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Stephen Ross defends Jeff Ireland

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Earlier today, we posted a little something about the Dolphins’ plan to be more open with the media and the fans.  In the remarks announcing this plan, owner Stephen Ross was open in his defense of G.M. Jeff Ireland, who recently has come under increased attacks from the media, the fans, and some players from other teams.

He’s done a great job with the draft,” Ross said, via Omar Kelly of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel.  “[Ireland is] a great talent evaluator.  He’s as hard working as anybody I’ve ever met.  He’s a smart as they come on the football side.  The idea is, what are you judging him on?”

That’s a good question for Ross.  What is he judging Ireland on?  What does Ross know about football that would allow him to make an informed decision about the factors that would be relevant to determining whether Ireland has done a good job of setting the table for the head coach?

“The team is certainly not the same team it was when he started here,” Ross said of Ireland.  “It’s a lot better.”

But the team was 6-10 last year, the third straight losing season since Chad Pennington fell into Miami’s lap after the Jets picked up Brett Favre.

Complicating the assessment of Ireland’s performance over the past four years is the fact that most believe former V.P. of football operations Bill Parcells was calling the shots for a large chunk of Ireland’s tenure.

We’re not saying Ireland should be fired.  But it’s impossible for Ross to proclaim that Ireland should stay without articulating some standard that Ireland’s performance has met or exceeded since 2008.

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42 Responses to “Stephen Ross defends Jeff Ireland”
  1. jenniferxxx says: Mar 26, 2012 10:17 PM

    I had no idea that Uncle Fester played football when he was younger.

  2. billsfan27 says: Mar 26, 2012 10:22 PM

    And as long as Ross backs Ireland, Fins fans should expect more of the same: mediocrity.

    Maybe Ireland’s G.M. title really stands for Garbage Man.

  3. kcrockett1 says: Mar 26, 2012 10:28 PM

    Or better yet, Ireland has nobody to answer to other than Ross and Ross has nobody to answer to than himself, seeing as how he owns the team. Do not see how this is a story

  4. kane337 says: Mar 26, 2012 10:29 PM

    It’s obvious Carl Peterson is telling him that Ireland is doing a good job. Carl is his right hand man and consultant.

  5. mendenhallfumblemachine says: Mar 26, 2012 10:30 PM

    Why bother, guy is clueless.

  6. frankdatank23 says: Mar 26, 2012 10:38 PM

    News flash, mr. Reporter….. Ireland hasn’t had full control of personel since 08’….. It wasn’t until parcels left.

  7. paleandpasty says: Mar 26, 2012 10:41 PM

    There record was due to bad coaching. For example the dolphins lost to the broncos mainly because sparano went for a two point conversion in the second quarter. What coach does this. Chasing points that early….c’mon.

  8. AlanSaysYo says: Mar 26, 2012 10:42 PM

    Ireland hasn’t been stellar, but he hasn’t been terrible either. People forget that Sparano was public enemy number one for his conservative game planning just a few months ago. The Dolphins had the talent to finish better than 6-10 in 2011. It would seem that Ireland has sucked it up pretty badly in the last couple months, though.

  9. Mike Florio says: Mar 26, 2012 10:42 PM

    Ireland’s contract said from day one he has full control. But I made the point that Parcells’ prints are on the franchise.

  10. paleandpasty says: Mar 26, 2012 10:43 PM

    There record was due to bad coaching. For example the dolphins lost to the broncos mainly because sparano went for a two point conersion in the second quarter. What coach does this. Chasing points that early….c’mon.

  11. gottaplan says: Mar 26, 2012 10:50 PM

    Still Mike, it is common knowledge that he did NOT have full control since day 1! He has had one year in full control and by virtue of the on field performance of his draft class, he has dome a better than average job. He also has not over spent in free agency! And contrary to reports, Miami could have had any one of those free agents (other than Manning) had they been willing to pay the price! Build from the draft and supplement with FA, proven formula. I for one as a Miami fan am behind this front office and am encouraged that the Fins went 6-3 to end the year, have two better than average QB’s on the roster, no in-fighting amongst players or front office staff , a favorable schedule next year, room under the cap and 5 early picks in the draft! Get on board now before the bandwagon is full!

  12. andyreiddoublecheeseburger says: Mar 26, 2012 10:54 PM

    Jeff Ireland and A.J. Smith must be long-lost brothers

  13. quadya says: Mar 26, 2012 10:57 PM

    I get it PFT. Ross is a knob and he’s running my team into the ground. Please Matt Moore and coach Philbin get this.year turned around.

    At least were not the Jets. haha..Tebow.

  14. stevemo says: Mar 26, 2012 10:57 PM

    The people that rip on Ireland are either mentally deficient or have a mother that dabbles in prostitution.

