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Dolphins cancel press conference; spoke with Mangini

Stephen Ross

Miami Dolphins owner Stephen Ross is shown before an NFL football game against the Carolina Panthers in Charlotte, N.C., Thursday, Nov. 19, 2009. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)


Now that Jim Harbaugh drama is out of our lives, we can focus on the real circus in the NFL: The Miami Dolphins.

The team has canceled a 4:45 p.m press conference that was expected to confirm Tony Sparano was staying as head coach. We previously passed along a Miami Herald report that the team was talking about Sparano about an “adjustment” in his contract.

It’s not a shock that those talks have apparently hit a snag considering the awkward nature of Miami’s coaching search. It gets even stranger.

Jeff Darlington reports that the Dolphins scheduled a meeting with Eric Mangini that was ultimately canceled Friday. After “persistent” requests, the Dolphins admitted the meeting was set up.

They say it was for a “consultant” role because Mangini knows the AFC East so well.

One would think they’d lock in a head coach before calling in Mangini to consult, but owner Stephen Ross has consistently conducted himself in such a ridiculous manner the last four days that it’s hard to be surprised.