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Monday, January 14, 2008

Pieces fall into place for Dolphins hiring of coach

The Dolphins should have their new head coach by the end of this week barring a MAJOR upsetting of the apple cart in the next few days.

With the Dallas Cowboys surprising loss to the New York Giants Sunday, coaching search frontrunner and man everyone including me have anointed Miami's next coach Tony Sparano is free to be hired by any of the three teams he has already interviewed with.

I still believe it will be the Dolphins.

And that is the reason Sparano will clean up some loose ends in Dallas early today and be in South Florida no later than Tuesday or Wednesday for his second and deal-sealing interview with the Dolphins.

Understand that Sparano's initial interview with the Dolphins was unlike any other interview the Dolphins have conducted or will conduct during this search. While Leslie Frazier and Rex Ryan flew to South Florida for their interviews last week, and Tennessee's Jim Schwartz is flying in today for a similar meeting, Sparano had his interview in Dallas two weekends ago.

While Ryan, Frazier and Schwartz all met or are scheduled to meet with the entire Dolphins brass -- including owner Wayne Huizenga -- Sparano met only with GM Jeff Ireland. So Sparano will come in sometime in the next few days to meet with the club's higher ups, shake hands with Mr. Huizenga, and then his agent will go about the business of opening negotiations with the Dolphins.


It probably will be. Sparano, I am told, is about 95 percent assured of landing the Dolphins head coaching job. The other five percent is left for the possibility Schwartz, the brilliant Titans defensive coordinator, simply blows everyone away on his interview or perhaps Sparano comes to his second interview somehow unprepared or disinterested. The first can happen, the second isn't reality.

There's also the tiny chance another team such as Baltimore or Atlanta make a run at Sparano. Just covering all the bases for you here, but let's face facts, Sparano's agent Jimmy Sexton, also happens to be Bill Parcells' agent and he isn't going to steer Sparano anywhere but Miami while Huizenga isn't likely to lose a bidding war to anybody.

Oh, almost forgot, there is an internet report saying Mike Tice is also likely to interview for this job. Although Tice fancies Parcells as something of a godfather and I have been told Parcells wanted to give Tice an interview, I have not been able to independently confirm that interview has been solidified. But even if Tice does come for a round of talks Monday or Tuesday, his chance of getting the job are slim.

So to recap: Sparano, assuming everything goes according to plan, should be in South Florida sometime in the next few days primarily to meet Wayne Huizenga. And the Dolphins will likely have a head coach by week's end.

Wonder who that will be? HMMM. This one is really hard.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

ok so who the hell is going to be off and def coordinators ?

1:47 AM  
Anonymous mr. kennedy....... kennedy!!!!!!!! said...

Yep, looks like all the pieces are falling into place. It'll be nice to get things moving along, this week has been kind of slow on news. By the way, did anybody else catch Sparano ripping his O-Line a new one during the game?

1:48 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What are the odds of Rex Ryan becomeing Def. Coordinator?

3:32 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Play fair Armando - if you are going to site the report about Tice, then at least attribute it to them. 'An internet report' makes it sound like a 12 year old in a basement made up a story about him - in my experience PFT have done a great job over the last few years applying high journalistic standards to their work and breaking / running with some big stories...

4:01 AM  
Anonymous Zod said...

PFT is crap. The Mike Tice report originates at

7:40 AM  
Anonymous Ram said...

I understand that Jim Bates is available. The team liked him and played well for him when Wanny left. He would be good to get the vets we have on board with the rebuilding

10:12 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mandy, you should check your facts before you spout off... the Dolphins are the only team that followed the rules when the interviewed Sparano. By going TO him instead of bringing him to them (like the Ravens) they complied with new league rules on interviewing playoff team assistant coaches during their bye week.

11:06 AM  
Blogger Ron in Charlotte said...

I trust the BIG TUNA, and I can't say I am sold on Sparano, and neither can any of you since we never heard of him until all of a sudden. I will say that since I was paying attention, I saw him lay down the freaking law on his OL Sunday and all I can say is that seems great, and it wasn't in a Saban way, but just a good ol' football pissed off way. Much respect. I would like to see him in Cam's position on that flight or in the post flight meeting.

11:06 AM  
Blogger Ron in Charlotte said...

So ZOD, why is PFT crap? It is the best NFL site out there. Sure it can't cover all 32 teams in depth, but it is entertaining and informative, and sometimes breaking news. Sometimes someone may publish something and PFT hears about it too but doesn't see the small local article, and doesn't know to give credit but it is much much more entertaining than you are.

11:18 AM  
Blogger PIEMAN said...

