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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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Oscar Canosa, me and another? Really? Pick me, pick me, NOT! Dude, that's childish!

Now that the smoke and dust has cleared and my brain cells are now showing a little more friendliness towards eachother. Im now seeing where Ireland really has made great moves this off season.

Yes, I too hated not trading up for RG3. At #8 it would have cost us at least 4 #1's and a 2nd rd pick to get him. Remember it cost the Redskins 3 #1's and and a number 2. That means it wouild have taken at least 4yrs to begin surrounding him with talent worthy of even really mentioning. Yes many of would have loved it. But it would have put both Ireland and this franchise in an even more vise-like position while waiting to recover draft-wise. Last I checked the current talent on this roster isnt that good.

So what were going do, get cap strapped in free agency. Sign 1a. to b-list guys. That's all we would be able to do short of taking a cap penalty.

The Marshall move was good on 3 fronts. 1. He seems to be a magnet for ongoing issues. 2. He's getting ready to hit 30. Better to free the money up now rather than later. His greatest isnt great enough for us. 3. The new staff wants to get younger at the wr position. Marshall's getting older.

The Bell move cleared major cap room($4.3 million dollars). That's a little pricey for a db everyone know totally sucks in coverage.

Soliai resigned at $6 million a yr. That's cheap for NT that became a pro bowler and a powerful clog behind a #6 rated run defense.

He brought in a vet RT(Hicks) A 1yr contract on the cheap. Heck you have a statue play RT and do a better job pass protecting your qb. Hicks isnt a fix, just a body, uintil he sees whats available in the draft or fa next year.

Westerman. He came on the cheap. His strong suit is st's. He can also start in a pinch. Marshall on the cheap adds secondary depth in the least. This wasnt a bank breaking move either.

Best yet, we havent even come upon the draft yet. None of the fa moves look like big bad wolf bold stroke moves. But clearly Ireland has steered his penmanship very well. Thus far in this off season.

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I was bashing hell out of Ireland earlier just like the rest of you. But then when I forced the only two brain cells I have left. To make up and shake hands with each other. Then I could see Ireland hasnt done a bad job at all so far this offseason.

Guys, you should try it sometimes. Forcing the only two brain cells we have left to make up and shake hands with each other really works! LOL

Problem here is classic "perception is reality". It's a players league and Ireland cannot run with the big boys if he's perceived as a complete jerk by the talent. And more immediately, the fans are going to avoid this franchise if they detest the upper brass. This is a huge problem for Ross, who I think is a decent owner learning on the fly. Somehow Ireland has some entitlement (thanks to a-hole Parcells) that is unfounded and has not backed it up with wise and classy team building. Ross needs to think long and hard about Ireland as a face of this franchise.

Yeah, the two brain cells I have left were flipping each other off all day long while I was bashing Ireland. LOL

Get Wallace for 1st rd pick, rt for 2nd,safety/ de/corner 3rd, wheedon 3rd, de/saftey/corner4th, saftey/de,corner5th..de,corner, safty6th, trade 7th to new england for chad ocho ....thanks right back in it biiiootttcchhhhh......but ireland wont do it n we'll. Suck

YG has been abducted by aliens and brainwashed! Armando was with YG at the time and suffered the same fate. YG I hope your right, but previous actions by Ireland do not inspire confidence. So, with all due respect, I reserve judgment. He's had several years to turn this team around, hasn't happened!

Redskins only paid 2 1st rounders for RG3. Another Ireland screw up.

Perception is to permanent, just as beauty is to the eye of the beholder. Both are always subject to change.

Perception is more to illusion than reality. Many times the bus of perception is steer by dellusions which can be feed by fact. Perceptions can always be changed. Both negatively or positively.

least they are taking notice, ross knows he cant afford much more of ireland

I support Jeff Ireland. I'm actually pleased with the Garrard signing. And Wilson, Clay, frigging Cameron Wake? Guess what? Those are real finds. A premier pass-rusher normally requires a first round pick. Not here. I could add to that list Bush, Bess, and a host of other names. Splashy signings do not equal wins. Stay strong Jeff. I'm sure you will.

No way Blackmon falls to us. Not going to happen. Blackmon will most likely land with the Rams, and Floyd in Jacksonville. Our best bet is trade down in the first and pick up Stephen Hill

T.o can we just get t.o he wont want alot of monwy 1 mil 1 yr. Please atleast t.o JUST FUH KIN T.O PLEASE SOMEONE WITH A NAME OUT THERE THAT COULD BE OK W T F

Marshall should have been cut last year. He played a Huge part to winning 6 meaningless games. If no Marshall, we would have been 0 and 16 and we would have a franchise QB. Ireland is so dumb!
Everyone was like, lets win meaningless games so people will respect us. Haha. People still dont respect us.

