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Jeff Ireland in his words: All of them

By now you know Jeff Ireland talked to the media for 30 minutes Thursday. You've gotten bits and pieces of it from different venues.

Here's the whole enchilada:

Opening Statement - “Just a few opening remarks. I got a staff upstairs that is outstanding. I just wanted to thank them. It’s a job to them but they’re tireless workers. Between my scouts, Brian Gaine, Chase Leshin, Chris Grier in particular the last three months, in particular, these guys have been here a bunch. February meetings for two weeks, the combine for two weeks, on the road constantly during the Pro Days and chasing down players, in particular the last three weeks with two Miami Days. 7am – 9 pm meetings basically every single day the last three weeks. I need to thank Joe (Philbin) and his staff. We’ve had some great sessions. It’s been great to get to know his staff and we challenge each other. We’ve challenged the staff. We challenged the coaches for vision for the players to help us get a vision to help utilize the players we put on the board. I need to thank Steve (Ross) for giving us all the resources that we have to turn over every stone. That’s our policy and philosophy but a lot of guys upstairs I just wanted to thank and just wanted to start that with opening comments. But we just finished up the board. Basically yesterday and we’re ready draft. So just now strategy and more preparation.”

(On how different it’s been developing the board with a new coaching staff) -“Not too much different. My philosophy doesn’t change too much. Having Joe (Philbin), Joe’s been in a couple of draft rooms. He’s been around the Green Bay Packers, my philosophy’s not too much different then maybe Ted’s (Thompson). We grind out the draft. Believe in the draft. Believe in the development of young players. Believe in bringing young players onto the team every single year so you know it’s getting the staff. You know getting to use the same terminology more or less to what out scouts are using so an average comment to them is the same as an average comment to us. And it’s getting us all on the same terminology and making sure the coaches understand the division is what we’re looking for. How do you utilize the player? How does he utilize him on special teams? What kind of nickel role does he have on third down and things like that? Just having a clear vision for the player.”

((On how important the second and third round picks are) -“I think all the picks are extremely important but certainly second, third, fourth round picks, I mean those guys need to be either starters or significant role players. I’m a firm believer that you can find talent in the fifth, sixth and seventh and obviously free agency. So every pick, there’s a lot of thought that goes into each and every one of them. I’m maybe stubborn enough to think I can hit on every single one of them. So, we spent a lot of time this time of the year on fifth, sixth and seventh round and free agency. Those guys are up there right now grinding away at the free agent board as well.”

(On how he’s done on those rounds since he’s been here) -“I’ve got some good guys and some guys are still developing I would say (Charles) Clay and Reshad Jones and Chris Clemmons. Those guys are still here and they’re still developing. I think we drafted a kid last year in the seventh round, Jimmy Wilson, that I think is going to be a pretty good player.”

(On specifically how he’s done in the second and third round) -“Well, I mean time will tell with John Jerry and Koa (Misi). So Pat Turner’s still playing in the league. He’s not on our roster, he’s still playing in the league so we’ve got to do a pretty good job this year. I’m looking more in the future than in the past.”

(On if he keeps the Number 8 pick if that player has to make an impact this season) -“Not necessarily. I mean an impact. You like to be able to say that he’d be an impact player this year. But you also have to have a vision for the player whether or not he’s going to play this year or next year or the year after that. Certainly that would be the expectation of a top 10 pick is to have an impact on this team.”

(On his approach to free agency and how that had to marry with the draft) -“Well with free agency I think, again, it’s a process. You have to look at the free agency board and the dollars that you’re going to have commit to free agency versus what you might be able to get in the draft. Value’s important to me and again the draft is extremely important because I think that’s the best investment in professional sports to be honest with you is the draft. Getting young players that have upside and development, but the free agency I’m trying to build depth. I’m trying to bring depth to the football team, at least this year that’s my philosophy. I think free agency changes, depending on the situation that you’re in from year to year. But this year it was trying to provide some depth at certain positions and not have to feel like you’re pressured into making any need decisions in the draft.”

