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Report: Jeff Ireland safe in Miami

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There hasn’t been too much speculation about big changes to the Dolphins organization this offseason and it sounds like there’s no smoke on that front because there’s no fire.

Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald reported Monday that owner Stephen Ross will speak with the media later this week, but that the departure of General Manager Jeff Ireland will not be part of the chat. Ireland’s job was under fire at the end of last season and he entered this year on what many thought was shaky ground after an offseason that didn’t live up to many expectations, but things are more settled this time around.

The Dolphins weren’t great at 7-9 and a 3-6 finish sank any playoff hopes they may have harbored, neither of which takes away from the fact that the team is better situated now than they were at this time last year. Ryan Tannehill was solid for much of his rookie season, Joe Philbin handled himself well in his first year as the team’s head coach and they have a ton of cap space to use to make more improvements this offseason.

Wide receiver is expected to be one of the places the Dolphins spend some of that money. Barring a change as the week unfolds, Ireland will be the one trying to secure those targets for Tannehill.

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  1. fuglyflorio says: Dec 31, 2012 11:49 AM

    The Bill Parcells stink has just about worn off.

  2. papas88063 says: Dec 31, 2012 11:49 AM

    I’m so glad I love the Broncos and not Miami.

  3. rickrock6661982 says: Dec 31, 2012 11:51 AM

    Ryan Tannehill is no Russel Wilson..but at least he didn’t do anything stupid like reach for Brandon Weeden

  4. bucsfan5000 says: Dec 31, 2012 11:53 AM

    Thank you Mr. Ross.

    Signed,

    The rest of the AFC East

  5. raiderufan says: Dec 31, 2012 11:54 AM

    Young up and coming QB, decent RB core and consistency on the staff could lead to good things for this team. A legit NFL WR would go a long way towards that next step…

  6. jziii says: Dec 31, 2012 11:54 AM

    Yeah, the Fins should definitely keep the guy who traded away Brandon Marshall so he can go out and find some good receivers…

  7. jayrandall says: Dec 31, 2012 11:54 AM

    Disappointed. This is a franchise changing off season for the Fins, and someone has to produce. Critical to make proper use of the 5 draft picks (in top 100) and 50M+ of cap space. This off season will define the Fins for the next 5-7 years.

  8. drtharrison says: Dec 31, 2012 11:56 AM

    I know we need a #1 WR.

    But to me the biggest hole in this team is a CB. Smith won’t tackle. Carroll is beaten like a drum consistently. We actually need two CBs.

    And though we will likely overpay, resign Long, move Martin back to RT. Get a RG.

  9. ProDolphinsTalk says: Dec 31, 2012 11:56 AM

    The Miami Dolphins are a team on the rise.

    GO DOLPHINS.

  10. jakec4 says: Dec 31, 2012 11:56 AM

    They’re a solid team with an upside that will be a contender next season if they do well in free agency and the draft.

  11. ebr362 says: Dec 31, 2012 11:57 AM

    I think he deserves this shot now that he is fully out of that waste of skin Tunas bloated shadow. He’s loaded with cap space and picks, its all on him now without anyone else to blame. It sure feel nice to go into an off season not looking for a GM or coach or Qb! Now focus on the task at hand Jeff, earn your position and trust, we have waited too long.

  12. joemontanawasthegreatest says: Dec 31, 2012 12:00 PM

    The dolphins had new offensive and defensive schemes, a new staff, a rookie QB, lost 4 starters from a suspect roster and won 7 games.
    Overall, you would have to say the transition went rather well.

  13. rickrock6661982 says: Dec 31, 2012 12:00 PM

    “Yeah, the Fins should definitely keep the guy who traded away Brandon Marshall so he can go out and find some good receivers…”

    Good thing Miami didn’t trade him to playoff team to rub it in even worse

  14. pesh00 says: Dec 31, 2012 12:07 PM

    Dez Bryant’s mom wants an explanation….

  15. miamatt says: Dec 31, 2012 12:19 PM

    And he should be safe.

    Mr. Ross included Ireland as a major cog of last year’s coaching search, and allowed him to stick around to draft the team’s QB of the present/future.

    I understand that many Dolfans have no faith in Ireland, but the first thing any new GM will want to do is pick his own coach and his own quarterback. Unless you would like to see Miami throw away Philbin and Tannehill, you have to hold on to Ireland- who is the one responsible for accumulating the extra draft picks and cap space the Dolphins will enjoy this offseason.

