. I for one hope to see him finish out the year.

Summers,
Luck doesn't want to end up in Indy and have to sit behind Manning for 3 years, that's why you are hearing there's some teams he wouldn't want to play for. If you are the top pick, obviously your new team sucks. But think about it, 22, single, newly minted millionaire. You don't wanna play in Miami? Really? Plus Miami is a flagship franchise with the history of Shula, 17-0, Griese, Marino etc. It's appealing, compared to say St. Louis, Cleveland, or Arizona.

DC, They(Philly Fans) Boo Santa clause every year during the Thanksgiveing Weekend, Its a tradition with these people.......

DC---I'm not saying you're wrong, just pointing out some other facets of the Reid picture. I happen to agree he's (on balance) a good coach.

We can agree to disagree with the family issues. It's a pretty horrifying picture if you're at all aware of what's been going on. I just happen to share the view that he will likely need some time off from the NFL is he's let go. That other stuff IS more important.

fed up,

ahh I didn't know where you were going with that one. I was just stating the obvious. No harm no foul.

Miami is a flagship franchise with the history of Shula, 17-0, Griese, Marino etc. It's appealing, compared to say St. Louis, Cleveland, or Arizona.

Posted by: Jon | October 26, 2011 at 04:31 PM

Jon, Id agree with you if it was 1995, But it 2011............ JMHO...

I know people here who would swear on a stack of Bibles that the "booing Santa" thing never actually happened.

I know others who swear it did.

And then there's a third group who say a few people did it but it became the stuff of urban legend over the years.

Those are the ones I suspect are actually being truthful.

Cuban, my wife's nudity is something reserved for me, her, and our "partner" Consuela.

I'm sitting out the 2012 election. I'm too much like Herman Cain - not the black part, but the wonderful part.

Dave, They do it every year, Dont beleve me, Attend the Philly game sunday after Thanksgiving...., They do..........

Sanitary Napkin, what is it about Mr. Cain's brilliant business career, optimistic yet determined temperament, and impeachable ethics that has you in a lather?

Whoops, should be "unimpeachable." I guess I am like a lawn chair.

I'm not aware of any organized "Santa appearance" at an Eagles game and I've lived here nearly a decade.

You sure this isn't just some parking lot stunt or something? Seriously, never seen/heard anything like that (even if agreed Eagles fans can be overbearing and borderline ridiculous).

Well, We all know how "Godfathers" Pizza turned out..........

Dave, Your Kidding Right????????

Though I Will say Mr Cains Thoughts are intrigueing he is to To GOP for my appitite... Just saying..

I'm sitting out the 2012 election. I'm too much like Herman Cain - not the black part, but the wonderful part.

Posted by: Nathaniel Dodsworth | October 26, 2011 at 04:37 PM
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What an ABSOLUTE MORONIC statmenent....

Now....before you get you get your feeling all hurt Nathaniel...I am an ABSOLUTE believer in free speech...and will defend to the death your right to say and write moronic...idiotic stuff.....

Just understand that others also have the right to call what you wrote moronic and idiotic as well....

LORD AND SAVIOR JESUS CHRIST, LET YOUR CHOSEN SON TIM TEBOW CLEANSE THEM OF THERE SINFULL WAYS IN THE BLOOD OF THE LAMB!!

Posted by: GERALD DUMFRIES OF MOUNT DORA FLORIDA | October 26, 2011 at 04:54 PM

Gerald, Please check out the report that Lil Timmy(I want to thank my Lord and Savior) Tebow Knocked up a reporter from the local Newspaper...........

Kris, your misspellings, poor syntax, and lack of a coherent argument in no way make me like you even one iota less. As a matter of fact, I could not possibly like you one iota less.

Like me or love me Nathanial...I could care less....

As a matter of fact...the only thing you prove with another MORONIC POST......

is that indeed you are a MORON....and childish....but I guess they go hand in hand....

maybe I shoudn't be so surprised.....

"The owner tried to upgrade the coaching position. This is a GOOD thing right? So the only problem is that he did it before firing Sparano. Really folks, is that so bad that "we will never win a championship with this current owner". I mean jeez could you be any more dramatic?"

Just how did he upgrade coaching staff?
Daboll? Cox? Gee that has been great.

He wanted an OC who would throw the ball more, be more entertaining for his celebrities. Wow that sure hss improved the team. Hope all you pass happy freaks are pleased all these passes. We suck but at least we are passing the ball more so you all can be entertained.

