Wednesday, January 07, 2009

Help Sparano And Porter Win NFL Awards

Tony Sparano Nominated For Motorola NFL Coach Of The Year


Dol-Fans show your support and help Dolphins Head Coach Tony Sparano win the Motorola Coach of the Year award. Sparano is one of six nominees selected whose game planning played the greatest role in his team's success this season.


In his first year as the Dolphins' Head Coach, Sparano led Miami to a single-season turnaround matched just once in NFL history. Sparano successfully orchestrated an improvement from 2007's 1-15 record to the AFC East title, a playoff berth and an 11-5 record. The Dolphins' resurgence is the best record posted by any team coming off of a 1-15 record. Sparano's Dolphins bounced-back from a 2-4 start to win nine of their last 10 games. Sparano and his staff introduced the "Wildcat" offense, which led to 580 yards and eight touchdowns. The Dolphins' set an NFL record (tied by the Giants) committing only 13 turnovers in a 16-game season and led the NFL in takeaway-giveaway ratio (plus-17). Sparano continued the development of veteran QB Chad Pennington and LB Joey Porter. Pennington finished the season second in the NFL with a quarterback rating of 97.4. Porter's 17.5 sacks set a new Dolphin single season sack record for linebackers. Sparano was nominated for four Motorola NFL Coach of the Week awards, winning once.


Voting is now open, and will remain open until Wednesday, January 21 at 6:00 p.m. (ET).


Joey Porter Nominated For GMC Sierra Defensive Player Of The Year


Dol-Fans show your support and help Dolphins linebacker Joey Porter win the GMC Sierra Defensive Player of the Year award. Porter is one of five finalists that were selected for their outstanding performances throughout the 2008 NFL season.


Porter led the Dolphins with 17.5 sacks for a total of 96 yards in losses in 2008, the highest single season sack total by a Dolphins linebacker and first in the AFC and second in the NFL. He contributed 47 tackles and four forced fumbles to the defensive effort and notched four multiple sack games this season bringing his career total to 17 multiple sack games. In the Dolphins' 38-13 win in Week 3 over the New England Patriots, Porter sacked QB Matt Cassel four times. Porter has a total of 81 career sacks, the most among linebackers since becoming a full-time starter in 2000 and the fourth-most overall over those nine years (2000-2008). Porter was nominated three times for the GMC Sierra Defensive Player of the Week award, winning once.


Voting is now open, and will remain open until Thursday, January 29 at 3:00 p.m. (ET).

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