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Jeff Ireland says perceptions of the Dolphins are wrong

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

Not everyone is as blunt about it as Ryan Clark, but there’s been a widespread perception in the NFL this offseason that the Dolphins have whiffed in free agency.

Dolphins General Manager Jeff Ireland, unsurprisingly, says that perception is incorrect.

It’s a perception that I think is wrong, that I’m losing out on guys,” Ireland told NFL.com.

Ireland said Matt Flynn is the only player the Dolphins have actually offered a contract who didn’t sign, and he hinted that the Dolphins weren’t all that big on Flynn anyway. He doesn’t think it’s fair to criticize him for missing on Peyton Manning.

“I haven’t missed out on too many players I’ve gone after. Peyton Manning? I’m a small piece of that situation. Matt Flynn? That was half his decision, and it was half our decision,” Ireland said.

All the talking in the world won’t change the perceptions about the Dolphins, however. The only thing that can change perception is to change the reality of the Dolphins’ record. And if that doesn’t change this year, owner Stephen Ross might decide it’s time to change general managers.

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  1. babyhorsemorgan says: Mar 31, 2012 2:33 PM

    So they’re cracking on Jeff for not spending $20 million on a guy who had 3 Td passes, 4 Int, a passer rating of 55, over four seasons in the NFL prior to the last game of last season? I think he’ll be able to live with that decision.

  2. mrcogburn says: Mar 31, 2012 2:33 PM

    He’s right, you know. But let the hysterical comments begin.

  3. covercorner says: Mar 31, 2012 2:34 PM

    Jeff Ireland should be fired now. Don’t let him have another poor draft.

  4. RavenzGunnerz says: Mar 31, 2012 2:34 PM

    Fins: Flynn, we soooooo want you. You are awesome.
    Flynn: I don’t want you.
    Fins: We don’t want you either. You suck. You are not even a good qb.

  5. richc111 says: Mar 31, 2012 2:35 PM

    New TV Show Spin City – Miami. Listening to him makes me thing of the woman I asked out and said no. I didn’t really want to go out with them anyway.

  6. nyyjetsknicks says: Mar 31, 2012 2:35 PM

    Perception is reality.

  7. ubummer says: Mar 31, 2012 2:35 PM

    My apologies Jeff. You have completely cleared up the misconception I had of the Dolphins. I only perceived you that way because of your public pursuit of Harbaugh last year, and your public pursuit of Fisher this year. I absolutely believe you that it was your decision not to sign either of those guys as well as Manning and Flynn and …

  8. csszrr says: Mar 31, 2012 2:37 PM

    Maybe players do not want to go there because they want to avoid insulting and stupid questions?

  9. duanethomas says: Mar 31, 2012 2:39 PM

    Parcells handpicked boy. Perception is Reality.

  10. 4oledc says: Mar 31, 2012 2:41 PM

    Hey he’s right…they signed Garrard! C’MON MAN!

  11. handsatlanta says: Mar 31, 2012 2:43 PM

    Mr. Ireland, tell me if this sounds familiar:

    You are what your record says you are.

  12. doctorfootball says: Mar 31, 2012 2:44 PM

    Don’t worry, Jeff Ireland. Everyone knows the biggest free agent signing so far this offseason was David Gerrard. LOL

  13. sullijo1 says: Mar 31, 2012 2:46 PM

    1st law of marketing…..

    Perception = Reality

  14. backindasaddle says: Mar 31, 2012 2:46 PM

    When somebody refers to a situation or an opinion as a “perception” it is looked at as if it is false or inaccurate. Many times that is the case and many times it is not the case. Regardless, when an entire majority “perceives” that you suck at your job Jeff, you had best start considering this “perception” as being pretty damned important instead of just arrogantly dismiss it. Your track record sucks Jeff and THAT is not just perception…. it is fact.

  15. electionconfidential says: Mar 31, 2012 2:47 PM

    I had a cousin who was a drug addict her whole life. She stole from her family and was married to a guy who ended up on “America’s Most Wanted”. She thought the perceptions of her were wrong too. Jeff Ireland needs to ask himself what’s generating those perceptions, then go look in the mirror for the answer. That franchise is fighting with the Browns for most dysfunctional… They make the Charger management look prudent.

  16. steviemo says: Mar 31, 2012 2:48 PM

    Or they’re right.

  17. jetnotjets says: Mar 31, 2012 2:50 PM

    How can Jeff Ireland say the perceptions are wrong when the perceptions are about him? It would be like the NFL saying that the perception that they have a pending legal issue with concussions is completely false.

    And wouldn’t it have been much better for him to say, “Hey, you’re right. We swung the bat and missed over the last few seasons. Even I have made some mistakes. But today is a new day. We’ve learned from our mistakes, & the Dolphins are moving forward in a new direction.”

    People are quick to forgive when you own up, but they hate denial. He won’t be around much longer.

  18. djbasx007 says: Mar 31, 2012 2:51 PM

    wow! another article ripping the dolphins, haven’t seen this before.

    karlos dansby, kevin burnett, reggie bush, cameron wake, paul solai, none of these guys had any problem signing here. Getting rid of marshall was a GOOD thing!
    you build through the draft not by signing a bunch of overpriced free agents, just ask the redskins and eagles. we werent going to overpay for flynn, who is basically matt moore 2.0 or alex smith (8million a year??). Its not that they dont want to come here, the dolphins just are not willing to overpay!

  19. bobwhitequail says: Mar 31, 2012 2:51 PM

    Dang, I feel for you Dolphin fans. It sucks. I think Ireland would be tied for worst GM in recent memory, tied with Matt Millen.

