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Postby stomperrob » Tue Jan 15, 2008 2:53 pm

Tuesday, January 15, 2008
Ireland on way to Dallas to pick up Sparano

Dolphins general manager Jeff Ireland is on his way to Dallas to pick up Cowboys assistant and future Dolphins coach Tony Sparano.

Ireland a few minutes ago boarded one of Dolphins owner Wayne Huizenga's private jets -- one of the smaller ones, not the 737 -- with his wife. Educated guess here: Ireland's wife is going back to Dallas to tie up some family loose ends and will stay.

Back to facts: Ireland is expected to return with Sparano this evening. It takes approximately three hours to fly to Dallas and a little less than three to get back. That would put the return touchdown around 6-7ish when you add in time to taxi the aircraft, pick up Sparano etc...

If I know the Dolphins, the team will likely wine and dine Sparano this evening, maybe even have him meet Huizenga over dinner. Then everyone can get about the business of finalizing this hiring Wednesday morning -- assuming EVERYTHING goes smoothly.

I know that Sparano's agent -- yes, it is Jimmy Sexton -- is already prepared with a preliminary contract he would expect for his client. That contract includes something of a raise from the contracts first-year head coaches such as Mike Tomlin, Lane Kiffin, Gary Kubiak, and yes, Cam Cameron signed last year.

These negotiations are rarely a problem when they don't involve Raiders owner Al Davis, and this one doesn't.

So unless something goes unexpectedly off course, the Dolphins are navigating toward having a new coach in place by sometime Wednesday. And the latest step in the process just happened when that jet carrying Ireland took off.

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Re: Dolphins looking to sign Sparano???

Postby stomperrob » Tue Jan 15, 2008 8:37 pm

Sparano in Miami for Dolphin talks
Posted on Tue, Jan. 15, 2008
BY JEFF DARLINGTON
jdarlington@MiamiHerald.com

Cowboys assistant head coach Tony Sparano has arrived.

Wearing a light brown suit, Sparano walked off a jet owned by Dolphins owner Wayne Huizenga at 6 p.m., accompanied by general manager Jeff Ireland. They then got into a black Denali SUV with tinted windows and drove to a local Fort Lauderdale restaurant.

Shortly after their arrival, Huizenga also pulled into the restaurant to meet them for dinner. Sparano is expected to continue his second interview throughout the day Wednesday.

Ireland left the Fort Lauderdale Airport on Tuesday morning to pick up Sparano in Dallas.

Currently considered the heavy favorite for the Dolphins' head-coaching job, Sparano is the first of four candidates to interview a second time for the position. He first met with Ireland in Dallas on Jan. 5.

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Re: Dolphins looking to sign Sparano???

Postby Cowboys 4 life » Tue Jan 15, 2008 10:33 pm

Chalk up an extra win for the Dolphins next year.
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Re: Dolphins looking to sign Sparano???

Postby Lofunzo » Wed Jan 16, 2008 1:11 am

Was there ever really a question that he would get the job??
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Re: Dolphins looking to sign Sparano???

Postby stomperrob » Wed Jan 16, 2008 2:02 pm

Its a lock...

Dolphins get their coach: Sparano
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BY JEFF DARLINGTON
jdarlington@MiamiHerald.com


The worst-kept secret in South Florida became official Wednesday as the Dolphins completed a deal with Dallas Cowboys assistant head coach Tony Sparano.

Sparano was officially introduced by general manager Jeff Ireland during a noon news conference at the team's facility in Davie.

''I look forward to the challenges that lie ahead,'' Sparano, 46, said. ``Anyone who knows me knows I'm not afraid of challenges. We have a lot of work to do.''

Sparano thanked several people, including his new boss, Bill Parcells, Cowboys owner Jerry Jones and Cowboys coach Wade Phillips.

''Coach Parcells has prepared me the most for this job,'' he said, ``and I thank him tremendously.''

As for his plans to turn around the Dolphins, who finished a franchise-worst 1-15 this season, Sparano said: ``We're going to look for high-character people. We're going to get this thing done the right way. I can't wait to get involved in it.''

Sparano arrived at the team's facility with Ireland shortly before 8 a.m. Not long after, team owner Wayne Huizenga showed up in his car for a brief conversation. Huizenga left the building by 9:30 a.m.

