Tony Sparano is unlikely to be replaced this week, according to a source. And I'm starting to hate my job.
I hate that the Dolphins terrible 0-5 start is roosting directly in the doorstep of Sparano, a good man and a good coach who is not blameless for his team's record but also is not completely to blame for it either.
And so with each passing loss, the watch to determine if Sparano remains or goes grows more focused. And I am tasked with monitoring it.
And I hate it because I think a good coach is about to get whacked -- if not now, eventually, and almost certainly by the end of the season.
Monday night's loss to the Jets was especially harmful to Sparano's tenure. His team lost in horrible fashion. After a bye week. Against a team that had lost three in a row.
"Tonight was brutal," a club source told me.
And that is bad for coach because owner Stephen Ross, who last week gave him something of a midseason vote of confidence, was apparently very, very disappointed. Again. And the disappointment was augmented by the fact Ross sees it as something of another home loss because New York is his home.
"It is fair to say that the fuse is burning," the source told me.
However, the fact this is a short week, with the Dolphins returning to the field on Sunday only five days from now, makes a change significantly less likely, the source said.
So coach is safe for another week despite not being able to coax a victory from his team all season.
I know you guys don't care one way or another about Sparano because he's not a person to you. He's simply the guy you see on the sideline and the guy you see as not giving you something good to cheer about and feel good about. You transfer your frustration to him.
I get that. His team stinks. So he stinks.
But I don't believe he stinks. He's still the same guy that got the Dolphins to 11-5 in 2008. And he is a person. He has a family. And, unlike other Dolphins coaches that I believed to be somewhat inept and in need of replacing, I don't share that feeling about Sparano.
So following this story is not fun for me. Nonetheless the job will get done. That's the reason you come here.
(And now I'm sure your comments will discuss what a sap I am. So be it.)