  20. cavefan74 says: Mar 31, 2012 2:53 PM

    It is a sad day for Dolphins fans to see our beloved franchise become a laughing stock. Fire Ireland and start from scratch!

  21. roamingabriel says: Mar 31, 2012 2:55 PM

    “I haven’t missed out on too many players I’ve gone after.”
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    Maybe that’s the problem, you don’t know a good player when you see one.

    You’ll have to forgive us fans of 31 other teams who think you guys are right in the race for Matt Barkley!

  22. kingpel says: Mar 31, 2012 2:57 PM

    Jeff Fosher chose the Rams over the Dolphins. I mean….c’mon.

  23. cmdrsmooth says: Mar 31, 2012 3:05 PM

    What does this have to do with Tim Tebow? Poor reporting once again.

    No story on the QB Sandwich Controversy is a sad day on sports media.

  24. howmanyringsyourteamgot says: Mar 31, 2012 3:12 PM

    The Dolphins can try to put whatever spin they want on the situation but even before Sparano got canned there was plenty of talk about how the Dolphins wanted to make a big splash this offseason. Philbin could indeed turn out to be the right choice as Head Coach but the fact remains they’ll be heading into the draft with the same roster questions as when the season ended. Considering Ireland’s history with the draft they’ll probably be heading into training camp with many of those same questions and no solid answers.

  25. palmbeachfinfan says: Mar 31, 2012 3:13 PM

    As a life-long Dolphins fan, this whole Ireland thing is killing me… For the love of God, Ross needs to make it STOP!

  26. 2dollarpbrs says: Mar 31, 2012 3:20 PM

    He is right, the Dolphins are less organized than most people think

  27. bledalotofgreen says: Mar 31, 2012 3:20 PM

    The dolphins stink and have stunk since Marino left that’s the perception

  28. weswelkerspornstash says: Mar 31, 2012 3:21 PM

    With Bill Polian on so called “free agency” why does this guy even have a job.

  29. Nicholas Tredway says: Mar 31, 2012 3:22 PM

    Hilarious.

    Ireland: “I don’t see what the big deal is here guys, the Dolphins sucked before I got here and they still suck. Lighten up.”

  30. 69finfan says: Mar 31, 2012 3:27 PM

    The reason Jeff Fisher (not Fosher) went to the Rams is because the Fins would not grant him complete control over personnel decisions. They can have him, he is an average HC and is not worth the money that he was paid by the Rams. As far as it sucking to be a Dolphin Fan and it being a sad day to be a Dolphin Fan, not for me. As I have stated before I am not defined by being a Dolphin Fan. I am much more than that. IMO in the grand scheme of life it really doesn’t matter if they are good or not. There are way more important things in life.

  31. geniusesq says: Mar 31, 2012 3:37 PM

    Karma

  32. dolphan099 says: Mar 31, 2012 3:37 PM

    I am as reluctant as anyone else to defend Ireland, but he might actually be up to something. Lets face it we are stuck with him for at least 1 more year. Its too late into the offseason to get rid of him. Jeff Fisher sucks as a head coach. ( he has only won 21 more games then he has lost) How many years has he been coaching. ( Harbaugh was last year, let it be) The core of this team are all people that he has brought in since being GM. But with all that being said if he messes up this draft. There is no more defense; Stephen Ross will be the next Al Davis.

  33. joeflaccosunibrow says: Mar 31, 2012 3:44 PM

    Right, and the world is flat too!

  34. mc9399 says: Mar 31, 2012 3:44 PM

    RavenzGunnerz says:
    Mar 31, 2012 2:34 PM
    Fins: Flynn, we soooooo want you. You are awesome.
    Flynn: I don’t want you.
    Fins: We don’t want you either. You suck. You are not even a good qb
    ____________________________________

    Flynn: i really want to be a dolphin and be reunited with coach philbin

    Fins: ok but for 4mil/yr, not 8 because your beloved former oc doesnt think your a franchise qb or that you could even beat out matt moore (2mil)

    Flynn: uhhhhh i pick seattle then, i love the rain anyway!!

  35. uscfan1988 says: Mar 31, 2012 3:46 PM

    Ireland had one draft that he called the shots so stop acting like he is the worst gm inn the league. Most people who comment on here know nothing about what they are saying. Ill be honest fins fans annoy other fin fans more than the front office with baseless comments, smug arrogant woe is me attitude, and the fact that 2 years ago when we had the hot start you were the first ones to mouth off and were the first ones to re hate the front office. That’s why this team is looked at as a joke because half the fans make fools of themselves and blame the owner, blame the coach, blame the gm. The man to blame for the mess was parcells he called the shots rnd of story. Give jeff at least two more years since.last year was his first draft then judge or just continue to look stupid and judge now. Fyi for the Dez Bryant thing he was led to that question by Dez funny how that never gets mentioned.

  36. brenenostler says: Mar 31, 2012 3:54 PM

    I know Jeff looks bad for missing on those free agents, but I’m actually on his side this time. Many teams missed on Peyton. And Matt Flynn might be one of those QBs that’s only good when the rest of the team is already good (hence Matt Cassel and Kevin Kolb).

    It wouldn’t be worth the money when they can have Moore or Tannehill for a much lower price.

  37. djstat says: Mar 31, 2012 3:58 PM

    Damage control

  38. nflfollower says: Mar 31, 2012 4:09 PM

    Well that’s surprising. I thought he would admit those terrible perceptions were accurate.

  39. emaimo80 says: Mar 31, 2012 4:10 PM

    Been a dolphin fan for my entire life (31 years). Not sure I’ve ever felt this ashamed to be a fan. This team actually had something good going the second half of last season. Now we get rid of our best players Marshall, Allen, and Bell(to get nothing in return). Ireland you suck and shame on Ross for being blind. Going after a new coach while still having sparano started the downward spiral. We will be lucky to get 5 wins this yr. I think I’m done, like many others.

