On Christmas day in 2004, the Miami Dolphins hired the then coach of the LSU Tigers, Nick Saban, as head coach. He entered with high expectations, but he finished out his two year stint in the NFL at 15-17 before rushing back to the college football ranks. It was actually done rather quickly and caught the Dolphins off-guard. They got stuck with Cam Cameron as head coach and went 1-15 the next season. With the team in shambles, they turned to Tony Sparano to turn the team around. In his first season, he took the Dolphins to 11-5, one of the greatest single season turn-arounds in NFL history. He’s finished 7-9 the past two seasons which still isn’t bad for a team that was in shambles a few years ago. Why do I bring this up? Because the Miami Dolphins are set to meet with Stanford head coach Jim Harbaugh and are interested in making him the highest paid head coach in the NFL at around $7 – $8 million. I can’t help but shake my head at this one. Jim Harbaugh is a good coach, but has only proven it as a head coach at the college level. To give someone who’s only been a QB coach in the NFL for 2 seasons the biggest contract of any head coach out there is a terrible idea. I think he has the tools to succeed, but the money doesn’t match the experience. Essentially, I think they’re just shelling out cash for the hell of it like the New York Yankees do. I also think it’s a complete slap in the face to Tony Sparano that they are so interested in other head coaches all while he’s still the head coach. Its shows a complete lack of faith and professionalism on behalf of the entire organization. You’d think they would have been skeptical of giving a college coach a huge contract after the Saban fiasco, but I guess some teams never learn.
Some Teams Never Learn . . .