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Dolphins fire Paul Pasqualoni

This topic was discussed often during the season and it seems as though Miami's late season collapse did him in. The Dolphins announced today that they have fired defensive coordinator Paul Pasqualoni.

In a brief statement, head coach Tony Sparano says, "I want to thank Paul for his services to the team, and I want to wish him the best."

The Dolphins hired Pasqualoni back in January of 2008. He helped the defense improve in 2008 en route to a division title. But his unit clearly took a step back in 2009 - and this firing should come as no surprise.

There are a lot of rumors floating around already about potential replacements. And I'll have a more in-depth post coming tonight on this subject.

Hat tip to "Deuce Black" and "Mosul_Dolfan" for their posts on the subject while I was away from the computer.