Hours after the Kansas City Chiefs said good-bye to head coach Todd Haley, the Miami Dolphins dismiss head coach Tony Sparano. The former coach joins the list of Jack Del Rio and Todd Haley for fired coaches in the 2011-12 season.
Was the firing tough luck or bad coaching from the former Dolphins’ coach? In result of many season-ending injuries including starting quarterback Chad Henne, there was thought to believe head coach Tony Sparano would receive a free pass this season, but oh boy was I wrong.
In Miami, the former head coach had some flaws with his performance numbers. He posted a 29-32 record, not making the playoffs three out of the four years under management. It is frustrating from a president’s perspective when you have talent and they don’t show weeks in and weeks out. In order for the team to stay intact you must put the blame on the man running the team.
The highly competitive and free-spirited coach was fun to watch, very classy in the locker-room, and a players’ coach at heart. Throughout every game of the season whether it be the first week or last, you would see him hyping up and appaulding his team on the sidelines for their contributions on the field.
Tony Sparano will be missed as head coach of the Miami Dolphins but it is time to move on and take a different direction for the good of the franchise. When quarterback Matt Moore went down with a head injury in week 13, I could tell their could be a rebuilding process in the making, just a matter of when.