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Sparano releases statement through agent

Tony Sparano often texted me during his time as Dolphins head coach, sometimes to suggest columns, sometimes to criticize my columns, sometimes to thank me for columns or blogs. I reached out to him the past two days after his firing and he has not returned my texts.

That's fine. I get it.

He's an emotional guy. He's hurt. He probably doesn't understand that I had to write about his eroding job status -- because that's my job -- when that was the last thing he wanted in the newspaper.

But several people have told him he needs to make some sort of public statement to close the Dolphins chapter on his career. As he apparently doesn't want to speak or isn't ready to speak to the media, he's doing the next best thing:

He just released a statement through his agent, Jimmy Sexton.

It reads:

“I want to take this opportunity to thank the Miami Dolphin organization, my players and coaches and our fans for all the help they gave me  during my time in Miami.  It was an honor and a privilege to have been the head coach for such a storied franchise as the Miami Dolphins. Visiting with Coach Shula before games, getting to know the Hall of Famers and so many other great Dolphin alumni, and being surrounded by the team’s tradition every day of the year are memories that will stay with me forever.

"I can’t say enough about our players  --  I love and appreciate them all and I value the effort they gave me from the very first moment I walked in the door. They practiced and played hard every day, and always put the success of the team ahead of themselves. It was a joy to work with these special men, and no one can ask for more than what they gave me. For this they will always have my gratitude, and I am proud to have coached them. My coaching and support staff were wonderful  --  I’ve never been around a better group of guys. There is no way I can thank them for their commitment and their loyalty. We worked hard together to reach a common goal and I appreciate their sacrifice and dedication.

"And finally, my wife Jeanette and I want to thank our great fans here. They made us feel at home the day we moved down and welcomed us with open arms. We enjoyed making so many friends and are grateful for the opportunities they gave us to contribute to the South Florida community. It’s a special place with special people, and we appreciate all their warmth and friendship. My heartfelt thanks to everyone who supported me during my tenure with the Dolphins. It was a special time in my life, and I’m looking forward to continuing my coaching career very soon.”

Coach is taking the high road. He's showing future employers he's a classy guy. He's boiling with venom toward Jeff Ireland and Stephen Ross, which he does not mention in his statement, but not showing any of that because, well, what is that going to accomplish?

Sparano never threw players under the bus even when they deserved it. He's not throwing the organization under the bus even though some members of his family have been told they're no longer allowed around the Dolphins facility for any reason whatever.

Good move by coach. Just as he was advised.

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JESUS CHRIST WILL YOU GUYS STOP WITH DUNGY. WHAT ARE YOU GUYS LIVING UNDER A ROCK?

TONY DUNGY HAS "VOWED" HE'LL NEVER COACH IN THE NFL AGAIN. GUES YOU GUYS WERE UNDERNEATH A ROCK WHEN HE MADE HIS PRESSER SIGHING WHY HE WAS STEPPING DOWN AND WOULD NEVER COACH AGAIN.

TO MAKE MATTERS WORSE, YOU'RE INSUINUATING HE WOULD WANNA COME BACK AND WORK UNDER IRELAND. SOME OF YOU FOLKS ARE TOTALLY BRAIN DEAD!

UNLIKE THE OTHER BOOTH HC'S, DUNGY DIDNT STEP DOWN BECAUSE OF BURN OUT. HE BLAMES HIS SON'S DEATH ON HIMSELF BECAUSE HE HAD TO DEVOTE SO MUCH TIME TO BEING A HC.

HE BLAMES HIMSELF FOR NOT BEING AROUND TO SPEND ENOUGH TIME WITH HIS SON AND FAMILY AS BEING THE REASON HIS SON'S LIFE WENT ASTRAY, ENDING IN HIS DEATH.

YOU THINK FOR ONE MINUTE AFTER LEAVING FOR THOSE REASONS. HE WOULD NOW REVERSE COURSE AND COME WORK FOR WHAT HAS NOW BECOME A TOILET BOWL FRANCHISE, WITH A TOILET BOWL GM AND OWNER?

PLEASE PUT THE CRACK PIPES DOWN PEOPLE!

No coach has ever won a Super Bowl with 2 different teams. How does that make everyone feel about Gruden, Cowher, Dungy, Caughlin?

makes me feel fine tc. super bowl> how bout we start with least a winning record

odin,

I never had a bad thing to say about Sparano personally either just couldn't get the love fest earlier that's all. The kettle got called and it was black Brother, no gray area there. You know I call it like I see it, as do you, DB and some others just couldn't figure the 180 kumbaya fest earlier. No need for challanges I read what all said just thought that I'd toss my two cents in.

