In the clear afterlight reflected through the rear view mirror, it was less Sparano and more Noodle Arm who was responsible for the epic turnaround. I've also long been suspicious that in that 08 season, Sparano was coaching with Parcells through a transmitter in his ear cuz by year 2, he looked totally lost out there during game day. Beyond that, the ST and DC coaches would have been coaching through his tenure if not for 2 public humiliations of their squads and the team on the nationally televised stage. And then there's faulting his offense for not executing Henning's plays which were so predictable the opposing defenses were laughing that they could predict 3 out of every 4. And if he was such an outstanding coach that one year, why didn't he do a better job countering the Ravens 8 in the box defenses against his QB with proven limitations vs Top 10 scoring Ds.
Beyond that, Sparano's arrow was down in 09/10 and further in 11 while Philbin has improved one game each year despite a raw rookie QB, a porous OL, a schizoid running game that can't block for crap either and the preseason and in season injuries of two vital receivers who demonstrated chemistry with the QB.
IMO, Philbin gets the nod... it ain't even a horse race.
Last edited by Vaark; 04-15-2014 at 03:45 PM.