Miami Dolphins offensive coordinator Mike Sherman was fired by the team Monday.
"I would like to thank Mike for his contributions to the Miami Dolphins. 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," Head Coach Joe Philbin said in a statement. "On behalf of the entire Miami Dolphins organization I want to wish Mike and his family the very best in the future.”
The team was on the verge of earning the final AFC wild-card berth before being outscored 39-7 while losing their last two games to the Buffalo Bills and New York Jets.
The Dolphins have improved from 6-10 in 2011 and 7-9 in 2012, but owner Stephen Ross expected a playoff berth after spending more than $100 million in guaranteed money last offseason to upgrade the roster. They've sat out the postseason each of the past five years.
Sherman, 59, joined the team in 2012, less than two months after he was fired as head coach of Texas A&M.
Before Texas A&M, Sherman served as head coach of the Green Bay Packers and was on the coaching staffs of the Houston Texans and Seattle Seahawks.