A cast of characters, including Mangini, came out of the woodwork to deny that one. This next one might be tougher to swat away.
The newspaper reported that Ross and Mangini talk on a "fairly regular basis." Ross reportedly respects Mangini's opinion of the Dolphins, but the former coach is not viewed as a coaching candidate if Tony Sparano fails to survive the team's shaky 0-5 start.
Revelations to nobody.
Maybe from now on, when a reporter wants answers for Miami's stumblings, Sparano can try: "That was Mangini's idea." But that's not how Sparano operates. He's had trouble winning football games, but he's not failed in handling a demoralizing situation in Miami with a fair amount of poise.