Despite all appearances, Sparano is still the guy
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.
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.