Sparano has spent most of the season dealing with rumors of an impending firing, and has done his best to deflect those questions. However, following an 0-7 start to the season, the coaching move was inevitable, and Monday it finally came.
The Dolphins have been 7-9 the past two seasons, and can finish no better than that record this year.
Along with the firing, word came that Dolphins owner Stephen Ross plans to hire former Kansas City Chiefs president Carl Peterson to fill the role of Executive Vice President of Football Operations, also known as the football "czar." The position was last held by Bill Parcells, but has been vacant since last season.
The Dolphins have retained the services of General Manager Jeff Ireland, who will serve in some capacity under Peterson.
Todd Bowles, assistant head coach and secondary coach, will fill in on an interim basis as the Dolphins begin the search for their sixth head coach since 2000, and ninth overall.