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Jeff Ireland is not the devil

This post is not going to be popular. This post absolutely will not fit the current popular narrative surrounding the Dolphins the past week. And I don't take this undertaking lightly because I don't enjoy taking a bullet for someone who is not my family or close friend.

But ...

This Jeff Ireland hatred is getting more than a tad ridiculous.

To begin, I cannot say I agree with every single move Ireland makes. I don' agree with his approach with the media. I am aware agents talk behind his back (if they do it with me I'm assuming they do it with others) and complain of an arrogance that is baffling and approach that sometimes borders on bullying.

But I also do not agree he is a total screwup and gets everything wrong -- maybe that's because he doesn't.

I thought the David Garrard signing was a very good one, assuming the projected use for him is what I believe it will be and isn't followed by a crazy chase of Alex Smith or Tim Tebow. I thought the re-signing of Paul Soliai at a bargain price -- $6 million per year when he had a bigger deal on the table with Denver and for a price that is half of what the team paid last year -- was a coup that got whitewashed in the negative theme of the day.

I like the fact the Dolphins held to their guns in coming to a organizational value for Matt Flynn, remembering that coach Joe Philbin knows this guy as well as anyone. People are saying Flynn picked the Seahawks over the Dolphins. I think it's more accurate to say the Dolphins picked something else over Flynn because I don't believe they wanted to outbid Seattle. I like that Miami made a move to explore Alex Smith. I like that Miami won't be paying Smith $8 million a year because that's crazy money considering seven years of watching this guy has offered only one season of promising production.

I understand (I think) why the Dolphins traded Brandon Marshall. I like Marshall and think he's an engaging guy. He really is great if you speak with him. Guy's charming. But he is a trouble magnet. He is immature and the lack of a father figure in his life gives him no foundation on which to sometimes understand right from wrong and being an adult from being a kid. I believe unless that changes, he's going to be in trouble again eventually. So the move to jettison him is logical on several levels.

I also understand and cannot criticize Ireland for letting Kendall Langford go. Quick, what was the last game-changing play he made? What was his signature moment in Dolphins history? Correct, he didn't have one. He was a grunt, a role-player albeit a nice one. Certainly, he's not a guy worth $6 million per year and a $12 million guarantee, which is what he got from St. Louis.

And, because I am not a hypocrite, I also cannot rip the idea of cutting Yeremiah Bell. Bell is one of my favorite players. He's a tough blankety blank. He's a good locker room guy. But he's 34 years old and his play isn't likely to get better. And for years I've urged the Dolphins to be one of those teams that jettisons players before they totally break down and lose it rather than waiting an extra year and suffering the actual fast decline while the player is on the roster.

The Dolphins cut Bell on Monday before he completely fades out. I cannot rip them for that, considering he brings $4.3 million in cap relief. (Also, we don't know if Miami offered Bell a chance to cut his salary and he refused or not.)

So all these moves that Ireland is getting destroyed for ... tell me how they were terrible. Tell me what he should have done.

The Garrard signing, by the way, is being panned because David Garrard is not a franchise quarterback and Ireland has promised a reach for a franchise QB this offseason. "We need to add a quarterback that can get us over the hump," he's told The Miami Herald.

No kidding. That's been the case for a decade, including five offseasons during Ireland's employment in Miami. And Garrard is not that guy.

But Ireland hasn't said he is. Ireland hasn't said that's his signature QB move of the spring. Seems to me Garrard is a move to add a veteran backup presence who might get a shot to win a job in the short-term. Hello? Compeition is good.

Unless I miss my guess, the Dolphins aren't done adding at quarterback. I believe they will draft a kid on which the club's future hopes will rest. At least that is my sense.

Maybe that rookie will be a bust. Maybe he'll be a star. The point is to rip Ireland for a move not yet made in an offseason not yet complete is hating for hating's sake.

On that front, there's plenty headed in Ireland's direction now. I hear there is a fan protest scheduled for today to rip Ireland. On Sunday, Pittsburgh safety Ryan Clark ripped Ireland on twitter and blamed him for Miami's ills and talked of how "the guy running things is not a good" person.

Then yesterday on NFL Network, former Dolphins linebacker Joey Porter blew up Ireland on national television. He blamed the Dolphins inability to close on, say, Peyton Manning and Flynn on Ireland.