(On putting the emphasis on depth when developing the draft board) -“Well, it depends. You’re putting your first and second, third round, those are the ones you think that can come in right away and make an impact or start or have a significant role in the nickel. And your fourth, fifth, sixth, and seventh are your developmental guys or role players. So you have to have a vision for the player. Not every fourth round is going to have the same exact vision. Some guys are fourth rounder’s maybe nickel players. Some fourth rounder’s may be developmental guys. There’s going to be some guys that you want on your team and you have to put them there because that’s where you think you’re going to have to get them.”

(On his philosophy of free agency and finding starter type guys) -“I would say that yeah, we need to get some starter types in the draft. I would certainly say that you certainly do. Moving forward I don’t know if I understood your question the move forward.”

(On free agency depth putting pressure to find draft starters) -“Well yeah sure. It puts a lot of emphasis on trying to find starters. That’s what we’re trying to do with every draft. You’re trying to find starters and impact players in every draft.”

(On what he’s learned about Ryan Tannehill) -“I spent a lot of time with a lot of players to be honest with you. I wouldn’t put a whole lot of stock into any one particular player. Almost 29, almost 30 guys into the building in the last couple of weeks and spent quite a bit of time on the road. But what I learned specific about Ryan (Tannehill) is he’s a great kid. Great kid. He’s smart. He’s tough. Got a good family background. A lot of good things about Ryan.”

(On his emotions this time of year) -“Excitement to be honest with you. I’m excited. This is my second favorite time of the year. First being the first day of training camp. I love that aspect of it. But I love this time of the year. I thoroughly enjoyed the Miami Day process a couple of days ago watching guys move around in shorts and do football drills with our coaching staff. That was exciting. But just excitement. I do wake up in the middle of night thinking, I have a notepad next to my bed, that I don’t want to forget about it. I’ll write it down or type it into my phone or something, but certainly excitement. Just excited to get this process going and wake up every morning excited about, we do pretty much a position a day. We take the entire day until, we start early and we end late regardless of when that positions over we’re going to stay here and get that position done so I wake up the next morning going, okay we got quarterbacks today or we got linebackers today or we got corners today so there’s certainly excitement there to try to attack that position that day.”

(On balancing best player available versus filling team needs) -“Everybody thinks that you draft like, well this players better than this player is better player. But that’s really not the way you do it. You do it horizontally. You have an expectation horizontally. That’s the way I look at it. I don’t look at vertically. I look at it horizontally. And you put an expectation on the round and when the best players marries to the need position and they’re in the same area then that’s probably when you probably take need over best player but usually they marry together. Usually they marry together and you kind of stack your board to the strength of the position. And you may attack certain positions earlier in the draft because there’s lack of depth in the draft.”

(On how often he feels a franchise should use a first round pick on a quarterback) -“When there’s one available. I mean that’s tough question. That’s kind of a loaded question to be honest with you.”

(On if a matter of course if a healthy franchise should do it (draft a quarterback in the first round) every few years) -“I can’t say for the years in the past or the other teams that are involved with selecting quarterbacks. Certainly I’m not going to get into the quarterback discussion here today from the strategy stand point but I think there are times that you should try to go after one but I certainly don’t feel like you should be pressured into doing that either.”

(On the strength of wide receiver group, especially the first few rounds) -“Well I think it’s a pretty good group. Receivers, you can look at, and we had this discussion in our draft room when we were doing receivers is that they come in all shape and sizes. There’s always an exception to the rule when it comes to receivers. You can find them in the first round. You can find them in free agency. You can find them anywhere and they come sometimes they’re 5’8” and sometimes they’re 6’5”. Sometimes they run 4.6 and sometimes they run 4.3. And there’s more of the receiver positions on your board them any other position just because there’s more of them. And so I think there’s strength if you’re picking in the first round. I’ll have a pretty good stack board at receiver throughout my board. I can tell you that. I think it’s a pretty good position this year to be honest with you.”

