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Report: Ross wanted to take power away from Ireland

Joe Philbin is seen at the podium after speaking to the media after he was named head coach of the NFL's Miami Dolphins in Davie Reuters

So why did the Dolphins and G.M. Jeff Ireland mutually part ways?  According to Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald, owner Stephen Ross wanted to unilaterally strip from Ireland most if not all of his power over the team’s personnel.

Per Salguero, Ross wanted to hire someone who would have operated at a level above Ireland, holding most if not all of the authority Ireland currently possesses.  Though Salguero names no names, many will speculate that Ross wanted to install former Chiefs G.M. Carl Peterson in that role.

Ross and Peterson have been friends and business associates for years, and many have believed that Peterson inevitably will take an active role in the management of the football operation.  With Ireland gone, the time for Peterson could be now.

Though described as a mutual separation, Ireland presumably will be compensated for the balance of his contract with the team, less any earnings elsewhere.  He is believed to be signed through the 2014 season.

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  1. riverhorsey says: Jan 7, 2014 6:49 PM

    Peterson reunited with Herm Edwards in Miami.

  2. seatownballers says: Jan 7, 2014 6:51 PM

    Don’t worry Ireland, you can still handle the books. But my buddy will handle the draft, free agency, trades, and the overall personnel. But you’ll still be the gm, if you take a pay cut. Lol

  3. craniator says: Jan 7, 2014 6:55 PM

    I was in favor of this move -only- if Miami could get a better GM than Ireland to replace him , and I just don’t see anyone available who fits that description. I can say , “I hate my girlfriend.” , and get rid of her , but if I don’t have anyone to replace her . . .

  4. jayniner says: Jan 7, 2014 6:58 PM

    Is that what they’re calling now? “Mutually parting ways”

    Kind of like Shanahan/Redskins, Schiano/Bucs, Schwartz/Lions, Frazier/Vikings, Munchak/Titans, etc.. all “mutually parted ways”?

  5. vaphinfan says: Jan 7, 2014 6:59 PM

    The only change in miami needed is for Ross to sell the team.

  6. thegreatgabbert says: Jan 7, 2014 7:01 PM

    Quickest way to take away power is to pull the plug.

  7. thestrategyexpert says: Jan 7, 2014 7:01 PM

    Makes sense to me. I wasn’t comfortable with Ireland’s power in Miami after I saw how he used it on Hard Knocks. Plus he doesn’t seem to be very good at scouting football talent or making trades or draft picks. That’s important stuff. Ross needs a professional.

  8. nikeair497 says: Jan 7, 2014 7:03 PM

    ahahaha so Ireland basically quit because Carl Peterson would take the job? Talk about a downgrade.

  9. coltssteve says: Jan 7, 2014 7:05 PM

    If Peterson is hired, then I see a gleam men! That would mean time for Martyball in Miami, lol!

  10. thegreatgabbert says: Jan 7, 2014 7:06 PM

    If the newcomer was expected to operate “a level above Ireland”, it could have been the custodian for all we know. That isn’t exactly setting a high ceiling.

  11. harrisonhits2 says: Jan 7, 2014 7:07 PM

    He spent an awful lot of Ross’ money winning last offseason and didn’t make the playoffs. After only what, 1 appearance in 6 years ?

  12. The League's Crusade Against The Steelers Continues says: Jan 7, 2014 7:07 PM

    What a lost franchise.

  13. kerc1986 says: Jan 7, 2014 7:08 PM

    Hope carl doesnt get to run the team, hope they get a new gm not one of those recycle guys, who been fired from their gm position, fins need to try somebody new who is willing to take more risk and get along with coach, i still dont get how your #3 pick on 1St round only plays around 20 snaps for game, idk if is coach who dont want to play him or if jordan not up to nfl speed yet.

  14. ochospantalones says: Jan 7, 2014 7:09 PM

    Carl Peterson? Way to bring in fresh, innovative thinking.

  15. mrwalterisgod says: Jan 7, 2014 7:11 PM

    Maybe you can pluck one of Seattle’s front office people. They seem to know a thing or two about personnel.

  16. miaminick72 says: Jan 7, 2014 7:13 PM

    Time to call dan the man in.

  17. nikeair497 says: Jan 7, 2014 7:26 PM

    Guess all those stop-n-shop working Fin Fans got what they wanted. A complete downgrade. Just like that kicker Sturgis over Carpenter. Joke.

  18. thelastbesthope says: Jan 7, 2014 7:31 PM

    Ross never does anything straight up or with authority…it’s always some kinda fog, out of which comes some kinda decision, after a time.

