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Jeff Ireland speaks to the media

Jeff Ireland is calling various media outlets today to share his viewpoint of what's going on with the Dolphins since the start of free agency and going forward.

About the idea that no one wants to come to play for the Dolphins -- a thread that has even hit national media following Miami's inability to land Jim Harbaugh, Jeff Fisher and Peyton Manning, among others:

"I absolutely think players and coaches want to be here," he said. "When we talk to people about the Dolphins, they still think highly of this franchise, its history, its direction. They have no problem coming here. And sometimes they don't. Sometimes they make other decisions. But it's a two-way street. We make our decisions also."

Ireland declined to be specific regarding the reasons Matt Flynn, Alex Smith and Peyton Manning did not come to the organization. Regarding everyone except Manning, he said, "Most of the time these decisions are about money."

As I have written previously, the Dolphins' pursuit of Flynn came with a caveat: They wanted him at their price. The contract Miami offered Flynn was not as lucrative as the one offered by Seattle. I have also learned the Dolphins stopped their chase of Smith when his price was above what they were prepared to pay.

Ireland declined to give details of any negotiation except to say he "would not be reckless" in making a move that could potentially affect the club's future. Ireland called the Dolphins a "storied franchise," and pointed to the club's commitment to return to that better past. He said owner Stephen Ross is spending over $1 million in updating the club's Davie, Florida training facility to make it more comfortable and football friendly for players.

The club is redoing the locker room among other places.

On the all-important quarterback issue, it seems clear the Dolphins are done (for now) chasing veteran options. Ireland confirmed what newly signed quarterback David Garrard said earlier: Garrard and Matt Moore will compete for the starting job in 2012.

There will be no further chase for Smith or any of the current free agent options on the market. Ireland, however, did not rule out selecting a quarterback in the coming draft.

"There's a chance of that," he said. "Let it run its course."

But in the meantime, Ireland said he is thrilled with the idea of adding Garrard.

"I've been chasing this guy since last year," Ireland said. "He's athletic, he has arm talent, he's got veteran experience, he brings great leadership. We went with a veteran at the position and we talked to Matt and he understands we need to play better at quarterback to get over the hump. So they'll compete and we'll see what happens."

As a result, Ireland seems content for the time being. But if an opportunity comes open, he would study or even chase it.

"Where we are at this juncture, I'm happy where we are at the quarterback position," he said. "You have to remember we're not even halfway through the player acquisition process. We will continue to leave no stone unturned. We have a process in place that we're following but we're also being flexible. And that means when opportunities arise, we bring players in, we talk to them, we work them out, we visit to see where they're at. And then we make decisions.

"I'm not naive to the fact we need more pieces. People think we're blind to that but we're not. We need to have another solid draft. But we're not where we're going to be in August."

One player the Dolphins will not be pursuing is Denver quarterback Tim Tebow. Ireland declined to discuss the topic other than to say, "he is a player under contract to another team so I can't talk about him."

But multiple highly placed club sources have told The Herald today there will be no pursuit of the former University of Florida star. The reasons for this is the Dolphins are unwilling to revamp their offense to suit Tebow and highlight his obvious strengths. The Dolphins intended, instead, to run a West Coast offense in 2012.

The Dolphins traded receiver Brandon Marshall the first day of free agency. Ireland was vague as to the reasons for that trade except to say, "There was not one singular event or singular incident that made us" make the trade.

Marshall was involved in an alleged bar fight in New York the night before Marshall was traded.

Ireland said the trade was made after discussions and in agreement with coach Joe Philbin, offensive coordinator Mike Sherman, and yes, owner Stephen Ross. "We all felt it was in the best interest of the team," Ireland said.

The general manager also said there is no resentment by either party on the matter. "Brandon came by camp yesterday and we sat for a while and before he left we gave each other a hug," Ireland said. "There's no hard feelings there."

The Dolphins hope Yeremiah Bell has no hard feelings because on Monday night when Ireland spoke to the strong safety to him him he was being cut, he added that if he found no suitable takers in free agency and the Dolphins had still not filled the strong safety position, the club would be open to taking Bell back. Despite this, Ireland confirmed that for salary cap reasons the Dolphins did not offer to give Bell a pay cut. The club saved the full $4.3 million in salary Bell was to count against the cap.

Ireland is aware that his cutting of Bell ran counter to every indication he gave to the media publicly and to agent Drew Rosenhaus privately. "When I spoke with Drew a couple of weeks ago, I had no intention of making this move," he said. "But things change. Sometimes the allocation of resources makes it necessary to change direction and you make decision that you previously didn't think you'd make."