  15. jeff d. says: Mar 26, 2012 11:18 PM

    Sorry, I didn’t think it was Mr Ross’ job to explain to the morons at PFT what his criterion for judging Ireland was. Interesting when the President of an organization has to provide that to the media. Hmm…

    Many of Phins probs can be focused in on some shoddy personnel decisions over the years. Lets see:

    Wanny drafting Jamar Fletcher instead of Drew Brees. (Is Jamar still in the league?)
    Saban selecting Culpepper instead of Brees.
    Wanny & Spielman going after AJ Feely
    Wanny sticking with Fiedler and not finding another QB during that time.
    2006 – Picking Jason Allen in 1st RD by Saban was a joke.
    Then there was the Ted Ginn JR experiment as a #9 pick. (We love his family though…)
    Then we had Chad Henne for a few glorious years

    You ge the idea. Ireland is responsible for the Henne fiasco without a doubt, but the last few years we have not gone after playmakers in the first round, we have built out the lines. Which is fine, but now is time to go after some playmakers on offense and put some talent on the field besides Mr Bush.

  16. howardforvezina says: Mar 26, 2012 11:32 PM

    Didn’t they have the chance to hire Mayhew? Or am I wrong?

  17. i10east says: Mar 26, 2012 11:32 PM

    Hey Ireland, was your mother a prostitute?

  18. Scott says: Mar 26, 2012 11:40 PM

    Ireland could be Bill Polian in his prime,Bill Walsh, a young Al Davis and Ozzie Newsome and it wouldn’t matter…he has so destroyed his NFL reputation, that if Ross was 1/100th as good of a football man as he must be a business man that he would have rid him self of Ireland as soon as BP left the Dolphins facility. Ross is as dumb as everyone says simply because he doesn’t see that by keeping Ireland, he is losing the last bit of fan base that he has left.

    The only way keeping Ireland is a good idea is if Ross is planning on moving the ‘fins to LA in the near future. I for one would not be a bit surprised if that happened.

  19. ken0west says: Mar 26, 2012 11:48 PM

    Compare 3 years of MIA drafts to NE drafts. Then tell me how much Miami front office stinks.

  20. rajbais says: Mar 27, 2012 12:12 AM

    What can you defend, his lack of people skills????

    “Oh guys!!!! Jeff isn’t a bad guy!!!! He’ll have brain farts that turn off free agents, but HE KNOWS HIS FOOTBALL!!!”

    Yep!!! He knows football by drafting crappy wildcat players!!!!

  21. edweird0 says: Mar 27, 2012 12:24 AM

    @quadya

    My thoughts exactly. At least we’re not the Jets

  22. wannstache says: Mar 27, 2012 12:36 AM

    Nothing to see here folks. Ross is a babbling idiot who says a lot of nothing. Actions speak louder than words, and things have been in decline since Ross became owner. Ireland likes to hide behind the Parcells excuse, but the bottom line is that nothing has changed for the better since Bill left. Either be aggressive and improve the team, or sell it!

  23. xpensivewinos says: Mar 27, 2012 12:47 AM

    Life Lesson:

    If an owner has to publicly (and repeatedly) defend his GM, he’s probably hired the wrong guy and can expect many black outs in his near future.

  24. bsizemore68 says: Mar 27, 2012 12:50 AM

    How many teams have a great season when there starting QB goes down in the fourth game and you have to live with the back up? As far as Mr. Ross is concern, he don’t need to answer to this blog, if he thinks Ireland is doing a good job, then so be it. Period. Bill

  25. themonster49 says: Mar 27, 2012 12:54 AM

    Here’s to hoping Ross is just doing the owner talk and has given Ireland this one last year to prove something, anything.

    I dont get the Parcells comment. Players wanted to play when it was Parcells, names wanted to play there. Names dont want to play there anymore.

  26. yycfin says: Mar 27, 2012 12:55 AM

    Ireland is a draft guru? Please!
    Looks from the picture that the genious has found our upgrade at QB.

  27. farvite says: Mar 27, 2012 1:53 AM

    Trying not to be upstaged by Wrestlemania…

  28. truthserum4u says: Mar 27, 2012 2:15 AM

    From the headline I thought some angry fans were physically attacking Ireland and Ross went all Brandon Marshall on their @$$!

  29. jimbo75025 says: Mar 27, 2012 3:15 AM

    gottaplan says:
    Mar 26, 2012 10:50 PM
    ……. I for one as a Miami fan am behind this front office and am encouraged that the Fins went 6-3 to end the year, have two better than average QB’s on the roster, no in-fighting amongst players or front office staff………..

    _____________

    I agree with some of your points, but when you say “better than average QB’s”, exactly who are you referring to? Matt Moore and David Gerrard? Those two aspire to be average.

    Then again maybe Marino and Greise came out of retirement and are now on the roster and I missed it somehow.

  30. borisbulldog says: Mar 27, 2012 3:28 AM

    Does Ross know that Ireland’s mother is a prostitute?

  31. joetoronto says: Mar 27, 2012 7:16 AM

    themonster49 says: Mar 27, 2012 12:54 AM

    Here’s to hoping Ross is just doing the owner talk and has given Ireland this one last year to prove something, anything.

