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Dolphins fans stage Jeff Ireland protest

Jeff Ireland speaks to the media after Joe Philbin was named head coach of the NFL's Miami Dolphins, in Davie Reuters

The Dolphins’ offseason has not gone according to plan and now fans are letting the team know that they aren’t happy with the guy driving the bus.

A group of fans have gathered outside the team’s headquarters on Tuesday afternoon to call for general manager Jeff Ireland’s departure. Izzy Gould of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel pegs the number of protesters at 30 with signs reading “Fireland.” Some of the protestors are wearing paper bags on their heads and Gould reports that a police officer charged with keeping everyone in line told the group that he’d be with them if he wasn’t on duty.

The Dolphins’ failure to land Matt Flynn, Peyton Manning or anyone else to stop the revolving door at quarterback is the main impetus for the protest. Ryan Clark’s comment about players not wanting to go to Miami because of Ireland’s presence likely added some fuel to the fire. Warren Sapp and Joey Porter then joined the chorus of critics during an appearance on the NFL Network.

Thirty disgruntled fans aren’t going to do anything to change the state of affairs with the Dolphins, but there’s no doubt that the perception of the Dolphins as an organization going nowhere fast is growing. That’s not going to change as long as the team chases quarterbacks and coaches desperately before falling short of getting their man.

Whether Ireland is the general manager or not, that kind of organizational change has to come from the top. Owner Stephen Ross has to be the guy to put the team on a better course or things will only get worse around the Dolphins.

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  1. trubroncfan07 says: Mar 20, 2012 2:11 PM

    Just another crappy NE Product.

  2. bearsrulepackdrool says: Mar 20, 2012 2:12 PM

    Wow and the season hasn’t even started yet.

  3. staph1nfection says: Mar 20, 2012 2:16 PM

    Hilarious. Good for them – if I were a ‘phins fan, I’d participate. That organization is a mess.

  4. thankheavenfornumberseven says: Mar 20, 2012 2:17 PM

    Better get Tebow.

  5. anthonytx says: Mar 20, 2012 2:18 PM

    Are the Dolphins making or losing money? If they’re making money, Ireland will stay as long as ownership thinks he’s useful, because NFL teams do not care about their fans. That’s the harsh reality of NFL fandom–you love your team deeply and the team only cares about what’s in your wallet. This protest is going to do absolutely nothing. I’d be surprised if the Ross, Huizenga, et al. even know about the protest.
    Sorry, ‘Phins fans. Unfortunately, it doesn’t look like your team’s getting better any time soon and there’s not much you can do about it. It sucks, but that’s life in the NFL.

  6. wewantmoretebowandfavrearticles says: Mar 20, 2012 2:18 PM

    The fans are right.

  7. ronswansonsdinner says: Mar 20, 2012 2:18 PM

    Occupy Ireland! The fans are the 99%

  8. mjbulls45 says: Mar 20, 2012 2:18 PM

    stop blaming everything on him,

    its foolish,

    the fins are 1 QB away from contending,

    sign a vet WR to take Marshall spot,

    get a QB,

    shoulda got Jason Campbell early,

    trade for Tee-boo now

  9. jimyritz says: Mar 20, 2012 2:19 PM

    Parcells no longer there to protect him…

  10. yycfin says: Mar 20, 2012 2:19 PM

    It’s a mess that needs to be cleaned up!
    When the NFLN has a bunch of talking heads trashing one of their own teams it has reached rock bottom!

  11. afunny0 says: Mar 20, 2012 2:19 PM

    Didnt the Dolphins just sign the the QB they wanted all along, David Garrard lol

    Matt Barkley welcome to South Beach

  12. dolphan22 says: Mar 20, 2012 2:21 PM

    The fans and media has made this a total disaster,much more than I believe it really is…pitiful.

  13. areyoudue says: Mar 20, 2012 2:23 PM

    30 people!!!! Wow, that’s more than show up for their home games

  14. fordraptorforum says: Mar 20, 2012 2:24 PM

    This is the beginning of a protest that will grow. #WAARF jefFIREland

  15. vikingdoode says: Mar 20, 2012 2:24 PM

    Speilmans next

  16. hardpeaches says: Mar 20, 2012 2:24 PM

    Call me when Stephen Ross dies. If Tebow comes to town I will renounce my fandom immediately. Thanks for making my favorite team a laughingstock, Mr. Ross.

