Spurrier's a long shot, at best

Now that we no longer have to speculate about Dave Wannstedt's future, we can earnestly speculate about the future of the Dolphins.

Updated: November 10, 2004, 5:46 PM ET
By Chris Mortensen | ESPN Insider
When I saw Dave Wannstedt in total agony as the Arizona Cardinals stole a victory Sunday away from his Miami Dolphins, I thought that surely Wayne Huizenga will do this most decent man a favor and relieve the pain of this wretched season by dismissing his coach.

Then all you kept hearing Monday was that Huizenga – out of loyalty – would not fire the coach until the end of the season. Huizenga knew that Wannstedt was an honest, hard-working coach who had four winning seasons in his previous four years on the job. He knew that Ricky Williams' abrupt retirement had devastated a team that was built around the running back. He knew that David Boston's season-ending injury in preseason was a fatal football blow to the offense. He knew that a horrific Hurricane season had made chaos of the early-season schedule.