MIAMI – Jeff Ireland is out after six seasons as general manager of the Miami Dolphins, who have failed to reach the playoffs the past five years.
In a brief announcement Tuesday, owner Stephen Ross said he and Ireland 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.
Tennessee confirmed that Cincinnati offensive coordinator Jay Gruden interviewed for its vacant head coaching job with general manager Ruston Webster. A person familiar with the situation said Gruden will interview with Washington today. A person familiar with the matter said Cleveland will interview Green Bay quarterbacks coach Ben McAdoo about the Browns’ head coaching job.
Around the league
New Orleans coach Sean Payton said linebacker Parys Haralson has a torn pectoral muscle and was placed on injured reserve, ending his season. Receiver Percy Harvin (hip) and tight end Luke Willson (ankle) participated in practice for Seattle, raising the possibility of each playing in this weekend’s NFC divisional playoff game against New Orleans.
Former NFL and Florida State offensive tackle Todd Williams, 35, was found dead in a Tampa Bay area hotel. Manatee County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Dave Bristow said they didn’t find anything suspicious, but an autopsy will be performed. Houston fired 16 assistant coaches, including defensive coordinator Wade Phillips and offensive coordinator Rick Dennison. Pittsburgh reached agreement to reserve contracts with cornerback Devin Smith, linebacker Dan Molls, running back Miguel Maysonet and receiver Lanear Sampson.