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Dolphins fire Sparano, Carl Peterson speculation spreads

The Dolphins have called a 4:15 press conference to announce the firing of coach Tony Sparano.

The team is not confirming this report, but two sources familiar with the issue say Sparano is gone and obviously will not finish out the final three games of the season.

The firing will be followed by the introduction of an interim coach. The interim coach is expected to be one who will fulfill the Rooney Rule aspect of NFL requirements for filling vacancies. That means the new interim coach will be a minority -- likely assistant head coach Todd Bowles.

Bowles is considered a legitimate candidate to coach an NFL team in the future and has already interviewed in Kansas City and Detroit when they had openings.

[UPDATE: Bowles will be the new interim coach]

Bowles will be granted an interview at the end of the season for the chance to succeed Sparano permanently -- although he will considered a longshot. The Dolphins want to hire a "star" head coach, sources have told me.

The possibilities?

Miami's new interim coach will be the first minority to coach the Dolphins.

In order of possibility in my view, Jeff Fisher, Brian Billick, Bill Cowher and then the rest of the field. The Dolphins would love Cowher. But I hear from different sources that Cowher wants to keep his options open, including remaining in television, and may not be enamored with the idea of coaching Miami.

Morever, the Dolphins are reportedly set to announce as early as today the hiring of Ross confidant Carl Peterson to be the club's executive vice president of football operations. The ESPN report suggests Peterson will basically take the role previously occupied by Bill Parcells in that he will oversee the incoming head coach and general manager Jeff Ireland, who will be retained for next year.

[UPDATE: Peterson is telling The Herald's Barry Jackson that the ESPN report is inaccurate.]

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I called it hours ago right here on the blog one Haley was fired. Hey, I got something right.

CELABRATION TIME CMON! CELABRATION TIME CMON!

With Haley being fired today, KC is free to go shopping for coaches. Don't be surprised if Sparano is let go before end of season in order to get in the game.

If they keep Sparano until the last game, this would lead me to believe they already have their next coach locked up in principle.

Posted by: DevilsAdvocate | December 12, 2011 at 02:11 PM

Of course I'm just kidding it's never a time to celebrate someone firing. But it's time to move on..

Ok, sorry, rare opportunity to toot my own horn.

We are moving on now, hopefully forward.

Another stupid move by Ross. What is the point at this time? At least let him finish out the season! And keep Ireland??? Idiotic!!

what happened to yeah

Todd Bowles

Assistant Head Coach/Secondary; born November 18, 1963, Elizabeth, N.J. Defensive back Temple 1982-85. Pro defensive back Washington Redskins 1986-1990, 1992-93, San Francisco 49ers 1991. College coach: Morehouse College 1997, Grambling State 1998-99. Pro coach: New York Jets 2000, Cleveland Browns 2001-04, Dallas Cowboys 2005-2007, joined Dolphins in 2008.

I JUST SAW THAT ON ESPN.....

HALLELUJAH.......

ireland should go as well as all the parcellians
we really need a new start

JJ, whether it was today or after the 3 games he was going to be fired regardless. Why does it matter.

JJ

The point is now Ross is free to approach possible candidates. Once Haley was fired, that meant they could go after someone Ross might want. Holding on to Sparano would have prevented him from conducting interviews.

DA....you called it CONGRATS......

I have been calling for it since 0-4....

But you posted a LOGICAL scenario in which it COULD HAPPEN....outstanding......

one down, one to go. ireland can go back to chauffeuring parcells' golf cart -- or emptying his colostomy bag. waste disposal magnate huizenga could advise.

IMO, Ross was just waiting for any coach to be fired first, then he was looking to X Sparano next.

Hey thanks Kris. Now that I got a pat on the back I can go back to being my humble self.

Not true Spiderman.....

Del rio was fired last week....

Hey TONY.....INDY and PEYTON MANNING are on the PHONE.....there asking if you can lead them to the SB......LOL....

kris, your right

It makes perfect sense. After the last loss there was no saving Sparano. It really may have made for an awkward locker room.

Now the search can be on, full throttle, out in the open.

Now...they must announce who is the interim coach.

Great, now can we start a petition to fire Ireland as well?

Well the real question is. Is anyone surprised he got fired?

I saw the ESPN report on this and they are saying Carl Peterson might be brought in to replace Parcells...Epic fail, at least Parcells has won something, we are screwed.

http://espn.go.com/nfl/story/_/id/7345810/miami-dolphins-fire-coach-tony-sparano-source-confirms

Todd Boles is new interim hc

Todd Bowles...DA....Todd Bowles....

You don't fire someone unless there's someone better to replace him.

CAN ANYONE THINK OF ANY COACH
WHO IS CURRENTLY AVAILABLE
AND IS BETTER THAN TONY SPARANO ???


(and do the Chiefs and Dolphins do EVERYTHING together???)


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T H E
Disk Jockey
BILLIONAIRE
K N O W S
W H A T H E' S D O I N G
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Yes, just saw the update.

I can't really celebrate when Petersen is now officially on board, and Ireland is still here.

Yazzi,

I can do better. Admittedly I know nothing. I put in a request for an interview though.

As much as I wanted Sporano fired.....I don't like the timing of this.....

@ 0-4...we could have scared the players...and saved the season.....

@ 4-9....we could s care the players.....and really EFF up the season....

the old catch 22.....

Don't make no sense if your gonna keep Ireland. He is a freakin joke and now you hear about peterson. Ross what the h*ll are you doin to this franchise. Your never gonna get Cowher or any other caliber coach with them clowns around!!!!

kris

The timing feels right to me. They gave him the fairest shot possible. The advantage of getting a jump on the coaching search outweighed keeping him for the final 3 games.