    I dont get the Parcells comment. Players wanted to play when it was Parcells, names wanted to play there. Names dont want to play there anymore.
    *************************************************
    Exactly, they were on the right track when Parcells was there, the change of ownership derailed everything.

  32. gottaplan says: Mar 27, 2012 8:10 AM

    jimbo75025 says:

    I agree with some of your points, but when you say “better than average QB’s”, exactly who are you referring to? Matt Moore and David Gerrard? Those two aspire to be average.

    ____________________________

    I know they are not marquee names- but Matt Moore finished a season in which the Dolphins started 0-7 with a 6-3 record and graded out well above average at the end of the season. And Garrard was a pro bowl QB in his last active season. Granted, he has had a surgery and a year out of the league, but potentially if he is healthy, is a pro-bowl caliber QB. I’d rather have those two than many other combinations including the Jets and Bills.

  33. rudwo says: Mar 27, 2012 8:20 AM

    I wonder if anyone has told Ross that he looks like an asshat in those stupid glasses.

  34. thedreamcomparison says: Mar 27, 2012 8:26 AM

    I have a question for Ross…he says Ireland has done “great in the draft” … really?

    Aside from Jake Long who have we drafted that has been so great? Certainly not John Beck or Chad Henne or Pat White, right? Or are QBs not important in this league?

  35. ampats says: Mar 27, 2012 8:44 AM

    Wonder what Ross has planned for the 2nd Annual Tim Tebow Day ?

  36. 69finfan says: Mar 27, 2012 8:54 AM

    Mr. Ross, enough of the Owner speak and backing this guy and what that guy does and blah blah blah blah blah. Enough! Put a team on the field that wins games (consistently), period! Winning cures all woes. Don’t do whatever you can, do whatever it takes to field a winner. That will solve all the Fins and all of your problems.

  37. nremi85 says: Mar 27, 2012 12:05 PM

    Hey ross, & ireland, browns will trade there first rd pick….switch spots and give them a 3rd rd for switching, …do it and grab blackmon, 2nd rd grab weeden, 3rd rt, 4th safty, etcetcetc ……we would be good than but im sure you wont do that im sure nothing will come out this draft, DO NOT GRAB TANNEHILL, HE’S NOT BETTER …IF WEEDEN WAS 4-5 yrs younger he would go in the top 5 use your heads for once, he’s the best qb comming out of this draft and stats show it…look them up, he’s better than luck n rg3 when it comes to paper and proof LOOK IT UP

  38. marinephinfan says: Mar 27, 2012 12:08 PM

    The talent on this team is indicative of Ireland’s good work. The poor play of those players is due to their coaching. Sparano is a good guy (well, not now that he’s a Jet) but he’s a horrible head coach.

  39. cantonbound13 says: Mar 27, 2012 12:41 PM

    It amazes me how clueless Ross is. In the 4 years Ireland has been here he has not drafted or acquired a franchise quarterback. He passed on Matt Ryan, Joe Flacco, Andy Daulton, Mike Vick & Josh Freeman. He has not acquired a #1 receiver, passed on Hakeem Nicks, Dez Bryant & Vincent Jackson. He has not acquired a top notch TE. Passed on Gronkowski, Hernandez & Jimmy Graham. The offensive line only has only 2 solid starters on it. He overpaid for 2 free agents with a history of injuries in Grove & Smiley. We only have 1 legitamate pass rusher, some could argue he underperformed last year in Wake. Our safteys are aweful & Sean Smith at cb gets burned a lot. 
    Also there are current players publicly saying that they will never play for a disfunctional team like the Miami Dolphins. Top notch free agent coaches are using the Dolphins as leverage to go somewhere else. Peyton Manning, who actually lives in Miami had no interest in meeting Ross or Ireland.
    Wake up Ross! You can’t bee this stupid, or can you?

  40. cantonbound13 says: Mar 27, 2012 1:21 PM

    For the idiots posting that Ireland hasn’t been in charge for long & blame only Parcells for this mess, Ireland admitted to agreeing with Bill on every move such as Pat White, Earnest Wilford, Justin Smiley, Jake Grove, Patrick Turner, etc…. So basically what we have now is an inexperienced GM that can’t evaluate talent. What a disaster!!!

  41. azheat says: Mar 27, 2012 2:12 PM

    From my understanding the NFL is a business. That would make the fans your clients..right?

    When your clients are unhappy you make business decisions to improve your revenue and bottom line.

    I as a life long Dolphins fan do not see the improvement. In the 70’s, 80’s and early 90’s. The Dolphins home games were SOLD OUT every game.

    Some how, I dont see that happening in the near future. Mr. Ross should take a look back at the history of this franchise from where it started in 1966 to 2012. Then write a book on ‘ How to Lose all fan Support in 15 quick years’.

    Learn from the research you do…and Stop repeating it.

  42. quevida123 says: Mar 27, 2012 3:56 PM

    As long as he’s the gm no one will buy tickets. If Ross is such a great business man why can’t he see no one wants to come here and play. It is the most cowardly thing I have seen by not firing Ireland. He needs to grab a pair fast or the team is going not want to play for us.

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