Smith, Sparano Share NFL Coach Of The Year Award

A pair of first-year coaches made a splash in the post-season in more ways than one as it was announced that Atlanta Falcons head coach Mike Smith and Miami Dolphins head coach Tony Sparano will share the USA TODAY’s NFL Coach of the Year Award. The award was well-deserved for both coaches as they both engineered a dramatic improvement to their team’s win-loss bottom line.

The turnarounds were nothing short of amazing; the Dolphins were 1-15 before they hired Sparano, whose team tied the record for the best single-season turnaround in NFL history. Miami went 11-5 in 2008, won the AFC East and reached the playoffs. Meanwhile, the Falcons – trying to recover from the Michael Vick episode and head coach Bobby Petrino resigning – grabbed Smith from the Jacksonville Jaguars where he was the defensive coordinator. He turned the Falcons from a laughing-stock to legitimate contenders as the team went 11-5 and earend the fifth seed in the NFC playoffs.

Below is the NFL Coach of the Year voting breakdown; first-place votes are in parentheses:

Mike Smith, Atlanta, 30 (7)
Tony Sparano, Miami, 30 (6)

John Harbaugh, Baltimore, 10.5
Tony Dungy, Indianapolis, 6
Bill Belichick, New England, 5.5
Brad Childress, Minnesota, 1
John Fox, Carolina, 1

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8 Responses to “Smith, Sparano Share NFL Coach Of The Year Award”

  1. Coach Tony's Brother From Another Mother says:

    Way to go Tony, even if you’ve gotta share it with a coach who inherited a 1000 yd receiver, a ProBowl caliber DE,an LT clone just waiting to be released and a team, despite all the upheavals still won 4 games with Harrington as QB. Tony, you’re a miracle worker. Kudos to you. Well-deserved!

  2. Ben Animation says:

    This other guy’s comments are retarded. An LT clone? In what way? Their running styles are not similar at all. So we inherited a pro bowl caliber defensive end???? You should be shot for how stupid you are. What is Joey Porter??? Ronnie Brown, a former 1,000 yard rusher??? Pennington,one of the most accurate QBs in the NFL. Every team besides the Lions (except KS and CJ) have talent. Just kill yourself you blatant homer.

  3. Ben Animation says:

    PS: I know Joey Porter is a linebacker. He has more sacks than Abraham so I count him in the comparison. They are both well deserving. Moron

  4. Chan says:

    Yo crying Ben, why u crying?

  5. Paulitik says:

    Sparano will never be able to hold Smith’s jock, especially with Parcells as the puppet master with his hand up Tony’s sphincter. The only adversity the Dolphins faced was sucking. Smith came in and healed a team in chaos and coached a rookie to take the team to the playoffs.

    Sure what the Dolphins did was impressive, but everyone expected them to be 8-8. The “experts” had Atlanta going 1-16 this year and now they are contenders. That is nothing short of a miracle.The Jets gave the Dolphins their playoff spot. The Falcons earned it.

  6. Adam First says:

    Who the hell picked the Dolphins to go 8-8? Can I get a toke of what you’re smoking?

  7. Matt says:

    no votes for Jeff Fisher? i love the popularity contests

  8. Clifford says:

    Right,Matt, I totally am schocked;
    how could there possibly be no votes for
    Jeff Fisher ?
    He took last years’s barely got-into-the playoffs Titans and achieved FIRST seed.
    Meanwhile,sportswriters in Nashville ,itself, predicted Tenneessee would be third or last in their own DiVISION in 2008!