Mangini, who works as an analyst for ESPN, chats regularly with Dolphins owner Stephen Ross, The Miami Herald reported Tuesday, citing multiple sources. 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. Sparano met with reporters Monday and offered no excuses for the team's 24-6 debacle against the Jets: "I need to coach better. They need to play better." 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 handled a demoralizing situation with the Dolphins with a fair amount of poise.