Posted April 27, 2013

Dolphins owner: Former coach Tony Sparano ‘damaged the whole organization’

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Dolphins owner Stephen Ross said former coach Tony Sparano damaged the team. (Joel Auerbach/Getty Images)

Miami Dolphins owner Stephen Ross said in a radio interview that former coach Tony Sparano “damaged the whole organization” and that he held a grudge when Ross courted Jim Harbaugh in 2011, reports the Miami Herald.

Ross made the comments on 790 Radio in Miami and also said it wasn’t fair to blame general manager Jeff Ireland on the team’s woes.

Harbaugh ended up being hired by the San Francisco 49ers leading them to a Super Bowl appearance this past season and Sparano was fired in December 2011. Sparano spent the 2012 season as the offensive coordinator for the New York Jets and this season will run the offensive line of the Oakland Raiders.

“He could never put it behind him,” Ross said about Sparano. “I don’t think he was the right head coach for the Miami Dolphins. I didn’t hire him. We’re a much better organization today than then.  This organization is functioning the best since the [ Don] Shula days, [because] I picked the head coach with Jeff Ireland. People see this organization is really on the uptick.”


26 comments
sandypeisner
sandypeisner

They were bad with him as head coach, they were bad without him. They spent twice as much as anyone on free agents. GM is bad and Pats will win division

Whatever
Whatever

If you don't like your head coach, don't just kinda go after a new one. Fire the coach you don't like and hire one you do. Ross, you have final say as the team owner. Man up and stop blaming Sporano, and BTW, how much damage could he really do in 1 year (after you courted Harbaugh) when he didn't even have any personnel decision authority?

clemwilson1970
clemwilson1970

Sporano never should have been named as head coach of any team. Sporano doesn't ossess the brains or leadership to lead a team. It was a dumb hire that back fired and Sporano never again becomes a head NFL coach. Sporano made even Rich Kotite and Ray handley look good.

palmbeachtennis1969
palmbeachtennis1969

I live in south florida & i am NOT a Dolphins fan. I agree with son hope 61! Ross is a joke as an owner. Everyone in south florida knows his boy Jeff ireland is incompetent. Sully 1 must be employed by Stephen Ross. Ross reminds me of the movie "THE PRODUCERS" in that he was making celebrities minority owners to get noticed when a winning product is all that counts! hey Sully he's the owner how come he didn't get rid of Sporano the year he tried to get Harbaugh! Duh!!!!!

Rafterman00
Rafterman00

From head coach, to offensive coordinator to, now, offensive line coach. I see a definite downward trend to Tony's career.

 

SonofHope61
SonofHope61

What a jack of f. This blockhead openly tries to hire your replacement while you still work there and then gets mad that you have a problem with it. Stephen Ross and his Fish Factory are not on the uptick. They are a .500 team at best. And deserve to be.

sully1
sully1

WOW!  I am starting to become a Stephen Ross fan.  I could not understand how he could support such a pathetic joke of a coach as Sporano.  And Ireland and Ross did a fantastic job landing a phenomenal coach in Philbin and a terrific QB in Tannehill.  I wasn't sure about the first draft choice, but I am sure the coach with mold him into a great one.  I'm starting to get excited about being a DolFan again!  Fins will be a force next season.

NeoSmith
NeoSmith

Agree with HarshTimes.  If you are going to go out and try to hire a new coach while you still have the current employed, do you think that is going to cause hard feelings?  You sir, are the one who destroyed the organization.

HarshTimes
HarshTimes

Yeah - how dare he resent that you stabbed him in the back in front of the whole world.  

Bearsclone
Bearsclone

Classy move, Miami Dolphins Owner.  

 

I'm sure that your steady decline since Dan Marino retired has been because of Tony Sparano, and not because of your terrible personnel decisions.

 

 

pandah462
pandah462

Just looking for a scapegoat.  The Dolphins haven't had relevance since the 1970's, with the exception of Dan Marino and Reggie Roby.

VictorHayes
VictorHayes

Jeff Ireland not to blame for the "laughing" stock of the NFL.  Empty stadium at 50% occupancy and requesting addityional money for renovations.  Stupid personnel moves for the past10 years.  Investing almost $13 million a year in a WR that should be running track for a living.  Are you serious that Jeff Ireland is not to blame?

mashley278
mashley278

I'm confused....he's the owner, he's responsible for his organization. He bought in 08, kept Parcells, kept Sparano. It's HIS team, and he wants to blame it on other people? Sounds a lot like what is wrong with America - companies with CEO's that are never to blame.

Ron M
Ron M

It hasn't been the same organization since Jimmy Johnson was force fed down our throats. The one that really created the downfall was Nick Saban before he RAN back to college.

Fifilo
Fifilo

Parcellls damage the organization.

Ross embarrassed the organization.

Sparano is just a dude the first self described genius hired and Mr. Ross decided to keep and extend.

 

When a fish rots, it rots from the head, Mr. Ross.

JOHN140
JOHN140

This guy has been a live cannon since the day he bought the team. This is how you endear yourself to south Florida? Buying time by throwing others under the bus? That will only work once. He seems more interested in bringing attention to himself then building football teams. Attention seeking owners have a lousy track record in the NFL.

prinzing
prinzing

Dogging former employees is such a great way to ensure youre able to hire the best people in the future.

Stay classy Hyman.

eddiej
eddiej

I posted earlier and just remembered it was Parcells(Bill) who hired coach and gm,but owner isn't dumb/bold enough to blame him.Either way he owned team so he needs some blame too.

dwitcraft
dwitcraft

Last time I checked, Sparano took the fins to the playoffs. The current crew can't even break .500! Put up or shut up!

luvfoozball
luvfoozball

Yes, I guess he should have kissed the owner for courting another coach while he was the head coach. Oh... and Ireland is possibly the worst GM in NFL.

eddiej
eddiej

Didn't his gm pick Sparano,what's the difference?I'm just wondering.

mitchbax
mitchbax

 @pandah462 "The Dolphins haven't had relevance since the 1970's?"

 

From '81 to '85, they went 56-16-1, won the AFC East, and made it to the divisional playoff game all 5 years, the AFC Championship game 3 times, and the Super Bowl twice. 

 

From '90 to '01, they won the East 3 more times, made the playoffs 8 out of 12 years, winning 6 playoff games, and played for the AFC Championship in '92.  After that, Buffalo, then New England, dominated the East.

 

If you said the Dolphins haven't had relevance since the mid-1990's, you'd be accurate, but to dismiss 4 AFC Championship Game appearances from '82 to '92 as irrelevant is overstating your case.

Bearsclone
Bearsclone

 @eddiej Miami's had a revolving door of big names who were only there to cash big checks.

 

That's unfortunately what happens when the owner is a know-nothing who can't put a competent GM in place and take his own hands off the wheel.  

 

They finally managed to draft at least a competent QB, and that's the only reason there's any upside in Miami at all.

DanLegge
DanLegge

 @dwitcraft

 You should check again,the last time Sporano coached the Phins they did not make the playoffs.His first year they did and after that got worse every year until they canned him.