Dolphins Tab Sparano as Coach

Miami turns to Dallas assistant to clean up 1-15 mess
By Will McCahill,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 16, 2008 6:30 PM CST
Miami Dolphins' general manager Jeff Ireland, left, poses with Tony Sparano, the newly named Dolphins' coach after a news conference Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2008 at the Dolphins' Training Facility in Davie,...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – The Miami Dolphins, coming off an NFL-worst 1-15 season, introduced Tony Sparano as head coach today, the Miami Herald reports. Sparano, most recently assistant head coach with the Dallas Cowboys and a confidante of Dolphins kingmaker Bill Parcells, gets a four-year contract for about $11 million and a heaping helping of New Jersey-mob-boss jokes.

''I can't make any promises about anything,'' said Sparano, 46, when asked about his timetable for turning around a team getting its fifth coach in five seasons. "I'm here because I want to be, and I believe I can handle the job and get this team to where it needs to be. I can't worry about what's happened in the past.''