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The Jeff Ireland press conference right here

As you know, Jeff Ireland spoke to the media today. It'll be the last time he speaks to the media until free agency.

This is everything he said:

(On if having so many picks in the draft changes his approach to the combine) – “It doesn’t change too much, we brought every single person in the building. So we have eyes on every single player at the combine, we brought 55 personnel and coaches to the Combine, so we’ve got a lot of eyes on a lot of different guys so it really doesn’t change the process. We are trying to prioritize who we are looking at, what we are looking at, this is an information gathering process. No firm decisions are made during this time period, we are just gathering all the information in and then we will start analyzing it as the information comes in.”

(On philosophy with the 12th pick, fill a need or best player available, in the 2013 Draft) -  “Its early in the process, but we are going to try to, that’s obviously the first goal you would like to take the best player available, but it depends on what you do in free agency, it depends on some of your needs and depends on what’s there when you take the pick.”

(On taking a player when ‘public perception’ may think it’s a reach) – “Well if history repeats itself, I really don’t care what the public perception is. I care about what my scouts say and what my eyes are telling me. So we have our own evaluations that we go into and sometimes you have a need there, sometimes you have the grade and they have to marry to each other when they do you take the player.”

(On if this a do or die or make or break off season for the Dolphins) – “I would probably say neither of those, I think it’s a very, very important time period for this off-season. We have put a lot into getting into this position, so obviously we are in a position by design and so we plan to use some of the money and plan to draft the best players available if we can and try to address some of the needs and musts that we have on our football team.”

(On how important it is to resign Brian Hartline) – “Well in terms of our free agents, were going to address every player that is a free agent. As it relates to anyone in particular, I am not going to discuss how our negotiations are going at this point, but it is important to get the guys that we are trying to get back, it’s important to get those guys done certainly before the (March) 8th, no doubt about it.”

(On his opinion of the franchise tag and the likelihood of the team using it in 2013) – “Well it’s a resource certainly, and you have to evaluate how negotiations are going with certain particular players, but there are a lot of things that go into the franchise tag. A lot of different opinions, a lot of different aspects of when you use it when you don’t use it, why you use it. So in terms of this year, there is certainly a likelihood that we could use it, but on particular who we haven’t made that decision yet.”

(On how much stock is put into what a player does at the Combine) –“I always say that if you’re doing your job your making decisions based on what they do when they have pads on and so we try to put a grade on them at the end of December and maybe at the end of February that we just got meeting on and that doesn’t change when you get the results from here you just try to analyze what they are. Certainly the higher draft choices you want the ability on the field to marry to the ability in shorts. And certainly the later draft choices in my opinion you are looking for upside so you are looking for very good athletes and some of the things like that, so you are looking for more athletic ability at least that is what I am looking for.”

(On why none of the Dolphins free agents are signed yet) – “Well we are going through a process, I don’t think that we had to get them done on the first of January or there was no date, right now the date that I have in my head is March 9th is to get those guys done before they get into that period. So we have taken on the evaluation of our coaching staff we have been very thorough in that process, finding out what fits and when you have as many of them as we do you just can’t make knee jerk reactions on certain guys and getting certain guys signed. So we have taken a very thorough evaluation, we have met on it many times so this is the time period we are starting to talk to them and get some things done.”

(On if he learned anything new about Joe Philbin that he didn’t know during the hiring process) – “Not really, Joe and I kind of hit it off from the beginning. He is very thorough, he doesn’t get too high, he doesn’t get too low. A very highly organized, got a great thought process involved, so all those things I knew going into his first year and it’s more enhanced now that we have got better communication and we have spent more time together. I think he knows what I am about and I know a little bit more of what he is about so it has been a very good marriage at this point.”

(On if he thinks that he has a mainstay at quarterback in Ryan Tannehill) – “As I have said before, Ryan has got 35, 36 games under his belt as starting quarterback combined from a college and pro career and you would normally like to have 35 games under your belt as a graduating senior, so I think that there is a bunch of upside left in Ryan’s potential and I like what I see so far. I love his intangible makeup, I love his athletic skill set. We have a long way to go, he knows that, but he can get a lot better, I am very confident in that.”

