The Dolphins are 3-3, there is no denying that. Can we look at for a moment who we've lost to? The Jets, the Patriots, and the Steelers. To the best of my knowledge those teams are all 5-1 and are probably the top three teams in the AFC, though I'm still on the fence about the Jets. Sure we got blown out in New England, but against the Jets and Steelers we only lost by a combined 10 points. Against possibly two of the best teams in the NFL, that's not too bad.
Yet suddenly there is a movement to "replace Coach Sparano" or "get a coach that can get things done with our talent". I even saw someone start a "Hire Bill Cowher 2011" bandwagon. Newsflash, it took Cowher 15 years with the Steelers to win a Superbowl. I don't think our fans (or any of today's fans for that matter) could take even 5 years without calling for a replacement. Don't believe it? We're only two and a quarter years into Coach Sparano's tenure and a lot of us are calling for him to get a pink slip. But he shouldn't be fired, and let's look at why.
"Did you see how fired up he was to only get 3 points? That shows that he's only satisfied with field goals." is what one poster said earlier today. Oh really? Is that what it shows? To me that show's some passion from your coach. I want a guy that will pick his team up and keep them up. Bill Belichick may be a good coach, but I hate his demeanor. Sparano stays passionate about everything, not just field goals. Did anyone see how angry he was when the Steelers were awarded the ball? Same passion, so don't give me this "he is only happy with a field goal" because if he was a passionless robot his players wouldn't want to play for him. And Sparano does care about getting touchdowns, he even said that the Phins have to capitalize more in his post game press conference.
"It's the head coach's job to ensure that ST play is good, we don't get beat deep, and that there is good play calling." Yes this is true. It is up to the head coach to do these things. But it is also up to coordinators. Plus, it's also up to the head coach to ensure that the QB stays protected, that we can get pressure on the QB, and play well against the run. All things that we've done well this season. Let me ask you something, since 2007, have the Dolphins improved on a different aspect of their game every year? I'm going to say yes. Or secondary was dreadful, sure we still give up a few big plays, but not nearly as many as we used to. We couldn't pass protect, seems like we're doing a pretty good job now, upper half of the NFL in sacks allowed (that is Henne hasn't been sacked a lot). We had NO receiving game, now NFL teams have to gameplan for not only the Beast, but Davone Bess too. Or interior LB play was bad, playing well this season. We are so quick to judge on the negatives, but so easily forget the positives.
"The Front Office and Bill Parcells are the only reason we're any good at all, Not good coaching" Oh yes, the front office that got us this talent. The front office that, some of you may argue, is the only reason our LB core is good right now, or that our receiving core got better. Not because of coaching. Riddle me this then, how come it's the Head Coach's fault that we have poor special teams and depth, but not the front office? If the Front Office is responsible for our strengths, then they are also responsible for our weaknesses. In an attempt to gain this talent (B-Marsh) the front office had to release a lot of core guys that were contributing on special teams (Eric Walden). Parcells and Ireland are responsible for providing the depth needed to have good special teams. When they get stuck with incompetent players like Bobby Carpenter, what do you expect? Don't get me wrong, the terrible special teams plays is definitely Sparano's fault, in part, but no team is perfect, and it's just another aspect to improve upon.
Those of you who think that our Head Coach needs to go is crazy. I'm a firm believer that continuity is one of the core ways that a team wins in the NFL. Especially with Henne continuing to develop, there is no bigger way to set us back than to fire Sparano and hire an all new coaching staff. We would be awful. Right now, at the very least, we are COMPETING with the best teams in the NFL, something that two years ago we wouldn't even have dreamed of. In addition to that the one thing that Sparano knows the best, the offensive line, has been pretty darn good since he has been our head coach. I have my full confidence that Sparano will continue to Coach well and fix issues on the team. Not everything gets fixed over night, yet by this time next year, if not by the end of this year, the Dolphins will be contenders. We aren't the pushovers anymore that were automatic wins on the schedule like we were two years ago.And though we're not the Bills (thank God), if we fire Sparano then it very well might start a downward spiral that forces us to become just like them...winless.