(On what other positions are strong this year and what are some positions not too strong) - “Well some guys, again I got this question the other day, some people would say that the strength means that there’s more first round caliber guys. My way of looking at is I got one pick in every round basically. Am I going to have an opportunity to take one if I miss him in the first, second or third. So I look at strength of the draft and basically how my board falls and where I might be able to find key target positions in the draft. So other positions that I think are strong I think it’s a pretty good defensive line. When we’re talking defensive line I’m talking about defensive end, three technique, one technique, five technique. I think it’s a pretty good group of guys. I think the offensive line groups are a fairly good group too. I don’t think center is the most deepest in the draft but I think the guard and tackle positions pretty good too.”

(On if he’s looking for different players due to the change in coaching staff) -“I think at some positions we’re looking for different types of skill sets. I’ve always been big, strong, fast. That’s what I’m looking for and big, strong, fast and intelligent. But now in some cases you’re looking for a little bit different player versus the run or a little different player in a nickel situation or coverage situation. Some guys would be protected by a three technique from the linebackers standpoint so I think there are some cases that we’re looking for different types of players but it’s not complete offensive ‘D’. We’re not looking for completely different types of players on offense and defense.”

(On whether the Dolphins are changing the type of offensive lineman they're looking for based on changing of offensive system) - “Not necessarily. I think Jim (Turner) and Mike (Sherman) and Joe (Philbin) are still looking for big, strong, athletic type for offensive linemen.”

(On how do you measure heart) -“You know, that’s a tough one. You wish you could bottle up some of these guys and sometime you feel it. I always tell player you reach in your pocket for two cents because I’m going to give you my two cents of advice whether you like it or not. I always try to tell them a little bit about we have this thing called the makeup. Basically, I ask my scouts to grade the ability of the player and the make of the player. Pretty simple and I ask them grade their ability in a system. Let’s say 1 through 10, you’re a 9.5. You’re an 8.6. The makeup of the player I’m trying to grade whether he has it or not. It’s passion. It’s heart. It’s toughness. It’s competitiveness. It’s football intelligence. It’s integrity. It’s character. It’s a yes or no answer. Either you have them all or you don’t and some of those you can develop and some you can’t. And that’s the way my scouts answer that question. It’s a yes or no. Does he have all or he doesn’t? If he’s missing one of those, he doesn’t because that’s a margin of failure. And so that doesn’t answer your question, on how you rate heart, but it’s more than just heart. It’s the entire makeup of the person allows a player to be successful.”

(On having a philosophy of trading down in the draft) -“It’s hard. It depends on what you’re going to get in return. Everyone say they use this draft calculator or trade down sheet. I think that’s really ambiguous to be honest. You use it as a starting point. But it depends on the person that’s coming up. The team that’s coming up and what they’re willing to give up and how bad do they want it and how bad you want to keep it. So if you’re trading back you’re certainly looking for value. You’re looking to get more than what you think the pick is worth. Sometimes, it’s future. I traded back in Dallas for future first-round picks and things like that. I think it’s just the matter of the circumstance and it has to be the right circumstance.”

(On considering trading up in the first round this year) -“I think anything is possible. Sure, anything’s possible trading back, trading up.”

(On how important is it to have back-to-back picks in the third round) -“I think it’s extremely valuable. It gives us a little bit more time to make decisions. And it’s an extra pick and having them back-to-back somewhat high in the third round extremely valuable.”

(On what is the atmosphere like in the War Room) -“Anticipation. Again, excitement. Depends on the guy you think is going to be there. Obviously, there could be a scramble. I’ve been in a couple of scrambles before. It’s always interesting. You’re picking high in the draft and so every pick leading up to that is anticipation obviously.”

(On how do you evaluate your draft history in Miami) -“Well, it’s a team effort. Bill (Parcells) and I conducted a couple drafts together. I’ve conducted one here solely by myself with my team upstairs obviously. Certainly, I’m not responsible for all of it. When you look back and you made some good picks. Depends on how you look at it. If you look at the future or past of the draft and you say 50-55% and you say if you can be 50% in the draft over a period of time, you’ve done pretty good. I think where we were when we started to where we are now we’ve done a pretty good job of adding some talent to this football team. Certainly I’m not saying I hit on every single one because I haven’t. There’s no doubt about that. Some I have taken some risk on and hit. And some I have taken some risk on and didn’t work out so good, but that’s just part of the draft.”