  40. phillyphinsfan says: Mar 31, 2012 4:11 PM

    Dez was on you, Jeff. Harbaugh could have been on Ross. Who cares about Fisher, he’s overrated. Manning wasn’t coming to Miami anyway and the coaches thought Flynn wasn’t worth as much as the Hawks were willing to pay him. Last year’s draft was good, but if Ireland doesn’t follow up with a better one with the higher picks, he’s going to be unemployed this time next year. Thanks for nothing, Tuna!

  41. thetooloftools says: Mar 31, 2012 4:13 PM

    who cares what we think… players think you suck!

  42. db3300 says: Mar 31, 2012 4:14 PM

    “karlos dansby, kevin burnett, reggie bush, cameron wake, paul solai, none of these guys had any problem signing here.”

    That’s an interesting bunch that you chose to show us all how great of a GM you have.

    Bush – traded there in exchange for a backup safety. I wouldn’t say he chose to sign.

    Burnett – a do-nothing career; teams weren’t beating down his door. I would sign with Miami too if no one else wanted me.

    Dansby – overrated (by everyone but himself); overpaid

    Wake – played in the CFL after being cut by the Giants; only about 4 other teams were considering him.

    Solai – Drafted by the Dolphins. Also didn’t choose to sign.

    Keep up the good fight. Although I’m not sure I would go to a lot of trouble defending a guy like Ireland. Most of your fellow fans aren’t doing that.

  43. norcalcard says: Mar 31, 2012 4:16 PM

    This is the very reason Jeff Ireland is such an ineffective GM. He’s totally clueless, has no self awareness as to {why} he’s totally clueless, and thus – will remain just as ineffective as GM for as long as the clueless owner keeps the clueless GM around. It’s sad to see what state of the franchise – which has been traditionally one of the better national pro sports teams – run into the ground this way.

  44. johnnyb1976 says: Mar 31, 2012 4:16 PM

    Really?!

  45. ecarlso8 says: Mar 31, 2012 4:17 PM

    Surrrrre Jeff, everything is fine in MIA and all the bad decisions in the last few years were other peoples fault even though you are the GM, all your picks were good……..nothing to see here, everyone go home.

  46. bbillsfan01 says: Mar 31, 2012 4:22 PM

    My perception is that as an NFL GM….You suck. But, hey, that’s just me…keep on doing what you do and I know the Bills will always have one team below them in the AFC East

  47. emaimo80 says: Mar 31, 2012 4:24 PM

    Been a dolphin fan for my entire life (31 years). Not sure I’ve ever felt this ashamed to be a fan. This team actually had something good going the second half of last season. Now we get rid of our best players Marshall, Allen, and Bell(to get nothing in return). Going after a new coach while still having sparano started the downward spiral. We will be lucky to get 5 wins this yr. Philbin deserves better. Way to lowball Flynn, go after a washed up qb with 4 neck procedures in 19 months (funny how he drops Miami as a potential landing spot the day after we trade Marshall), the release 2 more of our best players. Insane that people with so much money can act with such little class and make the decisions that have been made. Do you really think anyone wants to attend games or even watch on tv? Fire Ireland and sell the team!

  48. randomguy9999 says: Mar 31, 2012 4:26 PM

    Are the Phins decisions THIS offseason that bad after all? not really…..

    -they shouldn’t have completely whiffed on manning but considering the competition its not surprising
    -8m on Flynn when you you’ve got Moore is a non starter
    -Marshall is a td dropping locker room wreck and had to go

    but at the end of the day, the guy has an open checkbook and authority from Ross to transform the team and its not happening…. So he should lose his job …..

  49. cags777 says: Mar 31, 2012 4:27 PM

    As bad of a general manager Jeff Ireland is, most of the blame lies at Stephen Ross. It was his actions of leaving a head coach in limbo to pursue Jim Harbaugh in 2011 that got the organization into the mess it’s in.

  50. craigishell says: Mar 31, 2012 4:34 PM

    Anyone that wants to be “done” with the Phins, go for it. Ireland has had basically no say in the personnel department, barring last year. I’m one of the people that flip-flops between “FIRE EVERYONE” and wanting to let it ride. Whatever happens, They’ve always been my team, and always will be. They are far more qualified than any fan or random nerd to make these weird choices, so I expect a payoff. /rant

  51. xpensivewinos says: Mar 31, 2012 4:44 PM

    Ireland and Ross can explain to each and every one of those empty orange seats next year how the perception of the Dolphins is all wrong.

    The franchise is dead. It had been circling the drain for years and now Ross & Ireland officially killed it.

    Ah well, with the Heat, Marlins and Panthers, no one will even notice…..

  52. Lou Pickney says: Mar 31, 2012 4:49 PM

    I wonder if Jeff Ireland asked Peyton Manning if his mother is a prostitute? He asked Dez Bryant that question in 2010 (and later apologized for it).

  53. trojan33sc says: Mar 31, 2012 4:51 PM

    So Miami missed out on Flynn/Kolb, the jury’s still out and Flynn could pull a boner just like Kolb. Stay tuned…………….

  54. zackattack006 says: Mar 31, 2012 4:53 PM

    The Fins are lucky to have Jeff Ireland. There were about 6 teams that were refused by Peyton Manning and it wasn’t because Jeff Ireland was their manager. He’s done more good than bad in Miami.