Ireland called me just after I returned home from the club's training facility. Outside the facility, approximately 20-30 people were gathered across the street protesting the job Ireland has been doing and calling for his ouster.

"I've heard they're out there," Ireland said. "But I haven't seen them. I don't have a window that gives me a view of them. And we've been pretty busy around here to look anyway."

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This team Management blows!!! Do we really want Ireland pulling the trigger at the draft again!!

wolfman13, your an idiot if dont think TO, isnt a beast. Effin douche
Posted by: Timmy Couch | March 20, 2012 at 04:04 PM

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Just watched him 2 Sundays ago when he was in town...like I said....he looked great with his 50 yards receiving and 1 TD against a bunch of guys that could get into neither the Canadian Football league nor the actual AFL.

Garrard is a game changer in this division. I'm content to just go into the season knowing Garrard might be the starter. I guarantee we win more than 6 games.

I think Ireland has done a good job so far this Free Agency...I believe David Garrard will prove to be a great addition to the Phins...and when you look at the big picture...his recent moves have been strategically correct. They may not be popular but they are correct.

Whiners (please) stop yer whining! Thank you!

There's going to be a whole lot of empty seats this year!! Waiting for Ireland to go before renewing!!

wolfman13, your an idiot if dont think TO, isnt a beast. Effin douche
Posted by: Timmy Couch | March 20, 2012 at 04:04 PM

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You're right....all 31 other teams are banging down his door. And you call me the douche....douche!

this was a dumb post armando. you always go whichever way the wind blows. Jeff is not good. I'm not a season ticket holder anymore because of Jeff.

Garrard? Really? Garrard?

Matter of fact, Belecheat will have to commit pieces every game to simply stop Garrard. That should open up the running game in this division.

If this is the worst fan base it's the management that has driven us into HELL!!

Since management traded a young exciting Wes Welker to our Division rivals I have been down on the people running my beloved Dolphins.

Its been one idiot management decision after another.

Wow, do I miss the Don Shula era. "Don our Dolphin Nation turns its lonely eyes to you".

"I've heard they're out there," Ireland said. "But I haven't seen them. I don't have a window that gives me a view of them. And we've been pretty busy around here to look anyway."

Is he talking about QBs?

just kidding....

OBVIOUSLY, this is mostly spin.

I don't know ANY respectable franchise that would be comfortable with a QB core of: Matt Moore, David Garrard and Pat Devlin. David Garrard WAS sought after....ONCE every other option had tried and failed.

Bell was told one thing then another, AND? This is a business, that's how business is done, he has plenty of chances between now and the Season to get onto another team.

Best news in the presser, NO TIM TEBOW! Philbin can now sleep at ease at night.

FIRELAND! FIRELAND! FIRELAND!

Hey Mando. I guess he talked to you because of your idiot post earlier today. See you kept your access. Congragulations you homer loser.

If this is the worst fan base it's the management that has driven us into HELL!!
Posted by: Ireland's BO | March 20, 2012 at 04:10 PM

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2nd worst....Jacksonville is by far the worst.

NHFINSFAN-

If Peyton Manning gets struck down with a Bolt of lightning, you will know the answer is #1

Wake me up when this nightmare is over

I agree whoheartedly with everyone above. Miami has the worst owner/GM combo in professional sports. This franchise will be lucky to reach .500 by 2022. I wish I was DONE with this team. Unfortunately, you just can not throw 45 of rooting for a team in the toilet overnight. Ross and Ireland have taken a once proud franchise and ruined it. This debacle started with Dave Wannstedt coming in as coach and it has been a snowball of crap rolling down a hill since then.

The waterboy better have a good draft

Guys: what do you all expect him to say? "You're all correct and I'm an incompetent fool"? Of course he's going to say it's only half over, people still want to come here; we didn't really want Flynn; Marshall's trade was not a knee-jerk reaction from hitting that woman; not obtaining Peyton wasn't result because of Fins' management and overall lack of vision. Bottom line is this: let's see what happens with rest of FA; i.e., do we sign Mark Anderson? Do we make another trade to improve QB/WR position? What happens at the draft will also tell alot. Do we trade up to get Blackmon or stand at 8 to get WR Floyd from ND? Alot come happen still. Don't overreact to media hype; i.e., Joey Porter and Warren Sapp and NFL Network/ESPN gloom and doom reporting.

Matter of fact, Belecheat will have to commit pieces every game to simply stop Garrard. That should open up the running game in this division.

