After missing the playoffs for the fifth consecutive season, the Miami Dolphins parted ways with general manager Jeff Ireland on Tuesday.
The team announced that the separation was by mutual consent.
"I want to personally thank Jeff for his hard work and dedication in building the team over the past six years," team owner Stephen Ross said in a press release. "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's job status was viewed as tenuous after the Dolphins lost their final two games of the regular season, to the Buffalo Bills and the New York Jets, to finish 8-8. A win in either game would have secured a playoff berth.
Ireland spent six years as Miami's GM, with the best results coming first. He inherited a team that went 1-15 in 2007 and helped guide it to an 11-5 mark and an AFC East title in 2008.
That was the Dolphins' last winning season. They went a combined 35-45 the past five years.
"I've spent the last six years with the best organization in football," Ireland said in a press release. "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."
Ireland's departure is the latest part of Miami's postseason shakeup. Offensive coordinator Mike Sherman was fired after his unit produced a total of seven points over the last two games.