    Firing Ireland along with Sparano could have made sense, but seeing as we’ve gone this far already, it only makes sense to let him finish the project he set in motion.

  16. gpack22 says: Dec 31, 2012 12:21 PM

    Dolphins meet Greg Jenninings, Greg Jennings meet the Dolphins! Between Cobb’s emergence in the Slot and Jordy/Jones still in contract I find it hard to believe they pay GJ the money he’s looking for. Toss in his family rants on Twitter ( I.E Finley’s agent) the percentage drops just a little more. Not to mention he’s familiar with Philbin.

  17. thelastpieceofcheese says: Dec 31, 2012 12:34 PM

    The future looks bright for the Dolphins who are two players away from a championship team…King Kong and Godzilla!

  18. lionsplayoffs says: Dec 31, 2012 1:02 PM

    It’s almost as if the AFC East teams are OK with New England pounding on them year after year. They’ve given up I guess. I guess I sort of don’t blame them. It’s not easy when you’ve got Brady, Manning, The Ravens (great front office) and the Steelers (good all around most years) taking up 4 playoff spots almost every year.

  19. newkirk850 says: Dec 31, 2012 1:13 PM

    Here’s your chance Ireland. Mess this up and you will CRIPPLE this franchise for years. Let’s see if you got a set to pull this off.

  20. ghjjf says: Dec 31, 2012 1:17 PM

    What impact player(s) has Ireland picked/acquired to deserve being safe?

  21. 8drinkminimum says: Dec 31, 2012 1:17 PM

    Say what you will about Ireland but look at what he did this year.

    He moved players out that Philbin didn’t want and didn’t overreact in signing our own pending free agents.

    We have 10 picks and $45 mil in cap space.

    He didn’t make any panic moves that a GM could make to keep the heat off of himself and instead positioned the team for a good makeover in 2013.

  22. sclazo says: Dec 31, 2012 1:19 PM

    And Detroit has done what it’s whole history? Oh yeah nothing.

  23. steelerben says: Dec 31, 2012 1:41 PM

    Miami is going to give Mike Wallace that huge contract that he wants this year.

  24. peepeetoucher says: Dec 31, 2012 1:57 PM

    All Miami fans keep saying that they finally have a franchise QB. Lets hold off on saying that till after his 2nd and 3rd year. He’s nowhere close to the level of RG3, Luck, or Wilson. The true test is to see if he can play at a high level now that the NFL has film on him.

  25. pantsfreezone says: Dec 31, 2012 2:35 PM

    Hey guys, Ryan Tannehill is easily on par with RGIII, Luck and Wilson. Yeah, I said it. He had virtually NO TALENT around him and won 7 games. Defenses had to key on Reggie Bush and the rest of the time it was jam the weak WR corps and try to kill RT.

    Give the kid Wilson’s O-Line and Lynch, Reggie Wayne and T.Y. Hilton or Alfred Morris and the Redskins WRs and he puts up much, much better numbers.

    7 WINS with Marlon Moore as a main offensive weapon is outstanding.

  26. dulz26 says: Dec 31, 2012 3:10 PM

    I’d say Irland is very open to Philbin s suggestions at a degree that he might be doing what hi suggest or maybe both working together but with allot of Philbin influence cuz this years trade, picks,etc doesn’t look like Ireland work.

  27. cliverush says: Dec 31, 2012 3:19 PM

    The one important thing to note concerning the Dolphins that could be observed from their game against the Pats is this. Despite being blanked they never quit. The team is getting better and they play a tough game. Many teams folding up shop weeks ago but this group did not.

  28. wannstache says: Dec 31, 2012 3:24 PM

    After watching the Colts today I’m fully realizing what an epic failure the Dolphin organization is. The Colts, who were in much worse shape at the end of last year, have turned things around in ONE SEASON. 5 years in (or 3, if you believe his lies), and we are no better under Ireland’s tenure than before he showed up. Only an incompetent owner would see this and allow it to continue. Sucks to be us, Dolfans.

  29. ghjjf says: Dec 31, 2012 4:12 PM

    wannstache, the Colts were a playoff team who tanked the season for the number 1 pick. You can argue that the Dolphins turned around when they went from 1-15 to 11-5 and division winners in one season, which was more impressive considering that they hadn’t been to the playoffs for several years before that while the Colts have been in the playoffs the whole decade. Dolphins have a mess to clean up at almost every position from previous regimes, all the Colts had to do was replace their old quarterback.

