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. “