He is clueless when it comes to winning football.

I like the idea of bringing in landry jones.he stays in the pocket and is extremely accurate.We could bring stoops in to coach as well.

Kris, your misspellings, poor syntax, and lack of a coherent argument in no way make me like you even one iota less. As a matter of fact, I could not possibly like you one iota less.

Posted by: Nathaniel Dodsworth | October 26, 2011 at 05:00 PM
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lol.......

MOM......Nathan won't be my friend.......

Nathniel,

Gives us a favor and go kick rocks bare footed. No one like you and bigotry statements you make.

Freakin Candadians...

HOW DARE PEOPLE INSULT THE GREAT MR.DODSWOERTH,KRIS TO QUESTIONS FOR YOU, #1 DID YOU PAY YOUR TRAILER PARK FEES,#2,HOW MUCH LONGER WELL THE OBAMA ADMINASREION PAY FOR YOIUR UNEMPLOYEMENT?
(BUFFET OF KNOWLDGE)

I'm sitting out the 2012 election. I'm too much like Herman Cain - not the black part, but the wonderful part.

Posted by: Nathaniel Dodsworth | October 26, 2011 at 04:37 PM
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Aloco.....

1 question for you....and a serious one.....

Do you agreewith the above post.....

WTF Armando are you thinking???? YOU said > I've been told that barring a total embarrassing collapse, Sparano will likely remain coach the next two games at the New York Giants and Kansas City.

Didn't you TELL that source that THIS IS ALREADY A TOTAL EMBARRASSING COLLAPSE???

Don't you EVER, and I mean EVER ask any tough questions when these supposed high up in the organization sources talk with you? The source can tell you all lies and it's up to you to go fishing and gather information through fact finding missions which you go out on. I don't want to hear the old company line crap. Hell, I can come on here and post the same thing.

Hello people, I just want to tell all of you that i just meet with people high up in the Dolphin orignization as MY uncle is a friend of Owner Ross. I am told that the Dolphins have been looking at all the potential Sparano replacements and are targeting The former Jets conditioning coach, you know, the one that stuck his knee out and tripped up a dolphin player. My Sources said that bla, bla, bla.


This entire article while it sounds OK is just like all the rest of us posting fans.

Armando you do post some great stuff but on this one IMO I think you are just covering up your own ass and in the Company pocket just like the media is with Obama. no tough questions and only posting what a source tells you.

Please next time post what questions you may ask your sources so that we can better understand and that this isn't just one sided.

Journalism is an art and opinions just like mine are a dime a dozen.

I'm sorry did I just call you a journalist? My mistake, blogging doesn't take any skills except to know how to type and use a spell check on occasion.

Keep up the good work.

On top of that Aloco....

I told the Moron he can post what ever he wants....its a free country....last time I checked....

So why was/is he so offened when somebody when somebody else exercises thier free speech.....

KRIS, HES JUST SAYIN WHAT ALL OTHER CANDIANS DO, THEY AGREE WITH SOME PEOPLES IDEAS BUT NOT THERE BLACKNESS. TO BE OR NOT TO BE>
(BUFFET OF KNOWLEDGE)

Did Ross give Sparano ANOTHER contract extension and a bag of loot? Is Sparano upgrading and getting a bigger house with that loot?

Dolphins coach Tony Sparano puts his house up for sale...


Miami Dolphins coach Tony Sparano, widely expected to be fired, has put his Davie home on the market for $1.499 million, according to the multiple listing service.

Sparano first tried to sell the five-bedroom lakefront home in January but canceled the listing in March. He listed it for sale again this week.

The home "is in pristine condition," with a gourmet kitchen, theater room, fireplace, marble floors, a pool and outdoor kitchen, according to the listing.

Sparano and his wife Jeanette bought the home in 2008 for $1.7 million, property records show.

A serious comment: I'm not sure how what I said about Herman Cain is anti-black. I basically said I love the guy, and as a joke I compared myself to him, saying that we're both wonderful, but only one of us is black.

Gotta go.

cowher would be huge but i think him taking this garbage job is a long shot. fisher would be a solid hire

Not sure right Nathaniel.....

Tell it to some other blog....

and I hope you do feel uncomfortable.....and I seriously doubt your gone....

KRIS, HES JUST SAYIN WHAT ALL OTHER CANDIANS DO, THEY AGREE WITH SOME PEOPLES IDEAS BUT NOT THERE BLACKNESS. TO BE OR NOT TO BE>
(BUFFET OF KNOWLEDGE)

Posted by: ALoco | October 26, 2011 at 05:23 PM
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Aloco....

