Jim Harbaugh Shafts Miami Dolphins, Tony Sparano Returns To a Heated Fan Base

Danny DolphinAnalyst 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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How much torture can Miami football fans take?

In a wild change of events over the last four days, the Miami Dolphins have decided to retain head coach Tony Sparano after boldly pursuing big name coaches like Stanford’s Jim Harbaugh and former NFL coach Bill Cowher.

The report was confirmed via twitter by several big names including Jay Glazer of Fox Sports, Jeff Darlington of the Miami Herald and Chris Mortenson of ESPN.

Meanwhile, they still had Sparano under contract through out the wild goose chase.

It was believed that Harbaugh was close to becoming Miami’s next head coach as of Thursday afternoon after owner Stephen Ross and General Manager Jeff Ireland flew west on Ross’ private jet Wednesday night to meet with him.

Apparently Miami was willing to make him the highest paid coach in football, but I think the sewer stench that is the Dolphins offense was simply too much to bare.

The Dolphins are officially the laughing stock of the league.

They left their head coach dangling by a thread, while Ireland and Ross zipped around in their little plane looking for someone they thought was better. How can the relationship between Sparano and Ross ever be repaired? What about Sparano and Ireland, who closely work together?

Meanwhile, several players like Ricky Williams, Brandon Marshall, and Brian Hartline publicly criticized Sparano’s ways this week. Even former Dolphin Jason Taylor had some negative words about his former employer.

How can this team move forward with this trainwreck of events?

Ross should be embarrassed. Ireland should fear an ass-kicking from Tony. And I might have to watch future Dolphin games with gauze in my ears and a blindfold over my eyes.

This franchise was struggling and Ross thought he could just throw money at the situation and it would go away. Well, there’s more to it than that, Steve.

If you’re going to go after another coach hard, while keeping your current coach on, you better make damn sure you’re going to get him.

Regardless of where Harbaugh ends up, he clearly jerked Ross around Jenna Jameson style. If I remember correctly, Jon Gruden and the Miami Hurricanes underwent a similar roller coaster a few weeks ago.

But don’t worry fans, the same boring old offense will take the field next year, probably led by Chad Henne, because as Tony Sparano said last week, “He’s mentally tough.”

Mr. Ross, regardless of whatever pregame or halftime circus you have planned next year, I wish you no luck in trying to fill those big, bright orange seats.