Monday, January 3, 2011
Forecast improving for Tony Sparano?
By Tim Graham
Unless we learn something in the next few hours, another evening will pass in South Florida with no word on the fate of Miami Dolphins coach Tony Sparano or GM Jeff Ireland.
Sparano met with reporters Monday for his news conference to wrap up their disheartening 7-9 season, but he hadn't yet sat down with owner Stephen Ross and wasn't forthcoming on any details of what they would discuss.
Miami Herald scribes Jeff Darlington and Armando Salguero report Ross arrived at the Dolphins' facility at 1 p.m. Monday and met with Ireland first and then Sparano, with chief executive officer Mike Dee participating.
White smoke was not seen billowing into the skies above Davie, Fla. No decisions have been made public.
Ross later attended the Orange Bowl at his Sun Life Stadium and told Darlington the meetings were productive. Darlington tweeted "no decisions have been formalized yet. A clear sense of peace with Ross and CEO Mike Dee. I don't sense change."
Sparano spoke hypothetically about his job status before meeting with Ross.
"Listen, I don't take my job for granted one day, not one second," Sparano said. "I don't take my job for granted. I've been fortunate here.
"I've said this before. This is not the first time you people have heard me say it. I think I have the greatest job in the world, and I enjoy this organization and the people here, and I love coaching this football team. I don't take it for granted at all. In fact, it's kind of the other way around for me. I put it before a lot of personal things in my life."