12 December 2011

Tony Sparano Fired by Dolphins

We now have the third fired head coach of the 2011 NFL season, including the second of the day, in Tony Sparano, who was relieved by the Miami Dolphins today. The Dolphins had won four out of five after starting the season off losing their first seven games but lost to the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday by a 26-10 score and the game was not even that close. Sparano earned a lot of praise leading the previously one win Dolphins to a division title in his first year on the job in 2008 but had two consecutive 7-9 seasons, which would have been the best he could have done this year. He entered the season on very tenuous grounds in Miami Gardens after receiving a half-assed contract extension after owner Stephen Ross chased around Jim Harbaugh like a dog (or Jeff Parles) chasing the mailman (or Jeff Parles). Sparano leaves South Florida with a 29-32 record. Assistant head coach and defensive backs coach Todd Bowles will be the interim coach.

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