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Ireland: Dolphins want to make bold statements, win championships

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Dolphins General Manager Jeff Ireland isn’t letting three straight losing seasons deter him from thinking big.

At Senior Bowl practices today, Ireland told the Sun-Sentinel that he’s confident that the Dolphins can make the moves this offseason that will help build a team that won’t just have a winning season but a championship season.

“We’re 6-10, so obviously you’ve got to do a better job of putting wins together,” Ireland said. “I think we’ve got a nucleus and a foundation of talent on this football team that has a chance to be good. And we’ve got to continue to build a roster to be better than good. Because good is just not good enough. We’ve got to be great. And we’ve got to work on getting the pieces together to make a much bolder statement in South Florida. We want championships, we want wins, and that’s what we’re trying to do.”

Between Ireland’s comments, new head coach Joe Philbin promising an up-tempo, attacking team in all three phases of the game, and owner Stephen Ross saying he’s willing to spend the money necessary to get a franchise quarterback, the Dolphins sound awfully confident this offseason. Dolphins fans would probably prefer that the championships come before the bold statements.

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39 Responses to “Ireland: Dolphins want to make bold statements, win championships”
  1. danielcp0303 says: Jan 24, 2012 7:15 PM

    “Dolphins want to make bold statements, win championships”

    I want undress Emma Stone and have her give me the ride of a lifetime, but it ain’t happening.

  2. backindasaddle says: Jan 24, 2012 7:23 PM

    It’ll never happen with that owner. He just doesn’t get it.

  3. foozool13 says: Jan 24, 2012 7:31 PM

    Keep the faith…Go Dolphins!

    I have a consipiracy theory that PFT is comprimised of anti-Dolphins.

  4. cliverush says: Jan 24, 2012 7:57 PM

    Build a great offensive line and a QB will come. Meanwhile you have a great running game. RB are more common and easy to find.

  5. mumakata says: Jan 24, 2012 8:02 PM

    Dolphins fan, and I know that nothing is going to improve under Ross and Ireland.

  6. jetsfan80 says: Jan 24, 2012 8:14 PM

    Shoulda stole Rex Ryan away from the Jets, he would fit in well

  7. mcjon22 says: Jan 24, 2012 8:14 PM

    Bold move a.k.a. signing Peyton Manning.

  8. illinininer says: Jan 24, 2012 8:37 PM

    Bold statements don’t win championships.

  9. finsfrenzy says: Jan 24, 2012 8:43 PM

    With the schedule the Dolphins have next year it should be easy…….at least making the playoffs

  10. mattolikesthevikes says: Jan 24, 2012 8:43 PM

    This guy’s a freaking genius. I can’t believe he would let these secrets out because now everyone will want to build a better team and win championships.

  11. moolah954 says: Jan 24, 2012 8:50 PM

    I don’t get why people call this a bold statement … isn’t that why you play football is to win the championship???? so why is everybody against teams saying that’s their goal??? I always thought that’s why they get paid and why we watch but I guess i’m wrong

  12. skleech22 says: Jan 24, 2012 9:05 PM

    SHHHHH! No one knows that Rosenthal and Smith are Patriot homers!!!!!

  13. gmen1987 says: Jan 24, 2012 9:13 PM

    cliverush says: Jan 24, 2012 7:57 PM

    Build a great offensive line and a QB will come. Meanwhile you have a great running game. RB are more common and easy to find.

    —————————————————
    Miami has been looking for a QB since Marino and hasn’t found any. Past on Matt Ryan, way to go Miami.

  14. footballfan80 says: Jan 24, 2012 9:28 PM

    Please Mr. Ireland, take baby steps. Forget about championships, how about winning a freakin playoff game? You haven’t won one of those in over a full decade. Theres never been a team in the NFL nor will there be one that wins a championship without winning a playoff game.

    Or you can just bask in the glory of beating the Colts in the 1st round of the playoffs in 2000!!!!!