(On how wide he sees the gap between the top team and the rest of the division) –“There is a gap, certainly they have won the division quite a bit, so we have to close that gap. To say that, I think it’s a five game gap right now in wins and losses, so that’s where the gap is. So we have to close that gap and we plan to do our best job, put our best foot forward getting that done this off-season. Now whether we can completely close the gap, we have to get back on the field and close the gap on the field, it doesn’t make a lot of sense to talk about it right now.”

(On what he got out of the Hard Knocks experience and if he would do it again) – “We sat and talked about whether or not we were going to do it or not and Joe I think made the famous statement ‘I don’t think any games are going to be won by doing it and I don’t think any games are going to be lost by doing it’, and I still feel the same way. It was a good experience, those guys are extremely professional people. The days go by and you really don’t really know that they are there, other than the fact that the guy is sitting there with a mic as soon as I open my door in my office. I enjoyed it, it was good exposure for our franchise and again NFL Films and Hard Knocks they do an outstanding job.”

(On using Ryan Tannehill mobility more going forward) – “You are asking the wrong guy, my title is General Manager not Head Coach, so I know he did some of that in college, he had some long runs. Again, I like his athletic skill set, that is one of the reasons we drafted him as high as we did. But how we use him and things like that, that is going to be up to (offensive coordinator) Mike (Sherman) and Joe (Philbin).”

(On his theory or philosophy on how he approaches ‘big-ticket’ free agents as opposed to the less expensive) –“You are always looking for value, and certainly to get production you hope that matches the value for what you are going to get. Everybody wants a bargain, and free agency, if you are going to play in free agency there are not just a ton of bargains out there especially if you are playing at the top of the market. So you just have to feel confident that what you are paying for is what you are getting, and that has always been a philosophy of mine is that the value and the production, the value and the ability and the evaluation, they match and that you are not overpaying for a lesser talented player.”

(On how he compares this year’s draft to past years in terms of difference makers) – “I think there are some difference makers, difference makers I am sure you are referring to maybe some of the skill positions players, but I look at it maybe a little bit differently. I look at difference makers in the offensive line, maybe defensive line, maybe there is a safety out there, so maybe your vision of a difference maker may not be the same. I think there is good depth in the draft, I think in our last meeting we talked about 250 players that we liked a lot, so I think that there is pretty good depth.”

(On how he brings the coaches into a process that he has been working at for months following the end of the season) – “I have always used the saying, ‘scouts help you bring the information to the bridge and without the coaches you can’t cross the bridge.  So you have to have both involved in this evaluation, period.  So again like said we brought our entire coaching staff here.  This is the first time that as General Manager I brought every single person.  Our building is empty right now so, but again, it’s a very critical period for us.  I wanted all eyes on all the players and the mental aspect of the scheme fit is important to us and so we have our coaches talk football with them so we get them involved in that regard.  I think it’s a very important aspect of things.  In terms of the final decision, I mean that’s a collective, it’s a collective process.  Joe and the coordinator and position coach on that particular player, maybe.  We’re going to sit down.  We’re going to watch them together.  If we don’t see it eye to eye then we’ll sit down and we’ll watch the tape together and in trying to get that process right.”

(On if there is any friction between the scouts and the coaches) - “I’ve never really been involved with a lot of friction.  We’re all professionals.  The scouts, we work in professional football and I expect my scouts and I expect my coaches to be professionals in their regard.  No we live in a world where we’re paid for an opinion and so you’re going to have an opinion and you’re going to have an opinion and they don’t always mesh, they don’t always marry.  You like it when they do.  Quite frankly I like when they don’t.  But it creates more debate involved in that and debate is problem solving and that’s ultimately what the head coach and the GM are interested in, charged with as solving problems.”