"I think Jeff Ireland has a big part to do with it," Porter said. "I don't think when you come in being recruited by him, you totally believe things coming out of his mouth. I think he's a guy that's not trustworthy. He really doesn't hold up to what a GM's supposed to be."

Well, I really don't think Porter holds up to what a man is supposed to be. Porter is a great guy to have on a team when things are good. But as soon as things go bad, he becomes part of the problem. And as soon as he's no longer getting his way or is out of contract, he bites the hand that feeds him. He previously blew up Cam Cameron. He previously blew up Tony Sparano. He previously blew up Mike Tomlin.

The guy has a history for ripping people that either cut him, let him go in free agency, or stood up to him. So while you don't have to dismiss his criticism, at least understand where it originates.

By the way, this idea that Miami can't land anyone is getting on my nerves. No, they didn't get Harbaugh. No, they didn't land Fisher. No, they didn't get Manning. Which one of those was Ireland responsible for?

Manning, of course.

Well, the Dolphins didn't get Manning. And neither did San Francisco, Arizona, or Tennessee. The Jets, Kansas City, and Seattle all have good to outstanding GMs. None of them could even get a meeting with Manning. So Ireland is a bad guy because the Dolphins swung and missed on Peyton Manning?

Look, I do not agree with every move Ireland makes. To me, the Manning chase was a waste of time that I didn't agree with. I would have been in Mario Williams' jock and tried to sign him and I would have outbid Kansas City for Eric Winston. It would have been two blue chip additions to the team and my overall talent would have gone way up.

Instead the Dolphins are shopping at K-Mart with Artis Hicks and Jamaal Westersomebody.

I also would have gone to the wall (yes, even giving up FOUR first round picks) to land Robert Griffin III. I would have gotten my franchise QB one way or another. Ireland didn't.

But does that make the guy a loser? A man to revile?

Someon hacked into Ireland's Wikipedia page Tuesday and edited in some unkind things about him being born in a Denny's parking lot etc... Maybe that sounds funny to you. Maybe you're cheering the imagination of that move. I guess I'm not talking to you.

I am talking to the folks who are thinking for themselves. Break down the moves on their own merit. Tell me what you would have done. Tell me where you would depart from the current course.

Be fair.

Obviously, Ireland hasn't gotten all his moves right in the past. By the way, no one does. And the pressure is on him to land some, you know, actual stars this offseason because the Dolphins don't have any of those.

He might do that. He might not. But I'm not ready to say this guy is the devil for blowing it when we're only one week into free agency and the draft is on the horizon. I don't judge a team's gameday performance in the second quarter.

I wait until the game's over.

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wow. amazing post. well done armando.

Armando....

way to try and tlk them down.....sounds like things are getting crazy out there.....you got that wacko Oscar Canosa....he stalk people on the internet using differnt names...I don't think its that far of a strech that he may do it in real life as well.....

Overall...GOOD READING Armando.....

gotta go.....i'm late......

Good read Mando. I agree with you. Ireland is only human like the rest of us and if he has any Moxie at all his motive is to make the Fins as competitive as possible as cost effective as possible. He wants a winner on the field just like the rest of us. Probably more than. After all it is his job. I think he will pull the trigger on a Franchise QB at the best opportunity without selling the farm to do it. Lets give him some time and get off his case. Just my 2 cents. Thanks.

P.S. I have been waiting as long as the rest of you for a championship and I am not going anywhere.This is my team come hell or high water.

Yeah, iteland is a loser. It would be one thing if only porter came out and said iteland was not a good person, there would not be much credibility but for numerous people to day the same thing I would tend to believe them. Hell even warren sapp said it. Bottom line, ireland is a snake in the grass, which yells me yeah he is the devil!

Wearing a new suit Mando? Sent you a nice check did they?

I concur Armando. This is something that needed to be stated, as this negativity toward Ireland is getting out of hand.

I have been a fin fan 40 years running. I am passionate about them, and hurt when the team does poorly. But this vitriol directed towards Ireland and sometimes Ross, is immature, irrational, and ignorant.

Has he been perfect? no of course not- who out there has been perfect in performing their job? Though the record continues to be unacceptable, the talent and skill on this team has continued to grow in the past 3 years. It takes ome time to correct what was done to this roster in the 00s.

