This move is not remotely surprising, but it is fascinating in several respects. Prior to yesterday's dull 26-10 loss to Philadelphia, the Dolphins had been one of the best turnaround stories of the NFL season, having turned an 0-7 start into a 4-1 stretch in which Miami outscored its opponents 139-54.
Less than a month ago, Sparano and the Dolphins were laying the wood to the Bills in Florida, as Miami pounded Buffalo 35-8 in Week 11. It's going to be interesting to see how the Dolphins respond to losing a head coach that they'd so effectively rallied around since early November - around the same time that Buffalo's six-game losing streak began, in fact.
Despite the fact that Sparano is out - he'll be replaced by Todd Bowles, the team's Assistant Head Coach and Secondary Coach - Miami still comes into Week 15 with considerably more momentum than Buffalo. While the Bills have gone 0-6 since the start of November, the Dolphins are 4-2.