    Flynn is overrated. Last year everyone criticized Ireland for not trading for Orton and look at him now. They critized him for trading for Reggie Bush and look at the results. It’s a shame that his career has been based on an interview with Dez Bryant and about his mom being a prostitute. Recruiters ask all kind of questions and I’m pretty sure he wasn’t the first one to ask a controversial question.

  55. thatguywhoisactuallyamiamisportsfan says: Mar 31, 2012 4:54 PM

    I agree with him that he is good about not overpaying players, but he needs to make a move that’ll actually make us a playoff team. An RG3 trade would have been nice..

  56. flightb0ys says: Mar 31, 2012 4:55 PM

    ^^^ why is all the dolfans here all say “why would we want to over pay someone? I.e. Fisher, Flynn, Manning, etc. but before those guys were picked up all you dolfans were like “LET’S GET HIM!”

  57. beeronthefridge says: Mar 31, 2012 5:14 PM

    Ireland, don’t waste your time with explanations.

    Most people are too dumb to see beyond perceptions.

  58. t16rich says: Mar 31, 2012 5:16 PM

    But our perceptions of you are right. You suck Jeff

  59. liddogg33 says: Mar 31, 2012 5:17 PM

    who ever keeps deleting my comments can SUCK A D****

  60. krakyahead says: Mar 31, 2012 5:19 PM

    handsatlanta says:
    Mar 31, 2012 2:43 PM
    Mr. Ireland, tell me if this sounds familiar:

    You are what your record says you are.

    (Priceless!)

  61. andyreiddoublecheeseburger says: Mar 31, 2012 5:21 PM

    If the perceptions are that the Dolphins are a well-run organization with a team on the cusp of greatness well, yes, those perceptions ARE wrong.

  62. jonanthans says: Mar 31, 2012 5:34 PM

    I don’t care for Ireland either, but the Dez Bryant situation is not on him:

    Ireland: What does your Dad do?
    Bryant: My Dad is a pimp
    Ireland: What does your Mom do?
    Bryant: My Mom works for my Dad.

    Am I missing something here? Do Pimps now have Admin Associates or Secretaries? What conclusion would you have naturally drawn from Dezs’ responses? And rumors coming from people who knew the Bryant family, Ireland was spot on about Dezs’ Moms profession.. just sayin”

  63. kenny328usa says: Mar 31, 2012 5:42 PM

    Who cares. But I can’t fault him for doing damage control to save his a$$. I’m pretty sure he’ll be able to fool his boss the buffoon and keep his job. The organization will never be successful until he is fired and the aforementioned buffoon hires good football people and disappears.

  64. thegonz13 says: Mar 31, 2012 5:42 PM

    No, perceptions are dead on! The Dolphins haven’t done jack to improve!

  65. undraftedstar says: Mar 31, 2012 5:48 PM

    This guy is retarded ! You expect anybody to believe you. They shipped out their best offensive player( Marshall) who was a pro bowl starter last year,and hired David Garrard! SMH .. We could see your trying your best to contend..lol

  66. miamiron says: Mar 31, 2012 5:58 PM

    Perception is the Dolphins
    Lost
    their best defensive end
    their best receiver
    their best tackler

    their new #1 wide receiver “Hartline”
    has 1 td in the past 26 games

    Our 6 wide receivers on this team have a
    combined 4 tds last season

    62 NFL players had more tds than our
    current 6 from last year combined

    PERCEPTION IS THIS TEAM IS GOING TO SUCK

  67. sportmentary says: Mar 31, 2012 6:01 PM

    This guy is a nut job and should be fired. He says he’s not losing guys but he’s not winning them either.

  68. cantonbound13 says: Mar 31, 2012 6:02 PM

    Reality:
    Since Jeff has been there we don’t have a franchise qb. The right side of the offensive line is pathetic. We still don’t have a #1 receiver or #2. Still don’t have a tight end. Only have 1 quality player in the secondary, eventhough he shows up to practice drunk. Still need a pass rusher at DE, Merling is another first round bust. Jeff has managed to pass on Dez Bryant & insult him. He’s thrown a coach under the bus. Decided it was a good idea to go with the clueless owner & try to woo Harbaugh while he still has a head coach in place. Wiffs on Harbaugh & Fisher. He also couldn’t manage to meet Peyton Manning in person, who happens to reside in Miami!!!!
    Keep trying to convince people your doing a good job. The only fool that believes you is Ross, unfortunately for us few remaining Dolphin fans.

  69. rexismybff says: Mar 31, 2012 6:06 PM

    Interview at Dolphins’ HQ:

    Ireland: So Matt, we’ve got some character questions here – are you a bed wetter?

    Flynn: That depends – if someone dips my hands in a bowl of warm water while I’m sleeping…

    Ireland: Uh-huh. OK – how about your mom, Matt? How long has she been a prostitute?

    Flynn: Did I tell you my flight for Seattle leaves in 30 minutes? See you – got to dash! Don’t call me, I’ll call you.

    Ireland (as Flynn pushes out the door): Hey, you suck Matt! No skills! We didn’t want you anyway!

    Crosses off Flynn’s name with big red Sharpee. Circles another name with same pen. “David Garrard – hmmmm… a real South Beach talent – just like Lebron…”

  70. batman010101 says: Mar 31, 2012 6:15 PM

    OK Mr. Ireland
    “Here’s my humble opinion. The Browns need a QB and apparently like Tannehill but not at 4, so we trade. Browns get our 8th(1st round) and 73rd(3rd round) and we get their 22(1st round), 37(2nd round) and 67(3rd round). Browns take Richardson or Blackmon at 4 and Tannehill at 8. We now have 5 picks in the 1st 3 rounds (22,37,42,67 and 72)and could fill a lot of needs :QB ( Cousins,Osweiler or Weeden), WR (S.Hill or Jeffery), OT (Martin or Adams)and DE(Jones, Curry or Crick). Anyway just my thoughts/wishful thinking. GO FINS !!!!!!”

