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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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Ireland had two PR disatsters affecting him how he was view league wise.

1. The Dez Bryant issue.

2. Playing Pinnochio to Ghepetto in Ross failed backstabbing of Sparano.

Then to go with his own what can be viewed as mistakes. He inherited some of the Tuna blunders too.

Sooooooo...if you don't agree with John Smith you are clueless, if you don't like the body of work Ireland has done or agree with the questionable at best moves and the lack of an obvious strategy to build the team, with the perception of players,agents,league front office personnel, the many failed opportunities to bring in a proven head coach and free agents with value,many sports writers and the majority of fans....you are clueless?

The post by Max Vain on page 1 at 6:39 is pretty much right on the money. The 1 exception IMO is waiting until Ireland's contract is up. I say bite the bullet and let him go now.

We still have time before the draft and IMO Ireland is the one person that scares me going into the draft.

If Ross did want to wait until next year I would say at least give coach Philbin the power to be the decision maker on the draft choices.

AND no more personnel moves unless approved by Philbin.

This way at least we know Ireland can't screw up this years draft.

the organizations overall football philosophy is horrible and that is both Ross and Irelands fault.

preception is reality and the Dolphins FO is terrible and embrassing.

i too would have sold the house for RGIII then figure out how to build around him. Obviously we would have lost a couple of years, but ultimately we would have been set for a decade to come. RGIII is the real deal.

i only hope Ross doesn't try and bring in Tebow just to sell tickets. if he does he can only be viewed as wanting to make money over putting together a winning football team. i like Tebow as a person and he is a good football player.........but not an NFL QB. if he comes in it will create a circus atmosphere and we already have that with a clown and ring leader in the owner and GM.

Also don't waste the #8 pick or a second round pick on Tannehill this team does not need to waste a pick on a project QB.

go with what you got, see how the season plays out and if possible draft/trade to draft Brakley.

Really? wow....

What he should have done is:
- Give up the ranch for RGIII
- Get more for BM
- Replace BM with a top WR in fee agency.

But I guess writing this post will help you get more access. No, he is not the devil, but he is an incompetent GM.

"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."

Our jobs? I've been supporting this team for over 40 years and have yet to receive a check... Sammie Smith's tellin' my the Phins owe me a lot of back pay!

It's been downhill ever since Shula was forced out. Hopefully we've finally struck bottom. It sure feels like it.


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Yes the article took guts and even though I sometimes disagree with Mando, he is dead on with this. To you others.... we can disagree you hate Ireland and want him fired but in all honesty why? Because some agents and players don't like him, some of his moves didn't work out? Give me examples of his incompetence and what he has done to PURPOSELY make OUR beloved DOLPHINS worse. No one GM has ever been right all the time and they all have Bosses who sometimes like fans get in the way.

I can't speak to the Porter & Sapp stuff. They know more about Ireland than I do. What I do know is that last year Jeff made the wrong call in the draft. He could have added Mallet to the mix but instead chose RB in the 2nd round even though they had already signed Reggie. Now NE gets to develop a young big arm QB behind Brady that should have been on our roster. You don't get many mistakes in the NFL and that was a big one. A mistake I don't feel like overlooking.

please armando, all that money spent and not one superstar or game changer on the roster? multiple players around the league stating he was the reason they refused to sign here? this guy is the cancer/devil/downfall of this team, he's part of the parcells regime and when he left ireland should have been removed from his post in order to truly move on from that era and start new

What is really sad is I like the moves that you recommend over what Ireland has done.

I think your second paragraph says it all about Ireland :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.

Who wants to work with a guy like that?

So far this season on paper we are worse then we were last year.

"Porter & Sapp" they should make a beer together LOL

Ireland may not be the devil but he sure is the "Anti-Dolphin".

Ireland should have gone with Sparano and Dolfans are still bitter about it. The real enemy is actually ESPN, a network so in love with everybody else in the AFC East but Miami. ESPN then trashed the Garrard signing as if the Dolphin organization was the Cincinatti Bengals. The Dolphins are not the Bengals! They will never be the Bengals!

