Jeff Ireland is all but officially the new GM of the Miami Dolphins. To say he wants the job is probably an understatement. To say he is excited hits the nail on the head and that is exactly the enthusiasm the Miami Dolphins need right now.
Ireland will interview for the job on New Years day. When the call came from Bill Parcells asking if he wanted to fly to Miami, Ireland said he “Pumped his fist“.
- “If I’m chosen to be there and to work with Bill, anybody in their right mind would jump at such a major opportunity,” Ireland said. “I’ve been reading about this for the past week and a half. To have something finally come to fruition gets you excited.”
Ireland openly stated that becoming a General Manager at the NFL level has always been his goal. Running a franchise from that position is what he has strived for.
- “Obviously, this would be a great opportunity,” Ireland said. “I’m ecstatic to be even considered for the position. The Dolphins are a great and proud franchise. They’ve just had a little bad luck.”
Ireland would take over a team that has only had 2 full time GMs. Rick Spielman and Randy Mueller. In all other seasons, the HC has shared that responsibility with his coaching duties.
- “The challenge of the what the Dolphins job would be, that’s the ultimate goal for somebody in my position,” Ireland said. “I want to build, and that’s what Bill likes to do. He’s a builder. That’s what I look forward to doing if given the chance.”
History is on Irelands’ side in the process. Jeff worked two years with Bill Parcells in Dallas and has stated that he and Bill share the same philosophies and get along well with an open line of communication. It appears as though this job is Jeff’s to lose…and that appears not likely. All that is left is the interview, the contract, and the handshake…then comes the official announcement.