  17. mitchellb751 says: Mar 20, 2012 2:26 PM

    Keep it up! That’s what got Cerrato kicked out of Washington. Best thing to happen to the skins in a long time was getting rid of him. Fans making themselves heard works!

  18. nineroutsider says: Mar 20, 2012 2:29 PM

    I love it. Golden State Warriors fans embarrassed owner Joe Lacob last night and now fin fans are getting on Ireland. I hope that it grows to hundreds and goes all day.

  19. hmpennypacker says: Mar 20, 2012 2:30 PM

    I’m not a Dolphins fan and obviously I don’t know Ireland, but only a dooche or a school kid asks the question he asked Dez Bryant. Completely unprofessional and he needs to go.

  20. biglebronski says: Mar 20, 2012 2:30 PM

    Wow. I feel horrible for Coach Philbin. The Dolphins HC job appeared to be just what he needed after the tragedy of losing his son, but it has proven to be more torture thus far. I hope things get better for you, Joe.

  21. shawnamer says: Mar 20, 2012 2:31 PM

    Hey they have King Carl waiting in the wings, he can promise them the 5 year plan that went nowhere in 19 years with the Chiefs!

  22. pack15forever says: Mar 20, 2012 2:31 PM

    That Steven Ross really knows how to keep the fan base happy! LOL.

  23. chc4 says: Mar 20, 2012 2:31 PM

    Get a life people. These are probably the same losers at Occupy protests.

  24. evilboy128 says: Mar 20, 2012 2:32 PM

    I’ll say it again. LA Dolphins. the mood and rejection Ross is feeling may cause a Mayflower moving truck moment. Bad attendance combined with sour relations in ownership may make Ross sell. May seem far fetched but once upon a time, No one thought the Original Browns would ever leave Cleveland.

  25. gregmas1970 says: Mar 20, 2012 2:34 PM

    Even Bengals fans are glad Stephen Ross isn’t the owner of their favorite football team.

  26. daysend564 says: Mar 20, 2012 2:37 PM

    Garrard > Henne > Tebow

    He’ll mentor a guy (Barkley, Tannehill) for a year or so. I was always anti-Garrard when he was in Jacksonville. Then we all saw what happened to his #1 receiver, Williams, after he left Jacksonville (is he even in the league anymore?). He made the Pro Bowl throwing to less than nobodies. Even w/o Marshall, the Dolphins WRs are better than he had with the Jaguars.

    Marshall is likely going to get suspended. Move doesn’t seem so bad in light of that, especially if Manning told them he wouldn’t consider them if they had him on the roster – only to blow them off anyhow.

    They aren’t that far away from competing.

    Heck, most teams wouldn’t want Ryan Clark on their team either. Warren Sapp flaps his jaw about anything/everything. Joey Porter is a a-hole.

    – not a Dolphins fan.

  27. mecheng04 says: Mar 20, 2012 2:37 PM

    hardpeaches says:Mar 20, 2012 2:24 PM

    Call me when Stephen Ross dies. If Tebow comes to town I will renounce my fandom immediately. Thanks for making my favorite team a laughingstock, Mr. Ross.
    ———————————————————-
    NO…STOP!!….DON’T!!!!

    Then there will only be four Fin fans festing in the failing festivities!

  28. richardhurtz says: Mar 20, 2012 2:37 PM

    $100 bucks says they trade (and overpay) for Tebow in the next week to attempt to quiet the fans. Then they will have the dream team depth chart of Henne, Garrard, and Tebow at QB going into camp. How can they lose?

    Sigh….

  29. crawpappa says: Mar 20, 2012 2:38 PM

    So Miami tried to get Manning and didn’t want to pay 96million for a 36 year old with 4 neck surgeries. Didn’t want to pay too much for Flynn, so he’s gone to Seattle. Got rid of BM ’cause he’s a jerk. Wouldn’t overpay for Alex 17 td’s(1 a game) Smith. Only been the GM since summer 2010. Is a good judge of talent. Has an extra 3rd round draft pick. It’s all J. Irelands fault? Get a grip, calm down and be positive and let these guys do their thing. It took decades to get where we are today. Patience pays.