Whether or not Ireland is a good guy is complete speculation unless you know him personally...the only thing that can be judged are results. I am no expert, but the results in the win column aren't there...I think if you have a track record of a lack of success you need to do one of two things! 1. You need to be let go...2. (preferable) Humble yourself and admit you could use some help. Do what is best for the team and look to your coaches who have years of experience and say guys, you know football, I know numbers...tell me who you want, I will go get them. Thats what it means to work as a team. Use your talents and gifts to their fullest wherever your at. If you aren't the best at putting the pieces of the puzzle together, thats ok, empower the ones who are and enjoy the success together.

Agreed Steele. I liked Sparano too. He got the handshake and the keys from the Don but Ireland, Ross and this city just threw him away. Just like they will throw Philbin away soon too. Just like Huizenga & Co threw Jimmy away. "The Cynic knows the price of everything and the value of nothing." Oscar Wilde

If you look at the full body of work, you are not just looking at this off season, but prior off seasons and in season moves. They haven't drafted well. Pat White? Pat Devlin? Say what you want about Henne, I think the guy wins the starting job in Jacksonville and makes Miami look foolish. Ireland is fair at best and when you are a sort of struggling franchise, you need better than that. They are hovering around mediocrity and that's why people don't go to games.

Parcells is so not to blame, the guy saw the apparent storm coming and had the sense to get out of Dodge. He was smart to do that, look where we are at now! Anytime a player would rather go to Seattle than play for you, you know there's a major issue with your franchise, I don't care if you're Buffalo, or San Fran or Oakland or Carolina..... I think it speaks volumes that Flynn decided to go to Seattle and play there instead of S Beach....and I really think that Ireland is a huge part of the problem, like the guys on ESPN said.
Manning made an effort to meet with Denver/SF and Tenn on THEIR home turf, the Dolphins had to fly to Indy to meet him, and even then he would only meet with Philbin. What does that say about his level of respect for the owner and Ireland? The guy has a home in S Florida, and still wouldn't come to Dolphin headquarters...
You probably can't completely blame Ireland, because Ross is the puppetmaster and he's pulling the strings..... He is probably more the problem than Ireland, because he knows nothing about running a team and is more concerned with celebrities and selling tickets than putting a winning product on the field.... For the 1st time in 30 years I am utterly ashamed to be affiliated with this franchise. I'm packing up all my Dolphins gear and putting it in storage.... Time to find a new team.

What more do you need to say about the Ross and Ireland 'Dog and pony show' then they managed to take a once great franchise and turn it into the laughing stock of the NFL. How sad is that?

Obviously Mando got a big contract with the Fins! Ireland is the GM and accountable for this sad situation. In just the short interviews I see of him you can see his arrogance. As far as trustworthy? Remember Ireland and his two faces during and after they chased Harbaugh behind Sparanos back? It is fine if they wanted to look elsewhere...but go back and remember how he talked of his relationship with Tony.

Mando, Peyton looked at Miami because he lives in Miami and probably wanted to find a way to make it work here. It wasn't because of anything Ireland did...do you think we are stupid? If so, you are entitled to your opinion.

Armando

wether he is the devil or not players stick together and they talk and so do agents. not signing flynn was a huge sign. if we get that reputation people will take less money to play somewhere else or vice versa we will have to pay more for them to come here, players talking is not a good thing regardless of who they are

Matt Moore won 6 of the last 9 games and two of those losses were by an avg of 1.5 points...the wins avg margin was 15!!!! Matt is better than Alex Smith or Matt Flynn, and we didn't have cap space for Manning. Most replies have ignored what FA moves they would have made as the author inquired. While I'm not an Ireland fan, I'm not a basher and his moves this off-season have been ok. He has not endangered the future!! Let's see what the new coach does this year. Miami was the best team not to make the playoffs last year. Let's see how that momentum carries over. Garrard is a solid back up at a good price. Build the Defense and get a WR in the draft. With experience and some fine tuning, I think Mr. Moore is the future. We should have beaten Dallas and NE and it would have been 8 of the final 9 games!! Matt, kick butt baby!!

You can spout all these superflous opinions you want but the bottom line is wins and losses. In his time in Miami, where has Ireland taken this team to? The place is a revolving door for players, coaches and the ones Miami usually ends up with are consolation prizes, rarely the premium target. FAIL! You even said it in your opinion above that Ireland is known for baffling arrogance and uses an approach that borders on bullying. You forgot to mention the Dez Bryant incident, which was a colossal mistake. What did they give you to write this? Need we remind you to look at the overall state of the franchise? I agree that the supposed hacking of Ireland's whatever it was and the staging of a physical protest might be inappropriate at this juncture but you are also suggesting censorship of the fans'and season ticketholders' opinions, like they do daily in places like Cuba and China. Por favor chico, basta ya con las tonterias!