(On drafting different types of player compared to what you’re accustom to drafting) -“Well, I think the first couple of years we were here I think trying to build the foundation, which would be offensive line, defensive line was a big hole for this franchise, for this team and so I think that was the main purpose of doing some of the things early was getting the offensive line and defensive line set and then as we matured our team adding skill to the football team was important last year in particular coming out of the 2010 season. I think we needed to add some speed on the football team, some playmakers. We had some really good possession type offensive skill set, but we needed some explosive playmakers. That was glaring to me last year. Certainly, I have some glaring things that hitting me in the face this year, which I won’t get into strategy and tell you what those things are, but I got some things I feel certainly confident about that we can probably approach here in the next week.

(On if his board is set now and he know what he wants to do) –“Yes.”

(On when did you finalize your draft board) -“Last night at 11:47, no (laughing).”

(On have you changed anything since you finalized your draft board) -“The board is set. The board is in its place. I wouldn’t say it’s completely set. Do I know what I want at eight? I have a pretty good feeling at what I want at eight. If the player is not there at eight I have got a pretty good idea of what I want if that player is not there. You have to have a contingency plan and a contingency plan to the contingency plan. So how many times have I changed my mind? Every time I see another good player that’s a consideration at eight, I’m like ‘woo’ that would be a good player to have. I think there’s some really good players in this year’s draft, especially in the top 10. I think some really impact players.”

(On knowing what you’re needs are this year) -“Yeah, absolutely. To me, I think they’re pretty glaring to me and so I haven’t really changed too much what I’m looking for in this year’s draft. I think you go into every draft looking for core position players. You’re looking for guys that can make an impact and certain guys that can block premier pass rushers and guys that can make big plays down the field. Create big plays on defense. You’re looking for those types of guys.”

(On a player not flourishing on college level, but flourishing in the professional level) -“Depends on what me and my staff upstairs feel. If we feel that’s the case, then we wouldn’t draft him. But I’m not going to worry about the gurus out there feel about a player. Depends on what we’re talking about. Are we talking about in the third round or the first round? (laughing) Certainly, if I feel like that and my staff feels like that, then he’s probably not a consideration at eight.”

(On whether he considers offensive linemen impact players) -“Do I consider offensive line impact player? Let’s see, it depends if it’s the right guy. Yeah certainly, I would consider him an impact player. A guy could start 16 games every single year and Pro Bowler, I think that’s a pretty impactful player, sure.”

(On how impactful is a player’s stock increase or decrease prior to the draft) -“Tough. To me, that doesn’t change a whole lot. To my staff, that doesn’t change a whole lot. We start the process and it’s a good question because soon as my scouts get on the road in the middle of December without any time 40s or combine workouts. We sit there and watch the tape. We put a football grade on them. Put them on the board and then we’ll do it again in February after the bowl process so we watched these guys as a group, graded them as a group, evaluated them haven’t necessarily gone through the checks and balances of the character and some of that stuff. We’ll put a football grade on them. I would say very few, very few change drastically from December, February to April.”

(On how high can a player rise in the draft after the college season) -“We have a couple of guys like we had a fifth round grade on and jump to a third round. There’s some guys that maybe didn’t have some of the production in 2011 that they did in 2009 and 2010. So best time of the year from February to April gives us an opportunity to really search back and their Sophomore seasons and their Junior seasons to really to really kind of grind in on some of that stuff you’re going through, and the scouts on the road they really not getting the opportunity to sit down and grind the past years and so that’s when guys will start rising when you get the chance to really get deep into their production from years past.”


