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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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Mando...

What is being done/said about Pat Devlon?

FinFan for life!!!

Nobody "hacks" into wikipedia...it's freely open to be edited by anyone at anytime from anywhere.

Mark in Toronto,

Good point on the expiring contracts with Moore and Garrard. Never thought about that. I think it will come down to who they are sold on at QB (assuming both are still there). If Sherman truly believes that Tannehill is the answer they will draft him at 8. If not, it will be Weeden. I said it before, I see Weeden as a Jeff Ireland pick. A guy who would be top ten if not for his age. Ireland likes 'value' picks and Weeden last first or early second is a value pick.

Anyone else hear Armando Salguero on the NFL network last night talking Dolphins & Tebow

Cannot believe Armando fooled them into getting on the show. lol

DC,

Even if you agreed to only take one 7th rd pick for Dansby other gm's would laugh you out of the building.

Forget a Dansby trade, no one's going to take on his HUGE contract with him being a guy that never made a pro bowl. They'll wait for him to get cut then negotiate a smaller deal.

For god's sake put on your thinking cap!

I agree with Armando concerning Jeffery's offseason moves and Joey Porter's mouth. I see the logic in the moves. (I'm still waiting for the followup however, and guess I'll be waiting till draft day)

However, perception is reality. And if the perception around the league is that Ireland is not a good guy and players may not come here because of this (Clark), and if he cant shake that perception- then his presence is hurting us.

If Ireland is not respected within the league, then the Dolphins are not respected. That has to change.

I liked his draft last year (AND bringing in Reggie) and I'm looking forward (cautiously optimistic) to his draft this year. Keep him around as a scout for the draft, he can keep looking for acorns, but we may need a real GM to handle the cap and negotiating with free agents.

Who cares what Sherman and Tannehill they are both recent loser QB and coach fired from college.

They suck

Period

THANK YOU ARMANDO! im tired of all these whiny little Dolphins fans who hate just for the sake of hating... i mean whats the point of even liking a team if u are just gonna be negative all the time. does everyone forget the pats got haynesworth and ochocinco last year. how did that work? oh but nobody rips them for those moves cuz they got a lucky schedule and have #12.

This former diehard fan watches from a distance with a sad smirk on his face hoping they get things right but kind of knowing they won't. When Bill & Tom came to New England darkness fell over the Dolphins and they have seldom seen the sun since. As the years mount since Miami's last Super Bowl appearance you just kind of accept that it is what is. The NFL is hyper competitive and the upper management talent matters. If you have inferior talent on the field and in the front office you aren't going to win. That's the situation Miami is in. I keep waiting for them to prove me wrong. I REALLY want them to prove me wrong. It never seems to happen.

These guys aren't bold or that aggressive. By the way, do you think that Jeff Ireland learned his arrogance from Bill Parcells? Just maybe...... Ah the legacy of the Tuna......

all these things happened because you all CALLED FOR YOUR COACH TO BE HIRED ...GUESS WHAT YOU GOT WHAT YOU WANTED !!! TONYS GONE!!! Now you have to live with rebuilding again with Joe Philbin, cause he didnt come here to run Tonys team .. !!! he is trying to build his own team!! and that doesnt include some of these players on this team! Expect more changes to come ... I CANT BELIEVE SOME OF YOU FANS!! Expecting Joe just to come in here and run Tony's team and just add a few more pieces ! IT'S REBUILD TIME! He doesnt want tonys team!

Dolphins will compete again for last place in the AFC East

Dolphins Suck

Period

Manning siigns a 5 year 90 million dontract. WOW! Didnt think a team would still give him that contract, I bet he wont even last the season.

Anyways the problem with Ireland is players dont see him as a truthworthy person, he low ball players and doesnt seem to have an engaging personality. How can you send a GM to recuit players and his vibe sucks?

Ross has to fire Ireland.

Well yes and no...

Ireland is not the devil, but he is more a problem for the Dolphins than a solution.

If he drafts Tannehill or Weeden, then he will have handled the QB situation perfectly. We didn't need Manning or Flynn. We need to start the process of drafting and developing QBs and we finally have the coaching staff in place to do exactly that.

