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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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We should all pray that Tebow goes to NE....and it makes Mallet expendable...

Armando, first I want to thank you for a well written subjective article on the moves made this off season. Obviously we could have been more prudent by spending time on Mario Williams and Eric Winston, a pair of bookends for Jake Long and Cameron Wake that would have immediately made this team significantly better on both sides of the ball. I think all of us should remember that it was more likely the Big Tuna making the calls on personnel the first 3 seasons of Ireland's tenure and his marching orders were to build a team in the mold of a former coach who has a philosophy that is clearly outdated for today's NFL. No longer do you score with 15 play grind it out offenses and a stout run defense. Not in an era where 4 or 5 quarterbacks in the league threw for 5000 yards. Clearly Ireland and new coach Philbin have to rebuild a team in a 21st century mold and we are going to have to do it once the salary cap problems are resolved. Say maybe when the new cap rules from the recent collective bargaining agreement kick in. Let's face it, Ireland is being blamed for 15 plus years of poor decisions in the first round of the draft and multiple mistakes made going back as far as Jimmy Johnson. So I do believe that Ireland wants to build a winner but I also know nobody can fix 15 years of bad decisions in just a few off seasons.

The problem isn't that he cut Bell... The problem is he's a total jerk and completely disrespected him by cutting him this late into Free Agency after teams already (unless you're the dolphins) addressed their needs.

You'd think they'd have a plan to cut him earlier into FA. So now this free's up $4 Million dollars. What's it for? He better have a plan. All he did now is create ANOTHER position of need. We don't have a SS or a FS now.

Instead of defending Ireland based on how these moves were not as bad as we think, could you point out any good moves that he has made? A gm should not be judged based on how not bad the moves he made are. But rather by the quality additions he has made that have helped his team get closer to at least contention. Based on that standard, Ireland has been more than deficient

Kris...what's this infatuation with Ryan Mallett?
Been seeing it for a few days now and can't understand it?
The guy has below-average feet and is slow to read defenses.
Sure he has a rocket arm, but so did Jamarcus Russell & Ryan Leaf.

Kris, my prayers have already been answered. I will not see a football go through Yeremiah Bell's hands and into a waiting receiver for chunk yardage. I've seen that for the last decade, in loss after loss after loss, and for ONCE I'll see something different.

Might still see a loss, but at least it'll be a DIFFERENT loss, and I feel like I just won the lottery.

Now THAT'S how you have addition by subtraction. Best move in Ireland's career by FAR!!!

Jeff W @ 9:32...that was funny....

Craig...only reason Garrard said those things is because he's happy to have a job again.
If Miami did not sign him, he'd be working at Home Depot this fall.

Unfortunately, perception becomes reality. The perception across the league is that Ireland (and therefore the Dolphins) is bad. And like it or not, the perception must be rooted in some truth. The damage is done. Time for Ireland to go.

I personally don't like the image being projected by this FO's actions, be it Ross or Ireland. By letting things play out the way they are, without making any statements or communicating with the fans or media in any way, they force people to speculate and make their own decisions about what is going on. At face value, it appears as though these two are content to bury this organization.

Because we are left to speculate and decide for ourselves, with no proof to the contrary, I (and I think a lot of other fans) believe the following to be true:

1. The owner is star struck, with no football smarts, and is only interested in trying to put butts in seats...by any means. Even if it makes no sense from any other football related angle. He meddles, shoots from the hip and makes statements he can't back up. He should back off, write the checks, and let the football people handle the football business. Better yet, he should sell the team.

2. The GM is in over his head. He gets tunnel vision and can't multitask. He is cheap when he shouldn't be, and overpays when he shouldn't. He can't manage the cap. He has no apparent vision. His acorn obsession is maddening. He lets some talent walk without trying to get any sort of compensation, or not enough. He should have started preparing for free agency months ago by clearing cap space. He also needs to quit going picking through the Cowboys' trash for talent. Better yet, he needs to go back to being a scout.

Add all these things up. The sum of it all is that this franchise is being mismanaged and is in TROUBLE. That is the perception this FO has created with its fan base. Has Ireland done some good things? Yes. But his body of work isn't any better than Matt Flynn's. Most fans of this team are sick of years of the same old song and dance and aren't willing to give the dynamic duo a pass. They haven't proven they deserve it.

Peter King from Monday Morning QB:

Jeff Ireland. In the history of NFL general managers, Ireland is on the coldest streak ever. He needs to do something right. He doesn't even need to hit a home run. A seeing-eye single would do. That may make him more aggressive on Smith today -- and it may make Smith more inclined to go somewhere I don't think he really wants to go.