  71. jclii says: Mar 31, 2012 6:18 PM

    You would figure this guy would eventually realize it is better to just keep your mouth shut. His ego is his worst enemy, just like the moron GM in San Diego. Ireland keeps putting his foot in his mouth and we are loving it. 3 more weeks until the draft, we need someone to make fun of while we wait.

  72. sportmentary says: Mar 31, 2012 6:20 PM

    @rexismybff, that was classic. Sad thing is that it’s beleiveable and plausable. Ireland is such an idiot. He really should be fired.

  73. brutus9448 says: Mar 31, 2012 6:21 PM

    winning cures everything.

  74. uscfan1988 says: Mar 31, 2012 6:22 PM

    The perceptions are right most dolphins fans are complete idiots

  75. tsep305 says: Mar 31, 2012 6:30 PM

    I think Miami was interested in Matt Flynn but at the right price. Its like Joe Philbin said, if he wanted Flynn to be his QB the front office would have made it happen even if it cost them 9 million a year. Bottom line, Matt Moore isnt a bad QB. He had an 87 QB rating last year. He had the 12th highest QB rating in the league. He did this while also getting sacked more than than any other QB in the league. If miami is smart they’ll draft David DeCastro or Riley Reiff in the first round. And for all those that want tannehill… Like the article says, Ireland needs to win now. He doesn’t have time to wait on a project QB.

  76. lawyermalloy says: Mar 31, 2012 6:40 PM

    Jeff Ireland and Scott Pioli, two relatively young guys who should have NEVER been given keys to the kingdom!

  77. dolfan72 says: Mar 31, 2012 7:17 PM

    FIRE IRELAND! I dared Stephen Ross to call me last week, and I told the guy on the phone the Dolphins are the CHICAGO CUBS OF THE NFL!

    I predict either the Dolphins won’t win it all again in my lifetime, or EVERY OTHER TEAM will win it all at least once since Miami won it last!

    Fifteen have won it all since Miami did it last!

  78. backtothebowl says: Mar 31, 2012 7:35 PM

    If Matt Flynn is so hot, why was Seattle scouting Tannehill so closely? Maybe a little buyer’s remorse? As for Payton’s choice….Go ask Archie!

  79. uscfan1988 says: Mar 31, 2012 7:50 PM

    How many times does this need to be said. THROW OUT THE FRONT OFFICE MOVES SINCE 2008-2010 THOSE WERE PARCELLS CALLS LAST YEAR WAS IRELANDS FIRST YEAR CALLING THE SHOTS IS THIS GETTING THROUGH TO ANYONE? And for the earlier comment in regards to Pioli and Ireland being given the keys to the kingdom both teams were garbage when they took over. Hell the dolphins were bad when Parcells took over.

  80. xpensivewinos says: Mar 31, 2012 7:51 PM

    The Dolphins owner & GM keep standing at podiums and conducting interviews and calling fans repeatedly telling everyone they’re really not loser, jack-ass schmucks. This has the become the news surrounding the Dolphins…..these never seem to be about the coach or player signing that gets the ticket-buying consumer excited. It’s about them failing and then having to explain to people (that they think are stupid) that they didn’t really fail. They’ve apparently planned all of the stupidity that has happened since Parcells and his worthless turd companions came along.

    It’s been my experience in life that when someone has to repeatedly tell you that they’re not a loser, jack-ass schmuck…………they really are and they’re the only ones who haven’t come to grips with it.

    Ireland is a pathetic GM and an even worse human being. The perception of the Dolphins is essentially the perception of him. Was a fan for over 40 years, but Ross & Ireland can take their worthless team and shove ‘em.

  81. ghjjf says: Mar 31, 2012 8:14 PM

    Funny how nobody seemed to mind Ireland when the Dolphins went 11-5 and won the division.

  82. smackingfools says: Mar 31, 2012 8:25 PM

    Players aren’t going because Ireland is a scumbag. Not because he can’t build a team. Go Dolphins! Fire Ireland!

  83. sportmentary says: Mar 31, 2012 8:41 PM

    @Michael David Smith I agree with your assessment that the minnows are the Cubs of the NFL. At this rate, it might be decades before this team makes the playoffs.

  84. promickey says: Mar 31, 2012 8:57 PM

    Ireland is largely a product of former VP of Operations Bill Parcells. He did have a decent draft and free agency getting Reggie Bush etc.. last season when Parcells left. However Parcells was responsible for Chad Henne (not a franchise QB) and Pat White who was drafted in the 2nd round and is now out of the NFL. There were many mistakes made by the controlling Parcells that are perceived to be Ireland’s undertaking. Parcells should go down as one of the worst buyers of NFL groceries in history. Many NFL insiders know this and now there is more than enough proof. Parcells had full contol of the Miami Dolphin’s personnel for three years. When owner Stephen Ross says that the Dolphins are now much better. He is really indicating that since Parcells left the team’s talent acquisition has improved. Thanks for leaving Parcells you are not missed in Miami!

  85. popolover says: Mar 31, 2012 9:01 PM

    weswelkerspornstash:

    With Polian on “free agency”, I would rather have a ‘sewer rat” run my team than Polian. Did you not pay attention to last year? One man down and there was no team????? He has single handidly killed the Colts cap wise. Plus, you bring in Bill, Chrisissy is on your team. Chris still thinks footballs are stuffed.

  86. ProDolphinsTalk says: Mar 31, 2012 9:32 PM

    Those ‘Parcells Guys’ sure are a classy bunch.