Brady Hoke is interesting his turn around of Ball St followed by his coaching job at San Diego St. before going to Mich. speaks for itself. I bet you got all the skinny on him because you live in Mich. were the Wolverines and Spartans are bigger than the Lions I'll bet. I just got a feeling about Gundy being NFL H.C. material from what I've seen. He really seems to have that fire that sort of reminds me of another former Okla. St. Cowboys coach, Jimmy Johnson.

I predict we get totally blown out by Buffalo Sunday because many players will be showing they want to be out of Miami over the offseason.

Buffalo 49 Dullphins 3

The offense scores 3pts in honor of the "fistpump"!

Ireland MUST go...I'll start the Fire Ireland website...I need a ton of signatures guys...

we better hope the bills beat us, we need that draft pos. need to lose these next 3 badly


No coach has ever won a Super Bowl with 2 different teams. How does that make everyone feel about Gruden, Cowher, Dungy, Caughlin?

Posted by: TC | December 13, 2011 at 11:31 PM


TC,

Don't mean to be an a ss. But seriously, the first thing I thought after reading your post:

Nobody ever had a perfect undefeated season either. Not until 71/72.

I'm not too high on any of the guys you mentioned anyways and I understand probabilities and all, but still, stranger things have happened :)

tc,

Coughlin will be with the Giants, Dungy/Cowher aint happening in in finest dreams, Fisher will stay fishing rather than tackling this mess. He'll rather stick with the tackle on his fishing line.

GET USED TO IT PEOPLE, MANGINI'S ON HIS WAY!

mangini,lol hes awful. would never happen

Fin4,

Nice post and you're right about the skinny here in Michigan.

If you look at Hoke, all things point to him being ready for the NFL. But then I compare these college coaches transitioning to the college quarterbacks transition. You just have no way of knowing. Manning/Leaf - Saban/Harbaugh.

All I know for sure, this hiring is going to impact us for the next 3 to 5 years at least and it's got me nervous as H ELL!

Thanks for the Head up on Gundy. I don't know much about him, but thanks to you, that'll soon be changing.

ValHalla!!!!

dusty,

We have an awful owner and awful gm. The awful owner "HIGHLY COVETS" the awful MANGINI as his football consultant.

Ross stated in his presser today he's looking for his next "YOUNG" Shula.

Put it all together, former young hc, whom Ross thinks so highly of he's made him a primary football consultant.

Because of the "Rooney rule" Ross cant name the new hc today, nor at the end of the season until minority candidates are included in the interviews. BUT:

ROSS LITERALLY GAVE HIS HAND AWAY SIGHTING THE "YOUNG" SHULA COMMENT.

Shula was 41yrs old when he took over in Miami. MANGINI will be 41yrs old when he takes over hc for Ross next season.

COINCIDENCE?

Sorry been reading it since last night and am not buying the Mangenious sweepstakes. I don't care if you draft Luck or sign Manning, if the gini is coaching Miami Ross will have to deal with a full out revolt from a fanbase with tons to do outside of droping coin on a mediocre NFL team.

Odin...I get that, and am certainly prone to wanting to beat the odds, to a fault I must admit. I wrote an email to Armando bit ching him out about his Sparano article the night before the Eagles game, only to find the poor guy fired within 24 hrs. What do I know? However,it's a point to consider that our "star" search may be misguided. I heard yesterday that Oregon's coach Kelly may be under consideration. I live in Oregon and like that prospect. Something fresh and outside of the box. The guy can coach.

All I know for sure, this hiring is going to impact us for the next 3 to 5 years at least and it's got me nervous as H ELL!


odinseye | December 13, 2011 at 11:45 PM

That makes two of us Brother, will read up some more as well on Hoke.

COMING SOON:

PETERSEN BECOME FOOTBALL CZAR

When this happens, its almost certain MANGINI's on the way.

It'll be his job to have final say on MANGINI/ Ireland personel disputes.

PETERSEN WILL BE THE REFFEREE AND HAVE THE FINAL SAY OVER WHERHER MANGIN'S RIGHT OR IRELANDS RIGHT IN PERSONEL DISPUTES. HE WILL BE THE "ARBITRATOR" THEN BOTH MUST ABIDE BY HIS FINAL DECISION.

