Reporting Tim Kephart
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MIAMI (CBSMiami.com) – Miami Dolphins head coach Tony Sparano was undercut in the offseason by ownership and his tenure in Miami is on thin ice after a 0-5 start.
But, according to CBS4 news partner the Miami Herald, Sparano’s job is in serious jeopardy. The Herald reported Wednesday that if the Fins lose at home Sunday to the Denver Broncos that Sparano’s time in Miami may be over.
According to the Herald’s Barry Jackson, a source close to Fins owner Stephen Ross said the owner remains “very frustrated,” and Sparano’s status will be “re-evaluated” if the Fins lose to Denver.
Complicating matters for the Dolphins will be that the Denver game may sound more like a road game than a home game. That’s because Denver will be starting Tim Tebow and the Fins are honoring the 2009 Florida Gators national championship.
Ross hasm’t fired Sparano yet because there really isn’t any coach that will make a difference willing to come in mid-season.
Still, the Herald reported that Ross’ continued unhappiness with the Fins’ losses is making it a question of when, not if, Sparano will be fired.
In the meantime, the team has rallied around Sparano and remains committed to him. But it may not be enough if the team can’t finally find a way to put together a victory in the next week or two.
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