According to Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald, the team is discussing the “adjustment of Sparano’s contract” after publicly embarrassing the coach with their reckless chase of new San Francisco 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh.
While the money, most likely awarded in the form of a contract extension or pay raise, will smooth over some things, Sparano’s frayed relationship with GM Jeff Ireland won’t be easily fixed.
Sparano and Ireland, along with Dolphins consultant Bill Parcells, once formed a tightly-knit trio guiding Miami into a new hey-day. Ireland, however, disconnected from Sparano in recent weeks and found a way to fall in a favor of the ownership that Sparano did not. Ireland also personally attended the trip to California to enlist Harbaugh as opposed to standing behind “his guy”.
The status of Sparano’s staff, meanwhile, is another uncertain issue. Many coaches were seen packing up their stuff form the team’s facility on Wednesday, despite the fact that they all remain under contract through 2011. Offensive coordinator Dan Henning decided to part ways with the Dolphins on Thursday and could very well be joined by others in the coming days.
There’s a lot to be sorted out, but hopefully the news conference the Dolphins scheduled for 4:45 p.m. ET will answer some questions. Stay tuned.
UPDATE (5:13 p.m.): The Miami Dolphins canceled their news conference and revealed that the had a meeting scheduled with ex-Cleveland Browns head coach Eric Mangini about a “consulting role” with the team. Things are getting stranger and stranger.