The Miami Dolphins have fired defensive coordinator Paul Pasqualoni after two seasons with the club.
Pasqualoni"I want to thank Paul for his services to the team, and I want to wish him the best," Dolphins head coach Tony Sparano said in a statement released by the club.
The Dolphins ranked 22nd on total defense in 2009, a year after being 15th.
The move might clear the way for former New York Jets head coach Al Groh to reunite with Dolphins football operations boss Bill Parcells.
Groh was Parcells' hand-picked successor with the Jets but left after one year to become head coach for the University of Virginia. Groh had been the head coach at his alma mater for nine years before getting fired in November.
The timing of Pasqualoni's departure is peculiar.
The Dolphins have had several days to conduct exit interviews and lost a pair of linebackers coaches last week. Inside linebackers coach George Edwards left to be defensive coordinator at the University of Florida. Outside linebackers coach Jim Reid scooted to be Virginia's defensive coordinator.