Has anyone ever seen a worse GM then Ireland?

Laurderdale

Or Marshall could have caught some of those passes in the end zone, we could have won 3 more games, and made a push for the playoffs

Redsky,

Last season was Ireland's 1st in running an offseason and regular season totally void of fat tuna. It would be more fair to judge Ireland from 2011 on.

However, Ireland did create a very lingering problem for himself with the Dez Bryant incidence. He couldnt have alienated every black black player with the comment. Since then he's brought in Carlos Dansby, Marshall, Bush, Garrard, Hicks, Marshall the db and the other ilb last year. So that cant be blamed as a reason players will automatically steer away. We have evidence this isnt true.

But Im sure some of the more race sensitive black players may still steer clear away. No matter the race, we dont need highly oversentive players on our roster anyway. These type people period seem to easily buckle under pressure.

Blackmon wont fall to us neither will floyd so y not trade. The 1st for wallace

I don't care what any of you think....Wheedon is the 2nd best qb behind rg3, luck will be another alex smith watch and see

WHAT U GUYS THINK OF WHEEDON ...N BE FORREAL

i know my birthday is almost over but could someone grow some balls and fire this moron he has no clue how to run a team he trades our best wr and then just up and releases bell for no reason at all and then signs a washed up qb hes garbage get rid of him

You dont become successful worrying about how people view you. You become successful by staying focused on the task at hand.

The absolute worst move Ireland could make for this franchise right now is to begin becoming overly focused on how everyone views him or the Miami Dolphins situation.

Hang in there Jeff!

Remi

Wallace would cost to much. We're better off trading down on the first and picking up Stephen Hill. We get more value for the pick, and we're not stuck with a huge contract

ireland should resign

YG...........

BUT HE HANG IN THERE FOR 4 YEARS AND WE STILL IN THE CELLAR ................

I should be accused of flip-flopping in just a few minutes. LOL

However, a wise man eventually allows light to enter into his darkness.

A fool finds jolly and merryment where places are void of light. Thats where a fool casts his lot! LOL

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Posted by: Jeff's a Jerk | March 20, 2012 at 10:29 PM

Jeff's a Jerk, we feel the same! Thank goodness. Are you perpetually on the verge of tears? Hate what is happening to our beloved team. Lost Payton to over $20 million!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Hate Jeff Ireland! So depressed- will boycott team facilities tomorrow. Lost Alex Smith and he isn't even any good. What gives? Will Matt Flynn ever be ours? Not as long as Ireland is here. So sad.....................

IRESCUM MUST GO NOW FOR THE LOVE OF GOD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Armando's an apologist now? That's hilarious. Armando's the harshest critic of the Dolphins out of any columnist in Florida. He has never held back any punches and has continually questioned their off the wall approach. You only need to look back in the archives for proof. Some of our fans are just embarrassing. The hysterics are ridiculous.

ALoco,

I salute Ireland right now. A lesser man would have already caven in to the immense pressure and srutiny piled upon him right now. This guys has taken all of the pressure squarely on his shoulders and done a very good job thus far this offseason inspite of it all.

Even in the face of not landing the coveted hc(Fisher). Not Landing the coveted qb(Manning). Then Flynn, then Alex Smith. Ireland's remained intentensively focused to the brunt weight of it all. Still doing a great job with the best decsicions he's had left to work with.

We should be commending him for the immense scrutiny this offseason and still doing a very decent job with it all. If he gets even a B- draft grade I'll be the first to say Ireland did an absolute genius job overall this offseason.

He basically admits they are getting outbid on every player they are interested in that other teams really like too...

They are playing it cheap and dressing it up as being wise...

I think Ireland is a guy with poor people skills and mediocre instincts for big time players.

He should have never been promoted beyond his positions with Dallas. He speaks with undeserved confidence.

PHINS78........ POINT TO ME ONE BAD ARTICLE ABOUT OUR GARAGE MANAGER THAT ARMANDO WROTE...............

You can only contyrol what you can only control. I would love to see some of you in negotiations with some of these players, agents, and coaches. Then watch you run out of the run snatching your hairs out of your head. While crying for mommy! LOL

Fisher is a humongous turd.
We're lucky he went elsewhere.

But Joey Porter knows his stuff- Fire Ireland!

How quickly People change when their security is threatened. And it is good.

