Breaking News: Jeff Ireland Fired

Aug 29, 2013; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; Miami Dolphins general manager Jeff Ireland before a game against the New Orleans Saints at Sun Life Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Mayer-USA TODAY Sports

The Miami Dolphins have made it official.  Jeff Ireland has been fired in Miami.  The news just broke a few short minutes ago and the details are still not all in but many fans are celebrating the news.

Ireland is the last piece of the Bill Parcells mistake that has remained.  He had a tight bond with Stephen Ross who ultimately needed to make a change moving forward.  The move now puts into question whether or not HC Joe Philbin who was thought be safe will in fact be just that.

That question will be decided by the next GM and there is some rumor that person could come from within.  Brian Gaines and Dawn Aponte both are expected to receive consideration for the job.

Ireland has been marred by out of office mistakes as well as poor draft selections.  Last off-season he was handed a checkbook and ran 200 million dollars in guaranteed money up on Ross’ account.  Despite the effort to procure a playoff spot, the Dolphins failed to win one of their final two games and were eliminated.

There are those who believe that Joe Philbin too should have been fired.

We will have more on this as it develops.

Statements from both Stephen Ross and Jeff Ireland:

“I want to personally thank Jeff for his hard work and dedication in building the team over the past six years,” said Ross. “After a series of discussions, we both felt that it was in our mutual best interest to part ways. Jeff was a loyal and dedicated member of the Dolphins and we wish him and his family nothing but the best.”

“I’ve spent the last six years with the best organization in football,” added Ireland. “Steve and I came to an agreement that the best thing moving forward for all parties would be to part ways. I’d like to thank Steve for all his support and kindness. I’ve had the opportunity to work with some of the most amazing people during this time and I’d like to thank them all from the bottom of my heart. “

 

Topics: Jeff Ireland, Joe Philbin, Miami Dolphins, Stephen Ross

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  • DevilInPgh

    Can’t wait for the Ireland-lovers on “On the Fin Side” to explain what 99% of the rest of Dolphin Nation has been clamoring for, especially that guy who defended him because he’s an asshole. Sorry, but assholes shouldn’t be general managers.

    • txmedic5

      Well your in luck…we are on tonight at 8. I would be careful about your exuberance however. You just might be singing the same song and dance with Mike Tannebaum, Eric Mangini, or Matt Higgins. :)

      • DevilInPgh

        Or we could end up with Scott Pioli or Bill Polian. More likely, they’re going to piss me off with an internal hire with a one-year “prove it” contract.

        • txmedic5

          Bill Polian is a great choice at 70 years old. Scott Pioli is a Bill Parcells’ son in law…really want to go there? he did nothing in KC by the way.

          • Chad White

            txmedic5 your ignorant it’s tomorrow at 8 pm. Ps that is the most half rate talk show I have ever heard. It’s like two New Jersey guys arguing the whole time with zero facts.

          • txmedic5

            what’s tomorrow at 8PM? On the Finside? No that was tonight at 8 PM as I host it and just wrapped it. The “other show” you were listening to was on the archive of another show.

          • Chad White

            Your site says every Wednesday night at 8 pm lol. So, you’re one of the yelling idiots on there? That makes sense.

          • Chad White

            Just listened to the first half hour. Egnew was Ireland’s call and he says so on Hard Knocks. I stopped listening when Cat said Jimmy Wilson was the best nickel back in the NFL. That was too much! I think you guys are over rating the talent the Dolphins have. I am sorry but Philbin can say he wants guys ultimately the personnel comes down to Ireland. Ireland show have a plan and a direction but he never did because he was in over his head.

          • Miami Jules (Julian)

            Tx 70 is the new 60… sorry I couldn’t resist but on a serious note, something draws me to him (Polian) for some reason… he does have a body of work and I like his line of thinking on the one hand, on the other, I have heard of nepotism allegations but doesn’t everyone do that?
            I have been calling, somewhat reluctantly (don’t like see anyone lose their job, even as they have failed and are millionaires) but I was loving the Ross solution of an overseeing czar. I’m still amazed by the Ireland supporter’s mind set… it’s almost as if you guys were under a hypnotic spell or something.

          • txmedic5

            not blinders, for me, just a little more inside info on him than most others that I have chosen to keep to myself. Doesn’t really matter anymore but I liked the guy. Liked what he was trying to do…to me, his mistake was agreeing on Philbin. There is simply no life in that guy when it comes to coaching.

          • Miami Jules (Julian)

            I have always believed that 2 wrongs don’t make a right… I am NOT sold on Philbin’s ability to head coach a team and I happen to like the guy (he reminds me of an old actor Jimmy Stewart who spoke softly but could rumble if he had to) but anyway, whether I personally like someone or not does not mean I would endorse him as a head coach… I’m pretty good like that, so I will have to agree with you there.

  • Bill Stowers

    God, this fan base is so fricken blind…… Yes ireland had his growing pains but this team was finally there. They should have won 10-12 games but the coaches were too incompetent to do that. Ugh, this honestly pisses me off that some of our fanbase are so ignorant to not see that.

    • Chad White

      No upgrades after over 200 million lol. I think you may be blind.

    • althotos

      Exactly. After 200 million bucks worth of lousy upgrades and an 8-8 season. Are you serious?