(On the new aptitude test that is being administered) -“I really don’t know a whole lot about it and they have not given us a lot of information about it, so they’re just going to give us the results and how its being tested. I’m sure it’s early and new and so we’re going to get into it a little bit more.”

(On what the Wonderlic was not providing) -“It’s been used quite a bit and I think there’s maybe some concern that maybe people outside the combine are getting a hold of it possibly.”

(On CBA and the salary cap roll over) - “Well we’ve got good cap space so I like it.  So right now I do anyway. I think that it’s been a positive thing for us.  Being able to, what you don’t spend (is that what you’re talking about.  What you don’t spend in one year you can roll back over the next year?)  I think it’s good because certain things, you know, certain players you’re trying to get done maybe in the current year, you can’t get that person done so you’re going to use that money to do him next year.  So you don’t want that money to go away.  You want to be able to use that process.  And now with the cap not going up is, maybe the 7% and I think teams need all the dollars.”

(On if there is a percentage that he has in mind for his current free agents as well as going after other free agents) -  “I haven’t necessarily look at from a percentage stand point.  We know the guys we want back on our team and we know the guys that we’re going to potentially go after in the market so we’ll maybe analyze it, maybe a little bit different than that.  Right now I think the plan is, it’s a strong plan to try to do a little bit of both and we’ll see where it goes from there.”

(On teams taking a chance on a talented player with character questions) – “Well character and makeup, I’ve talked a lot about it.  Always talked a lot about it, it’s been  part of my philosophy since I was in Dallas.  I certainly like guys that are highly competitive, that can learn.  They’re dependable.  Highly passionate about football.  So that’s always going to be a part of my process of player procurement process and Joe certainly wants those dependable guys in the locker room.  Look, we’re not, there’s going to be guys on our football team that are going to make mistakes and we’re aware of that.  You know moving forward those decisions that were in the past, those weren’t all just character.  There were some other things involved that which I’m not going to get into.  But I’m proud of the team that we’ve assembled.  I’ve got a great, strong locker room.  I think that’s, you it’s youthful, and I think that gives you the best opportunity when you have a good locker room, with good chemistry to continue to grow as a group.”

(On how important it is to bring back players from a continuity standpoint) - “Well I think it’s important to bring back key members of it.  Again, it’s going to be their choice too.  Well they want to come back but it’s a process involved.  And we’re going to try to bring back the guys that we feel like are necessary to bring back to continue moving in the right direction.”

(On if he looks at what guys do with their Twitter feeds) - “It’s something new, for sure.  And I’m not very good at it but I know I have guys on my staff that are very good at it and they follow it and they look at it.  I don’t know how much of the evaluation process that it’s taking in.  Again it’s more information in what they’re saying and maybe there’s a sense of maturity that goes along with being a heavy twitterer, is that right language, heavy twitterer.  My guys on my staff are very good at it.  They follow a lot of college athletes and I think it’s going to be a little bit bigger process as we move forward.”

(On when he started putting more emphasis on Twitter and Social Media) - “Might have been in the last two years for sure that we spent some time talking about it but more or less it’s on the individual scout to really to grind in to what they’re saying and you know we don’t actually pull up their twitter page or anything in a meeting aspect but the individual scout or the national scout or may be even the college director may bring a snippet of information to the process.”

(On if there’s an obligation to sign a big name, high priced free agent) - “You know we’re just trying to help our football team move in the right direction.  I don’t really feel the pressure there has to be a name guy.  If that particular player we thinks going to help our football team move forward and take a big step then if he has a big name, great.  If he helps our football team that’s our first and foremost primary reason why we’re signing the player.”

(On the 3 day window going to change what he does as a team) - “You know I don’t exactly how it’s going to change things.  I don’t know that there’s going to be a lot done in the first 24 hours of that time period.  That’s just a guess.  Some of the bulk of what we can get done needs to happen before that time and so that’s what we’re trying to get done and then that 3 day window is going to be, it’s obviously going to be competitive because of that openness of negotiating.  So but exactly how it’s going to change things I’m not exactly sure yet.”