Fin4,

Exactly why hiring Mangini paints this owner into the corner of bringing in Manning. He'll have to sell tickets after this mess. Many fans will be fooled by that and a ticket buying spurt will begin.

However, we'll be right back to the crapper as soon as Peyton reinjures the neck. Unfortunately we maybe 7-0 to 8-0 when that happens and win maybe 1-2 more games in 2012-13.

Mangini?

Do you guys really believe Ross will try selling this fan base on Mangini? I know he's commited to winning, but I'm sure he's concerned with putting fans in the stands as well. In my opinion, that's two strikes against Mangini right there-LOL.

On the other hand, I see Mangini and the position he's in, being fine coming in and slithering right up under Irelands thumb(that's three strikes). I could also see him being fine with keeping Daboll and Nolan in place. His prior history with Ross and the last points about keeping Daboll and Nolan makes it at least an interesting proposition.

Still though, from a straight winning and losing point of view, the thought of Mangini being here for the next 2 to 3 season scares the FVCK out of me.

To be honest, if Mangini was my only other choice, I myself would stick with SpOrano and hope for the best. And I don't even like SpOrano as a Head Coach.

Everyones entitled to their own opinion, so mine is:

JUST SAY NO!!!!

Don't listen to anything Odin tells you.

He means well but he's full of hot air.

He also spends way too much time blogging.

hilarious. zero chance mangini is the coach here.

Keeping Ireland almost assures Petersen will be made football czar. There has to be a buffer between Ireland and the new hc.

The hc candidate Ross most trust right now is Eric Mangini. Im just warning you guys what's very likely to come.

You're looking on the outside when all of the "real action" is happening on the inside right underneath your noses.

It would be more classy from Sparano's side if he resigned first instead of waiting to be fired. This is something to see coming regardless of the anodyne (yet pleasant) victories that we witnessed in last weeks. Class is something that also lacks Ireland. That we all know after the Dez Bryant affair. Ireland should be fired immediately. I honestly don't understand why this punk dressed of gentleman kept his job. This rotten apple will keep polluting the rest of the organization. If Ross wants a fresh start fire him as well !

ROSS DOESNT HAVE TO SELL THE FANBASE. HE OWNS THE TEAM! LOL


dusty,

We have an awful owner and awful gm. The awful owner "HIGHLY COVETS" the awful MANGINI as his football consultant.

Ross stated in his presser today he's looking for his next "YOUNG" Shula.

Put it all together, former young hc, whom Ross thinks so highly of he's made him a primary football consultant.

Because of the "Rooney rule" Ross cant name the new hc today, nor at the end of the season until minority candidates are included in the interviews. BUT:

ROSS LITERALLY GAVE HIS HAND AWAY SIGHTING THE "YOUNG" SHULA COMMENT.

Shula was 41yrs old when he took over in Miami. MANGINI will be 41yrs old when he takes over hc for Ross next season.

COINCIDENCE?

Posted by: get used to it people mangini's on his way! |
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Get used to it,

You sound awful familiar to another guy that posts here. You and him have very similar opinions on this situation. Matter of fact, ALMOST word for word/verbatim opinions on this.

Hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm - LOL!

Damn some how part of my post got in my screen name box. ROTFLMAO!

odin,

Its odd, I didnt do it on purpose, but somehow part of my post got into my screen name box! LOL

not a secret the job will be offered first to cowher, and after he turns it down again im guessing gruden will be asked. and after he turns it down lets hope ross finds the right guy. hoke loves michigan and no chance he would leave or get offered it. no way on les miles.

odin @11:58,

Great post, I agree with every word of it sure when gauging the fit you can see the scenario but Ross's wallett would never survive it. It's also worth noting that Ross's estimated personal wealth is 2.2 Billion but ask yourself how much of that is liquid and how much is in assets??

Remember his net worth is tied to his N.Y. Real Estate holdings, he needed Bank loans and Emilio/ Gloria Estefan to pay Huzienga out. The loans took time and almost didn't go through. In other words this isn't some bored Billionaire with a hobby, he needs this investment to work and so far the Dolphins are one of only a couple of teams loosing money, Ross needs a quick turn around to cash in on his investment, how's that for thinking outside the box?

marchcool,

Sparano's classy, but not classy enough to walk away from $3million dollars. Can you blame him?

Resigning frees Ross from paying the owed remainder of his contract money!

