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Offensive coordinator Mike Sherman has been relieved of his duties, the Dolphins announced Monday.
“I would like to thank Mike for his contributions to the Miami Dolphins," coach Joe Philbin said in statement. "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.”
The news comes five days after owner Stephen Ross was reportedly mulling a staff shakeup after the team lost its final two games.
Heading into Week 16, the Dolphins were 8-6 after back-to-back wins against the Steelers and the Patriots. With two regular-season games to go and in control of their postseason fates, the Dolphins were blanked by the Bills 19-0 and manhandled by the Jets 20-7.
It was enough to prompt Ross to meet with his top advisors about the direction of the team, the Associated Press reported at the time. There was speculation that Sherman and general manager Jeff Ireland would be the most likely candidates to be fired, while it was thought that second-year coach Joe Philbin would keep his job.
According to the Miami Herald's Armando Salguero, Philbin, whose contract gives him final say over firing and hiring assistants, did not want to fire Sherman. But Ross wanted Sherman out and Philbin relented.
As for Sherman's possible replacement:
Would expect Philbin to give strong consideration for the job to GB QB coach Ben McAdoo. I believe his contract is up and can't be blocked— Jason La Canfora (@JasonLaCanfora) January 6, 2014
CBS Sports NFL Insider Jason La Canfora adds that front office changes could still come.