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Victory Monday: Ireland safe, locker room well, Philbin good

PITTSBURGH -- I reported in my column that appears in Monday's Miami Herald that Dolphins owner Stephen Ross has given Jeff Ireland assurances he is safe in his job as general manager.

It has been long speculated around league circles that Ireland could be something of a scapegoat after this season if the Dolphins didn't reach certain heights -- most likely making the playoffs -- or if the continuing NFL investigation finds some sort of lack of institutional control within the organization that led to Richie Incognito to somehow harass Jonathan Martin.

That speculation was fed the evening of November 11 when Ross spoke in glowing terms about coach Joe Philbin but did not mention Ireland other than to say he would be on one of his committees.

It was as if Ross was supporting his head coach while throwing his GM under the bus.

But I'm told Ross and Ireland have discussed the GM's status and the speculation is not accurate -- at least not right now. Obviously, there are three games remaining in the regular season and the Dolphins are neither in the playoffs nor out of the playoff hunt so no final declarations or assertions of fact can be made on the matter.

But for now, that which is being widely assumed -- that Ireland is a goner after the season -- is not correct.

And you know what?

Right now, keeping Ireland would seem to be the right call. Indeed, keeping the current administration -- personnel dept., coaching staff -- as status quo seems right based on the results the team is getting.

That's not how I felt back when the Dolphins lost to winless Tampa Bay and the NFL investigation was in its infancy. At that point it seemed as if the Dolphins were a mess internally and Ross needed to clean house.

But the team has won three of four games since then, the so-called "Code Red" reported by two South Florida media outlets has been debunked by team sources, and the locker room that was supposedly in disrepair has come together.

Even the offensive line that seemed to be a mess doesn't look so bad now. (The Dolphins averaged 7.5 yards per carry against Pittsbugh).

That all requires credit given to the players and coaches that previously came under earned criticism. Fair is fair. Tyson Clabo was a turnstile to the quarterback early in the season. He's been good the past month. Offensive line coach Jim Turner, offensive coordinator Mike Sherman, and yes, head coach Joe Philbin, made mistakes and were criticized earlier this seaosn.

Lately, they've made corrections, corrected course even as they remained convinced what they've been doing is right, and it has worked. 

This team's course has changed. And that must be noted and accepted as fact now.

Obviously, the season is not over. And if this NFL season has proven anything it's to expect the unexpected. So no one knows whether the Dolphins will continue their current hot streak and perhaps finish the season 10-6. No one knows if the Dolphins might also collapse and finish 7-9.

The point is to draw conclusions on what will happen based on what we know today is unwise. To say the offense or defense is this or that based on what we saw early in the season is unwise.

The wise thing, I believe, is to see what actually happens before we make proclamations about the 2013 Dolphins. Let's see what happens first. Let's watch the next three weeks and judge afterward.

Enjoy.

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The way the refs have been calling game lately and the way they missed the false start on the last play. They would've given Pitt the game.

prob true nyfin, either that or an escort out of stadium by armed guards

Let it go. We won the game fair and square. No need to play what if this what if that.

The blog is so quiet when we win. It hums all night after a loss.

More proof most of these 'regulars' are trolls.

Why does ESPN have an ugly Chinese woman calling it from the sideline pregame? She obviously knows nothing about football. Who is she slurping?

Knows The Rulebook | December 09, 2013 at 07:53 PM

Dashi give it up already. Get a life.

I'm not sure why everyone is debating the last play as we stole a win.

The Steelers were down to a last ditch desperation play that trumps even the onside kick on the last minute prayer scale.

A play that required them to go the length of the field in one play without holding, blocking in the back, fumbling, getting tackled, throwing the ball forward, or GOING OUT OF BOUNDS.

Lets not forget they were forced into this position because they could not stop a Miami offense on their own slick snowy field that was ideal conditions for them.

Not to mention the fact that they couldn't keep the Fin's pass rush out of their backfield on a drive when they needed to throw the ball, down by 6 with just over a minute left in the game.

Go to any sports site, go to NFL, then go to scores week 14 and you will see Mia 34 Pitt 28 FINAL.

Time to move on. It's week 15. Time for the Patsies.

They are debating it because most of Everyone here is a troll. They have nothing else to whine about today. So they try to diminish the victory by implying we lucked out.

Where is dusty to tell us how we should lose all our games. What a loser troll he is.

Good point Real Fan.

Phins lose today...I am correct.

Posted by: FIRE ROSS KILL MARTIN JAIL POUNCEY | December 08, 2013 at 01:04 PM

Does anyone think this lonely depressed character is really a fan?

If you're not elated after back-to-back wins to sub .500 teams you're a troll. Didn't you know?!

HAHA. That video of Starks is hilarious. He took the fisting like a man!

