The 2010 season came to end just three days ago and already the offseason roller coaster is in full swing. It seems now that Tony Sparano’s future may be even more uncertain and with each passing day it looks more likely that he will not be returning in 2011.
According to the Sun-Sentinel, the Dolphins have put the decision of Sparano’s future in the hands of the coaching staff. They have spoken several times to Jim Harbaugh, according to NFL Network, and it looks as if fellow Michigan alum Steven Ross is not going to take no for an answer.
If Harbaugh is Miami’s guy then they are going to have to move very quickly if they hope to acquire him, seeing as both the San Francisco 49ers and Denver Broncos are also in play for his services. According to various reports, it is the 49ers who will be the Dolphins biggest competition.
On Tuesday night, the 49ers appointed vice president of player personnel Trent Baalke to general manager and his first act is to be to find a head coach. Is that Harbaugh? That is word on the street but the Dolphins have a opportunity to prove otherwise.
Harbaugh is the hottest coach on the market right now and an offensive-minded one at that, which appeals to the Dolphins needs. Jim’s brother John has coached the Baltimore Ravens for the past three seasons and has led his team to the playoffs each year.
It is clear that immense change is going to be undergone in the offseason in relation to Miami’s offense. Offensive coordinator and quarterback are among them and having a coach that is an offensive mind and has experience with quarterbacks would be a huge benefit for the Dolphins.
Ross has met with Sparano earlier this week on Monday and another meeting is expected later this week. For what reason, as of now, that remains to be seen. Could Harbaugh be locked in by then? Is that meeting the timetable for the coaching staff to make a decision regarding Sparano’s future with the Dolphins?