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.