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The Miami Dolphins have severed ties with general manager Jeff Ireland, the team announced Tuesday.
The Dolphins described the move as a mutual parting of ways. However, Ireland was firmly in the hot seat after five consecutive non-winning seasons in Miami. Ireland spent more than $200 million in free agency only to finish 8-8 this season.
“I want to personally thank Jeff for his hard work and dedication in building the team over the past six years,” Ross said. “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.”
Miami was outscored 39-7 during embarrassing, back-to-back losses to the Buffalo Bills and New York Jets to end its season. Both losses knocked the Dolphins out of the playoff race.
Dolphins owner Stephen Ross met with Ireland and head coach Joe Philbin for approximately seven hours last week at the team facility and demanded answers. In addition to Ireland, the Dolphins also fired offensive coordinator Mike Sherman after two seasons earlier this week.
“I’ve spent the last six years with the best organization in football,” Ireland said in a statement. “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.”
Earlier this week, the Dolphins also fired offensive coordinator Mike Sherman after two seasons.
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