As I look back over the train wreck that is this season, I keep going back to that fateful day when Stephen Ross called up Jeff Ireland and said "Jeff, I want you to fly out to northern California to meet me..." and the two went and "talked with" Jim Harbaugh about joining the Dolphins. Ireland, at least on the surface, was friends with Tony - or at least had to have an amicable working relationship with him. And this HAD to be awkward.
Meanwhile Tony finds out about it, while he's still employed. It had to be awkward for him, too.
But here is the imaginative (and to be fair PURELY SPECULATIVE) part of the story. What if Tony, and maybe Jeff, decided that they would turn the tables and stick it to the owner? What if they just said "screw this, lets show him by simply making things implode!"
It would certainly explain some of the behaviors, some of the personnel decisions, and some of the coaching issues we've seen surface.
Alternatively, what if Sparano simply said "ahhh, whatever, I'm just gonna dog it this year" without malice or anything, and just didn't push anyone, barely practicing, and generally just "giving up" - that, too, would explain a lot, wouldn't it?
Now wouldn't we have an ENORMOUS laugh if any of this turned out to be true??!!