(On if the first day of the negotiating period is now replacing the first day of free agency) - “Yeah, you could look at it that way.  I mean, you know, you can now exchange papers but you can’t bring the player in.  But then there’s three days of that.  So whatever you give to an agent in the first 24 hours you’ve got 48 hours left to continue doing your work.  So, it’s a sketchy.”

(On if there is a role for Reggie Bush on this team) - “Certainly, certainly, certainly would.  You’d love to have his skill set on the football team.  I mean Reggie has a unique set of skill sets.  He’s been a receiver, he’s been a primary running back.  So I definitely see a role for that type of skill set.”

(On if it’s realistic for Reggie Bush to be an every down back on this team) - “Again, you’re asking the wrong guy for that. That’s a coaching question.”

(On him having to make the contract commitment) -“Yes.   Absolutely.  So we know again, we’ll just have to see how things go.  We’ve got a couple of more days of talking to our own guys and we’ll see how that goes.”

(On Jake Long saying it’s up to the Dolphins now if he would be back) - “Well, you know we’ve talked with Jake.  We’ve talked with his representative as well.  We’ve made our desire to have him back on this football team known.  But that’s a tricky one as I said at the Senior Bowl.  There’s a lot of different things that normally you don’t have in that particular case.  Some of the details I don’t really want to get into, to be honest with you but there’s just a complicated negotiation.  But, you know, so we’ll have to see how things go as well.  I’d love to have it back.  He’s been a pillar for our football team since the day he step on campus and I don’t see that thing changing either if he get him back.”

(On Jake Long’s injury history playing a factor in whether he comes back) - “No.  It’s just something that we look at.  I don’t want to say it’s issue.  I’'s something you look at.  We have more intimate knowledge of his health than probably anybody else so it’s something that we’re aware of.  And not something we have to get over or it’s an issue but something we know about.”

(On the tight end position and how his evaluation of the position has changed) - “No it goes back to what’s being played in college and that position that’s not primarily playing a traditional on the line of scrimmage, hand in the dirt, wide tight end as we would call it.  You got a lot of detached receiver types that fit a tight end body type and so and then then when you play a system that uses a Y in the hand traditional tight end you’re trying to sometimes project that player and projection in business is difficult.  But you don’t have to project the aspect of him being in the slot and running down the middle of the field and maybe getting open from different prospective, but you just have to make sure that player that you’re drafting from the college standpoint, where he plays, marries to the scheme that you’re playing you scheme.  Basically.”

(On the franchise tag and continuity at cornerback) -“Well I think there’s several players that are our current free agents that would be an option for the tag.  I have not ruled out Sean (Smith) as being an option there.  But again, we’ve got several more days left before we have to make that decision.  Pretty good idea where we’re going with it but things could change daily, hourly.  Continuity at the cornerback position always something you’re looking for.  So certainly Sean’s an option and maybe if we do use the tag, you know that’s for continuity reasons and then obviously you know having him back on the team would be certainly I would like to do as well.”

(On how important is having Randy Starks back) - “Well it’s very important to have Randy back if we could get it done.  I’m not really worried about where we’re playing (Jared) Odrick or the fact of the matter is we have a very good defensive line and keeping that in tack is a focus of mine.  It’s a strength, continue to build the strength is a focus of mine.  I don’t want to let that strength become just average.  I like where it’s at and keeping that a main stay is important to me.”

(On how much he would like to have Matt Moore back)  - “Well again Matt, there’s a lot of reasons why you’d want Matt back on your football team.  Matt’s been an outstanding teammate.  Been a good mentor for Ryan.  He was excellent when Chad (Henne) and him were in the room last year.  So there’s a lot of things of why you would want him back in the football team.  So, again, like every other free agent we’ve talked about there’s a process in place and you know they are all great character guys and it’s a business decision we have some tough decisions to make but again, I wish I could have them all back but I’m going to be disappointed and maybe possibly one of those guys are going to be disappointed if this doesn’t get done.”

