Miami Dolphins, General Manager Jeff Ireland agree to part ways
6:10 PM, Jan 7, 2014
9:50 AM, Jan 8, 2014
The Miami Dolphins and General Manager Jeff Ireland have mutually agreed to part ways the team has announced.
Monday the Fins fired offensive coordinator Mike Sherman.
Team owner Stephen Ross recently met with the coaching staff and Ireland after the Dolphins lost their final two regular season games and failed to make the playoffs.
Two weeks ago the Dolphins were front-runners in the race for the last AFC wild-card berth, but they lost their final two games to non-playoff teams, including a shutout at last-place Buffalo.
The Dolphins were outscored 39-7 in their final two games.
Here's what the team posted on its website:
Miami Dolphins Owner and Managing General Partner Stephen Ross announced today that the team and Jeff Ireland have mutually agreed to part ways. Ireland served as Miami's General Manager for the past six seasons (2008-13). The team will conduct an immediate search to bring new leadership to head the team's football operations.
"I want to personally thank Jeff for his hard work and dedication in building the team over the past six years," said Ross. "After a series of discussions, we both felt that it was in our mutual best interest to part ways. Jeff was a loyal and dedicated member of the Dolphins and we wish him and his family nothing but the best."
"I've spent the last six years with the best organization in football," added Ireland. "Steve and I came to an agreement that the best thing moving forward for all parties would be to part ways. I'd like to thank Steve for all his support and kindness. I've had the opportunity to work with some of the most amazing people during this time and I'd like to thank them all from the bottom of my heart. "