      • CdnFinFan

        If the offense was run properly, this team would have been 12-4 at worst, and you still blame the GM for not producing a miracle with EVERY move he made? No GM bats 1.000, but ireland is not as incompetent as most of you think. Maybe try watching the games rather than just believing what the reporters tell you.

        Get off the “letting Reggie Bush walk” topic. Bush would NOT have succeeded behind this OL either with the plays that were called. Sherman needed to adjust to what his teams strengths were, but refused to. Letting Jake Long walk… his career may be over with the latest round of injuries, and if not, he won’t be what he once was. How did he do in St. Louis this year BTW?

        I think Ireland was on the right track, and still had a few pieces he needed to bring in, all GMs do, but instead Ross thinks Philbin is the guy to put faith in? How did Ross succeed in business with decisions like this?

  • Bill Stowers

    However i think bill polian would be great. And i like eric mangini alot as a DC but not at all as a GM

  • J holobinko

    Anybody who thought Ireland did a good job is crazy! Of all his time here he made 2 good signing! Wake and grimes! That’s it ! Plus his draft picks completely sucked including drafting a wide receiver and making him your qb! Keep looking for that hidden gem that rare find Ireland maybe u can run some fantasy league somewhere ! Moron! Now If Ross would only get rid of that incompetent philbin and that shitty dc Coyle maybe then the fins would have a chance!

  • Pentax Shooter

    I see you guys mentioning Bill Polian… Really? The GM who could never build a good all-around team around his all-time QB? Does that sound familiar to anyone?

    • txmedic5

      yep very overrated. Furthermore his son had a big hand in the teams personnel decisions as well and he isn’t very good either. No thanks.

    • CdnFinFan

      Was it not Bill Polian who built the Bills of the late 80s/early 90s? Sure they CHOKED in the Super Bowl FOUR TIMES (sorry Bills fans, never gonna let that go), but he had brought in HUGE talent. I don’t think there is one player on those teams that is forgettable. And if we had the same success Indy had during his time there, I wouldn’t be complaining. Most of you seem to think building and winning a Super Bowl should be easy.

  • Johnny

    Anybody… But NOT Mangini!!! He’s a born loser, as his coaching career would show you…

  • DragonFly34

    Ireland made some bad choices on several draft pks, but for some media types to blame Ireland for that two game collapse is not only unfair but moronic. Philbin is responsible for coaching this team and he’s done a terrible job. Philbin had the chance to correct Shermans game plans for both of the final two games but Philbin chose to let his “mentor” have his way. Philbins other mistake( of many) was not getting Dion Jordan enough playing time. The 3rd pk of the 1st rd needs to play, Jordan didn’t get enough playing time to wear out a pair of socks but did a good job with the small amount of snaps he received. Ross now needs a GM, and OC. Does Ross hire the GM with a HC already in place or does he punt. Will Ross hire the OC or let Philbin do that again? This thing is a four star F*** up. GMs normally hire the HC who hires his staff, but not now it will be interesting to see who gets hired to do what job. I think Ross should have made a clean sweep and fired the lot. The Dolphins are being operated by the three stooges, Ross, Aponte, & Philbin.

    • txmedic5

      Interesting you mention Sherman not changing offensive plays, it was apparently a point of contention between Ireland and Philbin for most of the year and a possible lead to Ross backing Philbin of Ireland due to the relationship of Aponte and Philbin. If there is any truth to the Miami Herald article this morning about this issue, this could get a lot worse in terms of who ends up being in the power chair. A lot of people thought Ireland was bad but at least he was the only one with the sword. Imagine Aponte, Philbin, and Peterson all jockeying for some sort of power play and that doesn’t include the next GM either.

      • DragonFly34

        We should of know something was going on by the way the season was unfolding. Philbin doesn’t act or talk like a HC. Sherman week in week out was handling the offense like it was a 500 lb gorilla around his neck, he just didn’t have answers, and his comments “the offense looked pretty good today” after a 19-0 lose is just moronic. Things didn’t mesh. And now we know why. Other sports media has re posted Mandos Herald article and no denials has come from the Dolphins, as far as I know. Ireland stating he is mutually leaving? I didn’t believe that,,,. I don’t believe Ross will find a young, aggressive GM if Aponte has anything remotely to do with any part of the football operation. She is a corporate mole,,,and no one will trust her. Do you?

  • althotos

    Okay, all the news outlets appear to be reporting that this was a mutual decision between Ross and Ireland. As a face-saving gesture, perhaps it was Ireland who agreed to resign knowing that he had run out of time in fixing the Titanic. Now, the last vestiges of the Bill Parcell’s mistake are removed and we can move forward with a new organizational leadership. Although I am uninspired by Joe Philbin, I don’t really care if he is kept or released right now. However, going forward if he is to stay on he should have 1 year to turn the Titanic around or else he needs to go next year, too. At any rate, with a new GM coming in, Philbin’s job security is not guaranteed, unless Ross gave him personal assurances after he threw his mentor under the bus, as he should have, but should have joined his mentor under the bus, too. I hope 2014 is a better year then the past 12 years. Go Phins.

  • tpl

    Just wonder who will take over for Ireland. Aponte? Sounds as if Philbin and Aponte work together well. It will be interesting to see who is hired, and will the new GM fire Philbin?