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Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Dolphins hire Sparano

The Miami Dolphins have hired Dallas Cowboys assistant head coach Tony Sparano to be their head coach, according to FOXSports.com.

Dolphins officials contacted the other candidates to inform them of their decision, FOXSports reported.

That rules out Vikings defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier, who interviewed for the vacancy. As of now, he has not emerged as a candidate for the openings with the Washington Redskins or the Atlanta Falcons.

He could, however, become a player in Indianapolis, if Colts head coach Tony Dungy retires.

6 Comments:

Blogger hugh said...

Who cares if Frazier leaves?? Did he improve on anything that was left for him? Where was the pass defense ranked again?? If I recall it was dead last again... He did absolutely nothing to improve the weak pass rush which exposed the slow FS/SS and weak CB's. Bring the freaking blitz !!!

11:21 AM  
Blogger cronn said...

You can't just keep constantly blitzing, unless you're playing the Vikings that is. A QB with any ability (not T-Jack) will pick a blitzing defense apart.

You need to give any DC quality players. How much better would the pass defense have been if we had landed Adalius Thomas or Patrick Kerney in free agency?

Our front office is gutless and greedy. We will always be a mediocre team unless we are more agressive in free agency.

11:39 AM  
Blogger jplifestyles said...

Frazier isn't the problem. Lack of of top notch Athletic ability and Talent is. Old age and susceptible to injury is creeping in on the guys who used to be able to bring it. You can use your head an anticipate only so much and Sharper is an artful dude at that. I hope he comes back another year as he is like having another coach on the field. You know you lack depth when you are forced to start one or two rookies back there. I didn't see any improvement in the rookies play from first game to last game. They were still making the same mistakes. Our coveted first round draft choice form 2 years ago needs to learn how to tackle much better than he was showing this season.

4:34 PM  
Blogger Andrew E. said...

You're missing the problem: one doesn't create a winner with free agency, one does it by drafting. The problem with the Vikes is that none the group of Udeze, James, Robison or Edwards have turned into a dominant pass rusher. The last DE that we had who brought consistent pressure was Lance Johnstone. The team addressed this problem with the aforementioned picks, but none of them have turned into that great pass rusher. Yes, Kearney had a great year this year, but who would have predicted that? The guy was on the wrong side of 30 and coming off of major surgery. Moreover, he wanted to go guy a team with a shot at the SB. The Vikes weren't in consideration.

I'm not one to imbibe the kool-aid, but the team used a lot of money this year to resign its own players. That's the key to success. We have enough FAs on the roster, one can't build the entire team that way.

The problems stem from Childress' ridiculous inability to coexists with either BJ or 'pep, and with any of the veteran WRs. T-Jax may turn out, but it's absurd to gift-wrap the job to a 2nd year player out of 'bama freakin' state. Look at McNair, who came out of Alcorn State. He spent nearly four years on the bench. Going into the season with neither quality nor depth at those positions was the major mistake. We drafted a bunch of DEs, it sucks that they didn't pan out, but that's baseball. Even Belichick/Pioli muck up from time to time; anyone had a Chad Jackson sighting lately?

1:17 AM  
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1:17 AM  
Blogger Craig Hansen said...

It's a bit ridiculous some of the comments on here. Frazier's done a good job and I'm glad he's apparently staying another year. We've had two free agent seasons under Zygi's ownership and it's too early to establish any trends. In year one, we brought in some high price-tag guys and in the second year, we brought in a bunch of nobodies. It's too early to tell. We need 1-2 veteran WRs, a safety or two, a solid DE, and some O-line help. Personally, I'd like to see better backups for T-Jack, but not necessarily a new starter, unless it's a young guy in the draft who beats T-Jack out. But most of the passing game woes are the result of a poor receiving corps that even Tom Brady would look bad throwing to.

3:27 PM  

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