But Mando, you just wrote an article about how he has to keep filling holes in the roster over and over. His attitude turns off potential free agents and he makes clueless decisions. He has made some good picks, but not enough.

Overall, the Dolphins would be better off without him. I wish Ross would fire Ireland, hire Carl Peterson to run the club, and then keep his mouth shut and stay out of the way. Let Philbin and Sherman turn this ship around.

GO FINS!

bobby12,

I don't quite get your love for Marshall and Bell. I think you're thinking with your heart and not your head. This team was 7-9 and 6-10 with Marshall. Was that any better than before we got him? No. $50 million contract.....no thanks! See ya.

You talk about a gaping hole in our secondary without Bell....I got news for you, we had a gaping hole in our secondary WITH Bell last year. I've liked the guy but he's outlived his usefulness. He can go play the next couple of years for the Pats and everyone can say....'what a bad move'.

Respectfully bud, I think you're letting your loyalties get in the way for what's best for this team.

QB Tim Tebow who WINS EVERYWHERE

Is the only one that can save the smelly fish

Period

YG, Didn't you hear Dansby say he was the best linebacker in football last year? Open your ears!!!

With that said, all you can do it try. I see lots of teams with worse defenses than ours. Dansby would be a good fit somewhere. If no one bites, then you do what you gotta do. But you don't do that before you try to unload the guy.

This place has more periods than a Hemingway novel. lol

Fukkin trade Jake Long already, as well as Dansby. Were already in re-building mode, just trade them for draft picks.

Bobbyd12,

At nearly $4.5 million a year Bell was plain and simple cap waste. Half his tackles were because he couldnt defend the pass. He was most qb's favorite target on 3rd downs.

He was one of the major reasons the defense couldnt get off of the field on 3rd downs. So who cares if 50 of his 100 tackles were made 10-15yds or more down field. It only proves Bell couldnt cover his own shadow.

But he sure would make the tackle after the "CATCH"!

Bell's weakness rated 73rd by Pro Football Focus out of 80 something NFL safeties in pass coverage

Bell SUCKED in pass coverage

PERIOD

Great article. I actually think he's doing a great job. I don't care if Jeff Ireland is a nice guy. It's amazing to me that people forget that the great teams are built mostly through the draft and modest free agent signings to fill various needs. Ireland seems to get this. Show me a team that makes the offseason "splash" (Redskins anyone?) and I'll show you one who generally does not make the playoffs yet alone win a super bowl.

Lots of people are jerks.

Some are actually good at their job--actually I think not giving a damn about what others think is a great trait for a GM.

DC,

With all the acclaim that Weeden got this past season I only saw him play twice that I can remember. I can't say I like him or Tannehill. I saw Tannehill actually play more but I've said it all along I see a play or run where you think he could be really good and then an turnover or throw where you think what the HLL is this guy thinking. I don't know what to make of either and Osweiler I have never seen.

But if they took Tannehill #8 overall then I would be all in. As a fan you have to be excited and optimistic about something. In that case I want Tannehill sitting for a full year! No QB competition because he could flat out be better then Garrard and Moore but that's not saying much. Garrard is game manager type to pretty good and Moore to me is more Carolina then what we saw last year but still dont put Tannehill on the field at all in year 1. Let him sit, learn and become a starter.

Now Weeden in round 2 is supposedly only because of his age and not skill set to me should be thrown into a QB competition right away. He could play for 10 plus years as some QBs do but he doesn't have time on his side to sit for a year or 2.

YG,

You're wrong. Guys gets traded all the time, with the provision that their contracts get renegotiated. Happens every day. Karlos Dansby still has trade value, despite how you are portraying him. If I could get a second for Dansby tomorrow I would do that trade and draft a kid to replace him. At this point, with the way the team is going, I'm not sure it makes a lot of sense to keep him.

I try to be objective when it comes to the Phins but something is really wrong with this front office. It's not really the moves they make but the negative comments form the media, players, and agents. We are hearing this from too many sources that Ireland has issues. This is just not going to work. If he is perceived to be this bad than that is what he is. Perception is reality. I can't believe the negative stuff that I am hearing and reading. I never thought I would have to go through this a Phins fan. Ross really needs to come to the conclusion that this is not working out, wish Jeff luck, and part ways. This is only going to get worse. He is now in a situation where he really can't win unless he pulls off the most unbelievable draft. He has backed himself in to a corner that will be impossible to get out of.