Miami looks like the worst team in the AFC East right now. Would Smith rather rub it in 49er GM Trent Baalke's face and run off to a bad team, and would he rather pray for Manning to pick Tennessee or Denver, enabling Smith to go back to where he has the best chance by far of making a Super Bowl run? Ireland may have to do what he loathes -- overspend for an OK player -- just to deodorize the stink of the last few years in Miami.

Read more: http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2012/writers/peter_king/03/19/signings/index.html#ixzz1pfD7ySVF

Note: It's been reported that Smith is sticking with the 49'ers.

You can't blame Mike Nolan (or ANY DC for that matter), when a player is in the EXACT position he SHOULD BE IN, and STILL can't make a play on a ball.

That's the defender's fault, the player's fault, and no Coach or GM is to blame for that.

Adios Yeremiah, you have a couple good years of service sprinkled in with a lot of damage you did to the credibility of our secondary. You were the most expendable person on this team.

Mando, I agree with you more times than not. BUT you are dead wrong to support this guy. Why?

>W/L record.

>Draft and FA failures

>Monetary mismanagement- Overpaid FAs, 56 million paid to failed O-line, cap problems in 2012

>Arrogant and bulling style is deffintely wrong for player negotiations. Prime example, Dez Bryant

>Does not adapt to change in a timely manner. Example: NFL is and has been a QB driven league. Ireland's still stuck in the past and only said he'd be looking for QB ONLY because Ross wanted him to. Example: Big, fast, athletic TEs open up the passing game. NE got the memo a couple of years ago and Ireland is just now waking up.

In conculusion, the NFL has been called a "GMs league" and that's because it's vitally important to have a good GM. It's been said that Ireland is a good example of the Peter Principle and I coudn't agree more. Good scout but terrible GM

Posted by: Craig M | March 20, 2012 at 09:24 AM

Miami fans hold onto the Braynt incident? You are figgin oblivious dude! I guess you only read the local homer blogs. Go read ANY article, on any other site about the phins & read the comments. It's far from forgotten & it's not Miami fans talking about it.

It's fans of the NFL who remember. It's blind homers like you who push everything under the rug because god forbid your beloved stinky fish look bad.

Move on to reality bub, you're definately far removed from it.

NH....

I just think Mallett is our guy....we can coach those feet up...and experince will make reading those defenc's faster...experince...and a few hits helments under his chin....

Armando, what the hell have you been smoking? Have you lost all perspective? The Dolphins leadership just swung and missed for 3 strikes at the QB position. How is getting David Garrard a good option? A 34 year old, never-been anything castoff from a team that just acquired our former starting QB. Henne would have been the better backup option over Garrard. What we have is a bunch of bozos running this 3 ring circus in South Florida. The Dolphins are slowly fading into irrelevancy and your revolting defense of Ireland is disingenuous and deplorable. He is an idiot.

Great reading, but to give up 4 first round picks for RGIII ???Dolphins need to draft Coples in the first round ,Receiver in the second ,TE in the third with one pick , right tackle with second pick in the third round. Another thought sign Wallace from Pittsburgh,and Calais Campbell from AZ.

helmet hits...

DC.....

Between him and Hartline....the opposing team was cobered on b oth sides of the ball...

tip drills all week....

How does Ryan Mallett sound now....

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

Posted by: Kris | March 20, 2012 at 09:30 AM

Belichek has had plenty of time to check out Mallett, if he is any good, no way he is trading him to the AFC east. If he is open to trading him to us, I'd be more inclined to believe its because he has no faith in Mallet.

The problem with your analysis is looking at things in a vacuum. Each of those individual moves arguably make sense. These moves are all tactical responses with no strategic vision. All of those moves in the aggregate leave the team in a hole with no plan or ability to actually make dramatic improvements. At the end of the day, we don't have a QB, we don't have a WR, we don't have a RT, we don't have a DL, we don't have a SS. We got no one of note in free agency and there simply is no way the draft can be expected to plug them all. Ireland (and apparently you) are checkers players when we need someone who can play chess.

cocoajoe is right...this is a GM driven league and we have one who is learning on the job.

If Ross was smart he would have fired Ireland and made Mike Sherman the GM. Guy did a good job loading up GB with talent during his tenure there.

