Tony Sparano Fired: 5 Replacements to Fill Miami Dolphins' Vacancy

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Tony Sparano Fired: 5 Replacements to Fill Miami Dolphins' Vacancy
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From the files of "nothing shocking" and "saw that coming from miles away," the Miami Dolphins fired head coach Tony Sparano, leaving a vacancy that should go to one of the following hopefuls. 

ESPN reports the Dolphins have decided to nip the Sparano question in the bud and part ways with the under-fire coach. 

The writing had been on the wall all season. Coming off a dreadful season, the Dolphins opened up the season losing their first seven games. Now it has to be said that the players, who had previously checked out mentally, were starting to play for their coach. 

The Dolphins were 4-2 in their last six and looking every bit back in form. The fear from the top had to be that Miami would win out, forcing them to make a hard decision that may not have sat well with fans. 

The Philadelphia Eagles did them a favor by delivering a rout in Miami on Sunday. That is all it took to make this transition official. 

Now comes the obvious question of the day: Who do the Dolphins get for head coach? For the time being, assistant head coach Todd Bowles will take over the team on an interim basis. 

This is a fluid situation. The report states, "owner Stephen Ross plans to hire Carl Peterson, former president of the Kansas City Chiefs, to fill the role of executive vice president of football operations once held by Bill Parcells."

Current GM Jeff Ireland will stay on "in some capacity." The team is not going to blow up everything, but this is as close as it comes. 

The Dolphins are going to switch gears completely in the hopes of bringing back the proud name and some quality form to a storied franchise. Here are the likely men to help put that into place. 

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