So we have a young promising qb come in over the weekend, from the same system as our new coach, not looking for a cap-busting contract, and ready to sign a contract. What do the Dolphins do? Let's bring in Alex Smith also. Let's use Smith to try to strong-arm Flynn into signing a lowball deal. Flynn isn't falling for this high school nonsense. He went to a team that was serious about giving him a chance. Ireland sure as hell had his hands in that. And now, the Phins wind up with David Garrard. Hell, he's been out of the league for a year and has a history of back injuries. He'll sign cheap. That's what a desperate team does when the good options at the position are all gone. Why not gamble on Flynn, and use that #1 for a good impact player to fill another of the team's holes? Tannehill will be long gone by the time the Dolphins pick at 8, so we'll see another desperate reach to find their guy. At least Kiper will go nuts so there will be some entertainment value to this train wreck.

I'm sorry that you woke up this morning and felt badly for the ridicule being heaped on Ireland. That had to be why you felt compelled to defend him. But, try not to focus on the most recent debacle, that being the haphazard 2012 off-season. Look back across Ireland's history of unsuccessful moves, public relations gaffes, lack of evidence of a vision for the team and failure to own up to any of his missteps.

If we were auditioning GM candidates to fill a vacancy and Ireland showed up with his resume' from the last 5 years what would you do? This is not the leader of the front office that you would choose if he showed up to interview for the job today.

Enough already, Ireland is wonderful, Ross is wonderful, the team is wonderful. We are in terrific shape!

"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."

^ This. Put the torches down. There never was much to pick from QB-wise, in the FA market. Let's see how the great PM does in Denver with that bunch, before we hang the front office for missing on that swing.

Tebow also adding to his winning ways as an NFL field general averages 5.5 YDs per carry rushing and RB Reggie Bush only earned about 350 more YDs rushing than scrambling QB Tebow last year
Only thing is Reggie Bush and the Dolphins had a LOSING season and Tebow had a remarkable WINNING season
Posted by: Home, Sweet Home | March 20, 2012 at 10:53 AM

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Yes, Tebow is a pretty good running back, especially in the "wild cat"

Bobbyd12,

To add to Craig and YG, we actually SHOULD be daring teams to run on us. Then they won't score TDs over the head of our sucky secondary (see Pats).

Stopping the run today is like installing pay phones outside malls. UNNECESSARY! Teams are running to set-up the pass. We need to defend the long plays, the chunk yardage plays, and force offenses to put together long drives to score. That's how your defense wins in this league nowadays.

Bell was an unnecessary piece to that puzzle. He's a good guy, I thank him for his service, but it's time to move on.

Bell would have only about 75 tackles a year at most if he ever learned to defend the pass. I guarantee it would eliminate at least 25 of his tackles a year.

So some of you actually believe Bell should be paid $4.5 million a year to make tackles after the catch? Everyone in Miami knows Bell couldnt cover his own shadow. But we do know he'll tackle his shadow after the catch! LOL

Who cares

Nobody here is going to pay to go to Dolphins games and watch them in another home field embarrassing loss

Ross has tickets that can be purchased for hundreds and even 10s of thousands of dollars to watch a crappy, vile product and make u feel miserable all week

So, ... How many u want, ?

tee-hee :)

I wonder if Ireland is watching NFL network, ESPN and reading columns and shaking in his boots?

Is Jeff Ireland on drugs?

For once I agree with Armando. I posted yesterday that the the best moves sometimes are the one's you dont make and in this case, Flynn, Smith are good moves. Look, Irleand is a jerk we can all agree to that as some in the national media has stated. However, him not getting Manning is not all his fault. As far as the talent that is here, well thats on Irleand and the fat ass Tuna as well. And dont forget the circus that Ross created chasing a coach when you already have one. I can see everyones frustration levels are high right now but as Armando said lets let Free Agency and the draft play out then decide weather Ireland had a successful offseason.

Home,

I didnt need pro football focus to tell me Bell totally sucked in coverage. I saw every football Sunday for at least the last 4yrs.

