Monday, January 6, 2014

Dolphins finally make a move, fire O-coordinator


One shoe has dropped, though it's still unclear if there will be another.

The Miami Dolphins announced Monday that they have fired offensive coordinator Mike Sherman, two seasons after joining the team along with head coach Joe Philbin in 2012.

Sherman became the scapegoat for Miami's late-season implosion, and for the immense struggles on offense despite a number of free agent additions and a perceived franchise quarterback in Ryan Tannehill.

General manager Jeff Ireland and Philbin appear to be safe, according to multiple reports.

For Tannehill, next season will be his first without Sherman's tutelage in six years. The two were reunited in Miami after Sherman coached Tannehill at Texas A&M for four seasons. Reports surface even midway through the season that many offensive players, including Tannehill, had grown frustrated with Sherman's gameplans.

Phiblin released the following statement, via the team's media department:

“I would like to thank Mike for his contributions to the Miami Dolphins. Mike has been a mentor to me throughout my coaching career, dating back to 1979. He is a man of great integrity, dedicated to his family, his team, his players and his profession. On behalf of the entire Miami Dolphins organization I want to wish Mike and his family the very best in the future.”

The Dolphins offense ranked 27th in yards and 26th in points in 2013, but the most egregious failure was a total of seven points scored in the final two losses when one win would have resulted in a playoff berth.

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