Huizenga's final approval was the only aspect of the negotiations that needed to take place. The owner met for dinner with Sparano and others for 2 ½ hours on Tuesday. After the dinner, Huizenga told The Miami Herald he thought Sparano was ''great'' and ``terrific.''



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Sparano to inherit a Dolphins mess -- but what a dream job
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The expectations have been lowered. That's the best thing Tony Sparano inherits here.

Sparano is going to be the new head coach of the Miami Dolphins unless you think owner H. Wayne Huizenga whisked him in on a private jet and had dinner with him in South Florida Tuesday night just because he was eager to get a closer look at his mustache. And here's what Sparano, an assistant coach from the Dallas Cowboys, gets with his new promotion: an old and bad Miami defense, an unholy mess at quarterback, a franchise in unprecedented tatters, two broken running backs, echoing laughter at what a punch line his team has become -- and a really, really great job.

Seriously.

Don Shula's bejeweled throne may have been tarnished by the court jesters who have soiled it in recent years, but it is still a treasure at the center of a kingdom that matters in this town. And, as an added bonus, it is a more comfortable place to sit than it has been in, oh, four decades.

Dave Wannstache was chased from here as a laughingstock for having a better record (regular season and postseason) than savior genius Bill Parcells had in Dallas. Jimmy Johnson was a lot better here than still-beloved Joe Gibbs was in his return to Washington, but he was deemed a failure as King Dolphin.

Shula and Dan Marino put the bar in such an unreasonable place for decades that it took Wannstache's drafts and Nick Saban's lies and Cam Cameron's 1-15 to make an angry, betrayed fan base more reasonable. Even the immortal Shula himself was pushed out with a gentle hand in the lower back because a mere two losing seasons in 30 years wasn't quite good enough.

So Sparano will be given the time and patience and perspective that a Dolphins leader never gets. Mathematically, he can't be worse than what we just endured, so just about anything he does early will be viewed as improvement. He represents hope and change and has that lovely new-coach smell. Never mind that he is an anonymous no-name, and we have no earthly idea if he will be any good at this. The best thing about his flimsy résumé is what isn't on it. There is no 1-15.

The Dolphins have never been this low. Green Bay quarterback Brett Favre has stolen all of Marino's records, and now New England quarterback Tom Brady is two games away from getting his greedy hands on the most precious jewel this franchise owns: the only perfect season in the history of pro sports. About the most positive thing you can say about the Dolphins today is that at least their quarterback isn't in jail for torturing dogs.

And that's why this is a perfect job for a rookie coach. No pressure, no early blame. Parcells, a former champion and famous name hired to clean up this mess, is at the top of the food chain to both deflect criticism and lend credibility and support. No Dolphins head coach has ever had that kind of luxury.

Cameron got all of one year to prove himself before being fired; Sparano gets at least that long for free. He has been knighted by the king-making Parcells, so he also gets the benefit of the doubt while working quietly in his immense shadow. Plus, it is easier to go from bad to good in the equity-legislating National Football League than it is to go from good to great, so everything up to and including the rules are tilted in his favor early.

On the downside, his team stinks. He has no immediate quarterback answers, and there is no team in the league that has been consistently good recently without stability at that position. Plus, the Patriots are still in the way, and they're a franchise that would view 18-1 as a disappointment. Not only that, based on the record of teams this year, New England has the easiest schedule in the league next year. You read that right. The Pats have the easiest schedule in the entire league next season. And they also have San Francisco's first-round pick. The late Sir Edmund Hillary didn't climb mountains this large.

Let's save you some time. Sparano will be introduced soon at a news conference, and he will say all the same things new leaders in this sport always do. He will talk about how his team will be tough, aggressive and in good condition. And it won't mean much if he doesn't get a good quarterback fast.

The new coach of any team immediately becomes the public face and voice of a franchise, but the value of the position is routinely overstated because of this. It is very hard for Sparano to be appreciably smarter or dumber than the guy on the other sideline. The difference between Sparano and the opposing coach is pretty negligible.

But Sparano will get a lot of credit if the team exceeds modest expectations and very little blame if it doesn't.

From that vantage point at least, this new job of his has never been easier.

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Re: Dolphins looking to sign Sparano???