Someone else can make the same moves and not be such a duche doing it!

Miami will draft a QB in the top 3 rounds. Its likely Miami will try and trade down out of the 8th spot to later in the first round and draft Tannehill, unless a club desperate for a QB makes a reach and drafts him earlier. I am hoping Pat Devlin is being groomed as we speak and can take the starting job. He is an accurate passer and perfect for the WCO.

Armando,

Loved the post!! I too have been hard on Ireland and his decisions over the last year or two, but you did make me see things in a different light. I will say this though: the team he puts together this year with Philbin needs to be successful. The team is losing fans, the media is all over the front office, and now players don't want to go to Miami. Something needs to change and there is only one thing that will make it better - winning.

By the way, Kendall Langford signed with the Rams I believe, not the Bengals.

This is what sportswriters do. One day they pour gas on the fire, the next day they pour water on the fire. They have to write something.

Tannehill is a waste of a pick. He will be a bust. Would not draft any qbs in this draft. If they thought flynn wouldnt pan out what makes people think they believe tannehill will be a franchise qb?

So Armando let me pose this question. With all the talk of a "Franchise" quarterback and being sure that the Phins choose the right one, is Ireland a good pick for "Franchise" GM? It certainly seems to me that there is some underlying issue with many of the athletes that have had business dealings with this man. A great organization cannot run like this...there can be no deficiencies and the fact is that Jeff Ireland is deficient. We're not talking about the waterboy but the GM! The real question is what type of an owner would keep this type of an organizational pariah around? Oh that's right.....Steven Ross.

Excellent post Armando!

What world do you guys live in. If the employees (the players) are telling you Ireland is not trustworthy, if pro-bowl caliber players refuse to come here because of him, if the Fins have not had any success, if the fans don't want Ireland, then what must happen for you naive individuals to open your eyes and smell the coffee? The guy in combination with Ross for allowing this to happen, has destroyed the aura of this organization. There was a time players regarded Miami as the place to play. This is the playground for young rich kids to run around, popping bottles in South Beach with a surplus of gold digging baby mama's I'm-going-to-cash-in-on-alimony-and-child-support chicks! Miami itself is an easy sell. Ireland's idiotic ways manage to overshadow the whole package this organization truly is. I love my fins and I will ride or die with them, but I want Ireland of our ship, NOW!

Wow talk about being selective in your argument! It's not this years FA that causes Ireland to be denigrated it's his demeanour & body of work since becoming a Dolphins employee that condemns him! How many FA's have we paid over the odds for & are now not on any clubs roster? How r we forced to offload one of our more consistent players at this time of year to free up cap space? Bell may not be great but release him now? After Reggie Nelson - a possible replacement has signed elsewhere - & no obvious upgrade on the roster? Never mind the failure of the FA's, the fact we have to cut players at this stage for cap reasons should be grounds enough to confirm that Ireland is fiscally imprudent. No NFL front office should be in this position especially when said roster has no genuine star on it. I bet If Ireland ever plays Monopoly he is never allowed to be the banker!!

ARMANDO.

GOOD READ .......... STILL I FEEL OUR GARAGE MANAGER IS CONCERNED ABOUT MOENY MORE THAN BUILDING A GREAT TEAM AND THAT'S THE ISSUE ..HE COULD DO A GREAT MONEY MAN NOT A GM FOR A FOOTBALL TEAM,..........

PS....LIKE OUR DOCTORS,THEY SHOUD BE PRACTICING AT AN EMERGANCY HOSBTIAL SOME WHERE ,NOT LOOKING AT OUR FUTURE PLAYERS AND THEIR KNEES ........

Get serious Ireland is shite total craphead.

Sorry,Armando,not buying it.

Winning is the name of the game and this team doesn't win.
It's Ireland who has to provide the talent and he hasn't done much of a job.
You said it yourself, how can this team be up against the cap , but still have no stars?

A bunch of 300 pound grunts doesn't win games,we have no offense , no game changers.

That sir IS Irelands fault ,he is the guy who has failed miserably .

Matt Moore throwing to Brian Hartline s our best answer, gimme a break.

Something drastic has to happen, sooner than later.