Posted by: JackSparrow | March 20, 2012 at 04:10 PM

Holy shyt! Can I have what your smoking? Garrad is not Michael Vick! Jeez! Perhaps you were trying to be funny?

Garrad is a 34 year old, in his twilight, coming off neck/spine surgery. He is no less of a risk than Manning.

All of a sudden he's a game changer that teams have to gameplan against? No wonder why the Miami fan base is ridiculed! When you say dumb things like that, how can you not be?

Attention all dykes;

Please at least wait till the preseason to behave like crybabies. It'll do you good!

For as secretive and say nothing as these interviews can be, Ireland basically just came out and said that they were going to draft a qb. Tannehill at 8 looks so very obvious. And it is not really a reach whether you like him or not.

hahahaha Ireland...

What a clown.

This is a disaster.

Can't believe the Fins will pass on Tebow...Last straw for me as far as this owner and administration goes. I understand Tebow is not your cookie cutter type QB, but this franchise was run the right way by Shula who would adapt his schemes to fit the talent and obviously that is not what is happening now.

There was only one Franchise QB in FA and that was Manning. Everyone said he was coming here except Manning. Now that he is not, nobody wants to come. Dolphins liked Flynn but not at the price he signed. He has only two starts in the NFL. Smith came around because he thought he might be holding the bag if SF took Manning. He was never part of the Dolphin plan. Garrard comes at no risk. No guaranteed money. If he doesn't make the team no salary cap hit. Let's see how the draft turns out before we make a judgement on the off season. B/T/W I've followed most of the so called experts on Twitter and there was so much speculation and pure guessing out there during the last two weeks. It tells me know one really knew what was going on.

Just saw Manning's press conference. Anybody catch David Garrard's press conference? What....it wasn't televised?! you don't say...

Peter, they just hired Philbin and are going to install a WC offense. Do you really want Tebow to come here so Miami can install a different offense Philbin doesn't want?

Do you even want the coach to have a chance to succeed?
What is it with this Tebow hysteria?

JEFF IRELAND IS TRYING TO DO LIKE THE STEELERS HAVE DONE ...NOT OVERPAY PLAYERS..GUESS WHAT JEFF? MIAMI IS NOT PITTSBURGH ..THIS GUY IS JUST WAITING FOR THE DRAFT..BECAUSE HE'S A SCOUT AT HEART..JEFF DO YOU KNOW THE CHANCES OF ROOKIES DOING ANYTHING IN THERE ROOKIE YEAR ..A QB WILL PROBALY SIT FOR 2 YEARS THE ONLY ROOKIE WR'S THAT DO SOMETHING THERE ROOKIE YEAR ARE TOP 5 PICKS...SEE THE STATS OF ALL THE BEST WR'S OF TODAY...THEY HAD HORRIBLE ROOKIE STATS!

Just say NO to Tebow

Last year at this time dolphins fans were clammoring for Kyle Orton. Denver was asking for number one draft and Orton was wanting 10 million per year. Jeff Ireland turn out to be 200%
On that one however many dolphins wanted Ireland's head back then . Do the fins really want to pay $100 million for a 36 year old qb with 4 neck surgerys. Or a gb
With only two starts under his belt from gb or a long time reject from sf .
Nothing wrong with being careful

Armando, wrote you an e-mail about 12 years back that you were in bed with Dave Wannstadt you responded witin minutes that you weren't. Things have changed so much that I wish we had wanny back here and now you're in bed with Ireland.

I am so unhappy I could just cry! I hate Ireland (Irescum, I call him) and if only that ghastly owner would go away! I'm so darn irate that I'll destroy my season tickets, smash-up my computer and never even watch any tv ever again.

Of course nobody wants to come here, this place SUCKS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Jack Sparrow, you're right. Maybe we'll get 7 wins. AWESOME!!

Just looked at Garrard's career stats on ESPN...very pedestrian, but higher than Moore:

Garrard:
GM/Comp/Attps/pct/yards/average/TD/INT/Rating
86/1406/2,28161.6/16,003/7.02/89/54/85.8

Moore:
GM/Comp/Attps/pct/yards/average/TD/INT/Rating
35/437/739 /59.1/5,137/6.95/ 32/26/15/80.1

May the best man win in camp!

ArWOMANdo,
Of course little Jeffy would talk to you after you gave him a rusty trombone.
Why don't the three of you skip off to fairy land.