Never thought I'd say this but I miss Chad Henne and would rather have him on our roster than David Garrard!

why do jet fans keep thanking us..........is it because we knocked them and favre out of the playoffs or for knocking them out of the playoffs last year.........F%$# a Jet

Kris,

No thanks. Didn't like him coming out and still don't like him. I'd prefer Weeden and Tannehill right now. Telling that the Pats tendered Hoyer for a second round pick. Tells me they don't feel Mallett is ready yet either.

What are the phins paying Garrard? Anybody?

I thought I would share this with you guys about Ireland.Miami Dolphins GM Jeff Ireland has more responsibility — and more pressure — this off-season

There was plenty of ego in the room when the Dallas Cowboys' executives gathered at their headquarters for the 2005 NFL Draft.

On one side of the table sat owner Jerry Jones. On the other side were coach Bill Parcells and the Cowboys' scouts. Overseeing the proceedings was 35-year-old Jeff Ireland, running his first draft as head of college and pro scouting.

Dallas had the 11th pick, the clock was ticking and tensions were rising: Should Dallas take LSU defensive tackle Marcus Spears or Troy outside linebacker DeMarcus Ware?

"Bill wanted Spears, and wanted him badly," said Larry Lacewell, who spent 12 years with the Cowboys before Ireland took his place. "(Parcells) said he couldn't go to a 3-4 defense without him. Jeff wanted Ware, and he stood up to Bill and said that was going to be the pick."

Jones, who had hired Ireland away from Kansas City three years earlier and promoted him the previous January, went with Ireland. The Cowboys chose Spears nine picks later, but while Ware has made five Pro Bowls, Spears has never been more than average.

Parcells obviously respected Ireland's judgment, too. Parcells, who came to the Dolphins as head of football operations in December 2007, quickly hired Ireland as general manager.

With Parcells now gone, Ireland and the Dolphins enter this off-season with no doubts about the GM's authority. That also will increase the pressure on Ireland to make the right choices in free agency and the draft.

Gil Brandt, a Cowboys' lifer who spent most of his 30 years in the organization as personnel director, thinks Dolphins owner Stephen Ross has the take-charge guy he needs.

"Jeff's a very qualified individual who knows what he's doing, knows what to look for, but works quietly," Brandt said. "He's not a guy you hear from because he just goes about his business."

Ireland has been around the NFL since childhood. His stepfather is former Kansas City Chiefs great E.J. Holub. Ireland's late grandfather was Jim Parmer, a longtime Chicago Bears scout who has been credited by Mike Ditka for putting together the 1985 Super Bowl championship team.

Before Ireland was a teenager, he would spend nights with Parmer, watching film of college players. During the summer, Jeff and his grandfather would drive from the family home in Abilene, Texas, to Bears training camp, talking football throughout the long journey. When they reached camp, the youngster would be a ball boy.

After four seasons (1988-91) as a kicker at Baylor, where he still holds the career record for field goals (45), Ireland spent two years as special teams coach at the University of North Texas. Then he was hired at age 24 as a scout for the NFL Scouting Combine.

"I knew Jim (Parmer) and had talked with him about Jeff," recalled Duke Babb, who ran the Combine at the time. "We had an opening for a Southwest scout and he lived in that area, so it was a natural fit.

"He was very thorough and a good evaluator. With the exposure he had from traveling with Jim, he was a little more knowledgeable than a normal guy. And very mature the way he handled things."

Good Article Armando.

Yeremiah Bell couldn't catch a whale with a trawler.

You just lost a subscriber! Pandering to the homers with this one. It's not even journalism. There is no integrity in this article. Put your fandom aside & report NEWS.

Ireland is a bum. Is viewed as one league wide, despite your denials. The phins are a disgrace because of it. Report the truth for a change!

sorry Armando but if it walks like a devil and talks like a devil...

Armando - dont sell out - we know you need to stay friendly with front office BUT cmon.

Ireland has no plan - Trade Marshall thats OK - But where was plan to replce him? Lose out on Manning thats ok But where was plan to replace him? Need OL help - Winston comes in - wants to play here - But no offer?

If he was building through the draft you might cut him some slack - But his drafts have been average at best - For ex. it seems every year I hear we draft our deep threat at WR and we are still waiting.

He MUST go!

Manning, REALLY!!!!!! Come on now people, did you guys think that chasing that almost 40 year olld QB was a good idea? Thankfully Denver rescued us from that mistake. And Fisher, what has he ever done? Oh yeah he had one good season in a million...".wow! Matt Flynn, really? Two starts and everyone thinks he is a great QB.