Very well said Armando; but my biggest beef with him, like you, is that we never tried to trade up for RG3. We were so confident about Manning that we blew it.

BTW Armando, which front office drafted Kendall Langford who turned out to be a dude? Which front office traded for Brandon Marshall which knew about his attitude. The trade was a bust anytime you give up two #2's and sell for two #3's. And your gonna be the first one to write and say that the Dolphins and Jeff Ireland made a huge mistake if Matt Flynn turns out to be a fine player. JEFF IRELAND IS THE CANCER ON THIS TEAM AND NEEDS TO GO!

WHEN ARMANDO WRITES ABOUT JT OR THE OUR GARAGE MANAGER ,HE ALWAYS SHOWS FAVORITISM TOWARD THEM B/C THEY R THE ONES WHO LEEKS INFO FOR HIM AND THAT MAKE ARMANDO LOOKS AND ACTS IN VERY UNPROFESSIONAL WAY............

Great post, Armando. Those that live by the fans end up sitting with the fans.

The fans support a guy like B Marshall and rip on others. Thats all you need to know about what folks in miami are about. They only care about the superstar. They dont care what kind of character he has or work ethic.

reggie bush was a joke last year to these people. remember that one.

Ok! That being said. You tell me one great move that Ireland made. You defend all the guys he failed to bring in. Now defend one that he did/ Which game breaker? Oh yeah we don't have one. We had close to one. Who was actually starting to become what he was expected, on the field, yes Marshall!
Remember, money or no money. Nobody wants to work for an #$%HOLE!

ELWAY LOVES AND DOES EVERY THING IN FOOTBALL TERM TO MAKE HIS TEAM BETTER NOT LIKE OUR GARAGE MANAGER WHO DOES EVERY THING FOR THE BOTTOM LINE OF MONEY.................

Armando you are a homer, ireland can go and you to, we are tired of losing with ireland at the top of it all, i wont renew my seasons tickets for the first time in 15 years.......

I AM MAD.WHAT'S UP WITH ALL THESE USED CARS SIGNING LIKE DAVID GARRED .....

WHY WE LAWAYS SIGN ALL THESE NO NAME PLAYERS FOR YEARS SINCE OUR GARAGE MANAGER TOOK OVER .........

PS......DID WE HIRE PHILPIN AS OUR NEW CORN BEEF COACH TO FOLLOW OUR EX PIZZA MAN COACH .......

I agreed with most of the article(Langford signed with rams) I just think that it looks bad when a free agent comes to visit only to sign with another team

Fins calling in a favor, to try and slow the negativity. Failed and now we know armando can be bought.

JAMES,

WHEN FREE AGENTS COMES HERE TO TALK ,THEY FIGURE OUT FAST, THEY R TALKING TO OUR GARAGE MANAGER WHO'S INTERESTED ONLY ON SAVING MONEY AND THEY FLEE ...BUT THE USED CARS PLAYERS LIKE MR GARRET WHO HAVE NO MARKET FOR THEM THEY SIGN IN A BLINCK OF AN EYE TO FILL A SPOT ,,,THAT WHY WE R THE PROUD RESIDENT AT CELLAR FOR YEARS ........

Ireland needs to go. Garrad?? Seriously?/ What happened, Akili Smith wouldnt take his calls?

These idiots chased Harbaugh, Fisher, Manning, Flynn and Alex Smith...who do they sign?? David Garrard?? Are you kidding me?? Jeff Ireland is a joke....fire this moron please...

Armando, everyone likes to think that their Front Office has some grand design, some strategic plan of action that culminates into something. At this moment it seems that we are shooting from the hips and the plans are being written in crayon. The issue is not David Garrard's signing, the issue is what got us to David Garrard... the Dolphins did not "LAND" a Quarterback, the Dolphins "ENDED UP" with one, and that one so happens to be our next-next-next-next best option!

Was this early off-season plan really Peyton Manning or Bust! Was that the summation of our front office plans really? Peyton Manning or rebuild? Within less than 14 days this front office has taken a roster that many believed to be on the verge of a playoff berth with the addition of a couple pieces, to a roster that is now multiple pieces away from cracking .500

The front office prematurely gave up on this roster, and that's why Fans are so outraged! Even without Peyton and Flynn, this roster with a few additions via draft and Free Agency would have been good enough to make a playoff run. For the very least bring in Orton or Campbell on a short term deal to compete with Moore, Sign RT Winston, Cut SS Bell, Sign SS Nelson, Draft your DE r#1, Draft your RG r#2, Draft FS r#3, Draft QB r#4, Cut McDaniels, Draft DT r#5... simple moves nothing fantastical or outlandish there!

