More Misguided Dolphins Fans Take To The Sky

It’s amazing to me how many ignorant football fans there are in the world.  If you would have asked me a week ago I would have said that most of the resided in New York and posed themselves as Jets fans.  I mean seriously, who else would root for Rex Ryan?  Apparently losing has taken it’s toll on Miami Dolphins fans.  It reminds of the “Lord of the Rings” trilogy.

Gollum finds his “precious” and hoards it away as it melts his mind until there is nothing left of his sanity.  Seems all those years of winning and then the subsequent years of losing has done nothing but wilt away the very threads of brain activity to nothing for some of the weaker minded fans.  Hey I get it, I really do.  This team is amazingly bad.  They have talent, but they are not winning.  It’s easy to get worked up and fired up after years and years of this mess, but let’s not run out and start blaming everyone without at least giving it some rational educated thought.

Over at FinsNation.com, not to be confused with the reality checked work of FinNation.com and my very sane minded co-hosts from Finsradio.net, they have taken up the task of getting general manager Jeff Ireland fired by soliciting donations from equally irate fans to fly a plane with the banner ““Mr. Ross, save our Dolphins.  Fire Jeff Ireland.”  Misguided and clueless.

First I had to take a stand against the ignorant.  Sorry but it’s true.  Earlier this week I felt compelled to stick up for Stephen Ross.  Is he the worst owner in Miami Dolphins history?  Of course he is.  Why?  Because there have only been two before him.  The adored and loved founder of the Dolphins, Joe Robbie, and the quirky fun-loving spend at all cost to win Wayne Huizenga.  Ross of course has only been the full owner of the team for two years…so he is worst only by who he is compared to.  The Phins win a Super Bowl and he will be beloved.  You can read my education file on his defense here.

Now, it seems I have to equally defend, or educate some fans on General Manger Jeff Ireland.  I doubt the guys over at FinsNation will read this and that’s o.k., they tend to be far more over the top than realistic anyways.

Jeff Ireland has been damned since he was brought to Miami.  It started early with Jake Long over Matt Ryan.  It snowballed into hell with Chad Henne.  It reminded everyone of the Ted Ginn over Brady Quinn for John Beck fiasco a year before.  Then it was the Pat White pick and the Patrick Turner pick and so on.  It was failed attempts to land anyone worth a damn in free agency.

It continued to roll downhill.  It peaked when he asked Dez Bryant if his mother was a hooker, and got worse when he joined Stephen Ross on the flight to California to supposedly try and woo Jim Harbaugh, he stopped talking to the media and pissed off one local reporter who tried to run down the tunnel for a soundbite interrupting the conversation between Ireland and Ross.  How rude.

Ireland is not a favorite of most Dolphins fans.  His draft picks have been questionable and his free agent pick-ups have been worse.  This is where perception and reality mix to form yet another gray line that makes many fans believe one thing when reality is another thing entirely.  Yes, I’m talking about focal blame here.  We blame Ireland because he stands front and center of the decision making.  However, that was not always the case.  Just like with Stephen Ross, Jeff Ireland has only been making his own decisions for a short two off-seasons.

I can honestly say that I believe Ireland is a good GM and I believe that he plays things pretty close to the hip and uses his intelligence and his gut feelings to make his decisions in a balanced method.  Not every move is perfect and not every move pans out.  With that being said, I’m not someone who will sit here and say that I will be disappointed if he is fired.  I think it would be a mistake but I wouldn’t lose any more sleep over it than I did with Sparano.

First things first.  There is no way that any owner will fire his GM during the season.  It’s ridiculous.  You take away the guy with the power to make decisions.  Sign free agents, restructure contracts.  You absolutely can not replace your GM mid-season or later.  In most cases, the GM doesn’t usually go until after the draft.  Why?  Because the GM has done all the work for the off-season.  He has worked with the scouts, prepped for the start of free agency, and has already started prepping a possible draft list and FA list.  So for those of you whining that Ireland didn’t go with Sparano…it wasn’t going to happen anyways and if it did then Ross would really have some issues to deal with.

