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All things Jeff Ireland following Sunday's victory

ORCHARD PARK, NY -- During yesterday's Dolphins victory in this hazy, cold town, I conducted an unscientific survey of my twitter followers (please follow me, if you aren't already).

I asked if people have confidence in owner Stephen Ross making a good head coach hire. It's a yes or no question. I also asked if people people have confidence general manager Jeff Ireland will make the right call on finding the Dolphins a franchise-caliber quarterback this offseason, another yes or no question.

Neither fared well. And, believe it or not, Ross fared better than Ireland.

Within the span of 30 minutes, 46 people answered "no," to the question Ross would get it right on the coach hire. Thirteen (13) peope said "yes," he would get it right. One person answered, "Hell no!" that Ross would not get it right. So not much confidence in Ross.

It was worse for Ireland.

Forty-one people said no, they have no confidence in Ireland getting the QB pick right. Eight said, "yes," Ireland would get the QB issue right. And five people said, "Hell no!" Ireland has no chance of getting it right.

So 49 of 54 respondents have zero confidence in Ireland.

I told Ireland after the game that folks simply don't have much confidence in him. He was somewhat surprised, asking me what people? Fans, I answered.

I tried to convince Ireland to speak to me, and thus to you, after the game. He declined. But I wrote about him and his situation in today's Miami Herald nonetheless.

Simply, Ireland is in a no-win situation right now. Most folks don't dig him too much. And, as I wrote, it doesn't seem to matter to those folks that Ireland picked Matt Moore and he's worked out. It doesn't matter that Ireland picked Reggie Bush and tha he has also worked out.

But, as I wrote in my column, the guy whose opinion of Ireland really matters is Ross. And I tell you in the column what Ross thinks of his GM. I also tell you what Ireland's exact role in the looming coach search is and how far along that search currently stands. I also tell you about the caveat that might get Ireland fired despite Ross claims that he is safe for 2012.

I have news for you on what the Dolphins think of their chances to get Bill Cowher and Jon Gruden. And I tell you why I believe Jeff Fisher is today -- even without an interview -- the leading candidate to get the Dolphins job. I also tell you who will lead the coach search -- no, not Ireland.

Please read the column.

But I must warn you if you are anti-Ireland: The column makes the point that however you feel about him now, you will definitely change your mind if the Dolphins get the right quarterback in the offseason. It is what it is. You folks are fans. And fans are a fickle what-have-you-done for me lately bunch.

Ireland gets the QB call right as a GM, he is going to be in a win-win situation for a long time. 


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Intereting to read Baltimore fans opinions on John Harbaugh. Lot of fans saying he gets outcoached and 'befuddled' during games. Unhappy he can't seem to win the big win. The guys is 42-20 in the league and STILL people are complaining. I'm off the opinion that Jesus Christ could be coaching your team to Championships and people STILL wouldn't be happy....LOL.

Well Craig only if they fired Harbaugh so we can have his 42 and 20 record.

Sign me up for that Spiderman....

Crag M.....

Now I understand better....you could be right....but if you are...Shame on those players for not buying into s system that got them to 11 wins last year...and shame on them if they tanked the season to fire the coach....

However...I did find it ODD that a coach comming off an 11 win season got the axe....you may be on to something.....

I think the biggest thing was differences with Pioli, kris. But we're not in those lockerooms. I could be that the guy is a complete a** to be around. Hopefully a good learning lesson for him.

No team can survive without both offensive tackles. Those dudes are important.

My buddy is a passionate chiefs fan and it looked as if there were issues with the coach from the very start. He was calling for Haley to be fired from week 1. The fanbase hated him for some reason I never understood. As a neutral the only thing I can be critical of him is thinking palko is an NFL qb.

Carey is the most important lineman this year. When he is out the lineup we can't block anyone. While Long and Pouncey are our best players on the line Carey holds things together

The same way Dolphin fans hate Carey S Smith and BM for no reason. All they do is start every week and play pretty good sometimes they play great but they are targets anyway

NC, personally I've always been a big Vernon Carey and Sean smith fan. Hope they re-sign Carey and find a better way to utilize smith.

Matt moore should be our QB after this year plain and simple. We can't be changing things around non stop all the time. We need some continuity. Moore's our franchise QB for now is the way it should be. Draft a young QB, groom him behind Moore for 1-3 years, the whenever hes ready put him in. I dont care who the rookie QB is, he can only have so much success, and that success ain't gonna be a super bowl. Moore's success will depend on the team and system around him, he's savvy enough to be a QB on a super bowl caliber team. Throw a rookie QB on our team and we are looking at 5 - 9 again next year, the year after, and the year after that. And we might have just destroyed the guys potential completely. Stick with moore, draft one of these 3 QBs everyones talking about, and plug in some 31 - 34 year old experienced veteran as the third string (technically, but our main backup if the rookies not ready) and end the QB situation. Even if one of these Qbs is the next Brady or Rodgers, you cant just throw them in there over night and expect them to win, and it would be a disservice to the rest of the 50 something players trying to win to give the reins to a rookie next year and wait and watch him figure it out when we can win now with Moore under the helm. Now obviously if Moore goes down with injury, put the rookie in see what hes got. But no reason to rush our future when our future wont be able to help us right away, just hurt us.

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