I think you are just as stupid as Jeff Ireland. You are hearing all around the league. Agents wont even send their clients to Miami for visits, Really?? How can you defend this man in any way. Ross is a billionaire and I am sure he has advisors. Someone has to be telling him get rid of this guy or this franchise will be in the toilet!!!!!!!

I will take this on 2 levels. The first level, as a GM, needing to sell the team to potential additions (as well as the rest of the league), I think Ireland is the worst of the worst. If you keep hearing about his arrogance, it's no longer just talk, it's the truth. This guy carries himself like Caesar (I can see it when he speaks), and that's not a good character trait for someone in his position. Parcells could act like that (by the way, he's hated around the league for that trait, and might be a reason why he wasn't a 1st-ballot HOF'er) because of WHAT HE'S DONE IN THE LEAGUE FOR SO LONG, but Ireland doesn't have any of that past accomplishment to lean back on.

So that's that, I think Ireland IS a bad person and shouldn't be the "corporate" face of this franchise.

On the other part, his acquisitions, etc., I think it's a mixed record (so far). And we don't know enough about now to know if this offseason's moves have been good or bad.

I'm really P.O'd we didn't go out and MAKE OUR LUCK to get a franchise QB (potentially), but I'm happy we didn't reach in FA (like for Flynn or Smith, etc.). I think like the Green Bay's and the Steelers', Philbin is a guy that likes to acquire talent through the Draft and develop players that way, without relying a lot on FA, and I'm fine with that approach. I think we need to give it time to succeed, and if not, THEN you come down on the implementation.

I LOVE the Bell move. I agree 100% (and was saying so LAST year). He's past his prime, he's not what we need in the secondary, and anyway we have a guy on the roster that's younger and can do the same thing. This is a terrific move IMO.

I also like the (apparent) change of philosophy away from the lines (we don't seem to be worrying too much about the lines, and I don't expect a 1st-rd lineman to be drafted). You use what you got, and you get your OTHER pieces in place (skill positions) first, THEN worry about your line. That's how it should have been done all along, I'm glad to see that's the way we're doing things now.

So I don't expect much from this Season. But I do expect a culture change, getting everyone on board (and if they don't want to be, ciao, be out). Teach the new system (offense and defense), get people to buy-in. Then next year start filling pieces now that you know what you have and what you need.

It won't start pretty. But if executed to perfection it could end up with Miami once again being relevant.

OR, we can go 1-15, and we'll get Barkley next year. Either way can bring success to Miami.

Agree - not all of the picks/decisions have been winners, but all the haters don't want to acknowledge the good choices. How 'bout Reggie Bush? How 'bout not overpaying/trading for Orton? How 'bout signing Matt Moore? Everyone was ripping that move last year. Look at the big picture folks. Let's see what things look like after the draft, after free agency, heck - right up until the season starts. Then, we'll see where we stand.

Ryan tannehill is hugeeeeee reachhhhhh with the eigth pick

Simply look at this way. What has Ireland done to make our team better? He has torn this team down and we are much worse now than last year.

Don't worry, we can still shoot for Barkley at #1 next year.

I'll tell you what he should have doen - he should have went and got RG III no matter what it costs. He will blow our first round picks in the next three years anyway so...who cares if we trade them.

Ireland's job is to get the best players possible for the Dolphins and remain under the salary cap. He has thus far failed. Who is the Dolphins best player? Yeremiah Bell? Oh wait, he got cut. Why is this team having problems with the salary cap when most of the players on the roster are mediocre? I can't believe the Dolphins settled for Garrard. That is an indictment of how far this franchise has fallen. Ireland has to be fired. Players do not trust him and nobody wants to play for him.

Wow. I actually agree with he majority of your blog. Im now convinced you are jekal and hyde, heh.

I think we should have paid the bounty for RG3, and those saying we should trade up for Tannenhill need only look back to rg3 to know what we wont do. If we wont trade up to #2 for a franchise qb, no way in hell we trade up to #3 for a high price for a project qb. No logic to it.