So forget about that part.

Second, let’s look at reality here.  I know it’s hard to put down your perception of things but this is reality and whether you like it or not, it’s the truth.  Jeff Ireland was not responsible for three out of four drafts with the Miami Dolphins.  Bill Parcells was.  Parcells didn’t leave the team until September of the 2010 season.  He had final say in all things from the draft to free agency.  In other words, from Gibril Wilson to the Matt Ryan passover, to Pat White and Chad Henne.

Prior to the start of the 2010 off-season, Bill Parcells stepped back from his daily operations with the Dolphins.  Jeff Ireland took over more responsibility.  His first act was to trade for Brandon Marshall in April, just prior to the 2010 draft.  Parcells however stayed involved with the draft and the team moved down to take Jared Odrick in round one and Koa Misi in round 2.  Failing to grab a starting QB.  However, in the 2010 draft the top four QB’s taken were Sam Bradford number 1 overall, Tim Tebow number 25, followed in the second round by Jimmy Clausen, and Colt McCoy in round three.  In other words, there were no QB’s worth taking for the Dolphins in Jeff Irelands’ first year running the draft room.  Considering that Bill Parcells didn’t step out of the “Czar” role until early April, the free agent period prior to the draft was Parcells.

Following the 2010 season, Ireland was on his own.  No Parcells to hover above him.  He entered the 2011 season in a lockout and faced the daunting task of getting Tony Sparano back into his good graces for his role in Harbaughgate and turning the franchise around on a short schedule.

Many fans blame Ireland for not drafting a quarterback in round 1.  He passed on Andy Dalton, Colin Kaepernick, and Ryan Mallet who lasted until round 3.  Dalton and C.K. lasted into round 2.  Instead, he drafted a center who is proving to be one of the best centers in the league, Mike Pouncey.  He traded up for a workhorse running back in Daniel Thomas who has moments of brilliance and moments of question regarding what kind of runner he will be.  It also should be noted that the short off-season did nothing to help Thomas who suffered early season hamstring problems.

Ireland also drafted Charles Clay is steadily becoming a fan favorite and Clyde Gates who has been an unquestionable early disappointment as a speed guy.  As the lockout ended, Ireland faced his first solo free agent act of his four year stint in Miami.  He flirted with DeAngelo Williams but refused to pay the 47 mill plus he was asking for, turning his attention to Reggie Bush who is close to 1,000 yards on the season.  He stared down John Elway and the Broncos and refused to cave in to a second round draft pick and a guaranteed 7 million dollar contract for Kyle Orton.  Opting instead for Matt Moore.

This issue for many fans in regards to both Ireland and Ross is the fact that the team still doesn’t have a franchise QB to lead this team.  Unfortunately for both of them, the opportunity hasn’t really happened yet.  Sure, a case for Andy Dalton could be made but that’s hindsight and no one expected him to have the success he has had this year.  Passing on a first round blue chip QB this year and yes, blame can squarely be thrown at both of them.

Another issue with Ireland in the minds of fans is the infinity for bringing in former Cowboys.  Marc Columbo has been a joke this year and it’s unclear if that was Ireland’s call or a call from Tony Sparano.  They both deserve the credit for that one.  The truth is that in the short year and a half that Ireland has been completely out of the Bill Parcells shadow, he has added Jared Odrick, Brandon Marshall, Mike Pouncey, Daniel Thomas, Matt Moore (who should be a perfect bridge for a rookie QB), Reggie Bush, and brought back Jason Taylor (right or wrong).

Jeff Ireland isn’t perfect and while he has proven to find some winners, he has proven to miss and land some losers as well.  Some of his actions are questionable, Dez Bryant’s mom, Larry Johnson, and Marc Columbo come to mind.  None of that however is something that should cost him his job.  He has had it for four years, but it has truly only been his for a year and a half.