    He runs his team like the Dolphins play.

  19. dalcow4 says: Jan 7, 2014 7:34 PM

    He’s had six years of trying– get someone else.

  20. annes22 says: Jan 7, 2014 7:34 PM

    Thank goodness Mr Ireland has gone, it was time for this to happen.

  21. craniator says: Jan 7, 2014 7:34 PM

    The most ridiculous aspect of all of this is that if Miami had won just one its last two games (they lost them both , to the Bills and Jets), none of this would be happening. I just don’t see how you can gut your whole staff just because the team didn’t win one of its last two games.

  22. anpsteel says: Jan 7, 2014 7:36 PM

    Peterson wouldn’t have paid $12mil p/yr on an incredibly overrated one trick pony WR.

  23. bobbyinlondon says: Jan 7, 2014 7:37 PM

    Kind of shocked they didn’t ask the Eagles for permission to talk to Tom Gamble. He was raised in the NFL. He was vp of player personnel when they got many of the players they have now, and the Eagles hired him away from SF last off season, but he’s second banana to Roseman. I think Peterson’s day has come and gone. He was a coach on Philly’s staff under Vermeil back in the 70s and 80s then spent a lot of time in the Eagles front office, then with the Chiefs.

  24. mumfio says: Jan 7, 2014 7:38 PM

    The Dolphins had a talent problem long before Ireland got there. Remember 1-15 ? It’s the reason that Parcells, Sparano & Ireland came to Miami in the 1st place. This started at the end of the Shula era.

    Wannstedt was a winner & the fans wanted his head every year. He was a terrible talent evaluator but managed to win anyway. The fins have been terrible since.

    Jimmy Johnson was great getting defensive stars but terrible getting offensive talent in Miami. Nick Saban drafted a back-up running back for Auburn instead of Aaron Rodgers, when Miami had no viable QB.

    Cam Cameron was absolutely terrible & his one draft was absolutely terrible.
    Ireland just continued a trend that started a long, long time ago.

  25. rippincurls says: Jan 7, 2014 7:40 PM

    Ross is tired of losing. He really wants to build something significant down in Miami. Ross supposingly surrounded himself with football people. Can’t wait to see the Dolphins turn things around for the better. Fins up!

  26. gudy2shoes says: Jan 7, 2014 7:41 PM

    Is Kapernick still wearing a Miami hat?

  27. citiciti says: Jan 7, 2014 7:42 PM

    Free Richie Incognito.

  28. bert1913 says: Jan 7, 2014 7:43 PM

    whoever the new gm is should make a rule that the geriatric players from the 1972 team are not allowed to celebrate when the last unbeaten gets beat. who cares? it’s a lot harder now then ever before.

  29. uncletuna says: Jan 7, 2014 7:48 PM

    Boy, the Dolphins’ fans must be paying some debt if they’re gonna get Peterson as a GM, they were heading in the right direction even if the gamble with Richie Incognito…

  30. danmarinos1stlovechild says: Jan 7, 2014 7:48 PM

    If you are going to hire a new GM make sure its a guy from a system stocked with talent that knows how to evaluate e.i. the Seahawks, 49ers, Chiefs or at least a guy who is a recently proven winner. But please don’t bring in a long ago fired smuck like Peterson who never won anything in the first place, otherwise its back to square one n if thats the case then you might as well just of kept Ireland.

  31. waldoampere says: Jan 7, 2014 7:52 PM

    It sounds like they wanted to give him all the power of a minor league baseball team GM. He’d have to worry about promotions and concession sales.

  32. riverhorsey says: Jan 7, 2014 7:55 PM

    If Peterson wants to get Miami right he’ll hire Marty.

  33. cantonbound13 says: Jan 7, 2014 7:57 PM

    Get Pioli, NOT Peterson! Come on Ross!

  34. ishudbgm says: Jan 7, 2014 7:59 PM

    Miami fans be careful what you ask for…opinions are free so even the novice of fans think they know what a team needs when in reality they don’t.

    Things in Miami will get severely worse before they get better…hope to make the playoffs by 2018 if lucky!!! A new GM will more than likely want make his mark in a big way. Sometimes the known problem is better than the new problem you create for yourself. Stay classy Miami!!

  35. dolfan72 says: Jan 7, 2014 8:05 PM

    NOW FIRE JOE PHILBIN! HIRE KEN WHISENHUNT!

  36. doggeatdogg says: Jan 7, 2014 8:08 PM

    I’m not getting any warm fuzzies with Peterson at the helm. I don’t think he should be GM. He can have a role as over seer like Parcell did, since Ross is going back to NY. The Dolphins will need a no nonsense football man running the show and a strong OC. Hopefully Philbin will come out of his shell.