Here is the truth of the matter, we have one of the best defenses in football, have drafted two of the best young offensive linemen in the game, found a gem in Canada that is fast becoming one of the best pass rushers in the game, stole Reggie Bush and have managed to keep from giving away picks for washed up players......

Just remember how far we have come. True there have been some mistakes, but what team has not made those. Give the guy a break.

jeff ireland is an undercover agent working for the patriots

Garrard? Salary? Anybody?

lol

BlackHebrew, here's the TRUTH of the matter:

11-5, 7-9, 7-9, 6-10.

Keep your eye on the Star of David brother. Until those numbers turn upside down, it doesn't equal a hill of beans.

However, with this new Coaching staff, we have a chance to right this ship.

Ireland is a Jet fan

Posted by: Craig M | March 20, 2012 at 09:30 AM

“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.

CraigM,

To the best of everyone else's knowledge Miami was the only team that pursued Garrard. I mean what are you supposed to say when your only other alternative was to go back to selling magazine subscription.

Given a choice of playing for Jeff Ireland or selling magazine subscriptions you would probably rather have Jeff Ireland whispering "sweet nothings" into your ear too.

A post that's not too negative- thanks!

Porter is a tremendous A-hole.
Manning's choice was about money. He left Indy on a bonus spat and went to the team with the most available salary cap money.
THANK GOD Fisher is as far away from here as possible.

A good cheery day to all!

I don't like Jeff Ireland, never have. You have some good points, but you haven't convinced me. Only one thing in your article really bothers me, and its not Ireland. You mentioned Joey Porter, which I agree with you on his "quality". The issue I have is with your mention of Cameron aka "the ruiner".

"He previously blew up Cam Cameron."

It seems to me like Cam deserved any and everything negative that came his way regarding his time with the Phins. Forget the losing season, Wes Welker anyone??
Still has me reeling when I think about it.

Ross has a hardon for Tebow to sell tickeys. He'll give up the farm(or whatevers left of it) to acquire Tebow.

I never claimed that Ireland was the devil. I don't believe in such things. I do however feel that he is incompetent, and primarily responsible for the lack of talent seeing that his job is to acquire talent. It's kind of like local sports journalists that are constantly being outscooped by ESPN and other news agencies that cover 32 teams, and not just one.

People don't sign here because they think Ireland is an ass. I don't care how many bone headed moves you can justify, as long as Ireland is in the driver's seat no free agent is ever going to take us seriously. He has to go.

Armando. Great post. I don't see as Jeff Ireland as the devil but when the talk around league circles is this guy is not to be trusted or seems dishonest it resonates around the league and attaches itself like a cancer. As much as Ireland is to blame I also blame Steven Ross. With all the orange carpet garbage, celebrity owners, night club circus, and Tim tebow day to celebrate the visiting QB, is this what has become important in building a winning franchise in the NFL?. I never seen the elite teams do this. green bay, Pittsburgh and new England don't run their franchises like this and their success is evident with play on the field and the front office being competent. It just seems like both Ross and Ireland are more interested in a circus like atmosphere than being a strong, well oiled football program where players are excited to join. Let's not forget that both Ireland and Ross threw sparano under the bus in their courtship of harbaugh. That right there shows me they aren't to be trusted. Players are running for cover as they don't want to be the next tony Sparano. I realize the NFL is a business but treating a man with respect is something we all learn at a young age. In my opinion Ireland and Ross have shown on a few occasions they aren't capable of knowing how to treat human beings with respect. I don't have issue with Jeff Ireland as a talent evaluator but his character is what is destroying the football side of this organization.

DC,

Look at you bucking the trend this morning and being somewhat positive about the team. Nice to see!

Mando back away from the Koolaid!!! When he came here four yrs ago, we needed a franchise qb, off line, pass rusher, no 1 receiver, safeties. What do we need now? Right, same thing. He overpaid so badly on Smiley,etc that we have no cap room yet we have no stars. We don't even have a jersey we can buy. Who's the face of the fins? Long, Wake and Pouncey are good players but the face of the franchise? In four years??? All those picks?
Not to mention he is so arrogant and degrading. Ask Jason Taylor how he was treated! Yeremiah was told 2 weeks ago he wasnt being cut then was at the last second in free agency when everyone else has signed safeties. When all the national media, nfl players, fans get billboards and protests, and even you say agents are saying he is the devil, then guess what? He quacks Mando!!!!

Sale-Out....You should run for office because you flip-flop on issues more than anyone ive ever seen...Weak read because I know Ireland wrote it!!