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From the previous blog:

Totally amazing to me that guys are advocating taking Cousins in the second round. It's the same guys who were ready to run Henne out of town after year one. What in God's green earth does anyone see in Cousins? There's very little upside with this guy. Doesn't do anything particularly well and makes bad decisions at key points in the game. If you want more of the same, then Cousins is your guy.
Professor Lou and JS, I just don't get your thinking on Foles. He's going to get KILLED in the NFL. The guy just can't move. You're not going to be able to improve that. Teams will throw the kitchen sink at him and he won't be able to get out of the way of the pass rush. Lou, you're talking about Manning and Brady? Come on! Brady's played behind one of the best OL's to come along in years and same with Manning, plu both are extremely smart. Are we really putting this guy in the same category?
Lou, my comment about him quitting was something I read from a number of scouts. The book on him was that the team was going so badly he simply started chucking it. You through out his stats from last year. Stats don't tell the whole story. Take a look at what he did when it mattered. That's what you did with Tannehill. How come you didn't do the same with Foles?

Also from the last blog

Sorry, I'm not OK with 'if Foles fails, then you only gave up a 4th round pick for him, oh well'. To me, a wasted pick is a wasted pick and that's what he is in my book. I feel the same way about Cousins. The only other guy I'd consider, other than Tannehill, is Weeden but I'm only lukewarm on him now too. Too many scouts saying 'he's just another guy'. Too many saying 'he's another Chris Weinke'. Are they right? No idea. But I'm not as high on Weeden as I was. If we can't get Tannehill or Weeden, I'd prefer we not waste another pick on a QB. I'd be fine with going with the two guys we have this year and drafting a guy next year. Not impressed with the rest of the QB's in the class.

YG from the last blog,

We have a draft in a week. I'm not sure why you are on to next year already. It's 18 months away. There's an awful lot that can happen between now and then. At this point we have NO idea if Moore will be back for the 2012 season. What if he goes out and leads this team to the playoffs this year? Is the team going to turn around and start Tannehill over him? I doubt that very much. Moore wants to start and I'm not sure there will be many opportunities for him around the league. If he's comfortable here and has success here he'll stay here (see Pennington). But all that aside, you don't draft Cousins because you need a starter for 2013. YOu draft him because you're convinced he can be something special in this league. I don't see it and I pray to God that Jeff Ireland doesn't see it either. I see nothing in this guy.

My ideal plan would be to have Tannehill sit for a year or two before playing. This team has never has the patience to do that before. If given the time I believe Tannehill has the skills to be a good QB in this league. I'm obviously in the minority on this one but what else is new.

That should have said 'Moore back for the 2013 season'.

i wouldnt draft tannehill but we all know they will, so ill agree he should sit. we already know this team will win 5 or 6 games so we will get another solid draft pick next year. just keep rebuilding, 2 or 3 years we can be back

"(On if he keeps the Number 8 pick if that player has to make an impact this season) -“Not necessarily. I mean an impact. You like to be able to say that he’d be an impact player this year. But you also have to have a vision for the player whether or not he’s going to play this year or next year or the year after that."

Spoken by: Jeff Ireland

Who said on the last blog that Ireland would not draft Tennhill because he wouldn't make an immediate impact?

If Ireland's words are true, you are dead wrong.


As a gm, you had better think what effect onme decision could have on your team overall. By all accounts most experts say Tannehill may need upto to 3 yrs to become a starter.

So, youre telling me if you were Moore and witnessed drafting a qb #8, you have a great chance to be a starter into a the future? Especially knowing you're a fa beginning next year?

Ok, lets say Matt Moore becomes a top 10 qb this year and shockingly leads us to the playoffs and a AFC championship appearance, though we lose. Good for the team, but a quagmire for Ireland.

Moore's not going to resign without a guarantee to be a starter. Under this scenario he'll be a huge hot commodity fa. It would take a mint to resign him because other teams will be in hot pursuit.

So, now to resign him we shell out mega-bucks, but its unlikely he wants to resign with us because we just drafted a QB #8. He'll rather go somewhere he has a better guarantee of being a longterm starter.

All of this means Tannehill's unlikely to get 3yrs to sit, or even two year to sit. Especially if Moore has a great season, leaves in fa, and we havent a clue what Garrard has left.

