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Monday, January 07, 2008

Despite all appearances, Sparano is still the guy

You know in Goodfellas when Robert De Niro is being kind to Ray Liotta's wife by offering her some new clothes. All she has to do is walk down the street and pick them up. Except when she gets a few feet from the dilapidated storefront, she comes to understand that he was being nice so as to have her killed?

That is what's going on with the Dolphins now.

Don't understand? Another example:

You know in The Godfather when Al Pacino finds out his brother-in-law was in on the plot to overthrow the Corleone's so he finds the creep, asks him to confess and says the penalty for the betrayal is banishment. Pacino gives the guy an airline ticket out of town and sends him on his way. Except that when the guy gets in the car to go to the airport, the henchman sitting the back seat fits him with an Italian necktie?

So what is the point? This:

Despite all concocted appearances, the Dolphins are going to offer their head coach job to Tony Sparano. Despite the denials and stated deference to Rooney Rule and thorough interview processes, the Dolphins will ultimately offer their head coaching job to Tony Sparano. That was Bill Parcells' plan BEFORE he became Miami's football czar.

It still is his plan now.

When Parcells was speaking with Atlanta owner Arthur Blank about going to the Falcons, he identified Sparano as the guy he wanted to hire as his head coach. Do you really believe Blank came up with that name on his own? Be serious.

And the NFL, being a copycat league, saw Sparano become a suddenly hot property with Miami and Atlanta coveting him. So Baltimore, which had a list of 30 candidates initially, quickly got in the act by also interviewing Sparano for its head coaching vacancy.

And what is happening now? Sparano is saying he had a nice interview with ALL the teams, making it seem like they ALL interest him. And the Dolphins are vehemently denying a report Sparano was offered the job because their search process is not over and they are interested in ALL their candidates.

Please, people.

Sparano is Parcells' guy and Parcells is Sparano's guy. That's the way it is going to be. They're boys. Sparano hired the same agent that represents Parcells and that agent is not going to guide Sparano to some team not named the Dolphins.

Rex Ryan and Leslie Frazier? Nice candidates who will not be hired as Miami's head coach. Considered? Yes. Hired? No.

Nothing has changed. I remind you what I wrote about this situation on December 26, BEFORE Parcells was introduced as Miami's guy in charge of everything: "I can report to you that one of Parcells' guys is Tony Sparano. He was the Cowboys offensive coordinator under Parcells at Dallas. He is now the team's assistant head coach, the running game coordinator (Jason Garrett handles the passing game) and offensive line coach. The Cowboys offensive line, by the way, has three Pro Bowl players this year and running back Marion Barber is also Pro Bowl bound."

In that blog post I didn't mention names of any other potential candidates. I understand now they weren't really needed.


Anonymous Harry Potter said...

That's cool, pretty obvious for all of us. Nothing really new.

Now, just to start speculating, give us some names for offensive and defensive coordinators.

Interesting free agents feasible to come to Miami?


11:07 AM  
Blogger Ken said...

although it's a rouse to satisfy the Rooney rule, I'm glad to see the Dolphins interviewing Leslie Frazier. I'm sure he sees the writing on the wall, but this does give him some exposure for future opportunities. Not many of us have heard of him before his interview was scheduled with Miami.

11:35 AM  
Anonymous prez. giuliani said...

although i am not all that big on the cronyism side to this sporano thing, in the end, all i want is a guy in charge who the players want to run through the fires of hell for. a guy who can win. a guy who can make adjustments in agame.

but, i am secretly holding out for rex ryan. that is a guy who the players he has coached WILL run through the fires of hell for. they love the guy and he PRODUCES!! ask ray lewis.

he is a master with the 3-4 scheme and that is what we will be running. here is a guy [buddy ryans son] who has the game in his blood and its all he has ever known, all he has ever wanted and has an un dying love for pro football and wants to win.

and he has the x's and o's to win.

he is known and respected around the leauge for those very traits.

soprano? errr, sporano, oops, is known for what? like everybody else here, and the other gm's around the leauge and most players and writers, he was unknown and his claim to fame right now? demoted by bills replacement and is bill parcells buddy. he has a whole to to prove in a locker room as a h/c, much, much more than rex ryan.

but, back to reality, get your best soprano jokes ready because we all know [add naseum] whats coming. just get it over with already, ok?

lets hope this guy is as good as bill is advertising!!

