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Ireland all in this offseason and the reason why

There were, predictably, very few golden nuggets coming out of the Jeff Ireland meeting with the media this afternoon after the Senior Bowl's North squad morning practice in Mobile, Ala.

Ireland wants Jake Long back but it's a tough negotiation and he doesn't want to overpay. We knew that already. He would take Reggie Bush back but the Dolphins have depth at RB and he doesn't want to overpay. We knew that already. He said tight end Michael Egnew will have a good season in 2013, but that's exactly what anyone would expect him to say of a player he picked but didn't produce as a rookie. (Remember Gibril Wilson?)

None of that is news. None of that is all that interesting to me.

This is:

Ireland seemed to acknowledge for the first time that he better do extraordinary things that improve the Dolphins in extraordinary ways this offseason because the mircoscope is on him.

"I think this is the year you've got to do something," Ireland said at one point. "We look forward to making some big news before too long."

"This is a big offseason for us. We understand that," he said later.

He said he's going to be looking for playmakers on offense this year and that the draft, free agency and trades are on the table. He said the Dolphins would explore "revery single opportunity and avenue" for getting better.

So Dolphins general manager Jeff Ireland is seemingly all in this offseason.

It's good that Ireland will apparently adopt that approach because I've complained the Dolphins have been all too passive and, in some cases, inactive the past two offseasons when it came to free agency and trades and alike.

But I believe the reason Ireland may take this new route this offseason has to do on some level with his own status. Ireland admitted he is a "polarizing" figure in South Florida. That's his way of acknowledging that fans hate dislike him.

But Ireland has had the favor of Stephen Ross despite the negative public sentiment because he's been able to convince the Dolphins owner that the franchise is headed in the right direction and has been making wise, long-lasting personnel choices. I suppose to some degree, Ireland has also made the case that he wasn't in charge under Bill Parcells although he's been the general manager since 2008.

But that argument can be made for only so long. And that window is now closed.

It says here Ireland has to emerge from this offseason a winner by making the Dolphins a winner. His moves have to significantly improve the team because A.) He's got so many draft picks and so much salary cap space at his disposal and B.) The argument that building a team takes time and he wasn't responsible for what happened in 2008 and 2009 and 2010 fades considering he was undeniably responsible for all the personnel decisions of 2011, 2012 and this offseason.

Ireland knows (or should know) that if we're sitting here a year from now, in January of 2014, discussing how far the Dolphins continue to be from being a winner, the responsibility for that gap still existing will fall squarely on him and no one else.

It won't be on Joe Philbin, whom the owner respects.

It won't be on assistant coaches, whom Philbin respects.

It won't be on circumstances, because that excuse was exhausted during the Parcells departure and Tony Sparano firing.

It'll be on Ireland, folks.

The bullseye is on him.

And Ireland knows it and is accepting that.

That is why I think Ireland will be aggressive this offseason. That is why I think he will spend money. That is why I think he will consider trades he might not have considered in past years.

The man needs to hit a home run. And to do that, you have to actually take some big swings.

It might be argued that is a sign of Ireland desperation. Maybe. I think it's more an understanding that his time is running short. And unless he posts significant and obvious results that directly translate to the win-loss column, this might be the last chance he gets to work the offseason for the Miami Dolphins.

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Craig,

I believe Pro Bowl and all pro are two totally different things.

Well, YG, I'm not the owner of the Blog, but if I was I'm pretty sure you know you'll be posting somewhere else, no? I belive you are a hindrance to this Blog and we are going to make it so that you won't return here. Ever. Under any name or domain.

I don't find it surprising or unearned that Starks and Cogs were alternates for the pro bowl, especially if they were chosen by the guys who battle with them on the field.

Those two are workers in the trenches. Why are people saying that Starks tailed off in the second half of the season? Is that coming from the coaching staff or stats? Stats don't always tell the whole story.

The Signal,

Are they 'totally' different things? How so? Aren't they both voted on by the players and coaches in one case and the media in the other? Seems like any time you have people voting it is in fact a popularity contest. Is it any different than the Oscars, at the end of the day?

It's all cut from the same cloth at the end of the day and I find it hilarious to listen to that other guy trying to use both sides of the argument to make his point.

Yesterday's Gone 4Ever, Talk football and stop acting like a little prison b+tch. Give insight on the upcoming draft, not getting in slap fights with others. If you don't have any positive football thoughts, ideas, or commentaries. GET OFF THIS BLOG
Run Ricky Run

Dolphins will be good this yr. Ireland is going to try this time.

http://www.palmbeachpost.com/news/sports/football/gm-jeff-ireland-has-dolphins-well-positioned-with-/nT4bf/

Can Ireland Draft players? All of the Dolphins going to the Probowl this year were Free Agents. Not ONE drafted Dolphin made it. ****case closed*****

Did Ireland actually say he is looking for receivers in the late rounds. Wtf?

Did scum bag Ross say he might move the Team if he doesn't get his stadium?

Desperation? Could it be that we finally have a QB, the coach, cap money, and draft picks? That the players available in FA fit our needs? That he position the team for this moment at this time?

Phons 78 and yesterday's gone. You two are obviously in love. Why not get a room and stop boring the rest of us with your lovers spat.

fireland should of been packing with sparano!! the GM who the chefs just hired in KC could of been here last year as a hard nose talent evaluator! and not some castoff from americas team who has spent his tenure at ross'midsection! take philbins advice!!

OK, any GM makes good and bad choices. It's the nature of the draft. Guys can be beasts in College, only to be total busts in the NFL. Can you say Brian Bosworth? Anyway, here's my list of some pretty good, to awesome picks that J. Ireland has made since 2008. Bold names are absolute winners, in my humble opinion.

Vontae Davis, BRIAN HARTLINE, JAKE LONG, CHRIS CLEMMONS, SEAN SMITH, KENDALL LANGFORD, Donald Thomas, Lex Hilliard, Jared Odrick, RESHAD JONES, Austin Spitler, John Jerry, Koa Misi, Jimmy Wilson, MIKE POUNCEY.

So now, after what I consider some pretty savvy managing, we are set to have a tremendous draft, and we also have a TON of cap space. I for one think Mr. Ireland will finally show us how he has built us into a playoff team, and a Super Bowl contender, in the next two years!
Phins Up!

Just a fact to add. Ireland is a huge reason Miami has all these draft choices and all this cap space. This article is written as if he inherited this! He has done a great job! Every team drafts its slackers! Look at all the picks NE has had over the last 5 years how many titles do they have?

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