Who cares if free agents dont want to come here......we need to build through the draft in the coming years and reward our own players with contracts.....douche

YG,

Contract was already signed. Why does he have to say anything? People want to put all their trust into guys like Porter and Crowder and worse than that some Steeler scumbag, Ryan Clark. You telling me these guys weren't paid and treated well when they were here. They get chopped and their ego can't handle it. Think maybe they might have an axe to grind?

James Walker - ESPN:

"Despite all the reasons to the contrary, expect a lot of speculation linking the Dolphins and Tebow. Miami's front office has made some curious decisions lately and doesn't appear to have a clear-cut plan this offseason. So you just never know with this group.

But what I do know is if Miami's starting quarterback search ends with Tebow, that is the biggest mistake Miami's regime could make."

That is what everyone other than Armando thinks. The author was kind; "curious decisions" is not the choice of words I would have used.

no ireland is not the devil,bill belicheck is. so that would mean he would know what he is doing if he was the devil. i see this organazation being run like the patriots were when victor kiam owned the patriots.ross please sell the team so we can maybe get a real devil.

This exactly why smart owners never let Bill Parcells "BUY THE GROCERIES"!

NOW YOU SEE WHAT HAPPENS WHEN PARCELLS BUYS THE GROCERIES? THE STINK LINGERS LONG AFTER HE'S GONE!

I agree that some moves are worth a pat on the back. Problem is this is a players league and if you listen to the former or even current players that are asked about Miami, many of them point to Ireland as a reason for Miami's problems. Players do not want to deal with the guy. Alot of it seems to go back to the Dez Bryant interview. Right or wrong if that is the perception of him among coaches and players around the league then that becomes the reality. Fact is Manning is not an isolated incident. First it was Ryan Clark, then Harbaugh, Then Ahmad Bradshaw, Then Bill Cowher, Then Jeff Fisher, Jon Gruden, and Peyton. Those are tangible names and franchise changing players or coaches that have been reported to be turned off by Ireland as a big factor of them not wanting to sign in Miami. Miami needs a known and respected football guy in that position. A guy that people respect and believe in. An old school football guy. Ireland is seen as Parcells lapdog that turned on Bill and was a part of getting rid of him. Until Ireland is gone this team will never be percieved as a destination for players again. Perception has become reality and there is only one way to change that perception.

Yeremiah Bell couldn't catch a whale with a trawler.
Posted by: DC Dolfan | March 20, 2012 at 09:46 AM

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Have to agree with that. I still remember watching YB standing there as one of the Giants receivers went in for a touchdown and he didn't even attempt to try and tackle him. He just gave up on the play completely.
He may have had 100 tackles in 2011 but he also gave up a lot of big plays in the secondary.
Give the job to Reshad and let the wood fly.

WOW...all I can say is that if you can't see that Ireland is a big problem by now, you are completely hopeless. Reminds me of the people who used to defend Wanny as a good coach. This ship is sinking and it should be obvious to any intelligent person.

Interesting spin but if you want to stick to the facts then let's measure by them also. How many years has Ireland been here? How many times have we been to a playoff game during that time? How many playoff games have we won? End of story!

What up Kris.Why do you keep talking about Ryan Mallet being a Dolphin.If Our franchise would have wanted him,they would have drafted him.Old stale comments.Move on Homie.Let it go.
NHFINSFAN,You're right about signing Garrard and trading for Tim Tebow,seems illogical.So was drafting D.Thomas,signing Bush and bringing Larry Johnson.Pehaps it was done for depth.We could also do that with Tim Tebow.Plus,please be a little less childish with your comments about him being my savior.

CraigM,

Wisen up man! Agreed Porter, Clark, and Crowder arent patron saints. But Ireland isnt like the virgin Mary thier talking about either.

Ireland's more than done enough on his part to make himself "fair game" for any idiot or wise man alike to take shots.

Even taking a viewpoint of total impartialness. Its still a stretch to view Ireland as average as a gm at best. Ireland set himself up for the ridicule he now faces. Ireland himself plays a huge part in it. He isnt the "Virgin Mary" in all of this.

Something for everyone:

Saturday college game days u can watch the Miami Hurricanes at the stadium

Sunday U can get Gator & Dolphin LOVE at the stadium

U dont like it, then dont go

Tebow is a winner and a lot of fun to watch

Go Gators!

Go Phins!

Something for everyone:

Saturday college game days u can watch the Miami Hurricanes at the stadium

Sunday U can get Gator & Dolphin LOVE at the stadium

U dont like it, then dont go

Tebow is a winner and a lot of fun to watch

Go Gators!

Go Phins!

:)

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