Instead, we miss on Manning and decide to jump head first into rebuilding mode by trading our #1 WR without any replacement plans. That's when the 2012 season officially ended for the Dolphins and that's why Fans are pissed! This roster deserved an opportunity to compete this year! Dansby, Wake, Bush, Marshall... all those signings have become useless now that we are going into rebuilding mode.

The fact is, yes, we need a new GM. Mr. Ross needs to let Ireland go, for no simpler reason than the fact that the negative perception which has currently been built up league wide among potential employees and players is unrepairable. Thus Ireland's current role places this franchise at a significant disadvantage when competing with other teams to acquire scarce services that are available. I can go on further to state my case with other points, but I truly believe this to be more than sufficient.

Rebuilding is now officially here, and under the new CBA we can still rollover unused cap space into 2013 cap limit, it was not a one-year thing isolated to the 2012 season. So we can expect signings like David Garrard, but the problem isn't David, its what got us to David!

Right now its very frustrating, but its done! Once we get over it we should not get to worked up over short-term signings from this point forward, its just temporary patches. Hopefully, we can trade back from #8 to accumulate picks and make some better decisions going forward.

The bright side is that Ireland is on his final year of his contract and most likely won't be renewed. Mr.Ross needs to take a hands off approach and consider individuals like Eric Dacosta from the Baltimore Ravens for the job as GM of the Miami Dolphins.

In a job where perception is everything and inspiring people to buy into a vision is imperative, Ireland is nothing but a talking mouth that no one believes. And will cost the Dolphins money at the deal table. He must go!

NOTICE HOW WE (( CHASED )) ALL THE THESE BIG NAMES AND NO ONE HAVE SIGNED FOR KNOWING THAT OUR GARAGE MANAGER WANTS A BASEMENT DEAL BUT CAN'T GET IT UNLESS HE CHASES A UESD CAR PLAYERS LIKE MR GARRED ........

Really going out on a limb today for Ireland is something that you should have done before we started this merry go round of a qb chase.
The problem that most on this board fails to see is that a lot of times free agents don't turn out so well although they all know fa's are as risky as draft picks. Teams are often stuck with a big fat hayneworth contract.
So Ireland was prudent. He didn't trade away the farm for RG3 because he got outbid. he didn't go outbidding for Manning 95 million. He didn't get into a bidding war for a unproven qb.
Knowing that he wasn't going to ever get Marshall under control he got something for him. It would have been nice to have been more but of course Marshall punches a chick in the head and screws up what was probably a good trade. Marshall should be sued by the Phins for decreasing his value.
My conviction is that the team should continue building. Although a lot of fans assume we should just beat the Jets we should be focusing on New England because that is the path to success. The Jets are also rans like the Dolphins and competing with them keeps us in their race.
As for him not talking to the media, well I don't blame him one bit. He is running a business. The coaches and players answer on the field.

The may be Armando's best post in the last five years.

It's not just about the moves you mentioned Mando. It's about the continuous reeling in of former Cowboy's who are past their prime or aren't any good to begin with. It's the Dez Bryant fiasco. It's trading silver for a player & getting bronze in return 2 season's later. It's about never making a significant move in the draft to either acquire some other teams' first or 2nd rounder or moving up to get a game changing player. Ireland is the Kendall Langford of GM's. What franchise changing play has he made in 4 years? Correct, he hasn't had one.

Armando didn't Langford sign with the Rams?

Mando I will give credit when credit is due and this was a very solid article. Nice work.

Finally a good post Mando!

Armando,

I agree with your comments on Mr. Ireland and his approach on the personnel decisions that you outline. However, his entire body of work has failed to improve the Dolphins. Over the last 3 years, the Dolphins have not kept pace with the competition in terms of being ready for post-season success. At present, we appear to be the weakest team in the the AFC East. We need a GM that is an architect for change and improvement with a keen eye for talent and the ability to close deals. Mr Ireland does not appear to have these attributes.

