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Dolphins extend GM Ireland's contract

Posted on: January 22, 2011 4:24 pm
Edited on: January 22, 2011 5:29 pm
Posted by Josh Katzowitz

The Dolphins announced earlier today that general manager Jeff Ireland had signed a multi-year contract extension, and it must come as a relief, though not necessarily a big surprise, to Ireland (and, I suppose, to those who want stability in the organization).

While Ireland certainly has garnered some positive accomplishments since taking over his role after the 2007 season, he had to wonder – at least, slightly – about his job security now that Bill Parcells is basically out of the picture.

Ireland was one of Parcell’s guys – Parcells hired Ireland when he took over the team’s football operations after they worked together in Dallas – but after Parcells stepped away to become a team consultant, one had to wonder if owner Stephen Ross really thought Ireland was the horse he could ride.

Apparently, that is the case.

“The decision to extend Jeff’s contract as our General Manager was an easy one," said Ross in a statement. "The young talent that Jeff has assembled during his three years with the Dolphins has made a profound impact on our franchise’s recovery from the 1-15 season of 2007. Jeff has my full support moving forward as we pursue our goals to build the best and brightest front office in the National Football League and ultimately to win a Super Bowl championship for all of South Florida and Dolphin fans around the world.”

Since taking over, Ireland has drafted talented players like OT Jake Long, CB Vontae Davis, LB Koa Misi and WR Brian Hartline while procuring the services of WR Brandon Marshall and TE Sal Anthony Fasano .

But he’s also missed out on big picks – 2008 second-round pick Phillip Merling and 2009 second-round pick Pat White come to mind – while the jury is still out on QB Chad Henne (2008 second-round pick).

Plus, there was that incident when he, in a pre-Draft interview, asked former Oklahoma State and current Cowboys WR Dez Bryant about the rumors that his mother was a prostitute. Ireland later apologized for the misstep.

But Ross, unlike his latest dealings with coach Tony Sparano, made this transaction rather clean, because so far, Ireland has done enough to impress.

"He's an excellent judge of talent," CBS’ own analyst Charlie Casserly told the Palm Beach Post earlier this month. "He has a clear vision of what he wants the team to look like on the field, and he wants to have a physical team up front on both lines. Any time you have that, you have a chance to win."

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: January 10, 2012 2:52 pm

Dolphins extend GM Ireland's contract

Merely fell from your Rss, not sure easily did it primarily but bear in mind? Sensible article within the manner by which.

Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: January 5, 2012 4:28 pm
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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 9, 2011 9:57 am
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Since: Oct 29, 2007
Posted on: January 24, 2011 8:40 am

Dolphins extend GM Ireland's contract

The acquisition of talen in the NFL is hit and miss, and not much better than 50-50 for ALL the teams in the league.  Even the best front office men make mistakes.  The year the Patriots went undefeated in the regular season, none of their 1st or 2nd round picks even made the team, it's just that it wasn't obvious because they didn't need them.  So to look at a team's draft success, you have to look at all the players in all the rounds in total, not just pick out several that didn't (or isn't) working.   And you have to look severalk years out because very, very few players make an impact in their first two years. To pick out players like Merling, White, and Henne isn't fair without looking at all the picks in their entirety.  My point is this, Dolphins fans would do well to remember the days of Randy Spielman, compare his talent to what we have now and you can understand the contract extension - who else is the fins getting that will do better than Ireland in an upcoming year where football might not even get played?  The dolphins are *still* a more competitive team than those drafted in the Spielman years. That's not saying their great, but they are *better* and could get even better.

Also, while I couldn't stomach Henne's play this year, he's not a total fail - YET.  We don't know if he was just playing within a simple system - or that he was playing in such a system because he wasn't able to run a more complicated one.  My personal opinion is that a very poor running game, and poor OL play in general, was a major factor in Henne's passing game.  I'd look stud RB in the draft, not QB.  Ricky and Ronnie both have contracts that are favorable to them leaving, I wouldn't count on either one of them being there in '11 if they play.

Since: Aug 8, 2009
Posted on: January 23, 2011 11:42 pm

Dolphins extend GM Ireland's contract

Jeff Ireland; the gift that keeps on giving. Tony Sporano returns and they pick up the OC from the Browns. The Dolphons should change their name to the Tampons, they're only good for half a period and they have no second string. The Bills are going to eclipse Miami this upcoming season.

Since: Nov 9, 2006
Posted on: January 23, 2011 1:24 pm

Dolphins extend GM Ireland's contract

Merling is good. He was about our best lineman in '09, he just got hurt. Now Henne, and especially Pat White were screw ups. Ireland has had some good picks as well.

Since: Nov 28, 2006
Posted on: January 23, 2011 11:33 am

Dolphins extend GM Ireland's contract

Maybe he can get some DNA from Marino and clone a QB
LOL @ The Dullphins since Dan retired...

Since: Sep 27, 2009
Posted on: January 22, 2011 9:29 pm

Dolphins extend GM Ireland's contract


Not that it's any of my business. But if you ask me, throwing away three 2nd round draft picks on Phillip Merling, Patrick White and Chad Henne is a pretty big "Swing and a Miss." Championship football teams are made with draft picks from 2nd, 3rd and 4th rounds and Irelands picks in those rounds have been suspect at best.

And I wouldn't be to quick to hang my hat on the acquisition of Brandon Marshall as a game changer, considering the team passing game seem to have digressed this year.

Just looking in from the outside Jeff Ireland seems to be the weak link, not Tony Sparano.

There is an old saying in football. If you want to know how deep a team is talent wise, look at how there special teams play. The Dolphins specials teams started out bad in the pre-season and never got any better even after they fired special teams coach John Bonamego. The Dolphins are not a deep team and that is a direct reflection on Jeff Ireland.

If I were Ross I would have canned Ireland. I thought the Lions were bad hanging on to Matt Millen as long as they did, but this ranks right up there. (Trust me, the two GM's before Millen weren't any better than Matt. Lions fans have a keen knack of smelling out bad GM's.)



Since: Aug 7, 2008
Posted on: January 22, 2011 8:44 pm

Dolphins extend GM Ireland's contract

Wow! I knew this was coming. Rather than cut bait now Stephen Ross decides to keep Sparano and Ireland by giving them contract extensions. You can bet with 100 per cent certainty that they will be fired within 2 years. Thus far, I have not seen a head coach, manager, or GM outlast his contract extension. Every time a head coach or manager or GM signs an extension they are fired the next season or 2 seasons later. Sparano and Ireland won't be any different.

Since: Sep 27, 2006
Posted on: January 22, 2011 7:15 pm

Dolphins extend GM Ireland's contract

Oh mercy.  Miami still holding on to the fluke of 2008.  The Wild Cat worked ONCE.  The first time it was used against the Pats.  Henne does not have the heart of a champion QB.  They hire one of most inexperienced, untalented offensive coordinators in the league.  More mediocrity on the horizon for this once proud franchise.  Get some inspiration back.  Get rid of the childish Halloween costume uniforms and bring back the traditional Miami uniform and logo that once struck fear in opponents when they ran on the field.

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