A recent report indicates that Tony Sparano is safe as Dolphins coach ... for now. (AP)
The Miami Dolphins kept their run toward imperfection alive Sunday with an absolute botch job against the Broncos. Miami led 15-0 with three minutes left, before Tim Tebow led Denver to two touchdowns, a two-point conversion and an overtime field goal. (Related: The Tebow-led rally will henceforth be known as the GREATEST COMEBACK EVER AHHHHHHHHHHH!!)
But while Tebow's Broncos celebrated, the Dolphins had to deal with the fact that the Lions' 0-16 mark from 2008 now seems within reach. Miami still has 10 games left to get in the win column, but Sunday's game stood out as the easiest one left on the Dolphins' schedule.
Afterward, Reggie Bushsaid what we're all thinking: That Miami is awful.
“It’s just embarrassing, I don’t know any other way to explain it,” Bush said. “It’s an embarrassing loss. Had no business losing that game.”
“We were up 15 points with what, five minutes left to go? And we couldn’t win it? It’s disgusting.”
“Right now, this team stinks.”
Bush stands as the poster child for Miami's miserable start, though a ragtag cast of characters including QB Chad Henne (now on injured reserve) and under-fire head coach Tony Sparano aren't far behind.
The fact that Sparano has held onto his job through this 0-6 start and a bye week is one of the more unexplainable aspects of the NFL season thus far. By all indications, Sparano's days are numbered, barring a miraculous 10-game win streak to push Miami into playoff contention.
But another report out of Miami, this one coming Sunday from the Miami Herald's Armando Salguero, indicated that Sparano is safe in the "near-term."
Miami's game Sunday stirred the pot, thanks to Dolphins owner Stephen Ross being caught on camera chatting with Urban Meyer, who could rejoin the coaching ranks one year after retiring at Florida. Jeff Fisher and Bill Cowher are two more high-profile names tossed around as possible candidates to replace Sparano.
For now, though, Sparano's still the head coach, the underperforming Bush is still the running back and Miami has to figure out a way to win a game.
It looked like it would happen Sunday, when the Dolphins dominated Denver for 55 minutes before imploding. Bush had company criticizing the team when it was over:
“Obviously there’s a huge problem,” Brandon Marshall said. “It’s more than just bouncing back.”
“We have a lot of talent in this room and we just can’t put it together on Sundays.”
Comments like Marshall's -- talking about there being a "huge problem" and how a team cannot perform on the field -- tend to precede a coaching change. Neither Bush nor Marshall nor any other Dolphins player came out and pointed the finger at Sparano, but with each passing week, it's becoming more and more apparent that Miami needs a change.