If Ross decides that a coach with total control is what he needs, then Ross will be gone regardless of what Ross has stated, if that happens, then so be it.  I’m not going to pay 1500 bucks to fly a plane around the stadium begging the owner to cut ties with Ireland simply so I can rid the team of everything that was brought on board by Bill Parcells.  Jeff Ireland hasn’t proven to be the entire problem with this team.

All that being said, like Ross, this is now Ireland standing in front of the room on his own.  No more blame for the coaching or the forced hand holding from Bill Parcells.  Ireland’s decisions in the last two years and going forward will come to light rather quickly and then, and only then should someone shell out to fly a banner for Stephen Ross to read…and who knows, when that happens, you may add Ross’ name to it as well in the hopes he will sell…but that time isn’t now.

Topics: Jeff Ireland, Miami Dolphins, Stephen Ross

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  • irelandjeff

    So apparently the state of affairs in Miami is perfectly fine for you? You want Chad Henne to still be QB, you want Tony Sparano to stay, you want Ireland to stay and you think Ross is a good owner. WOW just WOW. What the famous Eldridge Cleaver said “If you’re not part of the solution, then you’re part of the problem!”

  • jessiezumbrum

    Who farted?

  • RandyCarlson

    @irelandjeff

    You sure have some anger issues you taking it out on miller will not solve that, your problem is internal sit back and think about what you say.Miller states an opinion that is his own/why do you insists on braking his balls? show some respect.=A true Dolphin fan would!

  • Imag3d

    Mr. Miller:

    I have to agree with you, Mr. Ego (Bill Parcells) has been responsible for 3 out of the last 4 drafts. Ireland has been responsible for only the last one. There is simply not enough work history to evaluate Ireland on whether he is good or bad. I do wish Ross would seek out someone other than Carl Peterson, people such as Mike Lambardi, ex Packer GM Ron Wolf and even Don Shula.

  • dolphan

    @RandyCarlson@irelandjeff A true dolphin fan would realize that Ireland is a part of this mess and no top notch coach is going to want to work with these scrubs. How can you say its all Parcells fault? Do you really believe Ireland was sucking his thumb for 4 years? Do we really need to analyze every draft pick and trade? This guy has been more bust than boom and we are going to have to re-draft positions that should be shining starters now. To be quite honest, Sparano is the fall guy here. He was coaching with inadequate talent. The quarterback position was a joke from day 1 and has never been addressed. The offensive line is tragic to say the least and the upgrade is Marc Columbo? We have yet to hit on a draft receiver in 3 years… (we could have with Dez Bryant but I wont go on). Open your eyes please…

  • Rizzmiggizz

    This is the dumbest thing, by far, I have read today….run upstairs…and tell your mom you are an epic failure….no no no…do it now….get the guy off of her…and tell her what a loser you are. I wish nothing but bad things upon your Holiday season. Turtle AIDS.

  • Phinphanatic

    @dolphan@RandyCarlson@irelandjeff Not saying that Ireland is not at fault, he is. I’m just saying that he does not deserve to be thrown to the curb based on one and a half years of solo work. Say what you want about what he did under parcells but it is WIDELY known that Parcells was the guy who called all of the shots from draft to free agency the first two seasons. I’m not going to blame Ireland for that.

  • Phinphanatic

    @irelandjeff you really need to stop putting words in my mouth. Go read the drivel of Armando and the idiots over at Finsnation who apparently share your delusions. I never said I wanted Sparano to stay, only that I was surprised at first that he wasn’t here the rest of the season. I liked Sparano. So what. He deserved better than what he got in my opinion. You don’t share that opinion, good for you.

    As for the state of affairs in Miami, of course I don’t like it, but I’m also not simply blinded by the process that turnaround is easy and I’m not going to simply toss everything out the window that doesn’t need to go. Ross and Ireland both face their own futures now and I will grade them on what happens now, not what they were saddled with for the last three years. If they fail, they fail because they couldn’t get the job done.

    Do you even bother to read articles or are you simply used to reading the Herald where they are short, sweet, and designed for those who read on a 2nd grade level?

    Again, it’s http://www.finsnation.com spend some time over there…I hear they use a lot of pictures.

