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Ireland out as Miami GM

MIAMI — Jeff Ireland is out after six seasons as general manager of the Dolphins, who have missed the playoffs the past five years.

In a brief announcement Tuesday, Ireland and owner Stephen Ross said they mutually agreed to part ways. Ireland had been unpopular with fans for several years, and a late-season collapse by the team last month left his job in jeopardy.

The Dolphins, who finished 8-8, said they would conduct an immediate search for a replacement to lead football operations.

Still to be determined is Ireland's role in a locker-room bullying scandal that drew national scrutiny. The NFL has yet to release a report on its investigation into the case.

Ireland's departure follows Monday's firing of offensive coordinator Mike Sherman. Coach Joe Philbin returns for a third season.

Ireland, in a statement, said: "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."

Giants: Former Florida State receiver Preston Parker was one of five players to sign as free agents.

Lions: Gary Kubiak, recently fired as Houston's coach, interviewed for Detroit's coaching vacancy, the team confirmed.

Texans: The team fired 16 assistant coaches, including defensive coordinator Wade Phillips and offensive coordinator Rick Dennison, following the recent hiring of coach Bill O'Brien. Defensive line coach Bill Kollar was the only assistant to keep his job.

Titans: The team interviewed Bengals offensive coordinator Jay Gruden, the brother of former Bucs coach Jon, for its coaching vacancy.

Ireland out as Miami GM 01/07/14 [Last modified: Tuesday, January 7, 2014 10:27pm]
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