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Dolphins have fired Tony Sparano and have selected Todd Bowles as their interim head coach. The announcement was made moments ago. Story developing. Here’s what the NFL and Associated Press are both reporting:
The Miami Dolphins fired coach Tony Sparano, a league source told NFL Network’s Michael Lombardi on Monday, after a 4-9 start to the season. Dolphins assistant head coach and secondary coach Todd Bowles will take over as the team’s interim coach. Sparano repeatedly had declined to discuss his precarious job status, and when asked Monday if he wanted to comment on speculation he would be fired after the season, he said no.
“I want to coach against the Buffalo Bills this week,” he said. “That’s my sole focus.”
Then he fended off a question about if he has discussed his future recently with Dolphins owner Stephen Ross.
“I’m going to get ready to go against the Buffalo Bills in beautiful Buffalo, N.Y., this week, and I am excited about it,” Sparano said. “I can’t wait to get my team ready to play this game.”
Sparano accepted a share of the blame for last weekend’s 26-10 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles, noting the Dolphins were 0 for 4 converting short-yardage situations.
“You can’t put it all on the players,” Sparano said. “I take responsibility for it. I’m the guy making the decision you should go for it in those situations.”