Tony Sparano made the right decision to resign from the Miami Dolphins upon hearing reports that Dolphins' owner Stephen Ross was a total of four coaches including new 49ers head coach, Jim Harbaugh.
It was a decision that had to be ma.......... Wait, what? He didn't resign. Wow.
A lot of criticism has been hurled at Ross the last couple of days. Most people believe in the premise of contracts. I believe Ross does as well, hence the contract he gave to Sparano locking him in as coach until 2011. So why is he looking for a new coach before firing the present one?
Obviously, Ross is the owner, so there's no explanation needed. Unfortunately for Ross, he stabbed himself with the same knife that he was planning to put into Sparano's back. Still, I'd rather have a knife lodged in me than to feel the pain of not having a spine (yeah, that one's for you coach).
Coaching in the NFL is difficult enough, even with a great owner on your side. I don't think the word "success" can even be in Sparano's vocabulary, what with the proverbial piano always over his head. Nonetheless, if it's that big of a deal then get out.
And yes, I have read enough stories arguing that the stable of quarterbacks (or lack thereof) is more to blame for the less than stellar 7-9 season that the Dolphins limped through. Again, that's another joke, right?
Chad Henne was praised by Sparano before the 2010 season. So it was his choice not to go after another quarterback. Glad to get that out of the way.
I really want to hammer in on my disdain for the way Stephen Ross has handled this whole situation. It's not right to go behind someone's back, but evidently, it doesn't bother Coach Sparano nearly as much as it does me because he will be the head coach for the 2011 season.
I still have a bigger problem with Sparano's acceptance of Ross throwing him in the garbage only to pick him out a couple days later.
I'm all for having pride and possessing the ability to let things roll off your back but this situation seems a lot like the plot of the movie "Dead Man Walking".
Sparano is playing the role of Sean Penn, Stephen Ross is the executioner and Chad Henne is playing the role of Susan Sarandon.
To make a long story short, Sparano is about to be put to death (fired) but puts his faith in Chad Henne to save him (to complete passes to members of his own team) but Henne fails resulting in the executioner (Ross) ending his life.
Seriously, it's the exact same plot.
What scenario could possibly involve Sparano being the coach past next season? I can almost guarantee the Dolphins don't match the 7-9 mark that they finished with this season. Why? Several reasons.
First, they play in the AFC East which means four games combined with the Patriots and Jets. Also, the Bills played them well this year and there's no doubt the Bills will improve next season.
Second, they are matched up with the NFC East and AFC West next season. Who wants to play the Eagles, Giants and Cowboys and then have to play a couple West Coast games?
Third, Chad Henne. Period.
Even throwing out the fact that Mr. Ross asked four other people to the dance before backtracking and deciding to go with his own girlfriend, just digest those three reasons.
Sparano has two options. Stay on as head coach, which has turned out to be little more than a token position, or quit and jump on as someone else's head coach or coordinator.
I feel very strongly that Sparano still can be a quality head football coach in this league. Just not with the Dolphins.
So Tony, for the sake of all men in this country, resign as head coach as the Miami Dolphins. Stephen Ross has already made his decision about you, time you make your decision on what you think about him.
Oh yeah, that and then once you leave Miami, just fuh getta bout it.