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Sparano looks for another first as Dolphins tackle Redskins

Embattled Miami coach Tony Sparano was as relieved as anyone after the Dolphins' first victory of the season last week at Kansas City. But, in true coaching form, Sparano told the team's website on Friday that following up that 31-3 victory with one this Sunday over the Washington Redskins would be just as important.

"Obviously to put two games together, to win a game at home, those would be a bunch of firsts," Sparano said. "Right now we've taken a good step up the mountain and it doesn't look so big as we stand in front of it now. But we need to take the next step up the mountain."

Sparano feels his 1-7 Dolphins are ready to do just that in pursuit of a two-game winning streak, pointing to the benefits of finally getting a victory.

"Sometimes when you're not winning, you can ask the question even if you're not asking it outwardly, why are we doing what we're doing," Sparano said. "All of a sudden when you win a game, you figure out why you're doing what you're doing."

Unlike last week, the Dolphins will get a struggling opponent on Sunday in the Redskins (3-5), losers of four in a row and led by former Dolphins quarterback John Beck.

Sparano has been under fire all season amid reports that the Dolphins are pursuing former Pittsburgh Steelers coach Bill Cowher to replace him. The reports came after owner Stephen Ross publicly courted then-Stanford coach Jim Harbaugh for the job last January.

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