Dolphin 77, ok GM why is Tannehill going to be a bust and not worth a pick. I think he is because he has a good arm, good pocket pressence, surveys the field well, good athletic ability, and intelligent. That's how you express your thoughts about aplayer.

While all in all Ireland may not be that bad, the perception is. His few blunders have been very public. His image is what represents the Dolphins in the league. Players and writers alike have said he is an issue. Good guy or not, he has become a liabilty to the Dolpins and none of the "star" players will consider coming to Miami as long as he is in the front office. Even Ross should understand this.

Turd @ 6:51 excellent post.....

I would love te hear Armando's rebuttal to that....

Ireland sucks. Terrible post Armando.

Thank you, Mando. This post is spot on. If you disagree, you are clueless and ignorant. Great offseason thus far. We didn't *want* any of these proven losers!!! What were Jeff's options so far?

Give Philbin a chance. He wants to draft and develop his own players.

The poll over on the main page proves 76% of readers are completely clueless

Nice post Armando. I'm not a fan of Ireland but some of the criticism is completely over the top.
His personnel decisions have been mixed to say the least, but he deserves the benefit of the doubt in the short term - many of those decisions were made by Parcells.

The comments on his trustworthiness and reputation coming from around the NFL is far more worrying for the Dolphins franchise.

OUR GARAGE MANAGER IS ONLY GOOD AT SIGNING A UESD CAR PLAYERS,HE'S NOT A FOOTBALL GM LIKE ELWAY .....HIS ONLY GOAL IS TO SAVE MONEY NOT GETTING US OUT OF MISERY ......

Mando .... It is Ireland's fault, people are linning up with pitforks outside of the stadium. His incredible ego and his in your face style, not to mention his apparent disconnect with fans, and his lousy track record has culminated in what you have going on in the hood.

Ireland has to go, if you think this is bad just you wait and see until the Fins lose a preseason game this year. People will go thermal.

Ireland Is A Morale Killer.

I totally Agree with you Armando, Ireland has made all the right moves that he could. Glad he didn't trade away the franchise for the chance to draft RG3 , signing our big NT was great. No we didn't get our QB but did we really want to give big money for someone that may not be as good as what we have? You made a good many solid points which I tee totally agree with. BTW I think Peyton made a major mistake Denver isn't a dome and that light air makes balls do crazy things. Funny thing if RG3,Manning and Flynn are all a bust will everyone being cheering for Ireland? Lifetimedolfan

I remember writing ...NO WAY DENVER WILL SIGN MANNING....HE AND ELWAY COULD NEVER CO-EXIST....

Iboy was I wrong on that one....

Who is the Devil is Horse Face Elway. Now that's a team in trouble. Imagine being in Denver right now. Doing that after what Tebow did last year.

Talk about not giving the fans what they wan.t

Wow, where to start. Garrard was a very good signing? 34 yr old broken down out of football last year QB- yup very good signing- for Ireland maybe but not for a NFL team that wants to compete in the AFC East. Flynn was guaranteed 10 million over three years- everything else in the contract is based on performance. Soooo, why couldn't the dolphins match this? One word- Ireland.

Four years of looking for a franchise QB, WR and RB under Ireland- we still don't have any of them on the roster. Too bad Pat white didn't work out- he may have been the guy according to Ireland. Why else would he have drafted him in the second round?

Trading Brandan Marshall was a good thing because he is a trouble maker? How about giving up two #2's and $36 million out of pocket to get him in the first place? He was as advertised before he was a dolphin. That's why Denver didn't want him! Ireland strikes again.

Gibril Wilson- free agent bust. Jake Grove- Free agent bust. There's $45 million thrown away. In fact, other than Reggie Bush, who has Ireland signed over the last four years that was a good free agent pick up?

Signing Paul Solia for two years $12 mil was a good thing? Maybe, but why was he franchised last year and therefore grossly overpaid in the first place? did anyone believe- besides Ireland- that he was worth 12-14 mil last season? Nope! Solid player, but could have been signed to long term deal last year and saved a ton of cap $.

Why are the Dolphins so close to the cap in the first place with this roster? Bad deals by Ireland across the board. Who are the stars that are eating up the $120 million salary cap?

