Could Sparano survive with Dolphins?

Tony Sparano was ready to walk the aqua-shaded green mile just a few weeks ago as the Miami Dolphins head coach.

That's because the Dolphins were 0-7 and running at the top of the Andrew Luck sweepstakes at the time. But a funny thing happened on the way to drafting a franchise quarterback and clearing out the coaching staff.

The Dolphins are suddenly as hot as any team in the AFC, with only a last-second field goal in Dallas standing in the way of a five-game winning streak.

So, now, even though the Dolphins won't be in the postseason, they are in a playoff of another sort, trying to win enough games to perhaps convince owner Stephen Ross that Sparano and the coaching staff are worth retaining for 2012.

“He needs to stay, man,” linebacker Karlos Dansby told the Palm Beach Post. “I’m going to push for him. We just started slow. We have a great coach. He knows what it takes now to put us in a position to win ballgames. It just takes time, man. Rome wasn’t built in one day. Can’t turn your back on him right now. Can’t do it. Got to let him stay.”

That, of course, remains to be seen. But the fact that it is even in the conversation after the way the Dolphins started the year, has to be taken as an encouraging sign for Sparano in Miami.

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