MARCHCOOL, ARE YOU REALLY STEVEN ROSS POSTING HERE? IF YOU ARE, YOU HAVE AN AWFUL LOTS OF EXPLAINING TO DO LUCY! LOL

Why did you call me Yesterdays Gone? I did not write anything about the Miami Dolphins,so please leave me out of it.Thank You and may my father bless you.

JESUS CHRIST WILL YOU GUYS STOP WITH DUNGY. WHAT ARE YOU GUYS LIVING UNDER A ROCK?
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Why did you call me Yesterdays Gone? I did not write anything about the Miami Dolphins,so please leave me out of it.Thank You and may my father bless you.

Posted by: J.C | December 14, 2011 at 12:13 AM


ROTFLMAO!

That mess is neither mine or my fathers,that whole free will thing.J.C

Someone should stick a mic in front of that bloated ego-maniac Parcells. Ask him why he bailed? Why he didn't let the coach pick the groceries or a decent offensive coordinator? Parcells hung this dude out to dry, badly. Sure he was probably in a bit over his head. I have to believe up until the second that big fat Tuna left he was basically dictating the type of team and maybe even the game plan. Kinda tough coaching with Mr. Fricken know it all looking over your shoulder. Team wasn't going to win anything with Cowboy rejects and his pound it with Curtis Martin and Otis Anderson BS. Here we go again with a whole new coach, assistants and philosophy. Most likely a rebuild to fit the style of play new regime wants to effect. Jimmy burnout and Dan disrespect, Wandstat and his 3yds and a cloud of dust, Ricky Rasta quitting, Nick Satan, Cam Cameron and the family, Baldy Billionaire Wayne H. selling to this friggen Mr. Magoo now... Pahleeeze just fix my F*ckin team already!!!!!

Go Phins!

Cowher- Burned out and will realize he mad a mistake in 2 years.

Gruden- Failed at Tampa and will insist on West Coast Offense meaning all new personnel and a few years to re-build.

Billick- unless he's bringing a Ray Lewis circa 2000 and that crappy low scoring division he coached in with him? No thanks.

Rob Ryan- (see Dad and Brother) Blow hard coordinators that ain't won s*it as HCs'

Mangini- "Mangina"...next!

Jeff Fisher- Another "almost good enough coaches" ...next!

Andy Reid- Another "almost good enough coaches"...next!

That leaves the only real option- Dick Vermeil!

You know I read and hear alot of people when discussing Eric Mangini throw the comparisons to B.Belichik and wonder given the history how they even attempt to compare these two???

When Belichik went to Cleveland to replace M.Shottenheimer he tried to implement his totalitarian rule of day on the team and the players revolted led by Q.B. B.Kosar prompting Belichik to sign V.Testaverde and cutting Kosar in 93 when Kosar went to Dallas to back up Kosar. The move cost him the Locker Room which never accepted the move but had they stayed the course you never know because he had them in contention before the wheels came off.

It was the Parcells way from there Giant days together and some teams like N.Y. buy into it and others don't, Parcells one twice with the mindset with the likes of P.Simms and J.Hostetler at Q.B. and he got the Pats to buy into it. He also wasn't big on Bledsoe but to say he got lucky with Brady early is reaching or simply having a selective memory.

In their 1st title run Brady was pedestrian, it was the D and team 1st mentality that gets them the title that and driving with less than 2 minutes when everybody including the Rams expected them to play for overtime, still remember John Madden live calling the game out right questioning what the Pats were doing

. The next two S.B.'s saw Brady become a complete elite player but the 1st go around was a different story. You need the right group and he had it remember they were the 1st to a man that wanted to be introduced as a team, something everybody does now.

Mangini had a team that was ready to believe in his philosophy after beating the Pats early his 1st Season. He even had the press referring to him as MANGENIOUS then when adversity struck I'll never forget him questioning players in the press and having monumental meltdowns. Favre gets him to 8-3 in 08 before an injury and he does nothing to get creative and take the Div. with Brady hurt.

In Cleveland the Offensive genious inherits a team with B.Edwards, K11, a solid OL led by Thomas and he seemed even more lost at the prospect of turning them around. I feel he may have been served just like J.McDaniels with staying a few more years working there craft before jumping into the H.C. position.

The comparison isn't there Belichik love him or hate him has that it quality and persevere's while Mangini hasn't and life is about perception more than anything so if he takes over another team he will have an uphill climb convincing them about his philosophy.