(On bringing back experienced corners and how it affects the Sean Smith negotiations) - “We have some guys, I don’t know where you see a leverage or not, we have a guy that was injured and two guys that were injured that ended up one didn’t finish the season and one we end of claiming, Dimitri (Patterson).  So Sean started almost every single game he’s been since 2008.  Having that continuity back with Sean is important but we’ll have to see how that thing goes.”

(On talks if talks with Sean Smith have been optimistic) - “I guess optimistic.  We had a meeting the other day and I left it optimistic, but, still a long way to go with that one.”


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Smoke and Mirrors.....why would anyone expect different when irefiend interviews with the media....

Jeff Ireland is CLUELESS.


That is what ALL GM's do. A GM would have to be as dumb as Craig M to tell the media what their true intentions are.

Ireland may well be as dumb as Craig M

Dolphins GOTTA get a GM who's won't lose as many
quality players as they land..

Still an idiot Ireland!

Is there a worse GM in any sport?

The idea is to help the Dolphins get better because they've posted records of 7-9, 7-9, 6-10, and 7-9 with Jeff Ireland as GM.. What you see is what you get.. Do you really expect the Dolphins to get with the same guy calling the shots????

I guess Ireland truly sucks , well if he does it again this year he will be fired its due or die with all this talk about cap space and picks

Parcels got us to 11-5 and we just kinda didn't improve at all

Now he's talking about signing small name free agents

What that said in layman terms is Smith will get the tag, Starks will get paid and Moore will get a one way ticket out of So.Forida. It also sounded like we are going to spend some money in free agency.I hope we go defensive in FA but it didn't sound like Jeff was exploring that option.

Is he blowing smoke or just blowing

If you give Starks, Smith, Hartline, Long, and Bush their money you then have no money for free agency.

I think we all sit here and hope we are going to sign a basket full of play makers, but the reality probably is that we are going to sign one maybe two legit play makers in free agency. At six to eight million per pop you have money for 4 maybe five and when you start talking about 10 to 12 million you are really going to have to make some hard choices.

I bet we are all scratching our head after the free agency period.

Go Dolphins!Personally going to temper down my wish list for free agency. Its not going to happen they way we all want it to.

Stop moaning guys... I'm pretty optimistic about this off-season... We beat some good teams last year and we'll be a much better team come this September. Joe Philbin has his head screwed on, we're gonna be tough to beat in 2013. 10 wins and wildcard is definitely possible

to Mika-Donna Wallace!

I thought he sounded pretty impressive and answered all the questions as honestly as he could.

I mean he couldn't be totally honest in that situation. When asked if thought this was a do or die season he said no, yet he has 55 people at the combine.

I never heard him say he was looking for small free agents. He said if they think a player will help the team it doesn't matter if they have a big name or not.

He has certainly gotten alot more open with media. You would have never got that much from Parcells.

The have been telling us the same thing since the regular season ended.

They have plan, they have money to spend and extra draft picks.

There gonna spend the money, some on our own free agents, some in the market.

I feel pretty optimistic that there on top of it. Time will tell but I feel better about it than I did this time last year.

the whiner family is back

Stephen Ross has got to be wondering if S Florida is stupid enough to subsidize a guy worth 4.4 BILLION!!

I have not ruled out Sean (Smith) as being an option there.

-Jeff Ireland

Really Jeff??????

Cause I think his play over the years would have done that long before Feb 21st....

If Ireland tags smith.....I swear he needs to Fire himself....

Stephen Ross has got to be wondering if S Florida is stupid enough to subsidize a guy worth 4.4 BILLION!!

Posted by: Vazman | February 21, 2013 at 07:28 PM

Especially with the on the field garbage product he has presented.

Stephen Ross is a republican who doesnt want to help the needy thru higher taxes but wants the taxpayers to help him amass MORE THEN 4.4 BILLION!!