Dude, any decision made today, you have to evaluate if it will cause greater problems in the future. If you're running your own life like that, at some point, you're completely asking for disaster. Any decision Ireland makes this year, greatly impacts, what happens next year. Just glad you arent running this team with that kind of tunneled vision.

miamis pick is no secret, they will take tannehill at 8


How many times has Ireland spoken great of roster players, only to see them "disappear" in a few weeks.

Most recently, ask Yeremiah Bell, how believing what Ireland publically says works out. LOL

miamis pick is no secret, they will take tannehill at 8

Posted by: dusty bottoms | April 20, 2012 at 04:33 PM

LOL....Dusty drinking the kool-aid.....

common sense says...Tannehenne is NOT the pick....do you routinely show your hand when playing poker......

If the answer is NO....then why do you think Ireland would....its ONLY a BILLION DOLLAR business.....

You guys crack me up....

Personally, I really dont give a crap, if Ireland selects Tannehill #8. After 15 seasons, I've gotten pretty used to inconsistent play at our qb position.

I have no dreams of grandieur of this again becoming a sb team, unless truly the right decisions are made. I also see most of you have become quite skilled at whining. So why should Ireland go and change all of that?

If we could only put a real team on the playing field as skilled at winning as this blog is at whining. We'll finally bring home another sb trophy. LOL

Ireland surprises us all...he trades up to pick the best OL man in the draft.....

Skill position players get all of the glory when a great oline makes it all possible. Just like you wont truly find out how much you miss getting laid until you suffer from limp dick.

Then it wont matter how big, small, or how good you were or were'nt, at using it. LOL

kris course not, nobody smart would. now use your brain and remember who our gm is, bingo its tannehill


now I get it....

Add all the skill positions you want. But until this oline has been correctly addressed, we'll have the biggest limp dick in the entire nfl. LOL

Sweet! We're gonna draft Tannehill's family!!!

trades up,lol well he is legally retarded kris so he could try that also.

Hey Jeffy... Yeah you Jeff, The SCOUT, you know, Mr. 50%.

I got a few suggestions for your own personal OTA this weekend Mr. 50%;

harakiri (腹切り

Seppuku (切腹?, "stomach-cutting"

nyg used to be in love with blackmon, that kid is falling like crazy. as he should, taking wrs top 10 is beyond dumb

Sweet! We're gonna take Tannehill's family!!!

He sounds prepared...Lets just hope that he doesnt feel the need to trade up for a running back again.


I would grab him in the 1st round. Who else can we walk away with that is going to be a play maker Ryan Tannehill? Tannehill was way up there in the high 20's and the pundits in NY who KNOW the Dolphins are desperate for a QB have done with Tannehill just like speculators have done with the price of a barrel of oil.

Blackmon was at 8 and is 10. Some team, not Miami when they draft Blackmon is going to have a playmaker.


1. Andrew Luck*

2. Robert Griffin III*

3. Matt Kalil

4. Trent Richardson*

5. Morris Claiborne*

6. Fletcher Cox*

7. Luke Kuechly*

8. Melvin Ingram

9. Ryan Tannehill

10. Justin Blackmon*

11. Mark Barron

12. David DeCastro*

13. Dont'a Hightower*

14. Quinton Coples

15. Michael Brockers*

16. Chandler Jones*

17. Michael Floyd

18. Riley Reiff*

19. Stephon Gilmore*

20. Dontari Poe

21. Cordy Glenn

22. Jerel Worthy*

23. Shea McClellin

24. Dre Kirkpatrick*

25. Courtney Upshaw

26. Kendall Wright

27. Jonathan Martin*

28. Janoris Jenkins

29. Harrison Smith

30. Stephen Hill*

31. Andre Branch

32. Mike Adams

My ideal plan would be to have Tannehill sit for a year or two before playing. This team has never has the patience to do that before.

Posted by: Craig M | April 20, 2012 at 04:10 PM

Oh no? Does the name Henne ring a bell? Beck?

Everyone will read into this... and apparently I'm about to, too:
SO here goes.