Its hard to win in this league without a great quarterback and offensive line. The first year he came in, in 2008 was a great year. We didn't have many pieces in place but Tony and his coaches always gameplaned well, remember the monday night football game against the colts?? we held onto the ball for 45 some minutes and barley lost due to peyton manning's talent. I saw so many good game plans that first year that I was convinced that we had the coach to lead us to the promise land. That win over Brett Favre? EPIC! Half of coaching is leading your team and getting them to rally around you, and getting the most out of your players. Tony got everything he could get out of those players and made it work in 2008. That team played more cohesive than any other season under sparano, why? because they played well as a TEAM. Tony did everything he could do to win games, and always was accountable for the way his team played. It just didn't work out unfourtanetly, I really thought Henne was coming along well until last year, not sure what happened. The staff really worked hard to develop him, but so far, it just hasnt panned out. I really feel like the front office didnt do a good enough job getting the right pieces in place, other than Jake Long, Wake, Bess, and Pennington. Say what you want about pennington he got the job done. This past offseason they really needed a quarterback to provide competition at the very least. Not saying Orton could have been the QB of the future but it would have given Tony a lot better chance of winning, and would of been the right thing to do. Ireland really sold out on someone who he says is a close friend, as soon as they did what they did in January any chance of a good start to the season was ruined. I dont think they were trying to disrespect Tony but they could have showed more respect and confidence toward him and the team for that matter. Its very hard for people to do there job from the top of the organization to the bottom if they aren't sure who their leader is going to be or know that the organization has faith and confidence in their ability. This is why, in my opinion, that the players didn't play well as a cohesive unit. I hope they learn a lesson from this and treat our next coach better. I loved Tony's demeanor and his approach to life and football, he always was appreciative and thankful for his time with the Dolphins. He was just a down to earth humble person who worked tirelessly and kept searching and digging even when he didn't have the answers. Reading that he texted Armando really shows he cared about this team and us as fans. People say they didnt enjoy his pressers I actually did, his attention to detail was amazing and he really knows football. To those of you that say he is stupid, you try coaching o-line, I never have myself but you cant be stupid to be line coach you have to know your stuff inside and out with all these blitz schemes and the phenomenal NFL athletes that's nothing to take lightly. The man knows football that is clear. Hope he lands on his feet and in an even better situation soon, great coach and more importantly an even better man. With the right players and pieces in place he will be a great head coach just like his peer and friend Bill Parcels. Best of luck Tony and happy holidays if you read this.

Sorry meant Kosar backed up Aikman among a few mistakes in my last post

One more thing, I really don't think this team had enough time to come together in the offseason. Installing a new offense really set them back with essentially a 6 week training camp and preseason, plus they couldn't really show their hand before the season started schematically speaking or it would have put them at a disadvantage. Being that the team won four of its past six games should have been satisfactory especially if they won the last three games of the year. I think given the lockout and new offensive coordinator that kind of finish should have entitled him for another year. If they had gotten a QB in the offseason and went aggressively for young o-linemen in the draft or free agency I think 2012 would of been a smashing success with Tony at the helm.

Yesterday's gone,
Me Stephen Ross ?, Are you kidding me ? If I were Ross I would never hired such a head coach and even less agree with such kind of contract.
Actually, the only thing that I envy from Ross is to be the owner of this team. I would never ever allowed the Dolphins to reach this level of mediocrity. I really love this team and see it in this situation really breaks my heart. In fact, Ross is the ultimate responsible of this mess and havoc on this team. Unfortunately he cannot be fired.
It's clear that he doesn't know too much about football, sadly. It's a pitty that he didn't buy the Jets or the Patriots !

My favorite Dolphins head coach in my lifetime. I'm sorry that he didn't succeed. I doubt we'll have someone better next year.

I realize that being a good guy doesn't make you a good coach, and doesn't mean he was right for us... but what a great statement. I think he was a great guy, and anyone who thinks otherwise is a curmudgeon.

"He probably doesn't understand that I had to write about his eroding job status -- because that's my job -- when that was the last thing he wanted in the newspaper."

No Armando, I suspect he understands perfectly… He just doesn't happen to like it… If it was YOUR ass on the line, would YOU?

Read more: http://miamiherald.typepad.com/dolphins_in_depth/2011/12/sparano-releases-statement-through-agent.html#ixzz1gVqJmP00

Tony was a guy you certainly rooted for. I think he changed his way of thinking alittle to late.

With millions in the bank, I think he will be ok.

