Tony Sparano and His Sprockets Gear the Dolphins Toward Super Bowl Glory

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Tony Sparano and His Sprockets Gear the Dolphins Toward Super Bowl Glory
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He is technically not a coach but this staff would not be as proficient as it is if it doesn't start with one of the greatest football minds ever born, Bill Parcells. The VP of football had the foresight to see how great a coach Tony Sparano was as his Cowboys assistant.

If I was a betting man, which I'm not, I'd say Bill Parcells thought to himself, "You know if I was the Jerry Jones of a team he'd be my me." Bill began a smarter cleaner more efficient Dolphins and wanted it's driver to be Tony Sparano, and what a great pick indeed.

Pulling the Dolphins out of football obscurity and into reverting them into AFC East champions, it's no wonder there's nothing but hope and promise in Miami.

Tony Sparano, a coach for nine seasons in the NFL and 24 years in all, was named the eighth head coach in Miami Dolphins history on Jan. 16, 2008. He heads the Dolphins after spending the last five years with the Dallas Cowboys.

Dallas qualified for the playoffs in three of those seasons, touting a 13-3 record in 2007 when they won the NFC East. He also joins the team after being the Head Coach at the University of New Haven. With the Cowboys, Sparano served at various positions, working himself up the proverbial NFL corporate ladder.

He went from the team's tight ends coach in 2003-04, to offensive line/running game coordinator in 2005, then he served as assistant head coach/offensive line/running game coordinator in 2006 and finally assistant head coach/offensive line in 2007 before he left to be the head of the best team in the league.

In 2006, with Sparano as the Cowboys' primary play caller, the Cowboys ranked fifth in the NFL in total offense, and averaged 360.8 yards per game. Their 425 points scored was the fourth-highest total in the NFL. Under Sparano's coaching teams seem to be successful.

From '03 'til '07 he produced five pro bowl offensive lineman, his play calling produced Tony Romo's emergence as a franchise QB, and work ethic made Jason Witten a complete TE who also pro bowled it.

Sparano got his start in the NFL as offensive quality control coach with the Cleveland Browns in 1999. The next year, he was promoted to offensive line coach, where his passion oversaw a unit that allowed 40 sacks, which bettered last year's number—20 fewer than they did the year before.

He served with the Washington Redskins in 2001 and the Jacksonville Jaguars in 2002 as those team's tight ends coach. In 2002 the team's tight ends totaled 69 receptions for 712 yards and six TDs, including 43 catches for 461 yards and four TD grabs by Kyle Brady.

He is the reason the Dolphins have shed the woes of being in the NFL dog house and seems poised with the right cogs in place to see this into reality. The biggest cogs or most important to me and picked wisely enough by Sparano, starts with the offensive coordinator Dan Henning.

After being two years removed from the league Dan Henning was named the Dolphins OC on Feb. 4, '08 and the Dolphins never looked back. Before the Dolphins' launch, Henning was OC to the Super bowl runner ups, the Carolina Panthers.

Aside from the Super Bowl appearance Henning helped Jake Delhomme make the Pro Bowl in '05 and post some of the highest numbers ever in that short period of time in the NFL.

Humble enough to call what works, but ingenious enough to try say the ever popular wild cat. Now working on it and placing his tools in place, Pat White, a Ronnie Brown that will execute even better coming into his second season.

Paul Pasqualoni was named the Dolphins’defensive coordinator on Jan. 23, 2008. As before he coached along side Sparano three years with the Dallas Cowboys (2005-07), first as tight ends coach and the past two sharpening the team’s linebackers including DeMarcus Ware.

Before that he was Head Coach of the Syracuse Orangemen, earning his stripes to get to the promise land. In Pasqualoni’s opening year as DC the Dolphins found the spark they were missing in 07 as they found that killer instinct that the team normally carried.

Joey Porter led the AFC with 17-1/2 sacks and the D was primarily allowed the Dolphins to capture the AFC east title. With the addition of Vontae Davis, and Sean Smith the Dolphins finally seem poised to return to the days were we sent more defensive players than offensive players to the pro bowl.

John Bonamego is the last but certainly not least of the cogs that make up tony sparano's headed beast. Named special teams coordinator on Jan. 28, 2008, John had previously spent a two year stint with New Orleans in which all facets over the last few year improved drastically.

I can't say that without a single touchdown that John is the greatest Special Teams mind ever, that being said, the fact that last year we didn't muff or flat out miscall balls that turned into turnovers was another piece or the icing on the cake of the AFC east title.

With this perfect storm in place, now the will of the coaches must be imposed on the players to make it there will.

And when the team makes it there will Sparano like Shula will rise into the ranks of Dolphins, nay NFL history!! Thank you Bill Parcells we are eternally grateful for helping us see the light and delivering us our Dolphin prophet, maybe even messiah, Tony Sparano. 2009 is Super Bowl Time.

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