January 17, 2008

Sparano beginning of Dolphins shakeup: Now that they have a head coach,they've got to start looking for some players.And maybe in a few years they start to be a contender in the AFC East.

posted by Ghastly1 to football at 01:59 PM - 15 comments

I have to say that i was impressed with his press conference speech. I think that his "time to roll up our sleeves, draft character guys, and slowly transform this organization" is exactly what the dolphins organization needs. No pie in the sky promises, just someone who will work hard and try to do things "the right way." Congrats dolphins, sounds like you've got a winner. I hope that you do for your sakes.

posted by brainofdtrain at 02:03 PM on January 17, 2008

..... He got out of the diner and went to the Dolphins? Well, I didn't see that one coming. At least he wasn't actually shot by Mr. Member's Only.

posted by WeedyMcSmokey at 02:43 PM on January 17, 2008

I don't follow Dolphins football, but it appears the owner have hired at least two guys that will get the team back on the road to recovery.

posted by Nakeman at 03:27 PM on January 17, 2008

Now he'll never stop bereaving.

posted by chicobangs at 03:29 PM on January 17, 2008

How will he help the Dolphins? He was an offensive line coach and the Cowboys line got smashed by the Giants D in the 4th quarter. Also the Dolphins have too many question marks. They need to draft a franchise quarterback in the first round and not a receiver(again). They also need a steady backup to Ronnie Brown cuz he keeps getting injured. Last but not least, their D is getting older and unless they draft some quality linebackers and secondary, Jason Taylor will probably leave soon. I am trying to be optimistic about the Dolphins for next year but I don't see them winning that many games in the tough AFC.

posted by Scars at 05:50 PM on January 17, 2008

Parcells is a proven winner and I'm not going to judge a offensive line coach ( Sparano) by one quarter. On the way to recovery, Scars. Their not going to win their division or the Super Bowl. Must learn to crawl before walking and after 1-15 season, that's exactly what the Dolphins are up against.

posted by Nakeman at 07:03 PM on January 17, 2008

I like all of the Parcells coaches. But, I will say that Sparano had one of the most talented offensive lines in all of football. Plus the pro-bowl tight end. He squandered the offense this year finishing 2-3 after the 12-1 start. The media can crack all the smart $@% jokes about Tony Romeo and Yoko Romo they wish. But, when the dust settled, it was Tony Romo running for his life not only in the final quarter of the biggest game of his (and Sparanos) life, but he couldn't get them to even chip the backers coming through. The snaps were consistently high and late and by the time the ball got to the QB, so did the D-line and linebackers. And, he is going to fix what is wrong at Miami??? The past few years they had great seasons followed by complacent endings. That isn't the players, but coaching, and mental toughness. I DO wish him the very best though and think he is a Parcell's guy. It will take a couple years though.

posted by Mickster at 10:40 PM on January 17, 2008

He squandered the offense this year finishing 2-3 after the 12-1 start. The media can crack all the smart $@% Let me understand, at 12-1 great offensive line coach, 2-3 he squndered the offensive line. Coach can do so much. Suggest offensive lineman look in the mirror, and decide how well they played the last 5 games.

posted by Nakeman at 10:54 PM on January 17, 2008

I'm also confused how the o line coach can be credited for the entire season's record, or was Wade Wilson just a puppet talking on Sparano's behalf?

posted by billsaysthis at 11:55 PM on January 17, 2008

Did not see previous comment League Leaders - Offense Total Offense (YPG) Complete List 1. New England Patriots 411.2 2. Green Bay Packers 370.7 3. Dallas Cowboys 365.7 4. New Orleans Saints 361.2 5. Indianapolis Colts You think offensive line had something to do with this ranking. Who was the offensive line coach? or was Wade Wilson just a puppet talking on Sparano's behalf? Of course, Wade Phillips had something to do with 12-1, but he also had something to do with 2-3. I also think Parcells is no idiot and picked the right man for the job under the circumstances. Not to many prospective coaches want to take on the task of 1-15 team the previous year.

posted by Nakeman at 12:33 AM on January 18, 2008

Say what you want... but look back at the films and see the last month. If they were able to block anyone in the past month of the season. I realize the yearly stats, the scoring and yards, but in the end when it matters the most??? He couldn't get them to perform. I remember seeing the game and him screaming and yelling at the O-line to block - which they didn't. How you finish is much more important than how you start as evidence by their season. I don't blame him exclusively, but if you can't get your "guys" to perform during the last month of the season, how does that reflect on a coach? They went South with 4 games to play and I don't think they put up any good numbers against the Panthers, Eagles, Skins, or G-Men. Way too many penalties and false starts. Undisciplined. Now don't take this wrong as I really do like the guy. I am not throwing him under the bus as to say. Just that he is not a savior if he can't motivate his own guys. Do I like him as a Coach? Yes. Do I think he will make a good head coach? Maybe? But, he needs to get fixed (as does Parcells) late season collapses. How is it that you get your guys to perform so well until the last few games and then they lay eggs? Do you think it has NOTHING to do with the coaches? I think they should share the blame. In the case of Miami, they have nowhere to go but up. One thing about Parcells that you simply can't deny, he leaves any franchise better (talent wise) than when he got there.

posted by Mickster at 07:42 AM on January 18, 2008

I love me some Bill Parcells coaching tree! One thing about Parcells that you simply can't deny, he leaves any franchise better (talent wise) than when he got there. Sure, but you have to take into account the fact that he'll then go on to raid coaches and players from his old team when he gets a new gig...

posted by Venicemenace at 07:49 AM on January 18, 2008

Sparano doing the right thing by going to work for Bill Pursell,I don't know.

posted by rhecker at 07:53 AM on January 18, 2008

You'd better work hard for Tony Sparano, or you'll be sleeping with the fishes...

posted by smithers at 08:12 AM on January 18, 2008

Look, it's not like it's going to get a whole lot worse for us Dolphins fans. I was prepared to go perfect this year, but I'll admit to a certain amount of relief when they couldn't even do that right. If they don't win a single game next year, I'm ready for that, too. But if they think I'll stand by while they go through some kind of New Orleans Saints phase, well, shit, they're right. I will. I will now go throw darts at my Kellen Winslow Sr. Fathead.

posted by The_Black_Hand at 06:59 AM on January 19, 2008

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