GOOD LUCK TONY, MAYBE IF YOU GET A SECOND CHANCE YOU WILL DO BETTER, 29-32 WOULD USUALLY GET SOMEONE FIRED UNLESS OF COURSE THEY STARTED REAL SLOW AND THEN CAME ON WHICH IS KIND OF THE REVERSE OF WHAT TONY DID, I THINK OUR TEAM WAS GOOD ENOUGH TO GET INTO THE PLAYOFFS THE LAST FEW YEARS BUT NOT GOOD ENOUGH TO GO DEEP INTO IT OR A SUPER BOWL WIN, SO THERE IS SOME TALENT ON THE TEAM BUT TONY JUST COULDN'T BRING OUT THE BEST IN THEM ON A CONSISTENT BASIS AND THEN THERE WAS THE QB THING, IF WE HAD A TOP QB HIS RECORD OF COURSE WOULD HAVE BEEN BETTER, TWO YEARS OF 7-9 IS CLOSE TO PLAYOFF CONTENTION BUT WE JUST MELTED DOWN 2 DECEMBERS IN A ROW WHICH FALLS ON TONY AND THEN THE BAD START THIS YEAR.

sporano was a shitty coach....dont sugar coat it, time out before half against new orleans changed flow of the game ect..ect...terrible clock manager, and dont get me started on the o. line..aren't we paying some center 30 mill to set at home and watch football on TV...He might be a hell-of a guy both not a good coach...just a yes man grunt type of coach...yes sir I will run that drill in practice..

That first decision not to draft Matt Ryan doomed him. I thought it was stupid back then, also. I also realize Parcells was responsible for that brilliant move.

Is he related to Dave Waanstage? I think they should hire Wayne Fonz.

Good luck Tony! Wish things could of have been better. The one person that should of got the ax is Jeff Ireland! Can't believe this organization! No class.Mr Ross...Im giving you one more year of devotion! otherwise, I'll be looking for another team to cheer for. You have destroyed this franchise sir!

"Sparano never threw players under the bus even when they deserved it." Benny Sapp.

Tony's a class act - and the fall guy for ALL the people that let this franchise down. Things like this ALWAYS come back to bit the Fins in the butt. And Tony, no doubt, will be on the opposite sideline kicking our butts in the near future. I don't care what all the knee-jerks out there say - TS is HEAD COACH material. The bigger part of coaching is getting your players to play hard... and he did that. You go Tony! This fan will miss you.

He's a man. TS has been humiliated, if not cuckolded by Dolphin ownership in its overtures to Jim Harbaugh and its rumored overtures to Jon Gruden, Bill Cowher, Brian Billick and other "big name" retired coaches. I wish him the best and I don't know if any other coach being hung out to dry in the hot blazing South Florida sun would have reacted with the same amount of class.

Coach Don Shula has mentioned many times you win with talented good character men. It seems the Dolphins have very few of each on its roster and in its ownership.

Cmom Guys. Do you really think John G or Bill C. would coach the Dolphins and have to take order from Jeff? The best thing thst Ross did was go after Jim and I'm glad he didn't get him. Look what San Fran is doing....even Ted Gynn...ugghhhh.But he would not have been as successful in Miami working with Jeff. We don't need no Jets rejects coaching the Dolphins...Mangini will always be a loser and the dolphins better get this house in order before the draft, especially if they want a top tier QB to come.

Just another question. Everyone's talking about the 3 QB's possibly breaking Marino's single season yardage record. But I haven't heard anyone say that they are doing it while playing more games. What's up with that?

About time we got to hear something from you Armando regarding Sparano's firing. Maybe Tony didn't return your calls/texts because he knew how much you wanted to get the early scoop on how he felt about it.
Regardless of his coaching ability, he does have class. Considering what he has dealt with during his tenure here in Miami, I'm surprised they didn't have a worse record. He did the best with what he had to work with, and I won't even get into all the behind the scenes politics that took place.
I hope Ross continues to learn from his mistakes. (The Harbaugh courtship). The jury is still out on Ireland, though.
If Ross was truly going to purge himself of the trifecta, he missed one.
Good luck where ever you wind up Tony Sparano.

Way to snark on a guy who's just lost his job, Armando. I just love the way you media morons jump on these coaches--considering what crappy jobs you do at your "news"papers. How many readers has your paper lost? I think you've got so few readers you could count them with both hands. I look forward the the (not-so-distant) day when you're out of a job, & deservedly so. You're a failure, as is your paper. Then we'll see just how classy you are in your deserved miserable obscurity.

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