*Not going to trade up. May trade down, but looking for rare value.
*Pick at #8 will be defense (he mentions D more than any other aspect).
*He'll pick more than one WR. Both he and Joe love talking draft WRs.
*He plans on addressing a need that's hitting him in the face -- do I need to say it?
*Tannehill is not as high on his board as everyone else thinks.
*There is at least one O-lineman in consideration for the #8 pick, but I think there's a playmaker or two above him on Jeff's board.

Jeff would Like some extra picks -- not sure if he's willing to make trades to get them though.

Jeff has had a lot of opinions in his ear, supposedly asked for, and he supposedly listened.

*Philbin has his respect. Maybe as an equal.

OK, I'm out to dry. Predictions set. Gulp.
Come on Jeffy, Papa needs a new pair of shoes!

..and a QB. and 2 WRs. and a DE....

no thanks on blackmon at 8, or any other wr

Julio Jones didn't even help get Matt Choke Ryan a playoff win. He was over drafted. Blacman will fall.


Who is going to catch the ball? Who is going to be throwing the ball and to who? After all, supposedly we are shifting to a WCO west coast O and we throw out Marshall.

No worries though db... History, I mean Jeff THE SCOUT Ireland repeats himself so not losing any sleep on getting anyone at all. BUT, there is going to be plenty of hysteria and celebrating going on for teams around us that hit the jackpot.

no wr should go that high.

Who said on the last blog that Ireland would not draft Tennhill because he wouldn't make an immediate impact?

If Ireland's words are true, you are dead wrong.

Posted by: Really?

I said it and I stand by it. I don't think Ireland will draft Tannehill because he will have no impact in 2012, and let's face it, Ireland's job is on the line. Ireland needs someone who can play now. Do you really think he would come out and state he has no intention of drafting Tannehill? Ireland also said the Dolphins were in WIN NOW mode and then preceded to use free-agency to draft depth. You can't believe a word out of his mouth. I will be SHOCKED if Ireland drafts Tannehill.

WTH!, I'm not nn, but oscar canosa.

I can say this... Belichick and Rex would adore getting Blackmon.

Blackmon for Brady = another trip to the bowl.
Blackmon for Rex = getting close to the championship and saving Rex's job for another season.

they both have a tractor trailer full of ammo and Rex is very aggressive as we seen.


If Ireland's words are true, you are dead wrong.

Posted by: Really? | April 20, 2012 at 04:29 PM

Ireland rarely, if EVER, tells the media the truth. Players either depending on who you ask(Yeremiah Bell).

SO, if Irelands words are false, you are.......?

Disclaimer: This was meant as a tongue in cheek reply. So PLEASE don't go and get all twisted about it ;)



If Ireland's words are true, you are dead wrong.

Posted by: Really?

How gullible can you be. Nothing any GM says a week before the draft should be taken seriously. It's far more likely the opposite of whatever they say is true.


Better question: Who's going to be throwing the ball in 2013? We already know it wont be Tannehill in 2012. Draft Tannehill at #8, you guarantee Moore wont be coming back in 2013. He becomes a fa. A really good season puts him high on almost all of the teams needing an upgrade at starting qb radar next year.

Think he'll resign with Miami knowing they just spent a #8 at qb in 2012? Who knows what Garrard will be. Tannehill may be forced to start out default in 2013. Experts say he needs to sit at least "two" fullseasons before coming on the field. SWome even say sit 3 full season.

Tannehill becoming a starter in 2013 under any circumstance welcomes complete disaster in his grooming. Further more, it also doesnt much matter who you have at wr, when you have a starting qb not ready to play and a still suspect oline protecting.

Under anticipation of worst case scenario its better to spend the #8 on DeCastro, greatly improving the oline, and 2nd rd pick on Cousins who's far more starter ready than Tannehill.

It is real simple. Miami needs a franchise QB. We all know this. If Sherman and Philbin truly believe in this kid, they will draft him.

And.... Give him every chance to start this year!!! He knows the system! Why sit him?? Play him now!!

Also, the benifit of drafting Cousins 2nd rd, we've greatly improved the oline(DeCastro) and Matt Moore will be more likely to stay around, feeling he has greater chance to be starting. Because our committment to qb(2nd rd) isnt as great as a #8 committment. Givng Cousins more time to sit and develop properly.

