Dolphins GM takes over operations

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, Last Updated: 4:33 PM ET

DAVIE, Fla. -- The Miami Dolphins have announced that general manager Jeff Ireland will assume full control over all aspects of the football team and support staff, effective immediately.

Bill Parcells, who had been serving as executive vice president of football operations, will step aside to become a consultant as per the original agreement when he joined the franchise in December, 2007.

Ireland joined the Dolphins in January, 2008 after a seven-year stint with the Dallas Cowboys, including the last three as the team's vice president of college and pro scouting.

Prior to being elevated to his last role with the Cowboys in 2005, Ireland served as national scout with Dallas since 2001. He got his start in the NFL as a scout with the Kansas City Chiefs, where he spent the 1997-2000 seasons. Ireland was also a scout for the National Football Scouting combine from 1994-96.

Before becoming an NFL scout, Ireland coached the special teams at the University of North Texas from 1992-93.


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