  • phinswin11

    Nice Article. People have no clue how much damage Saban and Cameron ( Jason Allen and Ted Ginn omg) did to this team’s talent level. Everyone wants a franchise QB but they have no clue that it is not exactly easy to get them. What happened to all the people wanting Kyle Orton lol. Jake Long, Mike Pouncy, Cameron Wake, Dansby, Vonte Davis, Brandon Marshall, are pretty talented additions, under Ireland. It makes me laugh when people say it is lack of talent and not coaching. How about a 230 pound rookie back being the 3rd down back the first half of the year when you have one of the best 3rd down backs in the league coming out. Then you slam your your 200 pound back up the gut over and over. Or how about EVERYONE in the league knows if you do a snap count of 2 our defense will show where the blitz is coming from. Tom Brady does this over and over and over. How about calls like 4th and inches and throwing a fly to Clyde Gates. You see real coaches going through coverages, adjustments our coaching was horrid. Sparano is nothing but a motivator. People are ripping Ireland for going to meet with Harbaugh? He sure looks like he has done ok turning the 49ners around.

  • RandyCarlson

    @dolphan@irelandjeff

    I was talking about someone breaking your ball

  • RandyCarlson

    @Phinphanatic@dolphan@irelandjeff

    I was talking about someone breaking your balls

  • fairwarning

    You make good points, but the bottom line is Ireland’s reputation among league personnel is bad and well earned (Harbaugh plane ride, Dez Bryant question, etc.). This will affect how potential candidates view working for the Dolphins. Bottom line is, Sparano had 4 years to win and he failed. Ireland had 4 years to find a high-caliber QB and address other glaring needs (Safety, TE, etc.) and he failed too. He deserves the same fate. Time to start fresh, bring in a QUALITY adviser (i.e. not Peterson) like Ron Wolfe and get things fixed.

  • irelandjeff

    Without my incisive and truth bearing comments this site would be dead as a door know. Go ahead and look at all the comment-less articles until I showed up. Show some respect. @Phinphanatic

  • Phinphanatic

    @irelandjeff Dead as a door know? You really do think very highly of yourself don’t you? Incisive and truth bearing comments? Seriously delusional. Sorry dude, but you are misguided and if I didn’t find fun in calling attention to your stupidity, you will notice that no one else has bothered to respond to you at all. Why? Because they are still likely laughing at you.

    Again, the address is http://www.finsnation.com. Enjoy.

  • Phinphanatic

    @phinswin11 Best ? to ask is how much better talent is on this team compared to 2008 when Sparano and Ireland came to Miami? I would think this new HC will have a very solid core of players. I would be thrilled to know that I need to look for playmakers and not pieces. They are already in place for the most part.

  • Phinphanatic

    @fairwarning Actually it won’t. That’s just the media talking to sell papers. Seriously. Most of these guys know that if they blog reality no one will comment or come back and they don’t want to hear it. Adam Schein on Fox wrote a scathing report about coaches wanting to come to Miami yet the reality is that Cowher really doesn’t seem to want to coach without a franchise QB (cop out IMO) and that’s about the end of the list. Jon Gruden would take any job if the money was right, Brian Billick already wants it, and while they say Fisher won’t it’s because he wants to go back home to S.Cali. So don’t buy that no respectable coach will come here because of Ireland or Ross. That’s not true at all.

    The reality in the football world is that this kind of thing happens all the time and the media is the culprit to inflate this hysterics. Which is why I won’t simply buy into it. The contacts I have simply laugh at the notion and repeatedly say one thing. In the NFL, money trumps everything else.

  • Phinphanatic

    @fairwarning in terms of QB…who would you think that Ireland should have grabbed? Seriously and you can use the first two drafts as an example because that was Parcells who took Pat White and Chad Henne. In free agency they landed Pennington, Parcells again but Penny go hurt in year two and never returned.

