Tony Sparano Firing: 10 Possible Replacements for Dolphins Head Coaching Job

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Tony Sparano Firing: 10 Possible Replacements for Dolphins Head Coaching Job
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At 4:45pm on December 12, 2011, Stephen Ross came up to the lectern and announced that Tony Sparano was no longer the head coach of the Miami Dolphins.

For many Miami Dolphins fans, this was news that was a long time in coming, two months too late for some, 11 months too late for others, and for a select few as much as two years. 

Other Dolphins fans lament the situation, stating that Sparano is a good man and a good coach. I can't dispute the first fact, but the second one is why we're in this position. 

I wish Coach Sparano, who I'll admit I've done my fair share of ridiculing in the past, nothing but the best in his future endeavors, whatever they may be. I met him in training camp earlier this season and he couldn't have been nicer. He'll wind up on his feet coaching somewhere next season, whether it's in college or as an assistant in the NFL

But now is the time to look forward for the Miami Dolphins. Even though there's three games left in the season (all of them division games with two of them on the road), its obvious that the focus is more on 2012. 

Here's my look at potential candidates for next head coach of the Miami Dolphins.

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