I think we missed big not trading for RG3, i dont like Barkly, or any USC qb for that matter, show me something in the nfl to change my mind. The last 3 have been horrendous.

Look folks, everyone ought to understand that at this point that Armando gets his "info" from inside the organization, maybe even Ireland himself. Why would Armando throw one of his best sources under the bus, even after what has happened over the past week? With that said, what has Ireland done to bring in players to help this team succeed? Non one can say with a straight face that Ireland was thinking, "Ok, if we don't get Manning, Flynn, or Smith, we'll go after Garrard." What kind of plan is that? And then moving on from QB, what kind of WR corps are we left with? What about shoring up our secondary? Or the right side of the O-Line? Or at DE? What has Ireland done to improve this team?

I can live with Moore at QB for 2012 as long as they draft someone (which they better), but zipping all over the country and failing to sign anyone of note to improve this team has been a joke. And don't get started on the draft. How exactly has this franchise done over the past 10-20-30 years at identifying talent and developing it, especially from a skill player perspective? Has Ireland succesfully identified and drafted a skill player from the draft?

Well,well Armando.I actually read your WHOLE post this morning.I wholeheartedly agree with your thoughts on Jeff Ireland.The Dez Bryant situation is a black eye on him.However some players and fans are just looking for an excuse to hate.
By the way when you post later today would you please comment on how the trade talks between the Elway Broncos and Our frachise are comming along.How much longer do We wait to see Tim Tebow in an aqua and orange jersey.

"his draft lasdt yr sucks...we got an average center
"

Huh? Almost all of last years draft were starters or contributers to a top #6 defense.

Average? Please.... Go tell him hes average, sissy...

I got to tell you Mando....I think this is the best article that I have read penned by you! Excellent work!

Ross bought this team with zero football experience and inherited Parcels and his cronies from day one.

Ireland is the only GM that Ross has ever had so he can't compare him to anyone else.

To further complicate things, Ross has Carl Petersen whispering in his ear that Ireland is a good kid that he hired back in 1994 as a rookie scout.

So long as Petersen keeps telling Ross to 'stay the course with Ireland' and to 'not listen to the crazed media hype' the we are stuck with him.

Ross is living in a bubble and can't see the forest for the trees....meanwhile, Ireland is slowly killing his billion dollar investment.

Ireland is what we call in the business world a liability...get rid of your liabilities and only then can things truly begin to turn in a positive direction.

kris, i get along with oscar. r u sure he is the rogue.?
lol

Armando,

I may be one of the few dolphin fans that trust Ireland. I don't blame them going after Peyton, who would'nt. There are a bunch of other fans not happy that he picked Denver either. The same can be said about the head coaches, we swung and missed. But at least Ross & Ireland are trying, there are other teams that won't go after high paying players or coaches, see Cincinnati.
Now with Strong Safety Bell...I have no problem at all letting him go. The reason why is very simple. This is a passing league now, and the strong safety position is changing. You really need two free safeties these days. Bell while a great tackler and leader could not cover the tight ends, see New England and the first game of last year. He was a liability in pass coverage, and we need more athletic safeties that can cover.
QB position-I know everyone loves Luck, RG 3, Matt Flynn, and Ryan Tann...But who I believe will be the best QB is Brandon Weeden. I have watched him since his Junior year, and he reminds me of Marino. He has a very quick release and throws a catchable pass. I know John Elway and Fox were very high on him and took him out to dinner before his pro day last week. He has very strong arm and he has great size at 6 ft4, so he can look over the offensive line. I don't care what they say about it age, he could be our QB for the next 8 years. I would have no problem picking him with our 1st pick in the draft.

I feel sorry for Philbin, he has to be wondering what happened; he thought he was signing up as a head coach of an NFL franchise but somehow ended up as a ringmaster in a circus.

Awful post Armando.
Ireland has no clue.
10 days ago he was in a "win now" mode; now he's rebuilding through the draft? The guy has no plan, he gets drifted by the events instead of provoking them.

Arwomando,
That was the most pathetic back pedaling post I have ever read from you.
Since you are writing in support of that clueless scrub Jeffy, you are part of the problem.
Let me boil it down in to its most basic form.
JEFF IRELAND AND MS. ROSS HAVE NO IDEA HOW TO RUN A NFL FRANCHISE.

