It’s going to be a long season in Miami.
And that might mean a short leash for General Manager Jeff Ireland.
According to Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald, Ireland could be in trouble if the Dolphins don’t turn things around this year.
A source close to owner Stephen Ross told Jackson that he didn’t have “blind faith,” in Ireland, which is reasonable.
Another business associate of Ross suggested it would be hard for Ireland to survive a season for five wins or fewer, unless quarterback Ryan Tannehill progresses or coach Joe Philbin convinces Ross he and Ireland work well together.
“Steve really likes Jeff personally and gives him the benefit of the doubt,” the associate said.
If the Dolphins had expectations for this year, yesterday’s loss to the Texans should have brought them into a more realistic focus.
And with moves such as dealing cornerback Vontae Davis for future draft picks, and never appropriately replacing wide receiver Brandon Marshall, it’s fair to suggest Ireland’s planning for the future rather than the present.
Whether he himself has a future there remains to be seen.