Is Tony Sparano Wagering $3,250,000 on His Job?

11 Nov

Halfway through Chad Henne’s first full season as the heir apparent, Tony Sparano has pulled the plug. Apparently the problem hasn’t been complete lack of commitment to a running game that was fourth in the league last season. Or truly offensive play calling from the booth. Or Tony’s own unwillingness to play to win.

No, I guess it’s Chad Henne’s fault. Now the kid has gotten the hook after a three interception game, though Hartline fell on one pick, and Marshall had the ball bounce off his hands on another. It seems Chad Henne is the issue, not the coordinator who dialed up 38 passing plays against 5 runs immediately after Ronnie Brown exposed the Ravens for 45 yards and a TD on our first drive.

So with eight games left, Chad Pennington gets the call, and a $3.25million raise for being named starter. In his defense, Chad is the most accurate quarterback in the history in the NFL. But why does he hold this lofty perch? We have a feeling it’s because ten yard passes are much easier to complete than longer ones.

Eight games left for the Sea Mammals. Included in this stretch, the Jets and Pats, both away games. Tennessee and Randy Moss this weekend. Cleveland, Detroit, Oakland? They aren’t pushovers anymore. Chicago can score. So can Buffalo. This ain’t as dandy a second half schedule as we though before the season kicked in.

So Tony has called in the cavalry in Pennington. It’s the safe choice. The screen pass choice. The seven-yard out pattern choice. Never mind all the throws Henne can make that Penny simply can’t.

Make no mistake, Ross liked this as a Trifecta. Parcells was the prize here, and The Tuna is slowly swimming off to other reefs. With half a season left our playoff hopes are already dimming. Sparano’s feeling the heat, and he’s shown time and time again what he does in that situation.

He plays it safe.

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11 Responses to “Is Tony Sparano Wagering $3,250,000 on His Job?”

  1. AquaMan November 11, 2010 at 11:32 am #

    Hello Boys & Girls…Today’s Dolphins Sesame Street episode is brought to you by the letters “C” and “D”!

    “C” stands for Cowardly! Why cowardly you ask? Because the coaches would rather Henne shoulder the blame for the woeful ineptitude of the Offense. That’s right!….Henne — NOT Henning — is to blame for running the ball only 5 times after the first drive of the Ravens game, thereby putting enormous pressure on the passing game (which has happened nearly all season). Of course, it was Henne who fell down on an out route and had a pass bounce of his hands on a slant route, both ending in INTs. And lets not foget that it was Henne who blew the call on the Rothelisweener fumble at the goal line. We could and should easily be 6-2 with an aggressive Offensive Coordinator. The Big Bird is flying high and says fire that garbage-can-living-bum of an OC and promote David Lee!!

    “D” stands for Desperate, kids! Mayor Sparano of Sesame Street will do anything to win now and save his job. It doesn’t matter if it sabotages the development of his young QB, as long as he can win now! And of course, everyone knows that Benny Sapp is better and younger than Jason Allen. That’s right — “D” is for Desperate!! In true Wannstedtian fashion, please don’t look to the future…because you’ve got none.

    Which leads us to our special letter of the day. Just two letters down the alphabet we find the letter “F”. But, why is the letter “F” in the middle of Sesame Street?! No one really knows, so Big Bird asks Mayor Sparano to get the “F” off the street!!!

    • Convinced November 11, 2010 at 11:40 am #

      ouch! i agree. ouch!

    • danewen November 11, 2010 at 12:27 pm #

      Well played, Sir… Well played.

    • shaggy November 11, 2010 at 2:24 pm #

      No doubt about it. Sparano is a moron or is it A jerry jones Jr clone owner calling these shots? Is it J lo? Seriously……Any real football fan could see Henne was not the problem.

      Jason Allen? Good enough to start yet then he is just cut?????????? He was never better than smith on his best day, and i question sitting smith in the first place. But there is some real weird mojo going on down there.

      Dan Henning is an absolute clown, and Sparano is his boss, and lets let the poop roll uphill to Ireland. The fish stinks at the head.

      What the hell has happened to my team? I like Pennington, but he is done, this does not help us at all.

      After the Roth debacle, and other weird stuff, I tried to be a team guy, but i have had my fill, these guys are clueless.

      • danewen November 11, 2010 at 3:54 pm #

        Silver lining? Most outsiders seem to see that Henne isn’t the problem. So, should this change fail to suddenly ignite the team, and instead lead to the demise of the Trifecta, perhaps the new hires, let’s call it the “Ron Bruden” regime, will immediately reinstall him and fix the real issues?

        Henne is young, and say what you will but the Trifecta would not be leaving us with an empty cupboard. Jake Long, Cam Wake, Dansby, Marshall, Vontae. There are studs in Davie.

        The right new coach could wreck shop with this roster.

  2. Bobby November 11, 2010 at 11:50 am #

    The problem with Henne is he has David Woodley syndrome – he rifles the ball as hard as he can whether he is six yards away from a receiver or sixty. That is what causes the bouncing off the hands and drops. Henne is a good quaterback but until he learns to put a softer touch on the ball he is never going to amount to a quality starter.

    • AquaMan November 11, 2010 at 11:56 am #

      Try convincing John Elway’s wide receivers of that. He threw the ball harder than Henne. That’s just an excuse. No doubt he can continue to improve and get better, no question. BTW – I suppose the way to fix that problem is to slow down his progress and time with his receivers, huh?!

    • shaggy November 11, 2010 at 2:13 pm #

      You know nothing about football on that kind of level…..Go away.

    • BrassMonkey November 11, 2010 at 3:07 pm #

      The problem with Henne is the defense knows what we’re doing before the ball is snapped and none of his receivers can get open. Touch passing isn’t an issue here- Marshall was at least 15 yards downfield and he gets paid very well to come down with those passes.

  3. Bobby November 11, 2010 at 11:51 am #

    And we also need a new GM and to also fire Henning!

  4. BrassMonkey November 11, 2010 at 3:02 pm #

    I couldn’t have said it better myself- it makes me sick to see our talented young QB taking the heat for Sparano’s and Henning’s ineptitude.

    If you break down Henne’s ten INTs, one was bogus, four were the WR’s fault, and at least two others came on 4th down inside of two minutes. We are 4-4, having lost to arguably the four best teams in the league. You’d be hard-pressed to blame any of those losses on Henne, either- in fact, I think he outplayed Brady, Sanchez and Rothlisberger.

    Henne has played remarkably well considering he gets no support from the run game and has to work with Dan Henning’s 1982 Redskins playbook. Sparano and Henning should be shot for putting this on him – so much for “taking responsibility”, and “holding ourselves accountable”, eh Tony?

    Looking on the bright side, maybe this will be the final nail in the current regime’s coffin.

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