Pretty good, psychologist, pretty good.

blackmon.1... weeden .2...

Very nice article. As I don't agree fully with the moves that Miami has done in recent weeks, this article does put things in perspective!

Greg Cote of the Herald wrote:

Reputations can form and harden quickly, and recent results suggest it has been tough for Miami’s owner and GM to overcome the perception — fair or not, accurate or not — that they are in over their heads.

Ireland has made some solid moves here that worked. Matt Moore, Reggie Bush and Mike Pouncey come to mind. But if he is not respected around the league, rejections will continue. If the coach doesn’t work out, you replace him. But if the problem is your owner, who replaces him? And if that owner is sold on a dubious GM, what then?

Read more here: http://www.miamiherald.com/2012/03/20/2702822/miami-dolphins-lead-league-in.html#storylink=cpy

Our Miami Dolphins should trade with the Elway Broncos for Tim Tebow.Start the chopper!

Arwomando,
If Jeffy is so good as GM, why do the Dolphins have so little cap space?
New England never seems to have cap problems.
That last article was pathetic. A paid shill now that the heat is getting turned up for the utterly incompetent front office!

ozkar...did you not see that we signed David Garrard yesterday?
Why the hell would we sign Garrard, then sign Tebow the next day?
Makes no sense at all...you need to accept the fact that your savior Tim Tebow will NOT be wearing Aqua & Orange.

Great post Armando! It seems that they have a plan (for a change) and are sticking to it. Im my opinion they were always looking at a veteran to either back up or beat out Moore (with the exception of Manning) and to draft and develope a QB. That is how they viewed Flynn and Smith. Why pay them starter $ if you don't view them as that much of an upgrade. The problem is if the front office comes out and says that this is what they are doing they do not have leverage if they need to make moves to secure the guy they want. Their timming (as usual) is questionable but their motives may finally be taking shape.

Thanks for the post. I was getting critical of Ireland, but now I realize how lucky we are to have him at the helm of the Dolphins. Just look at the cap situation, stars on the roster, and the team's record over the last few years. You missed one point, Ireland has been sterling in providing employment to former Dallas Cowboys players, and insuring the purity of the mothers of our players. Now I finally understand why Ross and Ireland (Parcells too) love this GM so much.

Ross will give up as many draft picks as it takes to acquire Tebow and the fans will come out in droves.

fact: The team had to buy tickets to many games last season to prevent local blackouts. Hmmmm, sounds like the front office and ownership are instilling superb confidence in the fans and season tickeholders.

ozkar....in fact, you need to start resigning yourself to the fact that Tebow will be a New England Patriot and catching passes in the flat from Tom Brady and scoring TD's in our end zone...for the competition!

