Posted: 1:14 pm Wednesday, January 5th, 2011
By Post Staff
With all the talk about Jim Harbaugh and Bill Cowher and Jon Gruden surfacing over the past three days, one little fact has gotten lost in the shuffle: Tony Sparano is still the head coach of the Miami Dolphins.
And not only is Sparano completely left hanging out to dry right now, but now his players are speaking out against him on the radio. Ricky Williams, Brandon Marshall and Brian Hartline have all given their honest feelings about Sparano and his coaches, and the problems with the team. Now Jason Taylor has jumped into the mix.
“What Ricky was saying was true in a lot of sense,” Taylor, who played for Sparano in 2009, said this morning on WQAM. “It’s a tough work environment. … When you’re micromanaged so much, I think it gets to a point where you’re so afraid to fail, that you don’t give yourself a chance to succeed.”
ESPN radio hosts Mike Greenberg and Mike Golic discussed Sparano’s situation this morning on their Mike and Mike program, and both agreed that Dolphins owner Stephen Ross and CEO Mike Dee are not being fair by leaving Sparano in the dark about his job and being so public about wanting to find a replacement.
“I almost think the best thing that could happen for Tony Sparano would be if he winds up out of a job in Miami,” Greenberg said. “Tony Sparano is like the guy who’s dating a supermodel, and she is basically telling him on a daily basis, the minute I can figure out a way to do better than you, I’m going to.”
Greenberg said there is no way Sparano can return to the Dolphins in 2011 given the events of this week.
“Let’s just say he stays. Now all those players know he’s not really the guy, he doesn’t have the full backing ownership, and if you don’t have that, I think you’re sunk,” he said. “It’s a horrible situation for him. I kind of feel sorry for him.”
But Golic, a former 12-year NFL veteran, said Sparano has no choice but to put his nose down and keep working.
“If he leaves, it’s not like he’s going to become a head coach somewhere else this year,” Golic said. “He’s a head coach right now, you make the best of your situation.”