The Miami Dolphins and Jeff Ireland have reached the end of the road.
The Dolphins announced Tuesday they had parted ways with the general manager after five oft-disappointing seasons. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported that Dawn Aponte, vice president of football administration, is in charge for the time being, according to a source informed of the team’s plans.
“After a series of discussions, we both felt that it was in our mutual best interest to part ways,” Dolphins owner Stephen Ross said in a statement.
Ireland took over operations in 2008, and was a driving force in the team’s improvement from 1-15 to 11-5 and an AFC East title that season. They missed the playoffs in the four seasons that followed, however, and Ireland became a hugely unpopular figure amongst the fan base.
The Dolphins spent big in free agency entering the 2013 season, raising expectations and putting added pressure on the team to perform. The team believed the additions, along with the continued progression of promising quarterback Ryan Tannehill, would allow the Dolphins to challenge the New England Patriots in the division.