  15. mkleinheinz says: Jan 24, 2012 9:32 PM

    As I longtime suffering Dolphan, all I can say is sigh….. The glory years are too far gone now to care about them. Ross needs to take a clue from Arthur Blank. Become an NFL owner, not an owner celebrity. Build a system, not a collection…

  16. trojan33sc says: Jan 24, 2012 9:37 PM

    IF Ireland wants to win championships then he needs to hire Jim/John Harbaugh’s father !! He’s about the only candidate with REAL credibility !! Two sons in their Conference Championship Games?? Looks like somebody knows something about coaching ! lol

  17. faulkana says: Jan 24, 2012 10:01 PM

    …….peep…….
    (just wanted to see if I get censored off for nothing again).
    Who are these losers that delete comments?
    How about putting their pics at the top of the page?

  18. tashkalucy says: Jan 24, 2012 10:39 PM

    A crappy organization with a Daniel Snyder/Jerry Jones owner, and the below average GM is now doing Ryan Brothers boasting.

    And why not. They just hired a new Head Coach.

    So apparently they’re on their way to another “four…..five…..six……seven championships” in Miami…..again (along with the ESPN Heat)

    It was interesting when ESPN hired Brian Windhurst to go down and sell Lebron James for the network that Windhurst was sending dispatches back to Cleveland fans saying that Miami was the worst sports city he’d even been to. And friend of mine from Chicago that went down to see the Dolphins play said that the fans were more concerned with the hand carved meats at the game then watching what was going on on the field.

    And of course there was the epic advertising campaign that the Heat had to do on TV and Radio last year to encourage their ticket holders to show up on time and stay for the whole game.

    Yeah, now everyone in the NFL wants to go down to Miami where an NFL dynasty is a sure thing.

    P.S. How about making the playoffs once before making statements like this one.

  19. phinfan says: Jan 24, 2012 10:46 PM

    Uh DUH Ireland… what were we doing before? Playing Ping Pong?

  20. mbhcu98 says: Jan 24, 2012 11:07 PM

    Exactly what bold statement was made?

  21. quadya says: Jan 24, 2012 11:32 PM

    illinininer says:
    Jan 24, 2012 8:37 PM
    Bold statements don’t win championships.

    Ya, we know…just ask the NY Yets….hahah…

  22. lostsok says: Jan 24, 2012 11:35 PM

    “We want championships, we want wins, and that’s what we’re trying to do.”

    Ummm…I don’t see where he’s saying a bold ANYTHING. This is not Rex Ryan saying they ARE the best, or that they ARE going to win a Championship. He’s acknowledging that Miami needs to get better. If he said anything else, what would the response be?

    “We had a so-so year, and we’re not going to make any changes or try to do any better. We’re happy being below average.”

    THAT’S what fans want to hear?

    The comments on this board are outlandish at times.

  23. profootballwalk says: Jan 25, 2012 12:02 AM

    “moolah954 says:
    Jan 24, 2012 8:50 PM
    I don’t get why people call this a bold statement … isn’t that why you play football is to win the championship???? so why is everybody against teams saying that’s their goal??? I always thought that’s why they get paid and why we watch but I guess i’m wrong”
    *************************************

    So when did they decide on the wisdom of a new goal?

  24. finsbooyah says: Jan 25, 2012 12:05 AM

    gmen1987 says: Past on Matt Ryan, way to go Miami.

    ====================================

    First of all, the word is “passed”. Second, I’m sick of hearing about how the Dolphins passed on Ryan. Jake Long was by far the better pick. You don’t take a QB for the sake of taking a QB. You draft a QB when you think you’ve identified a good one. Matt Ryan is barely an average QB… Here’s who was better than him in 2011…

    Brady, Eli, Vick, Rogers, Stafford, Cutler (pre-injury), Newton, Brees, Big Ben, Flacco, Schaub (pre-injury), Rivers. That’s 12.

    You can also make an argument that Dalton, Palmer, Tebow, and yes Matt Moore were as good, if not better than Ryan this year.

    Jake Long is an elite left tackle… I’ll take him over Matt Ryan 10 times out of 10.

  25. promickey says: Jan 25, 2012 12:06 AM

    I believe a team has to make the playoffs in the NFL before they win Championships and the Super Bowl!

  26. pacificamjr says: Jan 25, 2012 12:27 AM

    i think they should hire Rex

  27. thethruth34 says: Jan 25, 2012 12:49 AM

    Make a bold state ment and make a splash in free agency this year Ireland !