I'm not real excited about Sparano either; we just went through a season of growing pains with a rookie HC. I want a guy with some experience; Sparano has only limited head-coaching experience at some no-name school (kinda of like Cam Cameron, except the school wasn't really a no name). I would rather have Mike Tice then Sparano and that's scary!! My real preference is a head football coach, like Marty or billick, but if I am going rookie HC, I go with someone who has been in the NFL for awhile and has had success as a coordinator (sparano can't claim either of those)

11:21 AM  
Anonymous Patrick said...

Mike Tice??? There is no way on God's Green Earth Mike Tice will be the next coach of the Dolphins. Does anyone remember the Tice blunders in the draft? One year they lost 2 slots because they couldn't get the name to the commissioner in time and the next year they lost 1 slot.

Tice was completely clueless. Once teams figured out that Culpepper was a one receiver QB and would then cut and run or throw it up for grabs to Moss, the Vikings had no answers. They never changed one thing and hence they would start with a bang and end with a whimper. I truly do not like this option and sincerely hope The Dolphins do not even entertain it.

Sparano looks like a shoo-in, but you never know until the "T"s are crossed and the "I"s dotted.

11:45 AM  
Blogger Ron in Charlotte said...

I do agree the following coaches are considered very good or great right now and look at their history as coordinators:

Parcells - 3 years
Marty - 5 years
Cowher - 3 years
Belichick - 6 years
Holmgren - 3 years
Shanahan - 3 years

Let's find two who suck:

Herm Edwards - Zero years
MIke Tice - Zero years

Though being a good coordinatore doesn't mean you wil be a good coach, most good MODERN coaches were good coordinators.

11:51 AM  
Blogger Ron in Charlotte said...


Think DUDE, MIke Tice had absolutely nothing to do with the Vikings drafts. He was strictly a coach. He had no personnel power or say, they handed him a roster and he just coached. Tice had issues but his biggest problem was terrible management and ownership above him.

11:56 AM  
Anonymous PGADOLFAN said...

Armando I have something for you to investigate. We gave Cam hell for Drafting the Ginn Family and rightfully so but the Tuna does the same thing.

Did Tuna not draft Carpenter LB #1,who is the son of former NFL player Rob Carpenter who has some Parcel ties. Carpenter has been nothing more than a special teams player.

And TE Fasano who's father played for Tuna.The current Fasano caught 14 passes this year and dropped a TD in the playoffs against the Giants. Fasano, I think was drafted in the second round and was considered a huge reach being drafted that early.

Are there any other players Tuna has drafted for the "family"? Might make for a nice feature.

11:56 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

armando what about hiring mike tice for tight ends coach?

12:21 PM  
Anonymous Armando Acevedo said...

I hope Parcells can go to other direction, yesterday giants defense beat cowboys offensive line easily and coach Sparano looks useless. Is this the kind of head coach Miami want? Ouch...

12:27 PM  
Anonymous gobsofgoo said...

Armando is fair. The internet report I think he was citing is Jets confidential not PFT.

12:49 PM  
Anonymous Patrick said...

Ron, you may be correct on the draft, but Tice just is not that good of a coach. He can barely speak English. I understand the sentiment to bring in a guy with HC experience, but these retreads have not worked. We can always cite the fact that no HC has won the SB with two different teams, but aside from that, I think if we can find the right young guy who has not won and is hungry, he will be the one to rebuild around.

Sparano has the look and the demeanor of that kind of guy. With Parcells as his mentor, he has right guys around him to be successful.

2:34 PM  
Anonymous Ricky Booby said...

So Sparano is part of the Cowboy Coaching staff that coached a team that choked on the Giants. And we want him to be our HC? Geez, how about bringing in a proven winner for a change!

3:58 PM  
Anonymous Ricky Booby said...

Ron in Charlotte,

What does your Mom write for PFT or something? You're constantly defending it for crying out loud. Give it a rest!

4:03 PM  
Anonymous Mike in Jville said...

I live in Jacksonville Florida and I've seen Mike Tice at a few of the places I go drinking at. Namely Twisted Sisters on Beach BLVD. The crowd consists of 21 to 27 year olds. I once saw him three straight Thursday nights.

I know Parcells wants someone to burn the midnight oils, but I doubt he means at the local bar/club.

7:06 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Feely did a number on Mando's credibility today. Had him reeling. Made for great radio.

11:55 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Armando did a great job with Feely today. Put Feely in his place.

7:35 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

word around town the new offensive coordinator is an up and coming young genius......

9:58 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What do you think of Miami selecting Joe Flacco in late second round , or early 3rd? Flacco looks to be way better than Beck and could be a steal.

10:06 AM  

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