Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Dolphins, Ireland 'mutually agree' to end relationship


The feeling is mutual. Supposedly.

Just over a week after capping off the sixth season of a working relationship, the Miami Dolphins and (ex-) general manager Jeff Ireland have "mutually agreed to part ways," according to a press release by the team Tuesday.

Ireland had been on the hot seat after the Dolphins concluded their end-of-season collapse that saw them miss the playoffs for the fifth straight season, this time thanks to consecutive losses when a win in either could've got them in.

"After a series of discussions, we both felt that it was in our mutual best interest to part ways," Dolphins owner Stephen Ross said. "Jeff was a loyal and dedicated member of the Dolphins and we wish him and his family nothing but the best."

Ireland, meanwhile, echoed Ross' "mutual" sentiments, thanking the owner for his kindness and calling the Dolphins "the best organization in football."

"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," Ireland said.

The calls to fire Ireland from the fans had become a staple of Miami's offseason the past few years, and many among the Dolphins faithful finally got their wish.

Offensive coordinator Mike Sherman, who was also under fire, was let go by the team Monday, though head coach Joe Philbin is reportedly safe. Multiple reports over the last two days stated that defensive coordinator is expected to be back, but obviously nothing is a sure thing at this point.

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