Miami Dolphins Breaking News: Tony Sparano To Be Retained for the 2011 Season

Jason ClaryCorrespondent IJanuary 6, 2011

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - DECEMBER 12:  Head coach of the Miami Dolphins, Tony Sparano on the sideline against the New York Jets at New Meadowlands Stadium on December 12, 2010 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)
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Many sources have confirmed that the Miami Dolphins will retain head coach Tony Sparano for the 2011 NFL season.

For the past couple of days, the media has been stuck on full throttle trying to figure out what the future would be for the Miami Dolphins, Jim Harbaugh, and Tony Sparano.

Late on Thursday night, many media outlets have all but confirmed that Tony Sparano will be coaching the Miami Dolphins in 2011.

This is a very interesting production, considering several players came out and talked against the entire organization.

Most notably, Ricky Williams had several comments about Sparano, Dan Henning, and other teammates including Brandon Marshall.

Williams went as far as to say that players who supported Tony Sparano were "full of s***."

Dolphins fans, and all other fans around the NFL world will be scratching their head if these reports are true, which they appear to be.


Building for the future

Tony Sparano is 25-23 in his three years as the Miami Dolphins' head coach, with one AFC East title and one playoff appearance in 2008. Sparano helped Miami to a record turnaround that year, improving from 1-15 to 11-5.

He also placed second, behind Falcons head coach Mike Smith, for Coach of the Year during that first year.

Sparano and general manger Jeff Ireland have done a terrific job building up the defense for Miami, but somewhere along the way Miami's identity as a smart, tough offensive team faded away.

This is the first of many moves that Miami will be making this offseason, and hopefully for the Dolphins franchise, these moves are for the better.

Miami will hold the 15th pick in the 2011 NFL draft, while they only have two picks within the first three rounds. Miami traded last year's and this year's second round picks for seemingly disgruntled receiver Brandon Marshall.

Perhaps the biggest need for the Dolphins to turn around their franchise is a quarterback. It is obvious that Sparano's future lies in the arm of the 2011 starter, whoever that may be.

While the Dolphins organization refused to confirm that Sparano is returning, the team is expected to announce their official decision as early as Friday.


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