MIAMI GARDENS, FL - DECEMBER 11: Miami Dolphins head coach Tony Sparano looks on during a game against the Philadelphia Eagles at Sun Life Stadium on December 11, 2011 in Miami Gardens, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

Tony Sparano Fired By Miami Dolphins; Todd Bowles Takes Over As Interim Coach

As many expected, Tony Sparano is gone. The Dolphins announced his firing Monday. Todd Bowles will take over as the interim head coach.

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Tony Sparano Fired, Todd Bowles Takes Over As Interim Coach

The Miami Dolphins have fired head coach Tony Sparano, which shouldn't come as a major surprise. There have been reports out of Miami for months that the Dolphins are likely to part ways with Sparano, except we thought that would come at the end of the year.

Instead, the Dolphins have decided to make the switch now. The Dolphins have announced a press conference for Monday afternoon where they're expected to confirm the Sparano news and announce that Todd Bowles will be the interim coach, according to Michael Lombardi.

Bowles was previously an assistant coach with the Cowboys before becoming the Dolphins secondary coach/assistant head coach. 

It's been rumored for some time that this job will be available so certainly owner Stephen Ross has done some homework on who he could attract. 

Check out SB Nation's The Phinsider for the latest on the Dolphins coaching move.

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Tony Sparano Fired As Miami Dolphins Head Coach

Over the weekend a report came out that the Miami Dolphins planned to fire head coach Tony Sparano at the end of the season. As it turns out, the Dolphins didn't wait until the end of the season -- they fired him on Monday afternoon. Jay Glazer of FOX Sports has the news.


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The Dolphins hired Sparano in January 2008 and he immediately had success in turning around the Dolphins from 1-15 the year before he got there and 11-5 in his first season.

From there, it's been inconsistent. Things culminated this year as the Dolphins started the season 0-7 and questions of Sparano's job security started with "when" not "if". Sparano and the Dolphins battled back to win a handful of games in a row after the 0-7 start but many believe even winning out wouldn't have changed his fortunes. The Dolphins lost on Sunday to the Eagles.

The Dolphins job could be attractive across the league if Miami is equipped with a high draft pick to select the quarterback of the future.

Check out SB Nation's The Phinsider for more on the move. 

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Tony Sparano Expected To Be Fired At End Of Season; GM Jeff Ireland To Return

The Dolphins are not expected to retain coach Tony Sparano at the end of the season but GM Jeff Ireland will return, according to a report.

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