Dolphins tossing Sparano at season’s end?

Mark J. Miller
Scoop Du Jour

No final decision has been made, but the plan is for the Maim Dolphins to sack head coach Tony Sparano at season's end while continuing to employ Dolphins general manager Jeff Ireland, according to the Miami Herald.

The Dolphins lost their ninth game of the season Sunday in a 26-10 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles.

"Owner Stephen Ross is convinced the Dolphins are a team that is underachieving despite considerable talent," the Herald reports. "Yes, Ross believes the roster needs some upgrading. But he also thinks Ireland, who has full control of the personnel department since October 2010, can do the job."

Sparano, however, is not satisfying Ross. He came onboard, with great fanfare, in 2008 and immediately led the team to an 11-8 record and first place in the AFC East. The team then lost to the Baltimore Ravens in the AFC wild-card game. Then he led the team to two successive 7-9 seasons and third-place finishes in the division. They will place even lower this season.

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