  30. cantonbound13 says: Dec 31, 2012 5:27 PM

    Here comes another 7-9 season guaranteed. Well done Ross, you obviously don’t care about winning.

  31. noahbird says: Dec 31, 2012 8:33 PM

    …Bowe/Jennings, O/D-line, OLB, CB, lose Long, resign Bush, and best talent for our picks…

  32. Sometimes Interesting says: Jan 1, 2013 12:07 AM

    I like how so many give Ireland props for the draft picks and cap space we have next year. Yeah, we have those because of his moves that put us there in the first place. He also created holes & depth problems for us this year in getting those picks. Oh, and while the cap space is nice, 5 of our best players are FAs.

    We need a WR. We had one in Marshall, but created a need by trading him away. For two 3rd round picks. Ireland will be celebrated for this even though we won’t get anything close to Marshall-level production from those picks. How good is Ireland in the 2nd & 3rd rounds?Egnew, our 3rd rounder from this year, didn’t even DRESS until week 17. Yes, I’m sure Ireland can replace Brandon Marshall with who HE finds in the 3rd round.

    We traded away Vontae Davis, who admittedly isn’t a star – but for a team with a depleted secondary- he was a quality piece. We used a first round pick on him, got a second in return (turns out to be a low 2nd too), and Ireland is congratulated for getting us draft picks for 2013. Meanwhile, at the end of the year we were picking guys up off the waiver wire just to have warm bodies for the secondary.

    He gets entirely too much credit from some fans. What he’s celebrated for here is being in a position he created for himself in the first place, and he weakened the team in the process.

    Let’s wait to see what he does with those picks & cap money before we sing his praises.

  33. drdk11 says: Jan 1, 2013 3:17 PM

    Jeff Ireland is a horrible GM and Ryan Tannehill runs like a girl. There I said it.
    I’ve been a Dolphins fan since 1970 and I am embarressed of the product put on the field once again.
    Brandon Marshall was honest and he gets called a cancer. He hated playing for Jeff Ireland so he doesn’t. He’s lights out in Chicago!
    Reggie Bush was the best player on the field this year and Brian Hartline played with a lot of heart.
    Vontae Davis (1st Round pick 2009)and a host of former Dolphins are going to the playoffs again this year, where is Pat White (2nd round pick 2009) playing this weekend Mr. Ireland???
    Russell Wilson was the 12th pick in Round 3 for heaven’s sakes, the 75th overall pick!!!
    Odrick & Misi??? C’mon Mr. Ross show us you think of this team as more than a tax deduction, step up and put a winner on the field and don’t let Mr. Ireland squander all that Salary Cap money. Make Miami a place where quality football players want to come and play again.

  34. dolphincritic says: Jan 1, 2013 8:26 PM

    I firmly believe that Ireland is just doing what he is told to do. Parcells called the shots until he left and then Ross has told Ireland to keep the budget as low as possible. This year they will fail to sign our free agents, which will set us back again. After we sign the rookies we will have millions left under the cap and all of the free agents will be inking somewhere else. Ireland’s low ball offers coupled with his callous questioning will work in tandem with the teams loosing record to motivate the free agents to get out of Miami as quickly as possible.

    Loosers find a way to loose!

  35. FinFan68 says: Jan 2, 2013 1:30 PM

    After watching the Colts today I’m fully realizing what an epic failure the Dolphin organization is. The Colts, who were in much worse shape at the end of last year, have turned things around in ONE SEASON.
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    BS. The Colts did everything they could to get that first pick. They made some good moves this year but they would have done most of them with a healthy Manning returning.

    Ireland has done a decent job. There is talent on this team and Philbin/Ireland are capable of gathering the right players to make a difference. The atmosphere on this team stunk and is starting to change. The mindset needed to change for the better. It has. That is why talented players like Marshall and Davis were traded. Talent is pointless if it isn’t reliable. The main thing I disagree with Philbin on is his stance on team captains. I believe that they are needed to help jell the team. Informal leaders are necessary and giving them (the right ones) formal titles and status can help the coaches get the buy-in necessary. Let’s wait to judge Ireland/Philbin until after next year.

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