Another season and yet again another 0-2 record for the Miami Dolphins.
In Tony Sparano and Jeff Ireland’s four year tenure with this Dolphins team, they have only started better than 0-2 once, last year when they started 2-0.
So to say that this regime has gotten to be somewhat repetitive in their slow starts may just be an understatement. But shouldn’t we all have foresaw a slow start coming, after our team finished 7-9 last season, didn’t do a whole lot to upgrade the team in the offseason, and look slow in the preseason?
In my preseason predictions for this team, I had them pegged as starting 2-0 so far. I was proven terribly wrong by Tom Brady and co, and then Andre Johnson yesterday.
In both games there were different things that went wrong for Miami that caused them to lose each game. Against New England it was the pass defense, giving up 500 yards to Brady. But versus the Texans, it was the pass defense and the red zone offense that let us down.
But to be honest, it’s always been like this with the Dolphins, dating all the way back to the beginning of this franchise. With the Killer Bee defense, we struggled to score points. With Dan Marino, we struggled to keep teams from scoring period. Now in the past decade, the team has taken turns from being the teams weakness, from the offense for most of the decade, to now seemingly the defense.
It is the inability to pull everything together on all three sides of the ball that hinders every Dolphins coaches ability to keep a job in South Beach.
Wannstadt couldn’t get a consistent offense, the same goes for Saban. Cam Cameron couldn’t do anything right, and now Sparano can’t seem to pull everything together.
It is Sparano’s inability to find answers to his teams woes that just might end up kicking him out the door before the season is over. You see, media members and fans are already calling for his head. Fans have even gone to the trouble of creating a Twitter account, entitled “@FireTonySparano”.
The Dolphins are 0-2, yes, but the responsibility should not soley lie on Tony’s shoulders. After all, it was Ireland who reached for Pat White. It was Ireland who picked Jake Long over Matt Ryan, and it was Ireland who signed and then released Justin Smiley, Jake Grove, Joe Berger, and A.J. Edds.
Both of these men share the responsibility, and the longer the spotty play goes on, the bigger the targets get on their backs. Owner Stephen Ross has said he will not tolerate losing, and invested in his childhood team to foster a winner. With players in the lockeroom not showing the confidence needed to win, one has to wonder if Sparano still has control of this team.
All of this could have been avoided if not for the teams horrible preparation thus far.
All of this could have been avoided if not for the teams horrible play at home.
Heck, all of this could have been avoided if Sparano could bring his team together, to perform as one, instead of as two different units, where one is usually weaker than the other, alternating on a week to week basis.
Last week the defense looked out of shape against the Pats no huddle offense..after the first quarter! The defense looked out of sync, out of shape, and by the end of the game were banged up because of their lack of conditioning.
Think about that last paragraph folks. Our own defense is in worse shape than the Patriots team. And we have the home field advantage! We practice in the heat everyday, and the Pats do not, and somehow they still managed better than us. That’s on the coaching staff, and no one else.
All of this is only added on to Sparano’s other main flaws; his lack of ability to manage the clock in critical situations, and his total failure at assembling a solid offensive line to protect his quarterback, something he came to the Dolphins as a specialty at.
With the owners, and the fans want to win now, after the improvement of Chad Henne over the offseason, and all of the empty seats on gameday, both Sparano and Ireland’s time in Miami are almost up. The motto for both of them for the rest of the season, on a week to week basis, should be simply, “win now, or go home.” If they fail to go into the BYE 2-2, the higher-ups could look to make a change at the helm, and the Dolphins could begin yet another coaching search.