Dolphins fire head coach Sparano

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, Last Updated: 7:52 PM ET

DAVIE, FLA. - The Miami Dolphins fired head coach Tony Sparano on Monday.

The move comes one day after the Dolphins lost 26-10 to the Philadelphia Eagles to fall to 4-9 on the season.

Sparano, who signed a two-year contract extension in January, was in his fourth year with the Dolphins.

Assistant/secondary coach Todd Bowles will coach the Dolphins for the final three games of the season.

"I would like to announce that the Miami Dolphins are making a change in our head coaching staff," owner Stephen Ross said during a Monday press conference. "Todd Bowles will be our new interim head coach and replace Tony Sparano, who has been a wonderful person and has done a wonderful job. It is with a lot of regret that I feel it is in the best interest of the Miami Dolphins to replace him at this time."

The Kansas City Chiefs canned head coach Todd Haley earlier Monday.

Sparano has been on the hot seat since the Dolphins started the year with seven straight loses. But Miami responded with four wins in its last six games.

The Dolphins went 11-5 and won the AFC East in Sparano's first season (2008), ending the franchise's six-year playoff drought.

But Miami went 7-9 over the next two seasons.

Ross is confident that Bowles can lead the Dolphins, and confirmed that Bowles will get a chance to interview for the full-time job at the end of the season.

"I think Todd Bowles will do an outstanding job as the new head coach," Ross said. "He has the respect of his players. I think he will excerpt the same dedication that Tony has."

The search process will start immediately for a full-time head coach.

Prior to being hired by the Dolphins, Sparano had a five-year stint as an assistant coach with the Dallas Cowboys. He was also an assistant with the Cleveland Browns, Washington Redskins and Jacksonville Jaguars, and was a head coach on the collegiate level with Division II New Haven from 1994-98.


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