Postby stomperrob » Wed Jan 16, 2008 2:05 pm

IN MY OPINION
Parcells' presence alone a boost for Sparano
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By ISRAEL GUTIERREZ
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This should all feel so familiar. It has only been a year, after all, since the last time the Dolphins went through this same process with so many of the same elements.

While other parts of the country remain captivated by a perfect quarterback and two shocking playoff upsets, the Dolphins are finalizing the process of hiring an assistant coach whose team just suffered one of those historic upsets -- an older coach with a funny name and no NFL previous head coaching experience, while you can't help but wonder if a younger guy such as Jason Garrett, or Mike Tomlin last year, was the better option.

The Tony Sparano hiring process, which by all indications will be completed Wednesday, should feel eerily similar to the Cam Cameron appointment last season, complete with reservations about a crucial decision that has been made way too often for this franchise in the past several years.

But while there is a smattering of ''here we go again'' talk from the understandably scarred Dolphins fans whose cynicism has only been reinforced by six years of playoff absence, there's much more of a sense of acceptance this time around.

There's more apprehension about who should be the Dolphins' top draft pick three months from now than there is about the man who will lead the Dolphins each week from the sideline.

STABILIZING FORCE

There's a reason for that, of course. Bill Parcells was brought in to stabilize a franchise, and before he has even accomplished that feat he has effectively settled a fan base that has largely put all of its trust in a man with a track record. No, Parcells the coach hasn't won a Super Bowl since 1990, but Parcells the presence and the football mind has guided teams to regular playoff appearances, which the Dolphins franchise and fans would clearly accept at this point.

If Parcells believes that Sparano is prepared to succeed as an NFL head coach, then it should be accepted as more than a safe gamble.

But beyond the endorsement from Parcells, there are other reasons to believe that Sparano will be in a better position to succeed than the abject failure that was Cameron.

To start, Sparano has actually experienced success as a head coach, going 41-14-1 with a national title game appearance, even if it was at the Division II college level. Before the Dolphins, Cameron's head coaching experience included only an 18-37 record at Indiana. The argument for his eventual demise there was similar to his case here in Miami: He was put in a difficult, almost impossible position to win.

TRACK RECORD

Is that a convenient truth, or is the man simply not a good head coach? Until Cameron is given another chance, it'll be impossible to get a proper answer, but at least Sparano has a track record of being able to do something with what he's given. It's hard to believe that 1-15 was the result of Cameron getting the best out of this season's Dolphins, which is what quality coaches do at any level.

Then there's the element that can't be held against Cameron but will likely be immeasurably helpful to Sparano as he adjusts to his first NFL head coaching job. The next Dolphins head coach will have the ultimate resource at his disposal in Parcells. Other than snap game-day decisions, Parcells can be there to offer advice on any possible scenario where Sparano would need help. It's the same fortunate scenario Stan Van Gundy had in his first NBA coaching stint, with legendary coach Pat Riley, armed with a wealth of helpful knowledge, running the franchise.

If Sparano needs advice on how to properly handle a scuffle between players and the subsequent fallout, Parcells surely would have experience in that area.

And if Parcells finds his head coach is spending too much time being critical of the team's website content or setting questionable practice schedules throughout the week, he'll surely advise his coach to alter his approach.

The best Cameron could do to duplicate that kind of assistance was maybe wear a ''What Would Marty Schottenheimer Do?'' bracelet.

So, although the similarities in the search are unmistakable, the Parcells factor should ensure the result will have a very distinct feel. Or at least that's the idea suppressing any outrage as the Dolphins again prepare to entrust an inexperienced head coach to pilot a once-competitive franchise.

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Re: Dolphins looking to sign Sparano???

Postby biju » Wed Jan 16, 2008 7:50 pm

Anybody else have a really tough time saying this without accidentally saying Tony Soprano?

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Re: Dolphins looking to sign Sparano???

Postby Lofunzo » Thu Jan 17, 2008 12:18 am

biju wrote:Anybody else have a really tough time saying this without accidentally saying Tony Soprano?

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Re: Dolphins looking to sign Sparano???

Postby Cowboys 4 life » Thu Jan 17, 2008 1:22 am

Good hire. Parcells will be buying the groceries though. Guaranteed.
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