You people suck


Its a process Kris but I don't think he can marry the idea of himself and being fired.

He must have used the word marry a 100 times.lol

Btw. Did you expect him to say hell to the no on Sean Smith in front of a camera?

Marc, what really sucks are the Dullfins.

Thanks Marc. I like you too.

When all else fails blame Ireland and Ross for everything this team was in big trouble way before these two came along to rebuild an organization take some time we are not that far away . After this offseason we should be back.

I'm with Rick, Jeff was pretty open, as open as he could be. He said that he's not in a hurry to sign some of our FAs because he's waiting for March 9 to March 12 to let them test the Market. Pretty smart, I'd say.

Not you Rick


I know Mark I was just being silly.

Ross has a lot of nerve asking for handouts without firing Irescum.....when he's worth 4.4 BILLION!!!!!!!

Even the Sun Life company is leaving the Dullfins. They dont want to be associated with a pathetic loser team anymore.

Did Ireland tell us anything or nothing? He did a good job of doing both.

Dolfan Rick....

It was meant as kind of a joke....although.....I am not opposed to the idea of Ireland not working for the FINS.....

And to answer your question....I think some players you can rule out almost immediately....when franchise tag is concerned....I think Smith qualifies as one of those people....even in the press....

I myself really don't care if Ireland's personality is a long way from warm and fuzzy, that is not a criteria for being a GM. Let's face it, it takes a strange kind of person to devote your life to scouting players, even if it does sound like a fun job.

If he can manage this upcoming FA and draft successfully, defined by results in 2013, it will be all good with me.

Ireland is at the combine looking for hooka moms.

Those of you that still think hooka jokes are funny are either 10 years old or extremely immature and dumb.

Yeah, its not funny its sad how classless Irescum is. He should've been fired right at that Dez Bryant debacle.


TGH scottbibs,

If you are considering paying some illiterate dumbazz millions of dollars, you can ask whatever da fuh you want!!!

Well while it's a hell of a way to have to look at things, I'm pulling for Ireland because I'm not excited about what it would take to get him fired.

That would be yet another losing season and more failed draft picks and free agent additions. Of course which would bring yet another rebuilding process.

I've seen GMs come and go and there are really only a few truly good ones. I think Jeff is getting better. He's a hard worker, he's organized, he has a plan that the group seems to be on board with. The biggest thing he needs to do is learn from his mistakes and be open to change if its necessary. He kind of did that drafting Tannehill.

I do think if I were the owner though, this year is make or break, do or die. He's had enough time, it needs to be evident to everyone that this team is better next year. Contending for the playoffs better.

I heard nothing unexpected at this time of year. We just heard a lot of vague answers that we'd expect to hear from any GM. I'm fine with them using the tag on Starks and I like that he said he wants to add to the Dline to make it even stronger.

My guess is one way or the other Jake Long will be here in 2013. That is a hole they don't want to need to fill.

You can bash the guy all u guys want but Ireland was signing acorns to amass alot of money for this yr. Some how he was savvy enough to bring 5 picks in the first three rounds and i believe he drafted our franchise QB last yr. Tanne may not work out but at least he took a QB in the first round.It was legit pick that most of us would have made.

Jake will not be here he will be filling a hole

Jeff will succeed this year he has gotten better every year so far this year he has a lot of amo

Marc go watch hamster videos and whack off your teeny pecker. (or anything else to keep yourself off this blog)

I guess it's happy hour at the combine highballs for all

Sorry I already watched your mother it made me sick

Now now boys play nice

So why did you watch? Sick fool. Eat my dump, that will make you sick too :)

Go back to your other home jerk.

It is 9PM.

Blow me you turd

Jacko is back. Hmmm. Things slow at the truck stop?

People like you should be taken outside and shot

It is 9PM.

Posted by: oscar canosa | February 21, 2013 at 09:01 PM

Obviously it was 9:01pm

My my such language

Your Clock is wrong.

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