  30. dexterismyhero says: Mar 20, 2012 2:39 PM

    Nick Buoniconti is flabbergasted!!!!!!!

  31. higgy5353 says: Mar 20, 2012 2:42 PM

    I love the guy cause he gave us Bear fans B. Marshal for almost nothing!!!

  32. comatrip1 says: Mar 20, 2012 2:46 PM

    Must suck being one of their 150 fans.

  33. orthomarine says: Mar 20, 2012 2:47 PM

    Ross,

    The Cleveland Browns fans are sending condolence cards to the Dolphins fans at this point. Where would like yours sent to? It’s a nice card with small thing of KY that reads “To be used with Ireland”

  34. sod61 says: Mar 20, 2012 2:49 PM

    I read in Sun-Sentinel one of these fans was clutching a Dan Marino doll. And they wonder why Peyton Manning would not come here with fans like this. Newsflash people, this will not help us attact free agents.

  35. puntpasskick says: Mar 20, 2012 2:49 PM

    Stephen Ross is out of touch with pro football to the point that he keeps Ireland just because Parcells “endorsed” him.

    Want to save your credibility Mr. Ross? Hire a competent man at the very top to run things and you can worry abouyt sipping mojitos with your ownership group.

  36. thewizardofbs says: Mar 20, 2012 2:54 PM

    No matter what happens the Dolphins will never leave Miami. Thanks to Joe Robbie they own their own stadium, lock, stock and barrel and I don’t think they will pack it up and move it to LA.

  37. dawsonleery says: Mar 20, 2012 2:54 PM

    Should have taken Matt Ryan.

  38. nflfollower says: Mar 20, 2012 2:56 PM

    As a lions fan who dealt with millen for essentially a decade of futility, let me say that change can come slowly, even when it is so obviously needed. Dolphins fans, I feel your pain.

  39. ductguy says: Mar 20, 2012 2:57 PM

    The sad part is even if we get the #1 pick next year the clowns running the show will take another lineman instead of a franchise QB…smh

  40. omgitskardashian says: Mar 20, 2012 2:57 PM

    If I hadn’t just paid my rent in New York, I would have spent it on a plane ticket to be there. Get him out!!!

  41. randolph32 says: Mar 20, 2012 2:58 PM

    I didn’t think anyone could make the Bears’ operation look like Shanghai-La, but I guess I was wrong.

  42. crashdog says: Mar 20, 2012 2:59 PM

    richardhurtz says:Mar 20, 2012 2:37 PM

    $100 bucks says they trade (and overpay) for Tebow in the next week to attempt to quiet the fans. Then they will have the dream team depth chart of Henne, Garrard, and Tebow at QB going into camp. How can they lose?

    Sigh….
    ———————————————————-
    Henne is in Jacksonville. Glad to know ignorance has no bounds within the PFT commenting community

  43. synthetik34 says: Mar 20, 2012 3:01 PM

    It was hot but great to see all the other fans out there trying to prove our point. I see its already made national news so mission accomplished. Make a stand now or keep getting railroaded!!

  44. crashdog says: Mar 20, 2012 3:01 PM

    higgy5353 says:Mar 20, 2012 2:42 PM

    I love the guy cause he gave us Bear fans B. Marshal for almost nothing!!!
    ———————————————————-

    You say that until his girlfriend gets her kitchen knives out…….