When did you become a MOUTH PIECE for Nathan...

Or...

The Canadian people in General....

Please let me know when you become the official spokeman of all things Canadian.....

sparano will be lucky to get 700k for that

Nathaniel,

glad to hear that you gotta go. Ciao!

I'll take Nathan's hasty exit....

and...

ALoco's silence....... as a small victory for the blog......

Yeah......

Lets talk football....

dave,

Unfortunately, I can't accept us agreeing to disagree on this one. Maybe family is more important than coaching the Philadelphia Eagles, but we're talking about the MIAMI EFFING DOLPHINS here.

Check the Book, it was written (in order of prioritization):

God
MIAMI DOLPHINS
Country
Family

Those are facts. They can't be discredited. So how in that order do you put family over coaching this team.

I want you to say it with me:

"If Andy Reid gets canned in Philly, and he's offered the position, he MUST ACCEPT, no if's and or I need some time with my family but's."

Agreed?

Phins 78 said:

"Awwww look Tony made a poo in his pants again,,"IT'S ALL RIGHT GRANDPA, WE'LL CLEAN IT UP FOR YOU"."

LMFAO, dude!!!!!! Good one, fu.king hilarious and so true!

just kidding dave, I hear you. Hopefully his kids dry the effe out and then he can take the job without that hanging over his head.

Also, glad I didn't get into heroin or prescription drugs.

Just so everyone knows, kris LAID DOWN THE GAUNTLET!

Don't bring your right-wing, 1% mumbo jumbo in HERE!

You'll get booted like Perry got booted from a Top-Tier candidate.

Take that, take that!

No way Reid comes to Miami. When his fully-grown sons come for a visit, he will be sitting at the dinner table saying, "Honey, what time did you tell them we were eating? What do you think they are doing?" (They're doing a Tony Montana Andy, they will be home in a couple of days!)

Fly pelican!

Tony Sparano's message to the team following the loss to Denver (told by Yeremiah Bell):

"Don't fall apart, everybody wants us to fall apart."

LOL! Have you ever HEARD such nonsense before. Is that like the 2nd in command telling the captain after he hit the iceberg, "hey, watch out for that iceberg." LOL!

Don't fall apart. Tony, bubbie, you're 0-6, going on 0-16. Your record at home is 1-13. You've PUT YOUR HOUSE ON THE MARKET, and you're imploring your team NOT TO FALL APART? You mean like you did when you told the ref, "now I'm getting fired." You mean don't fall apart like my QBs' body parts? Don't fall apart because I want to stick a thumb in the Owner's and fans' eyes by winning just enough games to get bubkus in the Draft? That kind of don't fall apart.

You're a joke Tony. I told my friend, a Cowboys fan, you were definitely gone next year, and he could have you back as oline Coach. Know what he said? "WE DON'T WANT HIM BACK!"

That means it's back to UCONN for you Tony. Have a safe trip!

DC Dolfan:

I agree on Tony, but in reality, I don't hate the guy. It just didn't work out for him as an NFL head coach. I think he did the best he could, he's just not an NFL head coach. Probably a good guy to have as a friend, as evidenced by the fact most of his players are adamant supporters of his. Having said that, I want him gone as bad as anyone, but personal attacks on him aren't probably what you meant by this post. I look forward to another head coach (and GM!) next year, just like you do. It's got to be our turn to get a real fu.king motivator of a head coach and become competitive again.

Since when do Liberal Democrats have a monopoly on intelligence?

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***But there’s a catch to that. Bush set that record in two terms — in 96 months***.

Obama, with only 31 months in the White House, has presided over an average monthly rate of $129 billion (or 152 percent more than Bush’s debt acquisitio

Sparano's house is up for sale!

THE PIZZA MAKERS SELLING HIS HOUSE BEFORE THE HANG OF DEFEAT BURN IT,THE MARINATED ACORN GROUP LOOTS IT. THE DONKY BREGADE POOPS IN IT.
(BUFFET OF KNOWLEDGE)

I KNOW ODEN KNOWS HO HO THE PELICAN, BUT DO TO ALOCHOL POISIONING HIS BRAIN IAM SURE HE DOSNT REMEMBER WHO HIS LAST HOTTIE WAS.
TO BE OR NOT TO BE.

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