Posted January 07, 2014

Jeff Ireland, Dolphins agree to part ways

AFC East, Miami Dolphins
Jeff Ireland is out after six seasons as Miami's general manager.

Jeff Ireland is out after six seasons as Miami’s general manager. (Marc Serota/Getty Images)

In what was deemed by the team to be a mutual parting of ways, the Miami Dolphins have decided to move on without general manager Jeff Ireland, who had filled that role with the team since Jan. 2, 2008. Ireland came to Miami during the Bill Parcells regime, as he had worked with Parcells in Dallas.

When Parcells moved on after the 2010 season, Ireland stayed put, though the permanence of his position has been under serious question in the last few seasons. Fans have enacted “Fireland” protests, and after the Richie Incognito bullying scandal and the Dolphins’ fifth straight year without a playoff appearance, it seemed that team owner Stephen Ross would be more likely than ever to put his own man in charge.

“I want to personally thank Jeff for his hard work and dedication in building the team over the past six years,” Ross said in a team-issued statement. “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,” Ireland said in that same 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.”

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On Jan. 4, Ross spent over six hours at the team’s complex in Davie, Fla., reportedly talking about staff changes, but refusing to comment on any decisions made. Offensive coordinator Mike Sherman was fired on Monday after a disappointing season on that side of the ball. Ross spent more than $100 million in guaranteed money in the most recent offseason to improve the team’s roster.

The Dolphins needed to win just one of their two final games to end that playoff drought, but they lost 19-0 to the Buffalo Bills in Week 16 and 20-7 at the hands of the New York Jets. The franchise is 46-50 during Ireland’s tenure.

The team statement said that there will be an immediate search for Ireland’s replacement.

23 comments
ianlinross
ianlinross

What's Shula doing? Jimmy Johnson out fishing?

irfan aziz
irfan aziz

let the rebuilding begin... house cleaning has started.. trash has been thrown out .. bye bye bill parcel trash.. and left over 

irfan aziz
irfan aziz

The Cancer is out of the system..THANK GOD .. now maybe we can watch games again , due to him everyone stopped watching NFL.. HE WAS A BLOOD SUCKING INSECT ..AND A CANCER

Papi Del Negro..... Dont ask
Papi Del Negro..... Dont ask

There goes the last reminder of the mistake of hiring Bill Parcells. Hopefully Dolphins can finally have things looking up.

argirodo
argirodo

won 5 of 6 in new york. 46-50 without ever having a top 20 qb, think about that

AlaGator
AlaGator

Maybe, finally, the Dolphins are serious about fielding a winning team again. 

Lizerdmonk
Lizerdmonk

Thank the Lord for ridding the Miami Dolphins of a mighty cancer that for six years almost killed the team and I don't care how it happened were all happy and wish him well.RIP Mr. Ireland and don't let the door hit you where the sun don't shine.

Joe R2
Joe R2

Congratulations Dolphins fans!  

TerrapinStation87
TerrapinStation87

Jeff Ireland is a legend in every way, and without question one of the greatest GM's in NFL history.

hr334466
hr334466

he shouldve been fired when the dez bryant episode occured

ribsken
ribsken

Thank god Jeff Ireland is out. Not one player or fan and maybe his family liked him...


Ray1950
Ray1950

@Lizerdmonk A cancer?  Really?  Do you have any idea how cruel a statement that is?  I pray to God your family isn't touched by the real thing.

tushymcspankspank
tushymcspankspank

I don't care how hardcore a dolphs fan you are, you're a trolling piece of garbage ofa  person, strictly based on that comment.  @ribsken

irfan aziz
irfan aziz

@Ray1950 @Lizerdmonk well Jeff was a cancer and ts a term lizerdmonk using , not the real thing , i have been hit by cancer in my family and i dont take above comment as offensive , its OK to call someone's action as Cancer and those actions did kill a team.. Period !!!!