11:41 AM  
Anonymous cocoajoe said...

This is how I imagine the interview went:
(Ireland) Tony, you know because of league rules, I can't offer you the job until you lose or win out, right?

(Sparano) Yeah, we have to play by the rules. (sounds of laughter fill the room)

(Ireland) So, lets just say I'll see you at Joes Stone Crab in a few weeks.

(Sparano) Can't wait. (more laughter)

End of interview

11:49 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Armando, what do you think of the Jay Glazer report of the plane ride from New England? Cam got ripped by Joey, Zach and Jason in front of the team and said nothing. What have you heard?

11:56 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why is this guy considered so great? The cowboys got better w/o him calling the shots. I wish Tuna would consider Billick. He's a proven leader.

12:13 PM  
Blogger funkyj said...

I agree with your blog posting with the exception that Sparano may not want to come to a wreck of a franchise like Miami. Sure, Parcells and Ireland are here but taking the Dolphins head coaching job has become a risky career move.

Interviewing lots of folks for the job is valuable because it familiarizes Parcells and Ireland with available coaching talent and it is important to have a backup plan should Sparano decide that Baltimore is a better position.

12:39 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Billick sucks. Billick has that Super Bowl ring on his finger because of an All Universe Defense.

12:41 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Memo to all GM's, owners looking for a head coach... HIRE CAM CAMERON!!! He is a great leader, who will listen to provin verterns, but also harden rookies into pro bowlers.

Miami Fan

p.s. Cam thank for the first draft pick, and the 1 win.

p.s.s. More thanks to Billick for our win.

12:59 PM  
Anonymous Art said...

Armando you have your "padrino" = Godfather wrong. Fredo was killed in the lake at Lake Tahoe, when Michael's son did not come to go fishing with uncle Fredo. You were thinking os the killing of Sonny and Michael's brother in law who hit their sister one too many times. He was being sent to Vegas, when they strangled him in the car. And yes, I do think Sparano is the guy. Art in Cartersville, GA

1:04 PM  
Anonymous Bman said...

As a Marylander, I can say Billick has a huge ego. Not a bad thing but his accomplishments don't justify it. The Ravens past success is the product of hands down the best scouting in the league thanks to Ozzie Newsome. The Pats Pioli has done well in personnel moves, but Bill B has done more with less in many of the 'lean' years where injuries factored in. Billick (an "offensive guru") has done less with more. Cam did less with less. No talent coupled with poor leadership gave us the past season.

I understand that he is not in the Parcells network, but I'd love to see Singletary on this staff - .Parcells may not know him but you better believe he new about him from those Bears-Giants battles in the 80s. Wayne has the $ to get him even if its a lateral move and he were a position coach or d -coordinator. It would lock up an option for the future.

1:07 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


What do you have to add to Fox Sport's Jay Glazer report on the "Traylor v. Carey" "Zach v. Cam" "Zach v. Mueller" and "Porter v. Cam" incidents.

Saw another report citing a comment that 40 of Miami's top 45 players might be gone in 2 years.

At this point- What five would you keep?

Matt in NC

1:12 PM  
Blogger Frank Moore said...

So, what you're saying is that this is the Saban coaching hunt, all over again. Boy, that sure turned out well for the team, huh? Let's hope that this one manages to do a better job.

2:24 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Have you ever seen that Godfather? That never happened.

2:24 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Can all of you reporters, media types stop with these stupid gangster movie references! Is Parcells or Ireland Italian? Bill looks like he likes Italian food, but he's not Italian is he? Stop it. Geez.

2:59 PM  
Anonymous Patrick said...

There is not a lot on Sparano out there to try to get an idea of what The Dolphins could expect from him as head coach. Unlike Cameron, Sparano's previous head coaching experience was not a losing proposition. He was the HC at The University of New Haven from 1994 to 1998 where his teams averaged 32.2 points per game, twice going to the NCAA Division II playoffs, finishing second in 1997. Sparano lead The NH Chargers to 41-14-1 in 5 seasons. He also was a member of the only NH team to go undefeated in 1979.

According to an excerpt from The Dallas Morning News... "Tony struck fear into (his players), with a high demand for execution, effort and structure in his practices. The source also said that the level of accountability the coach gave him in one year of playing for him, 1998, the year before Sparano went to the NFL, is something he carries with him to this day."

