NFL news: Miami Dolphins fire Jeff Ireland and Mike Sherman after play-off failure

Last Updated: 08/01/14 12:02am

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Head coach Joe Philbin thanked Sherman for his efforts

Head coach Joe Philbin thanked Sherman for his efforts

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Miami have parted company with general manager Jeff Ireland and offensive co-ordinator Mike Sherman.

Dolphins head coach Philbin was thought to be under pressure following the team's failure to make the play-offs after poor performances in their last two games of the regular season.

But Philbin announced early on Tuesday that Sherman had been relieved of his duties, and the Dolphins later announced that Ireland had left the club by mutual consent.

Ireland took over as Dolphins GM six seasons ago, but he has been widely criticised for failing to help the team reach the play-offs since 2008.

A statement from Miami owner Stephen Ross read: "I want to personally thank Jeff for his hard work and dedication in building the team over the past six years.

"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."

Ireland added: "I've spent the last six years with the best organization in football. 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."

Sherman served as Miami's offensive co-ordinator for the past two seasons.

The Dolphins got into a great position to qualify for the play-offs, but lost their last two games to blow their chances.

It came after they splashed out big money in the off-season for players, including speedy receiver Mike Wallace, and failing to make the post-season was always going to come with some casualties.

"I would like to thank Mike for his contributions to the Miami Dolphins," Philbin said.

"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."

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