Miami Dolphins: Though Tony Sparano Won't Be Retained, He Has Shown Superb Class

Jason ClaryCorrespondent INovember 24, 2011

KANSAS CITY, MO - NOVEMBER 06:  Head coach Tony Sparano of the Miami Dolphins yells out some instructions during the second half against the Kansas City Chiefs on November 6, 2011 at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri.  Miami defeated Kansas City 31-3.  (Photo by Peter Aiken/Getty Images)
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Tony Sparano has not lived up to the challenge of turning the Miami Dolphins into a playoff team. The NFL is a business—Sparano is unlikely to keep his job, which will be a business decision.

Even though Sparano knows his future is bleak, he is still doing all in his power to lead the Dolphins to the best of his ability.

When Dallas was lining up for an almost-certain game-winning field goal, Sparano was on the sideline cheering his team on. True colors show when adversity is present—this Miami team is full of character and class—from the coaches down to the backup players.

Sparano has been used, abused and disrespected within the organization and in public. He was left in the dark as Dolphins owner Stephen Ross and Jeff Ireland made a cross-country trip to recruit (now 49ers coach) Jim Harbaugh.

All of this happened while Sparano was still employed as the head coach of the team. A move like that removes credibility from a coach that preaches trust and family.

Sparano has also been the target of an immense amount of criticism from Dolphins fans, writers and bloggers. People have coined terms such as "fist pumping for field goals" to poke fun at Sparano's fire and emotion as a coach.

Sparano is a blue-collar, hard-nosed coach, which has also fed criticisms of him being called "meatball" or "Tony Moron-o."

Through all of this criticism and spite, Sparano has kept the team's spirit high, while maintaining his intensity and faith in his team.

At 3-8, Miami will fail to earn a winning record for the third straight season. That is not acceptable for any team. But given the circumstances that Sparano has dealt with recently, he has shown the team and the naysayers that nothing can crush his integrity and worth as a man.