Tebow really could have used 6.4 Marshall as a WR here in Miami

Now

U got nothing

tee-hee ;)

Andy, you and I are in TOTAL agreement with everything you said.

Also, I don't know ANYTHING about Osweiler. But Weeden is legit (he looked good in every game I saw this year, which was 3-4). Didn't see Tannehill at all, going with Sherman on this one (not that I trust him, just that he knows the guy the best).

ANdyNJ, I know you didn't ask me the Coples or Claiborne question v Tannehill but I'm going to stick my nose in there anyway.

Miami last year was 10th in sacks and 16th in picks - not bad. Sure we lost JT but we can fill that void with Mark Anderson for another year. The secondary will at least be as productive with Bell replaced in the picks category.

Now, the real achilles heel of this team is that the team isn't prolific in the pass game and also turns the ball over too much on offense. So your objective has to be to stem where all those problems start from the core - the qb position. Nobody out there is in the habit of cutting useful qbs so you have to draft one, and you have to draft a talented one to be viable over the long term. Tannehill has to be the pick no matter who is left on the board. Blackmon may be the one that makes that choice the toughest though .... but I have a feeling this team will be in a good position to draft a top WR or pass rusher next year. Enough of delaying the neccessary and take the qb. Spend the next two or three years of decent draft positions to take other players. It's going to be a long turnaround and has to be done the right way.

Anybody buy a $300.00 authentic jersey of the back up QB from the losing Jags franchise who was let go

Garrard

anyone?

anyone?

tee-hee ;)

Mando, if Ireland is a good guy outside of football then so be it.. That is not the issue here... The issue is ..just listen to the players, coach's and anyone else involved and ask them about Ireland..it's a perception thing..and if good players don't want to play for him then they won't..hence the fact that our roster looks like a huge wedge of Swiss cheese. Just get rid of the clown already and clear the perception. This is how it's seen, so something needs to happen.…

Who will sell more jerseys

Garrard or Tebow?

tee-hee :)

hey home,

even if he carries the clipboard, you obviuosly feel he has potential greatness. i think he works harder then anyone and may get there too, but why would elway give up on him. let him ride the pine for a couple of years(or perhaps minutes after peyton takes the final hit)& learn by observing one of the best. yeah peytons not a great teacher but tebow is a great learner (degree in family, youth and community sciences from the prestigeous UF)

all these things happened because you all CALLED FOR YOUR COACH TO BE HIRED ...GUESS WHAT YOU GOT WHAT YOU WANTED !!! TONYS GONE!!! Now you have to live with rebuilding again with Joe Philbin, cause he didnt come here to run Tonys team .. !!! he is trying to build his own team!! and that doesnt include some of these players on this team! Expect more changes to come ... I CANT BELIEVE SOME OF YOU FANS!! Expecting Joe just to come in here and run Tony's team and just add a few more pieces ! IT'S REBUILD TIME! He doesnt want tonys team!
Posted by: Jeff Row | March 20, 2012 at 11:18 AM

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Just about the smartest thing I've read on this blog in ages. I don't see how so many fans thought that the Phins would jettison the entire coaching staff and bring in a new one wasn't going to constitute a major overhaul. It's just baffling....I mean, maybe we're not talking a complete ground up rebuild, but this is a major re-model in progress here....complete with knocking out walls and re-doing the kitchen.

CraigM,

Time to put your money where your mouth is.

If Dansby gets traded within the next 2 seasons, I'll never post here again. If he gets cut within the next 2 season, you'll never post here again. DEAL?

Also, if Dansby neither gets cut nor traded its because he makes the pro bowl in 2012. Guarantee it!

Leave it to a Canuck

To stick his big nose in there


tee-hee ;)

Hallelujah and holy s**t. Objective, ratioanle, well thought out. If it wasn't written so well I would have thought I wrote it because I've been arguing most of these points in here for the last week. Some of your fans heads must be blowing up right now! HAHAHA

I'm going to read some of the posts now and laugh hard at the fact that none of the chicken little crew are going to even come close to answering the question, "what would you do?". Too much thought would have to go into that one and they would have to write more than two sentences, don't see it happening.

Armando

I agree with you completely on Manning and Flynn. Miami was NEVER on Manning's list. That was just Ross Revelry!