  45. frankyd1214 says: Mar 20, 2012 3:08 PM

    This is just ridiculous. Do you hear that other players on other teams are saying NO ONE WANTS TO GO TO MIAMI? Our “real estate” owner knows nothing, NOTHING about owning a NFL Franchise. He has gaffed and effed up numerous situations, from head coaches to players. It’s the coaching debacles that are the most disturbing; as it shows his knowledge(Ross) for the game, his process and critical thinking (or lack of) and it transposes to how the organization is viewed by players, coaches, fans and the media. Of course the media will look to take numerous pot shots at us now…. And I don’t blame them. Gloria effen Stephan, the William sisters and Rico effen Suave are not going to lure top quality prospects to the team. Having a class act organization from the owner all the way down to the ball boys, water boys and the minimum wage employees taking 20 bucks per person to park their cars is what entices players to move to a new organization. All that being said… am I disappointed about having Moore as my QB this year? NO absolutely not. Am I anticipating our new RB/FB from the CFL “messam” people up… HELL YES… Do I salivate watching Wake “THE BEAST” coming around the corner of the line tee-ing up on a QB? (hopefully manning) BETTER PUT MONEY ON IT. Do I want to see Ross and Ireland show up to the NFL draft and fudge this team up any more?…(just puked in my mouth) NO. Sick of it. So we have another FO that is going to more than likely chase another head coach out with their pea-brain moves and unethical approach … not to mention their arrogant horrible decision making and we don’t get to see their coaching potential because they were never set up for success Yeah … fan for life…. Thing is life right now SUCKS.

  46. tombrookshire says: Mar 20, 2012 3:11 PM

    Raising fan IRE over Ireland!

  47. gridassassin says: Mar 20, 2012 3:11 PM

    Speaking for all Bears fans, I think Ireland has done a commendable job. Especially after NYC police decided to not even investigate Brandon Marshall’s alleged incident.

    …then again, he used to be a Chicago Bears ball boy.

  48. wenellniners says: Mar 20, 2012 3:13 PM

    way to go fin fans! stand up against ireland!

  49. robdolphins says: Mar 20, 2012 3:26 PM

    comatrip1 says:
    Mar 20, 2012 2:46 PM
    Must suck being one of their 150 fans.

    …………………………………………………………………….. …
    I guess you’re to ashamed to say what team you root for…Go Dolphins!!

  50. trollaikman8 says: Mar 20, 2012 3:27 PM

    Shouldn’t have fired Sporano…..at least there was one guy in the org than knew what he was doing, and he got canned. Just saying.

  51. billsfan27 says: Mar 20, 2012 3:27 PM

    It’s about damn time. At least the fans are serious about rebuilding and their bullseye for that rebuild is dead-on.

  52. jackshine says: Mar 20, 2012 3:33 PM

    Forecast starkly, for Barkely

  53. jwreck says: Mar 20, 2012 3:37 PM

    crawpappa says: Mar 20, 2012 2:38 PM

    It took decades to get where we are today. Patience pays.
    ____________

    That’s true, it did. It took four decades to go from a perfect team to a team that makes headlines only through its PR disasters. From Ireland’s disastrous interview with Dez Bryant to Ross’ public pursuit of and subsequent embarrassing failure to land Jim Harbaugh, Jeff Fisher, Robert Griffin, Peyton Manning, and Matt Flynn. Look, crawpappa, I know you’re only trying to stick up for your team, but it’s okay to acknowledge that the front office is a disaster that needs to go, while remaining a dolphins fan. It’s hard to watch as other people rip on the franchise you love, but that doesn’t mean you need to dig in your heels and defend Ross’ and Ireland’s mistakes. No one here it criticizing the Dolphins’ franchise history or the act of being a Dolphins fan, but don’t lie to yourself and pretend you like the direction the team is going.

  54. mfpepin says: Mar 20, 2012 3:38 PM

    1-15 season, trading a 3rd round pick for Lamar Gordon, suffering a 62-7 defeat in the playoffs and NOW I’m embarrassed to be a Dolphin fan. Just shameless.

  55. mfpepin says: Mar 20, 2012 3:39 PM

    Can’t believe these fans.

  56. nyjetman01 says: Mar 20, 2012 3:43 PM

    Freakin’ H-I-L-A-R-I-O-U-S !!!!

    Guppy Nation has imploded.

  57. cantonbound13 says: Mar 20, 2012 3:46 PM

    Please sell the team Ross, you’re a joke!