Marc, no slime cheap drugged out disease infested hooker for you tonight?

At least Ben rapes women!

No, your mom is busy, so I'm gonna go fist your dad

No, your mom is busy, so I'm gonna go fist your dad

Posted by: Marc | December 09, 2013 at 09:20 PM

Bloggers, meet Marc.

That's what I call "Taking one for the team" Randy

No, your mom is busy, so I'm gonna go fist your dad

Posted by: Marc | December 09, 2013 at 09:20 PM

Armando, are you proud of your blog hits?

OK. Last one: What's up with the Steelers not knowing where the boundaries are!

That's a triple entendre

Has Ireland been fired yet?

If these scrubs sneak into the playoffs they'll get wiped 62-7!

My life is so nowhere that I have nothing better to do than try to agitate anonymous strangers on a blog.

The Dolphins haven't had trouble finding talent in free agency or the draft, they've made mistakes letting them go.

If the Dolphins kept Marshall, Welker, and Bush would they have paid $60M for Mr. Wallace?

I personally would like to see the Dolphins sign all their starters and continue bringing in talent to create more competition.

Re-sign McKinnie, Keller, Grimes, Soliali, etc. and only get rid of players who no longer make the grade... and Ireland would look like a genius.

Entertaining first half in the Cowboys/Bears game. I especially enjoyed when the nude ghost corpse of TV's beloved sitcom star Beatrice Arthur ("Maude," "Golden Girls") rose from midfield at Soldier Field and began slowly circling around the perimeter of the grass, gradually gaining velocity until she created a vortex that eventually sucked all the players and spectators into it and leaving a yawning, black hole where the stadium once stood.

Great game!

I am still waiting for NFL independent investigation to become public before I get too excited about these Phins. I guess that makes me a bad fan huh?

How about an update?

The pinky toe stepping out of bounds shouldn't have been an issue.

THE FORWARD ILLEGAL PAS WAS THE ISSUE.

Glad you enjoyed it. Sorry about killing all those tens of thousands of people but now they are with me in the afterlife and can service my voracious sexual appetite.

From Barry Jackson:

### Sherman was asking why he’s tentative about making Tannehill a running quarterback in light of the fact that he has been mostly successful when he runs.

“Last year, there was a specific reason. I wanted to make sure we developed his skills as a quarterback. He’s going to be recognized as a pocket quarterback before he’s going to be recognized in this offense as a running quarterback.

"[Tannehill running] is a part of the offense. I don’t think it is THE offense.”

________________________________________________________________________

Couldn't have said it better myself, even though I have been saying the same thing since the Beginning. T-Hill is being taught to play QB from the pocket in the NFL before they allow him to start using his legs to get out of problems. That is how you develop a an Athletic QB in the Modern NFL.

Dashe, teach us now about nuclear fusion.

The the important thing is TH and the team responded in the fourth quarter after BB n pittsburgh had taken the lead. Considering the weather conditions, very impressive win from the boys in s......y weather. Wallyfin I believe ur correct bcus the play wasn't flagged the only thing challengeable was boundary, possession and did he break the line. Lucky he stepped out bcus odd r we would've got screwed by the refs.

Clown,

Dashi is Dashi.

Why should I have to use another name?

And I don't need to know the rule book, Dashi wrote the rule book.

That play was dead from the start. The Steelers weren't set. That was a False Start. 10 sec runoff game over.

Then Ben threw the ball forward.

Finally, A.Brown stepped out. And if you look up the video Brown probably stepped out of bounds before catching the ball.

Plus, all the Holding and behind the back blocks that were going on during that play.

I say all that to say this. If Brown doesn't step out they would've gave the Steelers the TD. That would've been to great of a finish to pass up. Reason the Refs never threw a flag. Heck, they have it as a Top 10 play even though the play wasn't valid.

Ireland is safe? Are u F'N kidding me?

Why should I have to use another name?


Posted by: Dashi | December 09, 2013 at 10:54 PM


Yes, that is the question. So knock it off already. You aren't fooling any of us so top fooling yourself.

Respect the blog.

Wow! Ross is staying with Jeff Ireland as GM. It's mind-boggling! I guess Ross is happy with mediocrity at best.

Jeff

I'm organizing a mass suicide tailgate party next Sunday at the stadium. Would you like to join us?

Jeff Ireland, worst GM ever?

How does Pitt find all those ultra fast WRs, first Wallace, now this guy Antonio Brown, who scared the hell out of me, not only on that last play, but on other occasions in the Game, we looked as if we were in slow motion compared to him?

oscar,


Big Ben makes everyone around him look better.

NJ, I see what you did right there.
Big Ben makes everyone around him look better, because he is so ugly,right?

Sorry.....my attempt at being relatively funny at 1am will go down as a swing and a miss.

