New Miami Dolphins head coach Tony Sparano was just officially introduced as Bill Parcells' new man in South Florida.
Sparano, who goes from 13-3 in Dallas to leading a 1-15 team, talked in a fired-up tone and was straight to the point with all his answers. He didn't get into staff hires but did say, ``You've got to surround yourself with the best people that you can. And some of the people that believe in your philosophies.''
When asked if Cowboys secondary coach Todd Bowles would be his defensive coordinator, Sparano paused and said, ``I have no idea what the status of Todd is one way or the other. I know Todd as a coach and I think he is a heckuva a coach. I haven't talked to any of those guys, so I am sure what the status of that is right now.''
It was interesting to see Sparano talk extensively, considering he rarely talked with reporters in Dallas. He often kept his head down walking the halls, rarely even making eye contact.
New Dolphins general manager Jeff Ireland, in a short but sweet introduction, said Sparano was offered and accepted the job at 9:30 a.m Wednesday morning. Parcells attended the press conference but did not speak.
Sparano dismissed the thought that he will be coaching in the shadow of Parcells.
``If at the end of the day that's the worst thing that happens to me I'm OK,'' Sparano said.
Sparano (Cowboys assistant from 2003-2007) will be a head coach for the first time since leading his alma mater New Haven from 1994-98.
_ Rick Herrin