Monday, ESPN was spoofed by a tweet from a fake account stating that the Miami Dolphins had fired offensive coordinator Chan Gailey.
Two days later, the story has become fact.
The real Adam Schefter tweeted out early Wednesday that Gailey has resigned from his position with Miami, and that the team has confirmed that he has stepped down.
“I want to thank Chan for all of his hard work and dedication in what was a unique year,” Head Coach Brian Flores said.
“He played an important role on the staff and in the development of our young roster. I wish him all the best.”
Miami had a solid 2020, playing better than most thought they would under Flores. They went 10-6 but missed the postseason with a loss to Buffalo in Week 17.
The team ranked 22nd overall in the NFL in 2020, averaging 339 yards per game. Rookie quarterback Tagovailoa played well under Gailey, going 6-3 as a starter, throwing for 11 scores and five picks in 10 total games.
The longtime OC has been around the block, just wrapping up his 21st season in the league as a coach and his second stint with Miami.
He has also been a head coach at Buffalo and Dallas.
On Monday, ESPN ran, by accident, a fake Adam Schefter account claiming that Gailey had been fired by Miami, but quickly put out a retraction after it figured out that the source of the story was unreliable.
“ESPN published an incorrect story on Monday involving Miami Dolphins offensive coordinator Chan Gailey,” the retraction read. “The story has been removed from ESPN.com, and replaced with this correction. The story was also mentioned on the 1 p.m. ET edition of SportsCenter.”
Now that he’s definitely leaving the Dolphins organization, they can run the correct report on Gailey with confidence.