Flynn was not the guy Joe P was going to bet his job on or we could have bought him.

Oh well back to the Mushroom Barn see if I can find any gold mushrooms.

Ozkar...in defence of my Mallett man-crush.... i will ask you this ONE question....

Do you trust this FO to properly evaluate Talent?

If your answer is no...the do you believe they properly evaluated Mallett and his potential?

OK....2 questions...

Remember....

The PATS have the luxery to bury Mallett on the pine...but that in no way doesn't mean he coudn't be starting for another QB starved team...

Mallett might be worth a gamble but would we have to give up to get him? The talent is there. Just hope he has matured some this year. Not sure that New England would want to give him up. Might cost a first round pick but definitely a second round pick. I actually might be in favor for that. He is better talent wise than the others that would be available in the second round.

Let's not forget that this is the Same GM that asked Dez Bryant if his mom was a prostitute...And has done nothing to prove that he was or is worthy of being an NFL GM...I guess its about who your friends are (Thanks Mr. Parcell)

The Crusher

Tebow has had a big taste of WINNING in the NFL now

Tebow needs to start somewhere that appreciates his intangibles, leadership and winning ways

Elway is not gonna make Tebow sit and watch a QB who has a completely dif style

Phins78......

you would have been in agreement with my post a page back or so then....

Lets not 4get

Peyton Manning ALSO WAS DESTROYED BY THE PATRIOTS IN THE PLAYOFFS

AND PEYTON BLAMED HIS O-LINE AND WAS CRYING AND WHINING

U TEBOW HATERS DONT WANT TO REMEMBER THAT, DO YA!!?

GO TEBOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

YG,

I know you would like me to make that bet with me but you'd just come back under a different name, as you've done in the past. All I'm saying is guys under contract get tried and renegotiated all the time. It happened with Bush last year and I believe it happened with Carson Palmer. They guy still has value and he may actually be interested in playing on a team that could contend next year. We'll see.

I'm not saying Ireland is evil, but he's not a very good gm and is not the best person. He asked Dez Bryant if his mom was a prostitute. Thats a bit over the line. He has continually managed not to get key players. He should have sold out to get RGIII or someone. Some of that may have been Stephen Ross's fault, but still. Fans are going a little overboard on the hatred of Ireland, but he still has not been a productive GM.

Frickin' spell check....should have said 'traded'

Armando, how can you say that Ireland was not responsible for missing on Fisher? He is the direct cause; Fisher wanted final say on the roster, and that say stayed with Ireland.

If Ireland was let go with Sparano, Fisher would be Miami's coach today.

Toronto,

Good stuff. And feel free to jump in the convo. It was directed at DC but anyone can jump in.

I can't say I'm sold on Tannehill either but yeah seems like at this point Miami has to take Tannehill. Like you said maybe Blackmon trumps that pick but other then that a guy like Coples is potential more then being dominant. Claiborne is somewhat interesting to me considering what Kiper said about him on NFL radio that he see's a Darrelle Revis type. He said he isn't a flat out speedster or some athletic freak but he has plenty enough speed and athleticism just like Revis and also like Revis is a technically sound player to the point he just doesn't lose his guy.

With all that said and all that love for Claiborne I hope Tannehill could be the guy because just like you said the FA route and the 2nd round and beyond guys just don't cut it anymore.

our next qb that will be added will be alex smith or ryan tannehill!.

You asked:
I would have cut Bell weeks ago if you knew you were going to so you could replace him. I wouldn't have traded Marshall for nothing and I would have had another move lined up (or at least a plan) to justify giving him away. I would not have signed Garrard to greet people at a Walmart. Seriously, why not bring Marino back for "competition"? We have not addressed the OL or QB positions and now we are thinner at WR. We got significantly worse in one week. If the overriding plan is to pin everything on the draft then come out and say so. But do not come and say we are real close to a SB and only lack a QB (paraphrasing of course) then make moves that stink of rebuilding. He signed Soliai. Great. Anyone else think Soliai overvalued himself on the open market then skulked back when he realized he wouldn't get anymore anywhere else? Me too.
How many people does it take to say this guy isn't a good guy for you to believe it? There is a reason no one is coming here.

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