From Peter King's article:
In the immortal words of Vince Lombardi (sort of), "What the hell's going on down there?!"
In Miami, I mean.
In the last 10 years this franchise has been the most luckless, clueless, hapless club. To wit:
Head coaches (seven): Dave Wannstedt, Jim Bates, Nick Saban, Cam Cameron, Tony Sparano, Todd Bowles and now Joe Philbin.
Starting quarterbacks, minimum four starts (13): Jay Fiedler, Ray Lucas, Brian Griese, A.J. Feeley, Gus Frerotte, Daunte Culpepper, Joey Harrington, Cleo Lemon(!), Trent Green, John Beck, Chad Pennington, Chad Henne and now, evidently, Matt Moore. Unless they sign Alex Smith this morning, and if so, Smith would be in line to be the 14th starting quarterback in the last 11 seasons.
Offensive coordinators (seven): Norv Turner, Chris Foerster, Scott Linehan, Mike Mularkey, Dan Henning, Brian Daboll and now Mike Sherman.
Defensive coordinators (six): Jim Bates, Richard Smith, Dom Capers, Paul Pasqualoni, Mike Nolan and now Kevin Coyle.
The most bizarre moves, and aftermaths, of the last decade of Miami Dolphins football -- actually, decade plus 11 days, considering that the Dolphins traded for Ricky Williams 10 years and 11 days ago:
1. The ridiculous inability to find, develop and decide on a quarterback who could be even half as good as Dan Marino. Miami, in the last 10 years, has traded a seven for Rosenfels, a two for Feeley, a two for Culpepper, a six for Lemon, a five for Green, and used a two to draft Beck and another two to draft Henne. None is on the team anymore. None became a shadow of Marino. And Sunday, when Matt Flynn chose Seattle over Miami as the prize of a thin free agent quarterback crop, it left the Dolphins scrambling and reconsidering how aggressively to go after Alex Smith. Or hope Ryan Tannehill of Texas A&M would be there with the eighth pick in the first round on April 26. Or play with Matt Moore. Not very good options.
2. The ill-fated hiring of Nick Saban. He was supposed to turn the Dolphins around, and be the head coach for life, when Wayne Huizenga hired him early in 2005. He went 15-17, made a horrendous quarterback decision (picking Culpepper over Drew Brees in 2006) and skulked off to Alabama after denying 613 times he'd go back to college football.
3. The one you've all forgotten. Two days apart in early 2007, soon after Saban skulked off to Alabama (can't use that phrase enough), Miami interviewed two coordinator prospects -- among others -- to succeed Saban. The Dolphins favored offensive coordinator Cam Cameron of San Diego over Minnesota defensive coordinator Mike Tomlin. Cameron got the Miami job. Tomlin got the Pittsburgh job. Cameron went 1-15 and got fired. Tomlin went 10-6, won the AFC North and is 55-25 since, with a Super Bowl win.
4. Trades that stunk. Ricky Williams came in 2002 for two first-round draft picks and gave the Dolphins two terrific seasons -- and five lousy ones, and one-and-a-half suspended ones. Wes Welker was made a restricted free agent in 2007, and the Patriots stole him for second- and seventh-round draft picks. Those two picks turned into one season of center Samson Satele before he was dumped to Oakland for a sixth-rounder the next year. I'd call the Brandon Marshall trade (for two second-rounders in 2010) a debacle, but they did regain two third-rounders this year. They wasted two second-rounders on quarterbacks who barely had cups of coffee in Miami -- Feeley and Culpepper.
5. Drew Brees. Saban chose Culpepper over Brees in March 2006 because Brees was rehabbing major shoulder surgery. Ten months later, Saban skulked off to Alabama, and the 1-15 Dolphins of 2007 played with Lemon, Green and Beck. Funny thing, as I wrote a couple of months ago: On the night Miami had to make the decision which way to go on Brees or Culpepper, owner Wayne Huizenga was out to dinner with a friend and said. "I want them to sign Brees. They want Culpepper.'' Huizenga got a call on his cell phone and walked outside. When he came back inside the restaurant, Huizenga said his football people were insistent that Culpepper, for reasons monetary and football and health, was a better choice than Brees. "I told them, they're the football guys, not me,'' said Huizenga. But the owner repeated that if it were up to him, he'd have signed Brees. Miami is 37-59 since, with no playoff wins.
Clearly, when Huizenga brought in Bill Parcells, who imported Jeff Ireland from the Cowboys, he didn't expect the disastrous personnel run that has ensued. (And the man who bought the Dolphins from Huizenga, Stephen Ross, didn't expect Ireland to ask Dez Bryant the sordid question about his mother's occupation in the run-up to the 2010 draft either.) The Ross-Ireland daily double has failed to lure Jim Harbaugh and Jeff Fisher, and has failed to land Peyton Manning or Matt Flynn either.
When I was talking to Flynn Sunday night about why he chose the Seahawks, he must have repeated three or four times how much he liked the feeling he got from the Seahawks' coaches and front office people when he was in Seattle. He wouldn't say anything negative about Miami; he is very fond of his former offensive coordinator in Green Bay, Philbin. But clearly Flynn felt the love more in Seattle than in Miami.
It's absolutely amazing how much failure the Dolphins have endured in the last 10 years. And the way this year is beginning -- losing out on Fisher, Manning and Flynn -- I'm amazed that Ross is putting up with it without blowing a gasket.

I believe I've actually been in support of the moves made so far, and have posted as much. I didn't want to see them sign Garrard on a multi-year, million dollar contract and now see that he's signed a one year contract. I've yet to see what they are paying him. Does anybody know?