  58. numba1recx19 says: Mar 20, 2012 3:50 PM

    I thought it was fine, until they lost out on everything that seemed dolphins way. After trading Marshall, don’t even know what to think what they have planned, or if they even have one……

  59. jonirocit says: Mar 20, 2012 3:53 PM

    This is just ridiculous. Do you hear that other players on other teams are saying NO ONE WANTS TO GO TO MIAMI? Our “real estate” owner knows nothing, NOTHING about owning a NFL Franchise. He has gaffed and effed up numerous situations, from head coaches to players. It’s the coaching debacles that are the most disturbing; as it shows his knowledge(Ross) for the game, his process and critical thinking (or lack of) and it transposes to how the organization is viewed by players, coaches, fans and the media. Of course the media will look to take numerous pot shots at us now…. And I don’t blame them. Gloria effen Stephan, the William sisters and Rico effen Suave are not going to lure top quality prospects to the team. Having a class act organization from the owner all the way down to the ball boys, water boys and the minimum wage employees taking 20 bucks per person to park their cars is what entices players to move to a new organization. All that being said… am I disappointed about having Moore as my QB this year? NO absolutely not. Am I anticipating our new RB/FB from the CFL “messam” people up… HELL YES… Do I salivate watching Wake “THE BEAST” coming around the corner of the line tee-ing up on a QB? (hopefully manning) BETTER PUT MONEY ON IT. Do I want to see Ross and Ireland show up to the NFL draft and fudge this team up any more?…(just puked in my mouth) NO. Sick of it. So we have another FO that is going to more than likely chase another head coach out with their pea-brain moves and unethical approach … not to mention their arrogant horrible decision making and we don’t get to see their coaching potential because they were never set up for success Yeah … fan for life…. Thing is life right now SUCKS.

    Right on bro you nailed that like a split hawg

  60. wallacejay says: Mar 20, 2012 3:57 PM

    The protest is all fine and good, but do you think they really care? They probably sat there laughing at all the idiots standing out in the sun, if they were even in the office at all.

    If you want to make a real point, don’t show up for the games. Thousands of empty stadium seats speak a lot louder than a few people with signs outside their office.

  61. phnlife says: Mar 20, 2012 4:00 PM

    the only 2 conceivable things i can see these guys thinking are

    a)matt flynn = kevin kolb

    or

    b)ryan tannehill = franchise qb

    SO…if matt flynn or ryan tannehill ever makes a probowl NOT in a dolphins uniform…ill find you jeff ireland and steve rosses money wont help…just like everything else about him

  62. tformation says: Mar 20, 2012 4:09 PM

    In fairness, not “every” free agent has said no to Miami. David Garrard comes to mind. Garrard is not going to excite season ticket holders the way Manning or Mario Williams will or Tebow still might, but that is “someone” (a serviceable QB) who decided to play for Miami.

    Now, if you’re talking ELITE free agents… well… you’ve got me there.

    There’s always the draft, I suppose… maybe Cleveland won’t take Tannehill. And maybe no one else will trade up with Minnesota or the other teams in front of you on the draft list to grab him. Maybe.

  63. hdahs143 says: Mar 20, 2012 4:13 PM

    So let me get this straight. A bunch of unemployed “fans” who have no financial interest, or spend any money on the Dolphins, are protesting Ireland.

    Yeah. That will carry a lot of weight.

    Idiots.

  64. mwcarolina says: Mar 20, 2012 4:15 PM

    i wonder if the fans will boo the GM when he speaks on the field like the Warriors fans did??? honestly though, i think Ireland could deserve it, i know some fins fans can forget Manning, but passing on Flynn and getting Garrard, that’s where they lost many.

  65. jeff d. says: Mar 20, 2012 4:17 PM

    Not sure what is worse. 20 fans showing up to protest or this site thinking 20 fans showing up is somehow newsworthy.

    LOL.

  66. mctyboy35 says: Mar 20, 2012 5:13 PM

    I’m a Rams fan saying that “I feel sorry for the Dolphins fans.” Ross really should sell the team. Ireland and the rest of the front office is evidence that they are not cut out for the task.

  67. mlblogscubfanbudman621 says: Mar 20, 2012 6:17 PM

    After 42 yrs as a loyal Fish Fan, no more! you are dead CARP to me! This last decade has been horrible! Ireland needs to go, Ross u suck as an owner! I am now going to root for a true NFC East Beast, the New England Patriots! Truly a winning ball club..

    Whats for dinner? were having a FISH FRY!

