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Ireland says Ricky's coach criticism not an issue

Jeff Ireland was on my radio show, Armando and the Amigo, Friday morning and we discussed several topics of interest to Dolphins fans.

One topic that interests me is the movement we're about to see at the running back position. Both Ricky Williams and Ronnie Brown are free agents and it is unlikely both will return to the Dolphins for 2011. The truth is, it's possible neither return to the Dolphins in 2011.

But because Ireland talked about the possibility of one coming back during his meeting with the print media in Mobile, Ala. earlier this week, I was curious to know if Ricky Williams basically eliminated himself from contention by being critical of teammate Brandon Marshall and head coach Tony Sparano in the days following the end of the 2010 season -- a path that led Joey Porter straight out the door during the 2010 offseason. 

"Oh, I don't think so," Ireland said. "I look at the production on the field more than anything else. I mean, Ricky came out and said some things that I think he tried to come back and tried to apologize for. I know Ricky. I know Ricky's family. I  know what Ricky's about. He's a very passionate football players just as much as I am a football guy, as much as Tony is a football guy. When you've got a lot of passion involved with people coming on the radio, sometimes things come out the wrong way and maybe that's the case with Ricky."

Williams, making his paid appearance on 560-WQAM, took Marshall to task for ... well, for being honest about his displeasure with some coaches. After criticizing Marshall for doing that during the season, Williams then showed his displeasure with Sparano.

"A team takes on the personality of the head coach," Williams said. "I think the way we're coached, Tony goes through a lot of effort to show us the things that it takes to win football games: not turning the ball over, converting third downs, scoring in the red zone. He spent a lot of time saying 'If you do these things you win.' Sometimes, I feel like he does it a little bit too much.

"My personal opinion is if you have the right attitude that 'You guys are going to win,' then all that other stuff takes care of itself."

Williams tried to walk back those comments days later when he realized he might have cut himself off at the knees if he wanted to return to the Dolphins. Apparently that recanting of his comments has worked, as far as Ireland is concerned.

I asked Ireland on my show on 640 Sports here in South Florida, what factors he will weigh as he decides which, if either, of his two running backs get re-signed. I asked if durability, age, salary would be the deciding factors.

Ireland said it doesn't necessarily have to be that he signs one of the two guys. He might not -re-sign either.

"Those are just thoughts," he said. "I mean, that's not exactly 100 percent the plan. Those are thoughts. I'm thinking about doing that. All the things you just mentioned, you have to take into consideration. I've had some talks with both guys. Nothing serious about contract discussions or anything, but we've had some innuendos that we need to talk about some of those things from both agents' standpoint.

"But we're not very far down that path right now with either one of them. There are certainly thoughts and you have to take all things into consideration when making those decisions and we're just getting down to the grind and will start making some hardcore decisions here as we go along."

By the way, do not discount the Dolphins looking to Lex Hilliard for a more significant role. I'm told the new offensive staff is intrigued by his potential.

If you want to hear the entire 14-minute interview with Ireland, click here and then go to the Armando and the Amigo podcast for the 9 o'clock hour. If not, I'll update here later today on what Ireland said about the Pat White failure and the Cameron Wake success.

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Im all for running the ball 50times per game if it ends in td's and the opponent shows zero capability to stop us. However, running only because of having a very restrained ability to pass will also lead to digging your own grave.

Especially when facing a prolific pass scoring offense and having most of your drives end in field goals and zero scores. Im a proponent for offenses must be able and have the correct weapons to do both.

RUN RICKY RUN.... NO MATTER WHO WE HAVE UNTIL WE GET A GREAT OC WE WILL CONTINUE TO SUCK AND LOOK WHAT THE DOLPHINS DO GO AND GET AN UNPROVEN OC WHO HAS A LOSING RECORD OOOH WHOOO YEAHHHHHH... LETS FACE IT UNTIL THIS ORGANIZATION BECOMES LIKES THE MIAMI HEAT AND GO AFTER THE BEST NOT DOLLAR STORE PLAYERS AND COACHES THEN THEY WILL ALWAYS BE 500 AND UNDER TIME

Keep Rickey at least he broke a few and Brown has always been overrated and injury prone.

Brown's stats would be better if he didn't run all those lame wildcat play, don't know why you would bring ricky back vs. ronnie, ricky can't even figure out for himself if or for how much longer he wants to play. The chance you get one or two quality running backs is slim so why not sign him and just cut him later if you think you're better off once camp starts...what FA are you going to sign that's better than either one?????

Dump Ricky and Ronnie if Ingram is available at # 15.....I don't give up my 15th pick until the last minute, if my guy is not available, that pick might be worth more then, maybe. It's like you walk into a bar and one of the best looking women there hits on you, but you turn her down for an uglier one cause you're afraid to fail!!!! Or, I can afford a new Corvette, but I'm going to trade down and get two Kias instead!!! I don't like it!!!!

DeAngelo Williams and Cory Sheets should be our backs next year. Hillard can fight it out with a mid round rookie for the 3rd spot..

I don't give a hoot. I want Ricky gone.

I like it when the GM talks to Armando on his radio show because I get to listen and learn things from the interview.

Deuces.

I think Ronnie Brown audition for dancing with the stars! Because he is good at it.......
LMAO it's time to move on close that chapter let's go get better talent and get younger.

But you guys know they probably end up at the Jets suck suck suck!!!!


STFU Ricky!!! Parcells, Ireland, and Sparano gave you a chance when no other team probably would. They showed confidence in you and thats all that matters. Ricky play for the Jets? He is dead to me if he goes to the Pats or Jets. STFU RICKY

Posted by: Eric

Eric: Who gave Ricky a chance?! LMAO!! He came back to the Dolphinns when Saban was here and played for Camoron! Parcells, Ireland and Sparano kept him here because he's our best running back. When did you start watching the Dolphins? 3 years ago!


To Dying Breed,ever consider why Ronnie appeared to be dancing when given the ball?Could it have been there was no hole to run thru and since they didn't practice the wildcat (as reported) that much, he really looked ineffective.Fix the Oline and everyone's game improves.R&R ,Henne's and our receivers.Can't run great without a great oline.Can't pass great without a great oline.It all starts up front.In the trenches my friend.

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