He is not attractive at all. The quarterbacks that are dreamy are Rodgers, Brady and a couple of others. The Mannings are total dogs, too. Tannehill is pretty hot.

Kaepernick has an INSANE body but I'd have to put a paper bag over that Martian face of his.

What is the most fearsome bird represented in the NFL? It is certainly not the Cardinal. They only eat small bugs and fruit.

Rogers looks like he fell out of the ugly tree and hit very branch on the way down with his face.

Real Fan,

I'm not a "fan" of anything.

Just the fact that you would call yourself a "fan" lol... and a "real fan" at that, this means you're not too bright.

Please explain what a "real fan" is.

Then again you really can't because the term only exists in the minds of stupid, brainwashed idiots.

"Real Fan" you have no idea how ridiculous that sounds lol.

And Fire Ross is somehow brilliant? Lol.

Prove your brilliance by showing that you know where I'm coming from.

I highly doubt that you're in the know.

You used an ad hominem...not once but twice.

You're incapable of learning lmao.

Darkoak considers himself a "real fan" too.

You can't communicate on a level with me dude.

It's already been proven.

I cleared this room the other day lol.

Sent everyone to bed feeling dumb, like idiots.

Embarrassed to be price gouged "fans".

As they should be.

"My team."

"We win."

"Our defense."

Bragging rights etc...

This is childish kiddie talk.

It takes a brilliant person to snap out of it.

I did.

Lmao, you attacked the messenger, not the message, again.

That's three ad hominems.

You just can't keep up.

Nothing to post regarding the issue because there's nothing going on upstairs...duh.

You simply don't know how to respond lol.

Sports "fans" really are bottom feeders.

Circuses and bread for you morons.

FIRE ROSS,

Welcome back you silly f@ggot!
BTW, how have your predictions gone for the past 2 weeks?

Phins lose today...I am correct.

Posted by: FIRE ROSS KILL MARTIN JAIL POUNCEY | December 08, 2013 at 01:04 PM

Smug = Dumb
Feeling of superiority = Dumber
Thinking you know more than everyone means you know nothing.

Fire Ross - the problem with your feeble defenses is that they don't even fool you. how sad is that?

@ 4:57,6:51 and anyone else who responds to Fire Ross kill Martin,2watt or any of the other TROLLS on here...S T O P giving them the satisfaction of knowing people are reading their drivel.

Wow, YG. You really know how to clear a blog at 4am......Congrats,you buffoon.

Ha ha ha. FRKMJP is at it again. He comes in late at night/early morning so he can somehow get his last words in. Moreover, now he is attempting beguile bloggers with the "ad hominem" fallacy. FRKMJP, using sarcasm or simply calling the other names does not make the counterargument an ad hominem. In your "12 years of grad school," (I believe those are your words from a few blogs ago, right?) I thought you would have learned this. However, if you insist, then all the other times you have come onto the blog you would have engaged in "ad hominem." That would make you a hypocrite, and certainly, you would not want to be that, right? In any case, I get the impression that you have severe emotional and abusive problems. You exhibit classic signs of this every time you are here. Your actions are consistent with that of a broken individual who needs to feel invincible, must win and be in control. For you to have to admit you are wrong would be unacceptable.

Furthermore, you use baseless allegations and conjecture when conversing with the bloggers here. Your self-admittance of why you hate the Dolphins organization and constant inane babble prove how estranged you have become.

Finally FRKMJP, here is a little change quote for you; you can fool all the bloggers some of the time, and some of the bloggers all the time, but you cannot fool all the bloggers all the time. Get it FRKMJP, or shall I say "daniel."

hahaa, 12 years of grad school... The Van Wilder of this blog. I went to grad school too ... took two years like most people ...

FRKMJP, 2 watt, and Ape Tamer...............

These are the dregs of the blog.
Their posts are useless, worthless drivel.
Their mothers should be embarrassed to have brought them into this world.

12 years of Grad School?

Is that what they call grade school in Cuba?

2 watt will at least engage in discussion without being a total dikk and I know inside he's a true phin fan but form reason finds it funny to come on here and agitate. Different sort of fellow.

The other two (one?) are just retards.

Actually the educational system in Cuba is very strong. Been there a few times and it's amazing how well educated some of these people are - but unfortunately it does not equal financial success for them. The country does however pay for education for the people that wish to pursue academic interests.

MIT,

Looks like I will be attending the Bills Dolphins game after all. There are many, many tickets left and it looks as if the Bills will be blacked out in my viewing area. It is a shame that the game is even blacked out for us Sunday Ticket subscribers. My wife is worried about me wearing Dolphins gear but I told her I could not go any other way. Lol.

For this week though, I feel we can beat the Patriots as long as the coaching staff coaches their butts off.

Dolphins 35
Patriots 34


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