It is officially official. The Miami Dolphins have a new General Manager and his name is Jeff Ireland. The Dolphins will have a press release shortly.
- “I am excited about joining the Dolphins as their general manager,” Ireland said in a statement. “I know the great tradition of the team, and in my mind [it] is one of the flagship franchises in the NFL”
- “I also want to thank Jerry Jones and the Dallas Cowboys organization. I enjoyed my tenure with the team, and I would not be where I am today without the help of so many people there.”
No press conference has been scheduled as of yet but according to sources in Miami, he will begin working “Immediately” ending any thoughts of waiting until after the draft in April.
To read the full Miami Dolphins press release….click here.
More information, including a blurb about the kind of players Ireland looks for is provided courtesy of the Palm Beach Post.
Ireland has been around football since childhood, spending summers as a ball boy during training camp for the Chicago Bears. His grandfather, former Philadelphia Eagles player Jim Parmer, scouted for the Bears. Ireland’s stepfather is E.J. Holub, a former linebacker with the Kansas City Chiefs.
Of the 53 players on the Cowboys’ roster, 38 were acquired after Ireland was promoted to vice president of college and pro scouting. That includes 12 of the 22 starters.
Ireland once said he looks for big, fast, strong, smart players who have good character and can handle “the pressures of being a professional athlete.” The Dolphins said he would hold an introductory news conference later this week.