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Bring Back Shula

The good old days

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He fled faster than Anastasio Somoza the night the Sandinistas stormed Managua in the summer of 1979. And I say good riddance to Nick Saban. I'm not going to rant endlessly about the treacherous sucker punch he landed on the franchise.

In an interview with Dan Le Batard, Don Shula summed Saban up best: "The guy likes to hear himself talk and then doesn't follow up on what he says."

On the subject of Shula, Wayne Huizenga needs to forget that list of potential replacement candidates and persuade the NFL head coach with the most all-time regular season wins to come out of retirement. It's time Huizenga realizes that all the bad fortune that has befallen the Dolphins is karma biting him on his sweet pock-marked cheeks.

Let's not forget, it was old H., under pressure from local media and impatient fans clamoring for hairspray head, who forced Shula out to pasture in the first place. And let's not forget Jimmy Johnson is the reason we were stuck with Dave Wannstache, a decent man who just didn't know when to admit a mistake and drove Ricky off to holistic bliss.

Huizenga only has himself to blame for hiring the Rasputin of pigskin.

The fins' owner has asked members of the media for their input. Here's my advice: If there is anyone who can restore faith in Dolfan land, it's Shula. He's the architect of the perfect season. He's notched 328 wins, more than anybody who's coached the game. He drafted Dan Marino. And we all know Shula's wife Mary Ann loves south Florida.

Come on Wayne! It's worth it -- even if it means you have to invest in a few steakhouses.

-Francisco Alvarado

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