Peterson also has a connection to former Steelers coach Bill Cowher, given that Cowher worked in Kansas City as an assistant coach before becoming the head coach in Pittsburgh. And with Ross reportedly wanting a superstar coach, Peterson could be instrumental in luring Cowher to Miami.

Peterson is 127 years old. Retired. I don't see him taking on a 100 hour week GM job.

I think Armando should be suspended or fired also. This is OLD NEWS as Sparano was fired at 3pm.

Ross walked into Tony's office and cought Tony fist pumping and showed him the CVS enemia in and said he needs to purge all the left over crap Tuna leftovers.

Ireland is NEXT although he will leave THAT to his new czar to fire Ire4land.

Hello Cowher... That GMC pickup full of $$$ is on the way with your 5 yr contract.

So there's a good chance we'll finish out 4-12, putting us in good draft position.

I hope Petson start making some serious phone calls soon to Polian and then Philbin after the season.

DA....

What if this lights a fire under the players.....and we take 2 of the next 3.....or worse.....

Trust me ....I am glad he is gone....and it had to be done.....just wish they had done it sooner....

In any case....I'm in your corner Ross.....

How do we know isn't wasn't Mando that prompted the firing today? He comes out with his article and all H*LL breaks lose down there. They just couldn't ever face the public again.

Killer Mando Strikes Again!!!

Sissy Krissy,

Youre getting your wish. Ross thinks just like you post. Been tryingy to warn you fool that things are about to get far worse in Miami.

You just dont listen! Been trying to warn be careful what you wish for. Next big anouncement, Mangini's coming, then draft day the dingbats trade the 1st rd pick for Peyton Manning.

How else will they sell tickets after all of the bufoonery.

The best candidates out there are going to wait until after the season so that they can investigate ALL opportunities.

Any smart person would do that.

I don't think it makes a bit of difference that Miami pulled the trigger now rather than three weeks from now. None of those top candidates are going to sign anywhere right now.

Good luck, Tony - I think you did the best you could with what you were given, especially after the fiasco of a coaching search last year. Hope Tony catches on somewhere next season. I'd have rather seen Ireland go instead.

In the event we finish the rest of the games with wins...By all means PLEASE... I don't want to hear the keep Bowels for HC chant.

Thanks YG....Thanks.....

IRELAND SUCKS! I CAN'T BELIEVE WE ARE KEEPING THIS TURD ANOTHER YEAR!

YOU SUCK STEPHEN ROSS FOR KEEPING HIM!

YES, I AM MAD!!

YOU MADE ME PUT UP WITH THIS CRAPPY SEASON ONLY TO KEEP JEFF IRELAND?!?! ARE YOU FREAKING KIDDING?!?!!

I have lost all hope for this team.

This may be my last post.

It is time to say goodbye.

What a pathetic organization!

Draft position aint gonna matter. Ross has to sell tickets after all of the bufoonery. I will be shocked if a Peyton Manning to Miami trade doesnt go down.

Havent you guys noticed by now we fans never get what we want?

Ross is using Bowles to fulfill the Rooney Rule only. Then he can go on and find a who he wants without needing to fulfill the Rooney Rule any longer since by default the hire is a trial interview.

Petersen? Seriously? Petersen? How about just putting together a good scouting department and new coach? Why Petersen? He must be up Ross you know what.

IrelandSucks,

Don't worry.. The czar was hired as a Gun and Ireland WILL be fired by the czar. That way Ross will say he is going in another direction.

Now Iam gonna have to get a new Moniker.

YIKES -- good news, Sparano is gone, bad news Peterson VP of FB ops. I am going to go throw up.

If I were Colombo, I will be nervous.

it does make sense that it frees him up to pursue other candidates. So I guess I understand. But keeping Ireland? I can only assume that would turn off potential candidates such as Cowher...

kris...

OF COURSE the timing is screwed up...


THEY DON'T KNOW HOW TO DO ANYTHING RIGHT....
(It would have been more 'graceful' to fire the guy at the end of the season.)

Unless they hire a great coach during the next three games then this soap opera was ALL FOR NOTHING!

Its all part of Stephan Ross's and Mike Dee's
PRESSURE COOKER SALES ENVIRONMENT.

We already know that Jim Harbaugh
DID NOT WANT TO WORK FOR ROSS

It will be interesting to see
HOW MUCH MONEY HE WILL HAVE TO PAY FOR A COACH
WHO DOESN'T MIND DISTRACTED ALL WEEK LONG WITH NONSENSE. !!!
.
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You can stream the press conference on the fins site now

Yesterday's Gone,

I reported last week that Manning just may end up a Dolphin and that Cowher will end up the new HC. Patterson was hired as a gun to fire Ireland. That firing will be delayed to cover Ross tracks.

Ross first want's to see what Cowher's demands are such as does he want to be HC/GM and how he feels about ireland.

One Down, One to go., Mando Make it Happen.

Time to uncork the Bubbly. No more Fist Pumps - Cheers!

Ireland can possibly be on his way out before the draft. The Petersen appointment could just be a ploy for him to handpick his own GM.

Guys, the sh!ts a lomg ways from completely unfolding.

YG -- The Mangina thing is a possibility but a very SLIM one. The Manning trade is pure speculation and even a more slim possibility. He hasn't even been released yet. The Colts could any number of directions with that. Anything is possible but these 2 are highly unlikely.

Colombo will be one of first to be waived at the end of the season, not soon enough!

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