Cam Cameron fired by Miami Dolphins (UPDATED)
Cam Cameron has been fired and new general manager Jeff Ireland just said during a late-morning press conference that a big reason for the dismissal was he and Bill Parcells simply "didn't know the guy that well."
Saw that coming. As I wrote in the Herald today, familiarity is important to these guys. Read the column here http://www.miamiherald.com/sports/story/365122.html
Anway, the team also fired all but two members of Cameron's coaching staff -- George Edwards and Steve Hoffman, who were retained. The primary reason both those guys were retained? You guessed it.
Ireland knew both who worked for him at Dallas.
You should understand that while all the other assistants were dismissed, some might be hired back. The firings, believe it or not, is as much a courtesy to allow them to go hunt for jobs as soon as possible. The Dolphins reserve the right to interview all of them again for new openings when the new head coach is in place.
I have been told that one coach who may not interview again with anyone is Hudson Houck. Houck, believed by some to be among the better offensive line coaches in the NFL, just finished his 25th season and is pondering retirement.
The Dolphins have scheduled an 11 a.m. press conference at which time football czar Bill Parcells and general manager Jeff Ireland will speak.
"This is a difficult decision, and I want to thank Cam and the rest of his staff for their work this past season," Ireland said in a statement. "By making this decision now, it gives all of the coaches the greatest chance to pursue other opportunities."
During the press conference Ireland said the team is now working on setting up coaching interviews. Thanks for the revelation, Jeff. He didn't mention names and sort of dismissed a question from me about Tony Sparano, which probably means the guy will be interviewed by Friday.