Sparano Optimistic Season Can Turn Around

Dolphins coach Tony Sparano spent his bye week watching some other teams play Sunday. He saw that the previously winless Vikings won and that teams that had won a lot early in the season lost. It reminded him what he already knows: On any given Sunday, anything can happen.

"They don't crown anybody champion at the quarter mark, that's for sure," Sparano said Monday during his weekly radio appearance on 940-AM in Miami. "If they did, there'd be a lot of champions out there right now. But we've got a long way to go here, and I think one game can all of a sudden change a season."

Sparano is hoping, of course, that the game that changes the Dolphins' season will come Monday night, when the Dolphins play at the New York Jets. The Jets have lost three consecutive games after starting 2-0.

The Dolphins, meanwhile, have lost seven consecutive games dating to last season. The team will have a new starting quarterback when it travels to New York. Matt Moore is taking over for Chad Henne, who will miss the remainder of the season because of a separated left shoulder.

The Dolphins have a new backup quarterback, too: Sage Rosenfels, a veteran who played with the Dolphins from 2002 through 2005. He hasn't completed a pass in an NFL game since 2008.

Sparano is hoping the Dolphins used their bye week to get healthy. Cornerback Vontae Davis and running back Daniel Thomas missed games with hamstring injuries before the week. Chris Clemons, the free safety, also was battling a hamstring injury before the team took a few days off.

The Dolphins will hold a rare Tuesday practice in preparation for the Jets. And in addition to a new starting quarterback, a new backup and newly healthy players, Sparano is hoping he sees something else new, too: a victory.

"You know, you've heard it over and over again where teams win one game and then all of a sudden get on a run and kind of tear off a bunch," Sparano said.

He's hoping the Dolphins can do just that.


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