  87. xpensivewinos says: Mar 31, 2012 10:08 PM

    Who are all these lemmings and kooks who arbitrarily determine which moves were Parcell’s and which were Ireland’s?

    Ireland was hired away from Dallas and given the GM title. Parcells was VP of Football Operations. So, if Parcells was making the calls, the Dolphins were lying scumbags. Even if that’s the case, Ireland was supposedly the #1 talent evaluator. The Dolphins talents base is almost non-existent on offense and they’re in cap hell. None of that is Ireland’s fault. If he had nothing to do with this while Parcells was there, than Ross must fire him immediately because there is the proof he’s not qualified for the job……..he doesn’t have any experience. And if he is responsible, he sucks at this job.

  88. xpensivewinos says: Mar 31, 2012 10:16 PM

    …..and why do people think Ireland was so shrewd about Bush and Moore last year? If he knew Moore was a diamond in the rough, he would have been playing earlier and at least given a legitimate shot at competing with that stiff Henne. They lucked out with Moore and he played well when forced in to action after Henne got hurt and missed the rest of the season. That’s why Moore saw the field.

    Bush was acquired for a 6th round pick to be the third down back. If the brilliant Ireland had gotten Bush to be the every down back, he would not have traded up to get that pile of crap Daniel Thomas in the second round. Thomas proved to be an injured stiff (yet another wasted pick and/or free agent acquisition during the “Irleand Error”) and Bush was simply forced to play more than they intended. He played well, but his role was not planned like that from the get-go.

    Let’s talk about Marc Columbo who signed and plugged in with the intention of solidifying their offensive line…….Parcells, Ireland and Sparano were going to build the Dolphins from the lines out, right? O-Line is garbage and they have no pass rusher other than Cam Wake.

    Ireland is absolute garbage. A blind, brainless pig could do a better job. “So, hey……”

  89. LoCoSu@%s says: Mar 31, 2012 10:29 PM

    The fact he thinks the perception is wrong tells us there is a perception.
    Where there is a perception, usually there are facts behind it

  90. gmen1987 says: Mar 31, 2012 10:45 PM

    djbasx007 says: Mar 31, 2012 2:51 PM

    wow! another article ripping the dolphins, haven’t seen this before.

    karlos dansby, kevin burnett, reggie bush, cameron wake, paul solai, none of these guys had any problem signing here. Getting rid of marshall was a GOOD thing!
    you build through the draft not by signing a bunch of overpriced free agents, just ask the redskins and eagles. we werent going to overpay for flynn, who is basically matt moore 2.0 or alex smith (8million a year??). Its not that they dont want to come here, the dolphins just are not willing to overpay!
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    Goobs,

    Be prepared for another year where the Dolphins just suck, but not suck badly enough to get an impact player in the draft.

    You are a prime example of why Dolphins fans are the biggest tools in the NFL.

  91. uscfan1988 says: Mar 31, 2012 10:46 PM

    I’ll say this I believe that Ireland can evaluate talent. Whether he is a good GM or not I can’t say all I can say is he did a good job last year. Daniel Thomas played well when he was healthy. My proposed question to the “Fire Ireland” people is who do you want to be the GM and give a name not some dumbass response like someone from New England or Green Bay or Pittsburgh. To fire a guy you have to have someone in mind that is better. And I disagree that the dolphins have no offensive talent. Thomas has ability, Fasano is a decent redzone tight end and Pouncy is a stud. Granted its not a lot of talent but they didn’t accidentally go 6-3 to end the year. Everyone is entitled to their own opinion but if its so easy to spot out superstars then we all would be GM’s lets not forget that the Dolphins were 1-15 before Ireland came here with Parcells so stop acting like we had a strong nucleus because we didn’t. As for the few fans I have seen talking about being done with the Dolphins, good go get a Jets jersey they are run worse than the dolphins which is why they traded for Tebow after extending Sanchez whos confidence is low coming off a horrid season. We don’t need fake fans parading around like they are true fans. It’s easy to sit back and complain about front office moves when you can sit back and critique from behind a computer screen. We could be in worse shape case and point look at the Rams and Browns. Or Hell even Tampa. Let’s just wait and see I bet half the people here will be on Irelands nuts if we have a great draft and win some games next year. And for the negative comments that come after this post talking about we aren’t going to win many games, take your pessimistic comments else where I’m all about positivity and remember the organization isn’t going to care if you are unhappy with the GM so getting on here and whining about it is going to do anything

  92. randallflagg52 says: Apr 1, 2012 12:38 AM

    You dolphin fans need to realize that Flynn wasn’t chasing money when he rejected your team.

    With Seattle he signed for 3 years, 26 million with 10 million guaranteed. Now 16 million over 3 years ends up only being about 5.3 mil a year. Pretty cheap considering he’s a more likely a franchise QB than anything on either the Seahawks or Dolphins roster.

    I find it hard to believe that Ross/Ireland was unwilling to match that low offer. Flynn went to the better run team, sorry dolphin fans.

    Oh and I’m a raven fan so IDC who he really went to.

  93. skleech22 says: Apr 1, 2012 1:38 AM

    Let’s call a spade a spade! These writers at pro football talk have a Patriot bias…..have they ever said anything negative about the Patriot organization? How they cheated or taped for years?Does Robert Kraft own this site? The Dolphins organization is in disarray but the nonstop piling on on this website is sickening!! Have some journalistic integrity and write facts besides.taking sides with the likes of players such as Joey Porter and Ryan Clark, that have no bearing in the Dolphins organization! Except nothing else other than sour grapes!!!

