Dolphins fall to 0-6; Sparano a goner?

It was Tim Tebow Time in Miami this afternoon, with the legendary Florida Gator getting the nod against the Dolphins, still searching for their first win in 2011.

As has been the case all season, the ‘Fins came up short once again — in heartbreaking fashion — and now it may be just a matter of time until management finally pulls the plug on head coach Tony Sparano.

During the Week 7 tilt between Denver and Miami, the Dolphins jumped out to a 6-0 lead after kicker Dan Carpenter drilled two field goals in the second quarter. Following a scoreless third, quarterback Matt Moore hooked up with tight end Anthony Fasano, and Carpenter nailed another field goal, in the fourth quarter to extend their lead to 15-0.

But then it all started to fall apart for Miami as Tebow, who finished with 226 total yards, began to lead the Broncos to an improbable comeback win in his first career start as a pro.

Tebow drove the team to a pair of scoring drives, capped off by two touchdown passes to receiver Demaryius Thomas and tight end Daniel Fells, respectively. The latter came after Denver recovered an onside kick with under two minutes remaining in the game.

The Broncos went on to kick a game-winning 52-yard field goal in overtime, possibly notching Sparano’s pink slip.

A Miami Herald report during the week indicated that Sparano’s job would be ‘re-evaluated’ by owner Stephen Ross should the team fall to 0-6.

With that scenario becoming a reality, Ross might decide to make a move and replace the lame duck Sparano, who could’ve lost the team completely after another demoralizing defeat.

If Sparano is indeed fired, the favorite to take over coaching duties in the interim would be defensive coordinator Mike Nolan. Nolan has prior experience as a head coach with the 49ers from 2005-2008.

Ross might just let Sparano finish out the season — after all, they’re right in the thick of the Suck For Luck sweepstakes — but with a slew of tough games left on the docket, and a squad that’s already looking to pack it in, the losses should continue to pile up in Miami.

Zack Kelberman
An award-winning sportswriter, reporter and blogger, Zack currently serves as the Miami Dolphins live correspondent and Team Stream curator for Bleacher Report. He's also a freelance NFL writer and the founder/editor-in-chief of Helmet2Helmet. His work has appeared on media outlets such as ESPN, Sports Illustrated, FOX Sports,,, and Zack can be reached on Twitter (@ZackKelberman) or via email (
  • Fiumano

    Tony should have had the team to score extra points when we were ahead instead of trying to burn the clock. As we all know and saw it turned around and bite him in the butt. Its time for better leadership for the Dolphins.

  • rich9336

    Dear Santa
    Please bring us a new general manager,head coach and all new position coaches and if you can find them about 53 hungry players also for Christmas. I know I’m asking for a lot but you would make thousands very happy.
    One more thing please if you can find a new owner in your bag could you leave his also.

    Your Pal

  • michael mcbride

    I agree with both of you!

  • michael mcbride

    Hopefully, we’ll have better players next year. But, first we need to replace our coaches, scouts, GM, and most of our players.