  68. dolphan099 says: Mar 20, 2012 7:25 PM

    THE ONLY ANSWER IT TO FIRE IRELAND. THIS GUY IS SERIOUSLY CAUSING PAIN AMONGST DOLPHIN’S FANS!!!

  69. burghphinfan says: Mar 20, 2012 8:41 PM

    Been a dolphin fan since 1979. I’m just about done with this team. I thought things couldn’t get any worse after Wannestedt and Saban. Clearly I was wrong.
    Ross should’ve known this franchise would have to have Luck to survive. After week 5 he should’ve traded almost everyone and create a lot of cap space and fielded a team of arena league talent ensuring the first overall pick. Then start rebuilding the team from there. Why in the world he let them start winning is baffling.

  70. rollerino1 says: Mar 20, 2012 10:02 PM

    You know a franchise has sunk to the depths when fans are upset about trading away a violent, mentally off-balance WR ( and his crazy wife).

  71. crawpappa says: Mar 21, 2012 6:52 AM

    I wanna know what all you haters are gonna say if we draft good receivers and a good QB and others next month. This has to play out. You are being unfair to the present org. by blaming them for inheriting a troubled franchise. You don’t want to give them a chance, fine, whatever. I do. Ross is a new owner needs to learn the business, too. All this crucifying is childish and super emotional. Matt Moore was the 12th best rated QB last year, yet, the media has convinced some that Matt Flynn was the answer barring PM’s signing. The FO never once said they coveted him. To them and many sensible people he’s just another Matt Moore, at best. I may end up hat in’ on Dolphins, but I’m at least waiting on draft. Supposedly, that’s where Philbin shines in finding talent: see Packers.

  72. dolphincritic says: Mar 21, 2012 8:58 AM

    A month or two ago, I was ready to give Ross a pass and forget his past bungling but this free agency period has left me with nothing but disdain for Dolphins management. The Manning debacle illustrates that Ross is not taken seriously by NFL players. The Dolphins only got an interview because of Marino. The recent criticism of the Dolphins by Clark, Irving, Porter and Sapp illustrates this point. Ireland’s cutting Yeramiah Bell late in free agency so that you can resign him at a lower figure also illustrates how cutthroat and unethical the Dolphins have become.

    No one, including so called guru’s can build a football team when the players will not come there with the desire to give 110% and win. As of this writing, the Dolphins need a QB, 2 safeties, a CB, an Left OLB, a RG, a RT and at least one top WR just to be able to compete with the other AFC East teams. If you look at our need for depth the situation gets worse, yet we are screwing players over nickels and dimes. We are doomed!

    The answer is simple, Boycott! If the fans will not attend games, Ross will listen. If fans write letters to the Broward County commissioners telling them not to fund Ross’s stadium upgrades then Ross will listen. If fans can create enough financial havoc then Ross will listen. Anyone who condones screwin Bell out of NFL chump change will listen once the fans have hurt his pocket book. The Davie Protest was just a start – the fans must keep it going!

    The answer is must include Ross making the Miami Dolphins a publicly owned corporation. He can do an IPO that will sell three classes of stocks. Class A will be full voting and dividend earning shares. Class B will be one-tenth voting and dividend shares. Class C will be limited voting and no dividend (vanity) shares that are called to vote only as tie breakers. Ross will make billions. He can put the roof on his privately owned stadium or he can be content to count the cash. Once the company is public the stock holders can clean up Ross’s mess.

  73. StormsAreCool says: Mar 21, 2012 4:15 PM

    Ireland has botched everything and destroyed any chance of aquiring a decent QB this year. He has either failed at or half-assed chances to obtain RG3, Manning, Flynn, Smith and now Tebow. To top it all off, he signed a reject that Jacksonville didn’t even want. This guy needs to go.

  74. justentertainingthestupid says: Mar 21, 2012 6:11 PM

    You people are dumb. The Dolphins are only a piece or 2 away from being really good. So what’s the problem? WAAAAAAA we haven’t won a Superbowl in a long time! yeah join the other 22 teams in the NFL. Most have never been to a Superbowl. Go to hell. all of you. Ireland stays because he’s doing a good job of bringing good players here. Needs the right coach and a Q.

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