  94. gmen1987 says: Apr 1, 2012 6:17 AM

    uscfan1988 says: Mar 31, 2012 10:46 PM

    I’ll say this I believe that Ireland can evaluate talent. Whether he is a good GM or not I can’t say all I can say is he did a good job last year. Daniel Thomas played well when he was healthy. My proposed question to the “Fire Ireland” people is who do you want to be the GM and give a name not some dumbass response like someone from New England or Green Bay or Pittsburgh. To fire a guy you have to have someone in mind that is better. And I disagree that the dolphins have no offensive talent. Thomas has ability, Fasano is a decent redzone tight end and Pouncy is a stud. Granted its not a lot of talent but they didn’t accidentally go 6-3 to end the year. Everyone is entitled to their own opinion but if its so easy to spot out superstars then we all would be GM’s lets not forget that the Dolphins were 1-15 before Ireland came here with Parcells so stop acting like we had a strong nucleus because we didn’t. As for the few fans I have seen talking about being done with the Dolphins, good go get a Jets jersey they are run worse than the dolphins which is why they traded for Tebow after extending Sanchez whos confidence is low coming off a horrid season. We don’t need fake fans parading around like they are true fans. It’s easy to sit back and complain about front office moves when you can sit back and critique from behind a computer screen. We could be in worse shape case and point look at the Rams and Browns. Or Hell even Tampa. Let’s just wait and see I bet half the people here will be on Irelands nuts if we have a great draft and win some games next year. And for the negative comments that come after this post talking about we aren’t going to win many games, take your pessimistic comments else where I’m all about positivity and remember the organization isn’t going to care if you are unhappy with the GM so getting on here and whining about it is going to do anything

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    Goobs,

    We are going to get the same old Dolphins this year except the Buffalo Bills may actually have a better record than the Dolphins.

    How many players and coaches have bypassed the Dolphins, primarily of Jeff Ireland and Stephen Ross, Goobs?

    Next year, after another 5-11 season, we will still have tools like you telling us how great the Dolphins are.

  95. cantonbound13 says: Apr 1, 2012 6:46 AM

    ghjjf says:Mar 31, 2012 8:14 PM

    Funny how nobody seemed to mind Ireland when the Dolphins went 11-5 and won the division.

    They got lucky the Jets made a dumb move and cut Pennington. They also played a last place schedule & most games were close games. Isn’t it funny that Ireland could never get a quality qb after Pennington fell in his lap?

  96. kenny328usa says: Apr 1, 2012 8:13 AM

    cantonbound13 sums it up much quicker and better than the rest of you windbags. Take a minute to read his post. And then resist the urge to respond please

  97. annes22 says: Apr 1, 2012 9:14 AM

    I love it on here, everyone ripping the Dolphins.
    Most of you are fans of other teams, and you probably have problems too with your own teams.
    Just wait until the season starts, then give your opinions which are worth” nothing” today.
    The only thing we do know, is that the New Orleans Saints are in big trouble, and an embarassing organization. Wait for their player fines and suspensions, and playing next season with back ups and Bill Parcells in charge. Good Luck there!!

  98. uscfan1988 says: Apr 1, 2012 10:28 AM

    Really? Tools like me? Where did I say that it was a great team? I believe what I said was I wonder how many people here will be on Irelands nuts if we have a great draft and win some games next year and people should take their pessimistic comments else wear. Why don’t you learn how to read and comprehend before you refer to someone as a tool.

  99. uscfan1988 says: Apr 1, 2012 11:54 AM

    *where

  100. agelardi says: Apr 1, 2012 12:32 PM

    This jerk is 100% delusional. And Ross is too ignorant about Football to fire him.

  101. getsome99 says: Apr 1, 2012 1:26 PM

    Why is everyone defending Dez Bryant? Just google his off field track record since his days at OSU to present and you’ll have a better understanding of who you’re standing up for.

    Jeff Ireland asked Dez what his father did for a living. Dez responded with “He a pimp.”. Ireland’s follow up question was what his mother did for a living and Dez responded with “She works for my dad.”. What would your follow up question be from there? That is how it went down. Ireland didn’t come out and put this on the record, but the Dolphins leaked the info to the press. Ireland is a Parcells guy. He’s not going to publicly defend himself and throw a player under the bus, and even if it backfires on him with fans who only read the headlines and not the full story before passing judgment.

    Kudos to Ireland for this and also for recognizing that he works for an organization with the dumbest fan base in sports yet continues to do his job and make decisions that these dumb fans will never understand. These are the same moronic fans that believe Dan Marino won them multiple Super Bowls. Marino was a one man show and the reason he never won a Super Bowl is because the franchise was already being run inefficiently and they’ve been exposed since Marino retired.

    Irleland’s mission is to build this team into a true winning franchise but that does not happen overnight. Miami has been using band aids to build this team since the 1980′s. It will take Ireland a couple more years before there is real foundation for this team to sustain long term success. If we lose the old fans in the process and replace them with new young fans, even better. I just hope that these old fans who no longer want to be fans stay away if and when the team starts winning.

  102. uscfan1988 says: Apr 1, 2012 1:41 PM

    Getsome99 it’s nice to see someone who gets it. Well put

  103. getsome99 says: Apr 1, 2012 2:20 PM

    @ xpensivewinos:

    Parcells admitted that Pat White was his biggest mistake and he got caught in the potential of the Wildcat as a gamechanger in today’s NFL. This one admission gives me every reason to believe that Parcells was making the personnel decisions the first couple years with Ireland as the GM.