Great post, Armando. Your best in a long time. Unfortunately it will fall on deaf ears as 90 per cent of the guys here will listen to the New York media and their hatred of the Dolphins. Those guys won't be happy until Ireland is fired, just as they weren't happy until Sparano was fired, or Gibril wilson was run out of town or Ted Ginn. Jeff Ireland is the the scapegoat for no Super Bowl's in 40 years....ridiculous!

Some of these guys hang onto the Dez Bryant situation, tighter than anything they hang onto in life. I have no clue how this story ever got out (very likely it was Bryant or his agent shooting off his mouth) but we have fans have NO clue what's asked in interviews. If my team's investing millions of dollars into a player I WANT them asking those questions. If something doesn't check out on a player then check it out before making a big mistake. Anyone think the Titans wished they'd dug a little deeper on Pac Man Jones.

Last point...the New York media loved to play up all the whiffs by the Dolphins and Dolphin 'fans' like to play along like rats being played to by the Pied Piper. Classic! Recap: Harbaugh wasn't coming. HE lived in California, coached in California, his family was comfortable in California and he was a star there. Was never going to happen. No harm trying. Fisher could have had the job but Ross didn't want to give him final authority. Isn't that the Dolphins saying NO to him? Manning had no intention of coming here but what was the harm in trying. SF, a much better team than us, missed out to. Where's the bashing on them? And the Dolphins didn't whiff on FLynn or Smith. They weren't prepared to give Flynn $26 mil (which I applaud) or Smith $8-10 mil a year (which I also applaud). But it's easier just to believe what the New York media writes and sit around and cry 'nobody loves us', rather than see things as they really are. That would require work thinking for yourself.

I can't even take this article seriously. Armando has his slanted view of the phins & it's players. He knows VERY little about prosective FA's & how they view the Dolphins.

That's where outside sources come in. And sorry to break it to you Armando, Peter King has forgotten more about the Phins & NFL than you'll ever know.

Example of Ireland's class? Just last week he told Bell he was safe. A week later, cut, with no warning. At least cut the guy at the start of FA & give him a chance to find a team. No, he essentially mislead him or lied to his face & did the opposite of what he said. This is how Ireland operates & PEOPLE NOTICE!

If King & every other sports reporter keeps talking about the "prostitute incident" & how all the players have it in the back of their mind. That speaks volumes! Phins fans keep saying let it go, no one talks about it anymore, GUESS AGAIN.

Read every article about Miami or Ireland & see how many posts are made about the "prostitue incident" If fans remember, Players remember! It won't just go away!

Deny it, dismiss it, closing your eyes to the truth won't make it go away. Ireland screwed the pooch & here we sit. Players REMEMBER!

Just as coaches remember Ross undercutting Sporano in gutless, classless fashion. That's exactly how the entire NFL & it's fan base view the phins. A running joke. Stop protecting the grand architect of this mess. It's ridiculous!

Hammonddave...don't forget the 2nd round pick we wasted on drafting Pat White, QB from West Virginia, that was the most classic over-reach in the last 10 years!


Are we now going to reach for Tannahill with the no8 pick?

Fine but if we're going to do that surely we needed to acquire a pass rusher in FA. Williams is gone. Wimbley is gone. How long will we wait?

What about WR? Is the plan to address every need in the draft? We don't have enough picks to get any quality at CB, S, LB, RT, RG, WR, WR, QB!!

How does Ryan Mallett sound now....

2 3rd round picks should get the deal done....make the Marshall sacrifice mean something...

And now Dolphin fans start believing 'character' guys like Ryan Clark and Joey Porter. Class guys! Porter was overpayed when he ws here and run out of town the first chance this FO got. Same with Channing Crowder. Think maybe they've got a chip on their shoulder? Who cares what Ryan Clark has to say. Who's he anyways? That's what I don't gwt with Dolphin fans....do you EVER stuck up for your team? Where's the pride? Where's the fight? Someone says something bad about your team and you roll over like wimps. You'd never see something like that from a Steeler or Bill fan and the Bills have been worse than us for years.

Here's what Garrard had to say about Miami:

Despite the talk that no one wants to play in Miami, Garrard said he had a great time visiting with the Dolphins and was eager to sign.

“I just love the vibe,” Garrard said. “I love everybody’s mission and goal, and the purpose they have and the direction they’re heading.”

A little perspective please....the sky is NOT falling despite what you hear out of New York.

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