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Morning take: Sparano out, Ireland stays?

Here are the most interesting stories Monday morning in the AFC East:

  • Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald says Dolphins head coach Tony Sparano will be fired after the season, but general manager Jeff Ireland will stay.

Morning take: I wouldn’t be shocked if this is Miami’s final decision. Ireland has positioned himself with ownership for months and it could save his job. But this all but ends Miami’s chances of getting an “A-list” coach, who would want more power or at least his own general manager.

  • New England Patriots linebacker Jerod Mayo issues a stern warning to his defense after a 34-27 victory over the Washington Redskins, Ian Rapoport of the Boston Herald reports.

Morning take: I agree with Mayo. Most weeks, New England can get beat playing defense like it did against Washington. Redskins quarterback Rex Grossman looked like Joe Montana at times carving up the Patriots. Imagine what a good quarterback can do in the playoffs.

Morning take: The Jets (8-5) jumped ahead of three teams Sunday for the final wild-card spot in the AFC. New York is very fortunate to control whether it makes the playoffs this late in the season. The Jets need to take advantage of that.

Morning take: Buffalo's season was over a few weeks ago, but this made it official. The Bills need this season to end ASAP, because it doesn't appear it will get better any time soon.