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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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Good job Dolfan Rick. You must doing something right. LOL

I was going to say this morning I really like the fact that Ireland took everyone to the combine. Want to get everyone on the same page? Inclusion is great for team work and morale. Who wouldn't want to be on that team going to Indy for the Combine and representing the team?

Let's just remember somehing when trying to re-sign our free agents. They are all part of the teams that could not even finish at 500 the past three years. So why would Ireland give up a ton of money, that we have in cap space, for players that can't win games? It is time to move on,and please do not use the franchise tag. None of them are worthy of spending all of that cap money on. IMO

Ireland said nothing because he's a know nothing.

harleyray, nevertheless these are starters who are the best players on the roster. Letting starters leave and expecting Ireland to replace them AND also add quality playmakers is far beyond Ireland's capabilities. WE CANT AFFORD TO LOSE ANY STARTERS.

I do think Ireland gave us little bits of info although most answers were vague with the intent of giving the team room to maneuver in any case. That's a calculated and wise position.

We definitely have to move on from players that can't win games. Although, I'd like to see some of the guys resigned. I would not be upset if everyone of them walks in FA.


Yes there is a worse GM in football, but English football and at Arsenal FC his name is Ivan gazidis and he does nothing but play to the owners and boards tune and is useless !! He won't sack a manager that has now gone 8 years without a trophy and does nothing to strengthen a team that is average , but come on miami seriously need to close this gap with those pats!! Re-signing STARKS is a priority!!! Also mike Wallace or cordorelle patterson in the draft need to ditch the conservative offence and start stretching the field etc signs last yr but need more weapons and a solid O line to give Tannehill time!! Go fins I love you

Jeff, I know you read this blog. Here's what I think you should do.

Free Agency

Re-sign Brian Hartline : 6 years, $33M -- $Almost 6M a year? Yes, that's what a starting-caliber WR costs. The idea is deal friendly to both sides, with about $10M guaranteed in the first two years and pays a base salary of nearly $9M in the final year, making this really a 5-year, $24M contract. Expected cap 2013 charge: $5M.

Re-sign Randy Starks : 3 years, $22.5M -- It's more than I want pay him, but it keeps a high performer in a Dolphins uniform for 3 more years. Expected cap 2013 charge: $8M.

Re-sign Anthony Fasano : 2 years, $4.5M -- he's not getting a bank-breaker of a deal, but you want to send a message that you will reward players on the team who produce. Expected cap 2013 charge: $2.5M

Re-sign Chris Clemmons : 1 years, $2M -- again, not a big money deal, but you bring him back until you have a solid replacement. Expected cap 2013 charge: $2M

Re-work Dimitri Patterson: 2 years, $4.6M -- Patterson didn't excel or disappoint in his short stay, he just did his job and the Dolphins need guys like that. This allows him to stay in Miami and show whether he should stay beyond 2013. Expected cap 2013 charge: $2M (a $2.6M savings)

Sign Paul Kruger (DE, Baltimore) : 5 years, $43M -- here's your bookend pass rusher to Cam Wake. Expected cap 2013 charge: $8M

Sign Randy Moss (WR, San Francisco) : 1 year, $3M (plus incentives) -- Moss is a veteran role player, motivate with incentives (monetary as well as playing against Belichick twice a year) to keep him in shape and you've added your guy who can take the top off a defense. Expected cap 2013 cost: $3M

Sign Kyle Vanden Bosch (DE, cut by Detroit) : 1 year, $3M -- keep this in mind, you are NOT signing him to be a starter, he's a veteran role player. Expected cap 2013 cost: $3M

Sign Jason Smith (OT, cut by Jets) : 1 years, vet. Min -- He was the 2nd overall pick in 2009. You give him a chance to return to form and see if he can lock down a spot on the line, otherwise you cut him and he costs nothing. Expected cap 2013 cost: $.72M


1st (10) : Eric Fisher, OT, Central Michigan -- since I don't see the Titans competing with the Dolphins or Chargers for the same players, I envision Tennessee would accept a 4th round pick from Miami to move down two spots and allow the Dolphins to leapfrog San Diego in order to select Fisher, the next starting LT.

2nd (42) : Bacarri Rambo, S, Georgia -- Miami's secondary lacks playmakers. While Jeff Ireland supposedly places a premium on CBs over safeties, in my opinion, Rambo gives you a center-fielder type of safety who can allow the CB to play more aggressively.

2nd (54) : Quinton Patton, WR, Louisiana Tech ñ some might call it a reach, but I do not. I see him as a better athlete than Hopkins and someone who has produced beyond what I've seen from Patterson or Allen.

3rd (77) : David Bakhtiari, OT, Colorado -- a guy who should be able to come in and play at just about any position on the OL other than C. I don't know where he's going to play right away (if at all), but I'm looking at him eventually becoming the starting LG.

3rd (82) : Darius Slay, CB, Mississippi State -- the word is that Ireland likes big corners and Slay, at 6' 1î, has size. He also has ball skills, something that Seam Smith did not seem to have.

4th (108 est.) : traded to Tennessee

4th (130 est. compensatory) : Corey Lemonier, DE, Auburn -- looking at Lemonier as a replacement for Koa Misi. He's a very good pass rusher who still needs to develop as a run defender and in coverage but you can teach that. What you can't teach is athleticism and Lemonier has that in spades.

5th (145 est.) : Denard Robinson, WR, Michigan -- sub 4.4 speed with enormous hands and plenty of experience holding onto the ball. This is not a need pick, it's purely based on upside of a kid with raw talent being able to develop into a damn good football player.

Best GM in the NFL by far. only the clueless do not like him. these are the worst fans in sports. idiots that listen to the NY media in miami than bash their own team. These are the same idiots that wanted Matt Ryan, Manning, kolb, Vick, young, ortin, Flynn, and bashed him for getting Matt Moore. Matt Moore is better than anyone of these guys. and yes even washed up manning who cant pass the ball to his right and only wins against oak, SD,KC, JAGS, TENN and Houston. makes the playoffs just to get crushed.

build in the draft. 95% of freeagents are another teams trash. miami took the freeagent rout for 20 years and won nothing. last time we had a good team jimmy johnson used the draft but then the idiots came in and signed freeagents. last time we spent a lot of money in freeagency miami was 1 and 15. use the tag to spend money for 1 year. miami needs to spend 90% of the cap so by tagging a DB miami can use up about 14 million. then it will be off the books for next season. miami fans are to clueless to understand how this works. this is why they live in miami where there is no jobs. owners do not want to have idiots working for them. Jeff Ireland is the Best GM in sports today.

The only thing I want to hear from Jeff Ireland is, "I am leaving the Miami Dolphins".

Can you please send by e-mail me the code for this script or please tell me in detail about this script?

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Ing idiot. Tell me one thing idiot. What championship teams has, the best GM in the NFL build through the draft? I answer that one, nothing and and he won't because he lacks the evaluation talent to build a super bowl team, or even a playoff team... But I wish my phins well this year. I hope luck goes their way for a change because they going to need it!

Ireland is basically a reactionary person. I think everytime he said I dont know... he really doesnt know.
For instance the 3 Day Window question. "Its a quess". No its not. I'm sure when the NFL decided to implement it they had some idea how it would play out. He would sound better saying we have some ideas about what may happen and we have made contingency plans.
But I really think he doesnt know.
Like Mando says. He just reacts to what is happening, and takes what ever falls his way.

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