Dolphins, GM Jeff Ireland "mutually agree to part ways"

Miami Dolphins general manager Jeff Ireland and owner Steve Ross have “mutually agreed to part ways,” the Dolphins announced Tuesday evening.

The hope for Ross is that he can now end the most stagnant era in Dolphins history. The Dolphins said they’ll immediately begin a search for a new general manager.

Ireland presided over the team during the last six years and the Dolphins missed the playoffs the last five years. The Dolphins, who finished 8-8 last season, have posted five consecutive non-winning seasons, the longest such drought in franchise history. Ireland recently oversaw a two-year makeover that produced a 15-17 record over the last two years. The Dolphins have a 46-50 record over the last six years.


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“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 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.”

 Ireland thanked Ross for the opportunity.

 “I’ve spent the last six years with the best organization in football,” Ireland said in a 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.“