MIAMI (AP) — There was a moment on Sunday when Tony Sparano looked around the Miami Dolphins sideline, and realized he was getting mocked by one of his best players.
It was anything but disrespectful.
A few minutes remained, the Dolphins’ long-awaited first victory of the year was sealed and Sparano was still snarling and growling like he was unaware of the fact his team was about to close out a 31-3 win over Kansas City. And with that, Jason Taylor started laughing at his boss, sort of telling him to relax and enjoy.
For the first time all season, the Dolphins were all right. More than all right, actually, winning by 28 points for the first time since October 2009. So while his team had Monday off as a reward, Sparano was back at work.
The seven-game losing streak to start the season was over, and for now anyway, the talk about his job status and whether the team should tank games to try and secure the best possible draft pick is on hold.
Everything clicked. Matt Moore completed 17 of 23 passes for 244 yards and three touchdowns. Brandon Marshall caught eight of those balls for 106 yards and a score. Reggie Bush nearly had a 100-yard rushing day for the second straight week, getting 92 with a touchdown.
The Redskins (3-5) visit Miami this coming Sunday.
Source: Associated Press