Sparano comes across as a no nonsense guy and fits the Parcells mold perfectly. There was some concern that he was "demoted" when Philips took over the Cowboys but the stats don't prove out... The Cowboys ranked third in the NFL in total offense – fourth in rushing and fifth in passing. No other team ranked among the top five in both categories. Dallas’ 28.1 scoring average ranked third. Not bad numbers.

I think Sparano would be a good hire, he's young and hungry and has a proven record of success in all of the stops of his coaching career. It is easy to see why Parcells likes him. I agree with Armando, I think he will be the next Dolphin coach.

3:49 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bring in Tony Soprano!!

5:34 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Armando - I'm curious as to whether you are really so cynical as your articles suggest. Every time I read something by you it's always negative. In addition, you're always patting youself on the back for reporting something. I'd like to ask that you just stick to the facts and let your advertising department handle the promotion. And cheer up too.

6:34 PM  
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7:53 PM  
Anonymous Brett said...

Armando- I think Schnellenberger should interviewed.

9:05 PM  
Anonymous St. Bernard said...

Armando, I appreciate your insight and the lively, entertaining way youo present it. Good job, boy.

9:06 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

New to the blog. I like it. Will be back.

9:07 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

why are some of you folks always knocking Armando. he does a great job to keep us folks need get off our channel or i will eat your children. go surf the jets or patsies site. NOW GO!!!!!!!

9:28 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think Brett needs to be committed. Enough with the Schnellenberger talk.

9:44 PM  
Anonymous Bad Karma said...

Here is the Jay Glazer article about Zach, Trayler, Cam, et al

11:45 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

So you told everything. What do you want? A medal or a chest to pin it on. Why don't you choose to write about something relevant for once in your career.

12:31 AM  
Anonymous Phinfan said...

What about this article in the National Post, NFL news, dated Tuesday,January 8, 2008 that asserts that Sparano will accept the head coaching position in Miami after the C'boys are either eliminated in the playoff's or win the SB?
I saw this article yesterday, Jan. 7, 2008...sounds like a done deal to me.
Charleston, SC

8:47 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

assmando you are an idiot and yes, a moron. i told you na na na na. what a big baby. grow up. and thanks for the italian original.

8:52 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

LMAO, that's awesome! assmando!

1:27 PM  
Anonymous Patrick said...

Laughing at yourself anonymous? I can see that, you are a joke.

1:55 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Now that we know Sparano's the coach. Who's offensive system are we going to use? Do we Hire Cam back as the O-Coordinator to keep the same system in tact? Or are we going to have another year of growing pains to learn a new Offensive system?? What Defense are we going to run? the Hybrid 4-3 / 3-4 Defense or a Tampa 2?? I guess we won't know until all the pieces are in place. ~ Ramon in L.A. Calif.

2:56 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Cam Cameron sucks. He's a dumbass that loves families. What a moron.

3:19 PM  
Anonymous Patrick said...

Good questions Ramon... I can't see Cameron returning even if Sparano asked him which ain't gonna happen.

Judging by the offense Sparano ran under Parcells we can expect to see a power running, ball control type offense. Big body offensive linemen with basically a plug and play running back. Parcells usually drafted a go to WR. He drafted MeShawn and also Terry Glenn. Sparano called the plays for Parcells so he may not even hire an OC.

The Parcells defense is a 3-4. He likes a huge nose tackle and some beefy ends then uses his OLBs to generate pass rush ala Laurence Taylor. Actually our LBs if you include Jason Taylor fit pretty well in Parcells' scheme. Where we will see the biggest change is on interior line where Parcells will bring in some beef. Parcells also loves good safeties, maybe even better than CBs. But the Parcells scheme is not much different than Capers. He just likes bigger bodies.

3:23 PM  
Anonymous Martin K said...

If Frazier was interviewing yesterday and today, why no thoughts/insight? Your thoughts on the Jay Glazer report? I know others asked you as well. Was your source Mueller? If you make a post about how there are no coaches being interviewed, can't you keep us updated on the ones that are? I'm not hating, just need my daily fix of the 'Fins. Thank you.

9:09 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Has anyone thought maybe they were interviewing Leslie Frazier for the defensive coordinator position

3:49 PM  

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