  28. scomibord says: Jan 25, 2012 1:10 AM

    gmen1987 says: Jan 24, 2012 9:13 PM

    cliverush says: Jan 24, 2012 7:57 PM

    Build a great offensive line and a QB will come. Meanwhile you have a great running game. RB are more common and easy to find.

    —————————————————
    Miami has been looking for a QB since Marino and hasn’t found any. Past on Matt Ryan, way to go Miami.
    ___________________________________

    Uhhhh, have you heard of the QB that smashed Marino’s record this year??

  29. edweird0 says: Jan 25, 2012 1:12 AM

    tashkalucy

    I swear I know you from the hate your always spewing over at PBT lol stop hating on my city cause your sucks. GO PHINS & HEAT!

  30. scomibord says: Jan 25, 2012 1:12 AM

    They past on that no-name guy too

  31. phinfan527 says: Jan 25, 2012 8:00 AM

    Blah Blah Blah!! Talk is cheap. Heard it all before. Hey Ireland, I hear there are great kickers available for the Phins first pick!!

  32. marinephinfan says: Jan 25, 2012 8:13 AM

    Why does the writer of this article think what Ireland said was “bold”? Shouldn’t every GM, HC, and owner want to win championships? Shouldn’t they all profess that goal before, during, and after every season.

    This article sucks.

  33. marinephinfan says: Jan 25, 2012 8:14 AM

    scomibord says:
    Jan 25, 2012 1:12 AM
    They past on that no-name guy too

    —————————————–

    It’s “passed” you dolt.

  34. pastabelly says: Jan 25, 2012 8:40 AM

    It’s a quarterback league and getting a good one is easier said than done. There are also no guarantees at that position in the draft. I suppose there are a few exceptions there. Long was a much safer pick at the time than Ryan. But the Dolphins failure to acquire a good quarterback for several years is a failure of the franchise.

    I don’t understand the statement that they are “ready to spend the money” on a franchise quarterback. Haven’t they always spent to the salary cap? Also, how do they plan on getting this franchise quarterback? Matt Flynn is probably an improvement over what they have now. But it’s hard to consider him a franchise quarterback based on a few games.

  35. hotep999 says: Jan 25, 2012 9:06 AM

    Let me know when he says he doesn’t expect a championship.

  36. footballfan80 says: Jan 25, 2012 10:50 AM

    finsbooyah:

    Brag all you want about Jake Long, but bottom line is the Dolphins have not won 1 playoff game in over a decade. That is pathetic, but luckily they have another just as inept team in their division called the Bills. Matt Moore is a great backup, not a starter. Theres a reason he was a backup for most of his career. No pressure on him to perform this past season in the 2nd half of the season when your team is not playing for anything meaningful anyway.

    Plus Jake Long is overrated in his own right. Hes starting to show a lack of durability, and the Dolphins didnt seem to miss a beat without him. Sits out the Buffalo game and the Fish still have over 200 yards rushing. Left tackles are extremely important, but not as important as a QB. You dont need to look any further than all the recent super bowl winning QB’s.

    Not sure you will find any non Doplhins fans who would agree that they would rather have Long over Ryan (you will even find plenty of Dolphins fans who would rather have Ryan). Ryan”s 0-3 record in the playoffs is alarming, but hey, at least his team actually been to the playoffs a few seasons that he has been in the league.

  37. beeronthefridge says: Jan 25, 2012 12:24 PM

    scomibord says: Jan 25, 2012 1:10 AM

    ___________________________________

    Uhhhh, have you heard of the QB that smashed Marino’s record this year??

    ___________________________________
    Is that the same one that played under today’s sissy rules of protecting “defenseless” (spineless) quarterbacks and receivers?

  38. cantonbound13 says: Jan 25, 2012 3:01 PM

    I prefer a new GM & owner.

  39. beeronthefridge says: Jan 25, 2012 4:33 PM

    cantonbound13 says: Jan 25, 2012 3:01 PM

    I prefer a new GM & owner.

    ___________________________________

    Cheer up! 50 years from now both will be gone.

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