The front office embarrassed the entire franchise last January after chasing Jim Harbaugh with Sparano still at head coach. Once Harbaugh signed with San Fransisco, Miami attempted to reassure Sparano they believe in him with a contract extension.
Fans and players alike have been disappointed in the coach's results the past two years, as the Dolphins have finished with two consecutive 7-9 records. Expectations have been high for Sparano, who led the team to an 11-5 record in 2008, a 10-game turnaround from the previous year.
Sparano is a good coach. His methods may not be popular with all the players or fans, but he knows football. He, like Henne, needs the Dolphins to trust him. The failed courtship of Harbaugh hurt Sparano's credibility with his team. He needs trust from the front office, the players and the fans. He will improve this team.