    No free agent QB’s worth a damn in 2010 or panned out for any NFL team in 2011 except Matt Moore statistically although you could make a real argument for Hasselbeck but he was set to go to Tennessee regardless. IN the draft? 2010 had no QB’s worth a mid-first round pick or a second or third round pick for that matter and in 2011 most figured that the best QB would be Gabbert, Ponder, or Newton all gone before Miami’s pick. Dalton was projected by everyone as a 2nd rounder and no one thought he would be as good as he is.

    As for TE…I agree with you completely there and still get more than a little miffed we didn’t draft Gronkowski. Safety hard to say.

  • irelandjeff

    Brian your a WEASEL. You said don’t bring in competition for Henne then you slithered away from your own words. You’ve got no credibility with anybody here.

  • irelandjeff

    OMG. Brian you think it’s a media conspiracy!? LOL!!! @Phinphanatic @fairwarning

  • irelandjeff

    The fact that Ireland let that bum Henne stay on the roster is enough to fire him right there. @Phinphanatic @fairwarning

  • irelandjeff

    Your contacts? You mean your mom and little 8 year old brother. You bore me, I’d done with this lame site. @Phinphanatic @fairwarning

  • RandyCarlson

    @irelandjeff

    Speak for yourself !!!!!!!

  • Phinphanatic

    @irelandjeff@fairwarning thank you.

  • fairwarning

    Money usually does rule, but not with everybody. Working with a backstabbing, throw-you-under-the-bus person like Ireland will deter some coaches, especially those who preach higher ethics like Cowher. Gruden is rumored to be a back-stabber too, so he might not want the competition. Bad news for Ross is that there will be more jobs than good coaches out there. Good news is that this banner issue is gaining national attention and will shame him, just as he is shaming our once-proud franchise. Thanks for the forum. I enjoy your work.

  • ccherald2

    Dude, get a clue.

  • fairwarning

    A clue as to what, Spicoli?

  • DonDaleRebholz

    So they are “misguided and clueless” since they want to utilize their 1st Amendment right of Freedom of Speech? I guess anybody else who has an opinion on the Dolphins that doesn’t match yours is also misguided and clueless? Watch out Miami beat writers and bloggers Brian Miller is the ONE & ONLY voice to be heard regarding the Phins. Those Phans have a right to display their frustration by renting a plane as you do having a column. I guess all of us who have season tickets and don’t live close enough to go to the games are clueless and misguided too?

  • irelandjeff

    Good points Don, and spot on. This hack Brian, thinks he knows it all and if you disagree with him then you’re not a fan. Well the stupidity of some of his ideas and columns is appalling. He wanted Chad Henne, the 0-7 Chad Henne not to HAVE ANY COMPETITION. WHAT A MORON. @DonDaleRebholz

  • irelandjeff

    ANYBODY BUT HENNE!!! @Phinphanatic @fairwarning

  • Phinphanatic

    @irelandjeff@DonDaleRebholz again idiot, show me where I said that. I thought you were going away to play with your legos?

  • Phinphanatic

    @DonDaleRebholz Not a no it all, just more informed that most average fans. Being a season ticket holder doesn’t make you intelligent or give you any more right to voice your opinion that anyone else. You want to pay 1500 bucks to fly a plane that makes you look like an idiot be my guess but there are a lot of fans out there who find this exceptionally stupid. “Ross Turn This Thing Around!” That makes sense. “Ross Fire Your GM” maybe next year or the year after but the last draft and free agency without Bill Parcells has looked good.

    Don’t care if you agree with me or not, as much as you have the right to support that plane idea and voice your opinion, I have the right to call them uneducated and misguided fools. That would be my first amendment right.

  • Phinphanatic

    @DonDaleRebholz Guest not guess and than not that…damn Ipad…LOL

  • Phinphanatic

    @irelandjeff@fairwarning not only are you still here but you still don’t have any examples to back up anything you say….LOL. Buy hey thanks for all the hits to the site I appreciate it.

  • Phinphanatic

    @DonDaleRebholz About 4 years ago I interviewed Omar Kelly and one of the things he told me was that covering the team made him not enjoy being a fan as much. He said that he found over time the emotion of wins and losses left as he simply concentrated on the factors that made them win and lose for his articles. I didn’t know what he meant because I couldn’t relate to it.