Ireland may possibly have a lot better drafts in the the future. Bringing in a lot better player. But I will always look back to the 2012 off season as Irelands most masterful job of all.

Under the greatest pressure of his entire career. He didnt fold and become a shrinking charlotte!

YG...... HE'S NOT CARRYING ANY PRESSURE ON HIS SHOULDERS...HE MAKES 2.6 MILLION A YEAR AND HE LOVES IT ..........HE'S JUST A BAD CAR SALES MAN ,HE ONLY SIGN THE ;;;;


OLD
WASHED
INJURED
PLAYERS WHO HAVE SURGERY LIKE MR GARRED ........

ALL THAT WHILE THE FANS ARE PAYING A LOT OF MONEY TO WATCH THE TEAM..............

Yesterday's Gone,

a shrinking violet (that should be fired).

PAYTON'S GONE!

THE CLUE I GOT FROM LAST MOVES BY OUR GARAGE MANAGERIS;;;;;;;;

OUR NEW HC IS A CORN BEEF COACH WHO'S HAPPY TO BE HERE LIKE OUR BELOVED EX PIZZA MAN SAPARNO ,.....

Amazing.... this guy has the audacity to say he is NOT going to sign anyone else in free agency????? ARE YOU KIDDING ME... HOW ABOUT FINDING A GUARD OR A TACKLE?? A LB?? PASS RUSHER??? SAFETY??? SOMEONE PLEASE EXPLAIN THE LOGIC, IN GETTING RID OF YOUR BETTER PLAYERS AND NOT REPLACING THEM AT ALL..... DOES HE TRUTHFULLY THING HE CAN REPLACE THEM IN THE DRAFT??? WHAT A JOKE OF A GM..... WHAT A JOKE!!!!

YG.....WHEN YOU R WORTH 40,00 a year and became THE DOLPHINS GARAGE MANAGER FOR 2.6 MILLION ,YOU NEVER FOLD IT,YOU JUST KEEP SMILING And cASHING IN ..........

YG, Ireland=The Emperor's New Clothes!

joeywatts,

Ireland audacious, yes, but still constantly joking around. GOD HELP US!

Ireland entered this offseason, first of all knowing everyone wanted him fired.

Then knowing many wanted RG3, Peyton Manning. Then Matt Flynn and a puff of smoke that popped up, Alex Smith.

Knowing there's a perception Cower/Gruden wouldnt come because of him. Then these dumbass loud mouths like Crowder, Porter, Clark saying players wont come because of him. ON and and on and on............

Still, thru the stick of it all Ireland has found a way to thus far do a very solid offseason job this. Right now, dolfans should be commending, not condenming him.

But that's ok too. The boy Ireland has proven this offseason that he can perform under immense pressure! Can You?

London Dolphins. Team will sell to England.

YG/DB...JUST TRYING TO ANNOY PEOPLE AS HE BECOMES THE DEFENDER OF IRELAND ............IT JUST AN ACT ...........

YG, what's a shrinking Charlotte?

One thing for sure, underneath the rough fabric of all your Ireland b---ching, you just wanna win.

Ireland gets it too. Just finding the right approach based under our current situation is the key.

London Dolphins. Team will sell to England.

Posted by: dolfdan13 | March 20, 2012 at 11:21 PM

With Ireland? I din't think so!

redsky,

I purposely wrote "shrinking charlotte". A shrinking charlotte is a girl who promises to get you laid and changes her mind! LOL

YG,

WHAT DOES (( SHRINKING JHON )) MEANS ?

redsky,

A "shrinking charlotte" can get you prison time if youre not careful! LOL

Who cares about filling seats, I don't own the franchise, we need to stop trying to buy players and continue building this team through the draft. a few years ago we were 1-15, and now poeple are still complaining. I agree with the post of can we trade or draft some new fans!

Top 20 Players that might be available for us at #8. Justin Blackmon, Rieley Reiff, David DeCastro, Melvin Ingram, Justin Coples, Luke Kuechly, Dontari Poe, Ryan Tannehill, Dre Kirkpatrick.

ALoco,

A "shrinking john" is what's left over after a guy has been rolled by Dez Bryant's mom. LOL

YG IS DRUNK ALREADY .........

ALoco,

I gotta meet your mom later. She wont see me if Im already drinking first. But I will get drunk after Im done with her. "JUST KIDDING" lol......

DB...... STILL USING HIS MAGIOC ENDING.........LOL

YG, LOL! That's a shrinking violet! A shrinking John (son) happens when you take home the last woman left at the bar!

DB IS DRUNK LIKE NUTS TONIGHT .........

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