Sparano fired three games from the end of his fourth season, and one day after the Dolphins lost to the Philadelphia Eagles to fall to 4-9. The defeat ended a recent surge by the Dolphins after they lost their first seven games.

With two other NFL teams already in the market for a new coach, Ross didn’t want to wait any longer to start shopping. Sparano’s dismissal came hours after the Kansas City Chiefs fired coach Todd Haley. Jacksonville fired coach Jack Del Rio on Nov. 29.

Owner Stephen Ross says “I’d like to find a young Don Shula if that’s possible,”. Shula turns 81 next month, which rules out that option.

But it’s no wonder Ross craves some stability—since Shula retired in 1996, no coach has made it through five full seasons in Miami.

Posted By: @BrookLynnDiva

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