    Five years into covering the team I understand what he means now. I don’t look at the game they play anymore. I don’t get excited as I used to or get pissed when they lose. I break it down and then write about it. When I look at the team as a whole, I don’t look at it anymore as a fan which sucks. I break it down and look at it from a different perspective. It’s more rational than emotional. Five years ago I would have been throwing crap at my TV, now I laugh and analyze it.

    I suppose that’s why when I look at it from the outside in, I don’t see the same things. I’m also not like Kelly and Salguero who need to web hits to save their jobs and make money. I do this because I love it and the team. For me it’s like this. I have been a fan all my life and luck gave me an opportunity to see things that most fans would only dream of, access to things that you can’t buy. So I work my ass off to share that with others.

    So when I look at things like this, I see two guys throwing spaghetti at a wall to see what sticks. Their site is over the top and in your face and really only covers what will get them web hits. They did a great job of getting some this go around.

  • irelandjeff

    Anybody who owns an Ipad is a moron. @Phinphanatic @DonDaleRebholz

  • irelandjeff

    That’s my opinon, how do you like dem apples Brain? @Phinphanatic @DonDaleRebholz

  • irelandjeff

    Yea Riiiiiiiight, Omar wouldn’t give you the time of day let alone an interview. @Phinphanatic @DonDaleRebholz

  • irelandjeff

    I guess you take no responsibility of what you’ve clearly stated in the article “Avoid all vet QB’s” dated May 11, 2011? Ok give us some bullshit or play some word games with us saying you never said that, etc. etc. etc. more of the same ole Bull coming from a clueless writer. @Phinphanatic @DonDaleRebholz

  • Iam305Jules

    I am not a fan of Ireland’s either, but I don’t feel so good about the plane flying over the stadium either… I wonder how any GM future candidate may feel about that. I understand the frustration and anger (a loyal season ticket holder may just have some issues after several losing seasons, considering the steep price), but I don’t feel so good about all the ado. That makes a statement on national tv which I don’t feel so comfortable with. I do hope Ireland goes, but in another way, if for any other reason than, a Cowhert would not be interested in taking a head coach job with an already built-in GM.

  • FranciscoAlvarado

    It’s “there” not “their.” and it’s “hoards” not “hordes.” Go back to English class and learn how to write before you start responding to a blog that is way more awesome than yours!

  • Phinphanatic

    @FranciscoAlvarado my apologies professor. As for their site being better than this one, it’s a matter of opinion and taste. Here we actually do research.

  • RandyCarlson

    @Phinphanatic@FranciscoAlvarado

    Don’t give those buttf%^cks the time of day

  • Phinphanatic

    @RandyCarlson @Phinphanatic @FranciscoAlvarado

    thanks Randy, my skins pretty thick. I find it comical myself.

  • FranciscoAlvarado

    @Phinphanatic@RandyCarlson@FranciscoAlvarado That you can’t spell? Yeah it’s pretty darn funny.

  • RandyCarlson

    @Phinphanatic

    I believe this person should be banned(IMHO)

  • FranciscoAlvarado

    @RandyCarlson@Phinphanatic OH NOOOOOO!!!! Please don’t ban me!!!! Seriously Randy Boy, if you can’t handle a little ribbing on the Internet, you’re probably the kind of Dolfan who runs and hides when you see a platoon of Jets fans coming your way.

  • RandyCarlson

    @FranciscoAlvarado

    Due to the lack of respect you do not deserve to be part of this forum.

    • Brian Miller

      Randy just ignore them. If you have been to that site you would realize the level of communication and the gutter they dwell in. They are concerned over two mispelled words to say nothing of the subject. The rebuttal? An over the top rant of words I wouldnt print. I have too much class for that level of indignity. The site is like softcore verbal porn.

  • FranciscoAlvarado

    @RandyCarlson sniff, sniff :( Y U NO like me? seriously dude get a grip on reality. If I get banned, it’s no sweat of my nut sac you gorilla-sized tool.