Folks watch this :
http://youtu.be/ysNd4QGOgeY

So if Ireland gets canned this year, or after this year, does our new GM bring in a whole new coaching staff? "His guys"

Joey Porter said it well last night on NFL network: nobody trusts what is coming out of Ireland's mouth, current and prospective players, prospective coaches, the fans, nobody.

I am amazed that Stephen Ross is letting this clown run his club into the ground. A competition between Flynn and Moore would have been fantastic, but Ireland quibbled over what is considered chump change in the NFL.

Time to oust Ireland, Mr. Ross!!!

For the record, everyone wants to come to Miami. The thing is that they don't want to work for someone like Ireland. His record with the organization speaks for itself. Thrilled with the idea of adding Gerrard?! really?! Probably the same feeling he gets when he drafts a lineman. On behalf of myself and the rest of Miami, GET THE F*CK OUT OF HERE JEFF IRELAND

20 to 30? 20 to 30 PROTESTERS?!!!! Bwahahahahahaha that's not a protest that's a f***ing barbecue! LMAO.

I said it last night. Wrong timing for a protest considering there is a 0% chance Ireland is fired before the season ends. Let the season play out, if his players from last year as well as the drafted players from this season don't perform you will have more ammunition and more support. Ireland has done extensive research on the players in the upcoming draft and as bad as some people hate him Ross simply can not fire him right now. Sheesh.

The hateful Irescum must go mister Ross. Now!

So when Nick Saban said I'm not going to be the Alabama coach and 3 months later changed his mind, Mando labels him a boldface liar but when Ireland assures people that Yeremiah Bell won't be cut and 2 weeks later Ireland cuts him, Ireland gets a free pass? What gives?

Do we really care what Jeff Ireland really has to say? They are trying to save face that is all, the franchise is losing money and fans faster than ever before so Jeff steps up to the podium to fill us full of BS.

I am still an ignorant loser who secretly kisses a replica of Mark Sanchez's ass every night

It doesn't matter if Ireland hides and avoids us or if he talks to us through the media, either way we find out nothing. "I cant comment" "No Comment" "I wont discuss why we did that" The man is as useless as he is clueless.

THIS IS JEFF IRELAND'S FIRST YEAR BY HIMSELF AND LOOK HOW BAD THIS OFFSEASON HAS BECOME...HIS DAYS ARE NUMBERED!

Do what Joey Porter says Mr. Ross. He knows a lot.

FIRE IRESCUM FOR THE LOVE OF ALL THAT'S GOOD AND HOLY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Joey Porter and Ryan Clark are whiney little bi**es who constantly bad mouth anyone who doesn't kiss their azzes. That is all, thank you.

A d_ick fu_cker has stolen Timmy Couch's name again. You coward.

What is there to lose by getting Tebow? Miami is not going to be a contender no matter what happens. At least with Tebow there would be some excitement. They could bring the Wildcat back to remind us of when they last showed glimmers of offense. The West Coast offense is played out and will go nowhere with the talent Miami has.

Phew! So glad I read that and got all my questions answered. Now I can sleep easy at night knowing the Dolphins are going to the Super Bowl. Yaaay Dolphins! (God I hate this franchise)

Tube Salvation:

I'd rather be a Buddhist, since there's actual proof of Buddha existing. Better luck next time.

The Dolphins have been dysfunctional orginazation since they hired and lost Nick Saban. Thy have been going down hill ever since. How many pro bowl players are on the team maybe two. How many of them have been drafted one. When is the last time we had a franchise Quarterback 13 years ago. With Ross it's all about how much moeney can he put in his pocket. Some one should tell him you have to spend money to make money mediocre players don't cut it.

Bob Jacobs

Ireland leaves impression Dolphins not interested in Tebow...Ryan Clark and Joey Porter hit the Twittershere.."Expect #15 in South Beach"

Who is the moron who stole my name? Seriously dude that is not cool. Get your own name.

I usually agree with most of what wolfman says. He's not one of the total morons here.

total morons are Clue, Yesterday's Gone, LOL, and jack sparrow -- the obvious children

Phins78 -- I agree with you to leave Ireland in place for this season. The one thing I would change though is who has final decision on personnel matters. I would give that to Philbin. That way the one thing that scares me is Ireland screwing up the draft.

That's the ticket Jeffie;hide under the covers and don't look at the bad ole' protesters.Don't foget your pacifier.

Those are all standard answers... Mando I don't care what you say..you are one person defending Ireland...there are a whole bunch saying otherwise, I have to go with the majority here and say Ireland needs to be fired, and that he is the devil in a cheap suit

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