Also, worst case scenario, I much rather see Cousins behind center in yr 2 than Tannehill. He's far more starter ready at this point in his career. Also a great oline makes the game easier for everyone on both sides of the ball.


Starting Tannehill in year 1 nearly guarantees one thing. We'll have 1st overall pick in 2013.

But I get it, it will be like trading our #8 pick this year, to move up and grab Matt Barkley 1st overall in 2013. You are a freaking genius man! LOL

We may even be able to get a 7th rd pick for Tannehill once we draft Matt Barkley 1st overall next year. WOW!

Listened to Dan Patrick interview Tannehill this morning.

DP asked him what makes him think he's a top QB draft pick:

TANNY: Well, I've got all the tools, all the skills of a good QB, .. the arm strength,...(blah blah) footwork, ... (yatta yatta) throw on the run , ... (blah blah) work ethic -- heart ---drive --- I think I'll be... (so forth)

Gruden asked the same question to Weeden:

I win football games.

Food for thought.

Whatever happens, we all all know the Dolphins need a lot of work!!

Lets see:

Last time we had a close to very good oline, we had a game managing noodle-armed qb. Still we were afc east champs(11-5), Ted Ginn Jr was our #1wr, finished top 5 rushing. But was bounced from the playoffs because the Ravens defense was totally unconcerned about him noodled-arm CP beating them deep.

That's what happened last time we had close to a very good oline in Miami. We won the divison, despite having Ted Ginn Jr #1 wr and noodle-arm CP at qb. That's a fact!

I read your post above on Foles and I can say at no point in time during the 2011 season did he quit in any game.
To me, that says a lot about his character and competitiveness. His team sucked and he still competed to the very end. I look at what he accomplised on that suckbag of a team he played on I have to give him a lot of credit.
Again, I'm not saying he's the franchise guy this team needs. I'm just saying that, when I compare him to Tannehill there is no comparison. Foles is the better prospect. I don't care that Tannehill is mobile. If he can't hit the broad side of a barn who cares if he can move around in the pocket to escape pressure.

Ireland is an idiot and loser and we will never win anything while he's here. Period

Doesnt matter how good youir wr and qb is when your qb is consistently running for his life people.

I would say many of the posters here are idiots and would do a far worse job than Ireland if they were gm. They truly put the cart before the horse in many of our urgent team needs.

If they were farmers, they would never figure out why the plow wont pull the mule.

Ireland= hitler,Stalin, the devil

The gutless punk had a chance to trade up and get RG3 and blew it. Now, the redskins and colts will both be good and we will be in last place for 5 to 10 years. We are officially the Matt Millen Detroit lions.

The redskins will win more games next year than we will in the next 5 combined.

Sure the team still has many needs. But they have to solved in a chronological well thought out order. A house may need a roof and a floor too. But if you put the roof on before pouring the concrete floor. How much sense would that make.

How can you put in the windows before building the walls? A house needs windows and walls, so why pull your hair out trying to figure how to put the windows in before the walls are up. LOL

Ireland and Ross could mess up a free lunch. They could lose at tic tac toe. They could fail to get a base on a walk. They could miss a barn with a cannon. They make death and taxes not certain. They are horrible evil people who have destroyed this team.

Darth Vadar vs Ireland? Darth.

When people on losing teams say, "at least ". " isn't our GM", the answer across the entire nfl is now Ireland

The dolphins can no longer compete with most college teams and it's Ireland's fault because he doesn't understand that you have to have a QB.

It seems many of you refuse to pay attention to what the HC says and are focused more on candy and prizes the pundits mock drafts.

Direct quote from Coach Philbin (ok, I know some of you know better than he does but for those few with an open mind)

“My feeling as I watched the tape, the offensive line needs to get better if our quarterback position is going to play better, so that’s going to be a priority. And we have to make sure that happens as we move forward.”

Read more here: http://www.miamiherald.com/2012/04/02/2725083/miami-dolphins-offensive-line.html#storylink=cpy

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