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08:03 AM ET 12.12 | Miami's late-season surge came crashing down Sunday in a 26-10 loss. Coach Tony Sparano, a man of dignity, will lose his job the first week of 2012 because he was given mediocre talent and couldn't turn that into mediocre results this season. ... General manager Jeff Ireland, meanwhile, will retain his job. Owner Stephen Ross, the only opinion that truly matters, is convinced that Ireland should be retained because the Dolphins are indeed talented enough to win and win big with just a couple of important additions to the roster. The owner believes Ireland has done a good enough job in compiling this roster so far and can continue to add talent that a new head coach will develop more successfully than Sparano did.

The Miami Herald

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December 12, 2011  08:04 AM ET

It was inevitable...

December 12, 2011  08:13 AM ET

It's too bad they caught the Eagles with a resurgent Vick. The Dolphins were not playing that badly.

December 12, 2011  08:13 AM ET

Consider yourself sacrificed, Tony. Given the way you've turned the team around, sort of, somebody will give you another chance.

December 12, 2011  08:21 AM ET

He was on his way out last year. They gave Sparano his 48 week notice.

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December 12, 2011  08:31 AM ET

He was given a couple of has-beens and never-will-bes and we did what he could.

December 12, 2011  08:39 AM ET

Instability at the QB position cost Sporano his job. Other than that, they played well under him.

December 12, 2011  08:57 AM ET

That is a shame ...Sparano seemed to get a terrible team to play- and he might have cost the franchise a run at Luck or Barkley or even RGIII
Somewhere Bill Parcells is snickering because he got out before the finger could be pointed

December 12, 2011  09:03 AM ET

Look at it this way, Tony, at least you don't have to put up with that mess any more. I don't think anyone was thrilled to see your squad on their schedule this year, regardless of the outcome. The Phins, for the most part, were prepared and played hard, they just don't have the talent to win.

December 12, 2011  09:04 AM ET
QUOTE(#7):

Instability at the QB position cost Sporano his job. Other than that, they played well under him.

Yes sir. He has earned at least one more season...

December 12, 2011  09:32 AM ET

Sporano will likely get another chance someplace down the line to redeem himself. I think the Dolphins should be treated like the Cubs when it comes to coaching resumes, which is pretty much just an "oops, sorry"

December 12, 2011  09:38 AM ET

It could have been a different T&R this morning if the Fish had won yesterday. Their game had been trending upwards, while the Eagles had been in a slide.

December 12, 2011  09:38 AM ET

Good coach on a bad team.

December 12, 2011  10:01 AM ET

Ireland needs to go too he draft some scrubs

December 12, 2011  10:46 AM ET
QUOTE(#6):

He was given a couple of has-beens and never-will-bes and we did what he could.

Right...its like..what did they really expect? Leopards dont all of a sudden grow stripes...those would be tigers. Chad Henne and Matt Moore?? REALLY??

December 12, 2011  10:48 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

He was on his way out last year. They gave Sparano his 48 week notice.

And a two-year contract. He'll get paid to sit on his arse next year, if he likes.

December 12, 2011  10:53 AM ET
QUOTE(#14):

Ireland needs to go too he draft some scrubs

I was thinking the same thing. Another GM who gets to hang around longer than he should (A.J. SMith, Jerry Angelo, Rick Spielman...)

December 12, 2011  11:18 AM ET
QUOTE(#17):

I was thinking the same thing. Another GM who gets to hang around longer than he should (A.J. SMith, Jerry Angelo, Rick Spielman...)

Add Marty Hurney from the Panthers to that list...only good draft pick the last 3-4 years have been Cam and Beason..the busts FAR outweigh the good picks in during his tenure including trading a 2nd rd pick for Armanti Edwards who barely has more return yards than me in 2 seasons..smh

December 12, 2011  12:58 PM ET

As soon as they fire him, Dallas will hire him, he's better off getting away from the disorganization called The Dolphins!!! Good Luck Tony, call your buddy Jerry he has big problems!!!

 
December 12, 2011  01:40 PM ET

First, I don't see how you can have an improvement at the head coaching position unless you find a head coach who has complete control of the personnel. This doesn't appear likely, which sets up the job for another flunky, assistant or castoff head coach from some other organization. Secondly, there has to be urgency at getting a really good QB out of the draft around whom the Dolphins can build the team of the future. Let's all dispense with the mantra that we are a few players away from getting to the superbowl and admit that we need to restructure from the bottom up. Let's get young players, who can't perform any worse than the players we've had this year, and grow them within the system. Let's build for the future.

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