Cutting Bell is a good move? Really? The most consistent player on the roster in a secondary that has problems stopping the big play. Yea, let's cut Bell before he breaks down. Doesn't matter that he hasn't broken down yet- someday he will. Garrard has already broken down, but he's a good signing and releasing a healthy solid player like Bell is also good because he may break down. Wait, what?

The draft will save Ireland and the Dolphins this year? Based on what? Certainly not the last four drafts. What draft picks have been impact players? Jake Long #1 overall, Pouncy #15 overall and Vonte Davis #18- all first rounders and that's about it. BTW, Pouncy was the highest drafted center in the history of the NFL, because real teams don't take a center at #15. So, this year Ireland is going to get us what in this draft? The most likely thing we will get is disappointed followed by frustration and anger.

Amen Armando.

Miami does have a decently talented team this year, even before the draft. Let's see what Philbin can do with his guys and a full offseason. If they're on pace for nine wins with Moore or Garrard, there is really no excuse for fans to not go fill that lame square football outpost we call a stadium for eight home games this year.

Just go to the games folks! Be happy! Bring signs asking for a new stadium, or a rectangularization and roofing of Joe Robbie stadium. Buy your tickets, THEN demand what you want. The government can help this time. We can get a downtown stadium if the Phins put together a few solid winning seasons in a row. It's not that hard for a disciplined team to win nine games. how many post season appearences did we have with Marino? Not enough, but rarely a loosing year and we were respectable under Shula. Let's hope Philbin bring back smart respectAble football.

Change that childish anti Ireland rally into a buy season tickets and demand a new stadium rally. Geez!

You guys are forgetting that we were not desperate. We already have a top 12 QB who is only 27 and can only get better.

LAST MOVES BY FINS......

1- GETTING READY OF HENNE B/C HE DOESN'T WANT TO PAY HIM 7 MILLION A YEAR .........


2- SIGN MR GARRED FOR FEW THOUSANDS ,JUST TO FEEL BETTER.


3- TRADE OUR BEST WR ON THE TEAM WHILE KEEPING MT BESS AND MR HARTLINE.


4-OUR NEW HC HAS NO SAY AND NO VISION ,HE'S JUST HAPPY TO BE HERE AS OUR NEW CORN BEEF COACH......

This is what I have said in previous posts. There is one really big reason why we have not gone after really big names aside from Manning... It's called cap space, and we don't have any. Ireland is trying to add quality players at a low price. Unfortunately we can not jus tsign every big name talen out there. I think all of the moves have warrant behind them.

Even Garrard who is not my favorite quarterback has better stats than Henne ever had and atleast he is a little mobile. I also like Moore. I live in Charlotte and got to see him play 1st hand. He's got good tools but not really given a real chance to succeed. The last year in Carolina the team was stripped of good players, Last year he wasn't even given a chance to practice with the 1st stringers.I don't know that he can run a west coast offense but hey, give him a shot you never know.

I think once you start looking at all the moves from what they are and tune out all of the noise from the media and the Ryan Clarks of this world, you will find that we still have a pretty decent team. Are we going to beat New England with the current roster? No. But we haven't even gotten to the draft which is where you build your team, not the Free Agency. How did it turn out for Philly last year.Philbin will probably stick to the Green Bay model and that is to draft HIS team.

We know that the 1st year is probably not going to be playoffs, but if we get it.. Great! Realistically, new coach, new offensive & defensive scheme... we are not going to have an overnight winner. Let's be patient. Let's see what product they put on the field.

Go Dolphins!

Listen up, morons. Your job as fans is to support your team, not to tell the team 6 months before the season starts what to do about personnel. None of this crying 6 months before the season was even possible before the recent advent of the modern blog-paper.

I had better not see one of you idiots booing our team at a preseason practice.

We talkin' about practice.

JOSH......TO REMIND YOU ,WE ARE THE PROUD RESIDENT OF THE CELLAR ON LAST FEW YEARS AND LAST YEAR WE HAVE A RECORD OF 0/7.......

ok...untill last yr.parcels was to blame..just like obama blaming bush...his draft lasdt yr sucks...we got an average center, thats all...tell me where he excels as GM?...always the safe pick never any imagination in trades or drafting, so with him we stay average 8-8 at best....

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