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Parcells Takes Step Back In Miami

Bill Parcells is handing Jeff Ireland full control over Dolphins football operations. Parcells will still serve as a consultant, but Ireland will be the guy moving forward.

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The Dolphins announced the move in a three-sentence statement Tuesday, five days before the start of the season. The change was part of a long-range plan when the Parcells regime took over at the end of the 2007 season, the statement said.

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“This was the intent of the structure put in place in the past,” the Dolphins said.

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Parcells is 69, so this could finally be it for him as a lead guy in the league.

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