This is a message to the "Fire Sparano" crowd...
Do you go to your boss and ask to be fired every time you have a bad day of work? If not, get off it.
Do you realize the Miami Dolphins' loss to the Buffalo Bills was the first time the Dolphins have lost to an obviously inferior team under Tony Sparano's stewardship? Yes, in 27 tries, this was the first time you can honestly say his decisions and his coaching was responsible for his team's loss to a crappy team. Yet you want him fired?
Do you realize how many hall of fame coaches have lost to inferior teams during their careers?
You can look no further than next week's opponent. Yes, even the hallowed Bill Belichick has suffered the indignation of getting beatdown by an inferior opponent. One of those losses even came against Dolphins' decrepit team back in 2004. AJ "freaking" Feeley beat his Super Bowl team on national television.
Sound the alarms! FIRE BELICHICK!
Could you imagine what would have become of the Patriots under Belichick, the Steelers under Cowher, or the Giants under Coughlin if the owners followed the advice of absurdly impatient fans each time they had a poor performance? They wouldn't have Super Bowl rings, that's for sure.
Go down the list, every Super Bowl-winning coach has had some stinkers of games.
Belichick has had plenty, even during his dynasty years. Buffalo in 2003, Miami in 2004.
Cowher was notorious for choking in the playoffs.
Coughlin was on his last legs before the 2007 SB winning season.
What do all of these teams have in common?
Patience is apparently a virtue long forgotten by NFL fans, but it is still essential for the success of a franchise. Developing a championship team is still a process. It's not instant oatmeal.
This same Dolphins team is two years removed from ONE and FIFTEEN. Do you expect the Lions to win a Superbowl next year? If not, why would you expect the Dolphins to win one this year? Yes, all Dolphins fans want this to happen, but most realize the team still needs more talent to have it all come together.
Another thing you must take into account is that this team is essentially a M*A*S*H unit at this point in the season. Five of the most important players at the beginning of the season are out for the season.
A fan would have to be delusional to believe an already flawed team would be blowing teams out of the water with a roster missing its centerpieces...
I am not saying that Sparano is on the same level as the aforementioned championship coaches, however, he does have some talents and abilities that I feel could eventually lead him to a championship. He was a big part of the historic 2008 turnaround. With his coaching style, he is usually able to get the most out of his players. He is well-respected in the lockeroom and stresses the details that turn above-average teams into great teams.
Is he perfect? No. Does he make the occasional blunder? Yes. However, he has demonstrated himself to be a marked improvement over the parade of clowns that came before him during this decade.
Given more time, and talent, he just might reward your patience with the trophy you so desperately covet today.
Now here is the hard part: You must wait. Patiently...
Now, if you must still chant from the rooftops "Fire Sparano! Fire Sparano!," please share with us your brilliant strategy of replacing him with a coach that doesn't put up a stinker every once in a while and will have the Dolphins winning the Super Bowl in Year One.
I'm all ears.
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