    Regarding Matt Moore. Do not forget that last season was a lockout year with very little offseason and a shortened training camp. Moore was in no poisition to compete for the starting QB job at that point and wasn’t even ready to play when Henne went down. In spite of this, can you argue that Moore played extraordinarily well the last two months of the season as he was learning the offense on the fly? I for one am encouraged that Matt Moore will benefit from a full offseason with Philbin as the install the new offense from the ground up starting with OTA’s.

    As for David Garrard. Brilliant move by Ireland. Garrard has always been solid and not only does he provide a plan B for Matt Moore, but he also serves as motivation for Moore to step and compete for the job. Ireland will draft a QB this year. My guess is Osweiler with one of the 3rd round picks. Someone who can develop under Philbin (like a Matt Flynn) and possible take over in 2-3 years.

    Here’s my proposal for you. Assuming Jeff Ireland is not fired and the Dolphins do start winning, will you promise to never come back as a Dolphins fan? Fans like you are the real reason why the Dolphins have never been able to get over the hump. Huizenga would never allow Jimmy to rebuild the team for the long haul because the fans couldn’t bear to see Marino traded back in ’96.

    They have had some missteps since then as well – Nick Saban, Culpepper, Ted Ginn to name a few, but none of that is on Ireland. Irleand inherited a bigger mess than you want to admit and he is building this thing from the ground up and is doing it the right way. OLine and defense first, then the right head coach, and then hopefully a future young franchise QB that this new coach can develop. Who knows, it could be Matt Moore.

  104. getsome99 says: Apr 1, 2012 2:39 PM

    cantonbound13 says:
    Apr 1, 2012 6:46 AM
    ghjjf says:Mar 31, 2012 8:14 PM

    Funny how nobody seemed to mind Ireland when the Dolphins went 11-5 and won the division.

    They got lucky the Jets made a dumb move and cut Pennington. They also played a last place schedule & most games were close games. Isn’t it funny that Ireland could never get a quality qb after Pennington fell in his lap?

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    Apr 1, 2012 8:13 AM
    cantonbound13 sums it up much quicker
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    How many QB’s did Irleand lose out on since Pennington fell in his lap? Is it Ireland’s fault that Pennington got injured (again) early in his second season and had to promote Chad Henne before he was ready? Where are all these QB’s that you think are running around out there that Ireland should have found in the past 3 years? If there were ANY, then why did half ofd the league make a run at Peyton Manning this year?

    Are you pissed at Ireland because he didn’t land Vince Young, McNabb, or Kevin Kolb? I rememer hearing a lot of complaining about Ireland when these moves didn’t happen and guess what? You were all wrong. And you still are. Every QB you begged Ireland to acquire have turned out to be busts. How many times do you need to be wrong about a player before you realize that Jeff Ireland is smarter than you?

    In the meantime, go ahead thank Jeff Ireland for finding players like Davonne Bess and Cameron Wake, who were unknowns prior to becoming key Dolphins contributors. The fact is he is a great talent scout (not perfect) and I expect him to find more players like this in the future.

    Ireland also went against his grain and gave Brandon Marshall a chance. But he learned his lesson from it, yet he still secured 2 draft picks for him. If you underrate the importance of this, than you can’t be helped. The 3rd and 4th rounds are where you win in the offseason. This is where you find solid players who can contribute immediately without having to spend too much. And we get an opportuntiy to add two of those players for much less $$$ than one headcase who drops TD’s.

    Or how about trading Jason Taylor for a 2nd round pick only to resign him again as a low cost free agent, not once, but twice!?

  105. Deof Movestofca says: Apr 1, 2012 3:17 PM

    @richc111: What if they said yes, but you would have to spend $6 million dollars on the date with no gaurantee that they would make it worth it?
    @emaimo80: A GM’s responsibility is not only to look at how good a player is, but whether his production matches what the team is paying him and to get rid of him if it doesn’t. Bell and Allen are on the downside of their careers and Marshall dropped too many passes.
    @db3300: Please get your facts straight. On many of those players, you are either simply wrong or self-contradictory. Solai DID choose to re-sign with the ‘Phins in the offseason and you admit that about 4 other teams were interested in Wake. Also, whether Dansby is overpaid or not is irrelevant to whether he chose to sign with Miami or not.
    ecarlso8: Done beating up that straw man? Nowhere did Ireland say that “everything’s fine in Miami” or that all his picks were good.
    @thegonz13: On the other hand, they haven’t panicked and mortgaged the future, either.
    @undraftedstar: I’ll agree that Marshall’s play last season, with all those dropped passes, certainly counts as “offensive”.
    @randallflagg52: You can’t simply pretend the gauranteed money doesn’t count as part of Flynn’s salary. And Philbin, who I have to believe is a better talent evaluator than you are, apparently doesn’t think he’s worth the risk of paying that much money or otherwise Miami would have offered it to him.
    @cantonbound13: Sure, Ireland could have gotten a franchise QB, but at risk/price?
    @uscfan1988: gmen1987 seems to be one of those lost causes that thinks name-calling substitutes for the use of arguments and facts.

  106. Deof Movestofca says: Apr 1, 2012 4:01 PM

    @getsome99: While I don’t agree that picking up Garrard would qualify as a “brilliant move”, I do think he was the best choice in terms of price-risk. I think there’s a double standard playing out here as well: it seems that many who applaud the Broncos for signing Manning despite his sitting out last year due to a (recurring) injury are the the same people who criticize the Garrard signing because he sat out last year due to injury.
    Furthermore, I think you give JJ a bit too much credit. I think a lot of Miami’s problems during his tenure were due to his stubborn refusal to tailor the offense to suit Marino’s talents and his willingness to overlook potential risks for possible rewards, e.g., Cecil Collins.
    Other than that, I think your posts are generally spot on. Just try not to confuse too many people with the facts.

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