    One thing for sure, Ross needs to tell everybody to use all the damn ingredients they shopped at the store to cook the casserole. It took drafted rookie TE Egnew over a year to get on the field. Why?? That’s unacceptable.

  37. davetrembley says: Jan 7, 2014 8:09 PM

    When the Dolphins started 3-0, Ireland signed a contract extension. I thought it was a three year extension, but I could be wrong.

  38. davetrembley says: Jan 7, 2014 8:10 PM

    No- one year contract extension.

  39. ebr362 says: Jan 7, 2014 8:10 PM

    As Ross finds his way as an NFL owner and its protocols, I think we will find him to be a very good owner. It doesn’t appear that it is a game to him, he wants to win and will open his wallet to do it. He is coming into his own,imo. A man does not come into his wealth by making mistakes, he learns,adjusts and improves. I like what how he has grown as an owner.

  40. dfco74 says: Jan 7, 2014 8:12 PM

    This is absurd, Firing the GM and some attys but you are keeping Philbin? Clean house you are better off at this point.

  41. craniator says: Jan 7, 2014 8:14 PM

    . . . all because they lost their last two games. That’s all this is about.

  42. rushbacker says: Jan 7, 2014 8:15 PM

    “Ireland presumably will be compensated for the balance of his contract with the team, less any earnings elsewhere.”

    I wouldn’t worry about what he’ll make elsewhere– at least, not in the NFL. The guy’s toxic– seemingly not very pleasant on a personal level, AND he sucks at his job. Good luck with that combo.

    Too bad for Ross that he didn’t land Harbaugh. As pathetically eager as Ross is to throw money around, you’d think someone competent would be willing to come take it at some point. I think we can all agree that person is not King Karl, though. Ross should try to hire a younger exec like Omar Khan or Vincent Newsome to run the football operation, and then get out of the way.

  43. ilovefoolsball says: Jan 7, 2014 8:23 PM

    What is the one thing that men with power always want?

    MORE POWER!!!

  44. jimjets says: Jan 7, 2014 8:32 PM

    Have to admit at 8-6 I was getting worried about these guys. Glad there is only one team currently better than mine in the AFC east Can you imagine playing like that in the season finale with the playoffs on the line? Phhhh dolphins. Please

  45. thelastbesthope says: Jan 7, 2014 8:38 PM

    “NOW FIRE JOE PHILBIN! HIRE KEN WHISENHUNT!”

    You are wise grasshopper. If only Ross could hear your shout.

  46. mortyglickstein says: Jan 7, 2014 8:44 PM

    Bring in Tebow as GM. He will sell tickets and then install himself as QB when they stink.

    Oh, Jason Kidd I meant

  47. coliv1977 says: Jan 7, 2014 8:48 PM

    I’ve been saying this for weeks, and I think I even said it here: If I were Ross, I would send Bill Polian a FedEx box with a blank contract and a set of keys to the facility…with a note that says “whad’ya say, Bill…?”

  48. dfco74 says: Jan 7, 2014 9:07 PM

    I’ve been saying this for weeks, and I think I even said it here: If I were Ross, I would send Bill Polian a FedEx box with a blank contract and a set of keys to the facility…with a note that says “whad’ya say, Bill…?”

    Problem is does Polian want Philbin ?

  49. pftfanatic says: Jan 7, 2014 9:25 PM

    craniator says: Jan 7, 2014 7:34 PM

    The most ridiculous aspect of all of this is that if Miami had won just one its last two games (they lost them both , to the Bills and Jets), none of this would be happening. I just don’t see how you can gut your whole staff just because the team didn’t win one of its last two games.
    ______________

    With all due respect, the Dolphins haven’t won a Superbowl in 40 years. They stuck with Shula for 20 years without winning one. Six years of Ireland produced nothing. At least give them credit for trying something new.

  50. drs76109 says: Jan 7, 2014 9:26 PM

    Carl Peterson was GM of the Eagles when they won the NFC Championship. The Chiefs, when he was GM, went to a AFC Championship (he hired Marty Schottenheimer). He also built the Philadelphia Stars, the most successful USFL team. To say he has not won anything in simply inaccurate. It would be more accurate to say that he hasn’t been at the helm of a winning team in awhile. That does not disqualify him to run a team, however. In fact, he us a lot more competent than most pretenders who are GM these days.

  51. drs76109 says: Jan 7, 2014 9:27 PM

    Polish would be a good choice. Ron Wolf would be a good choice. He’ll, bring back Bobby Beathard.

  52. j0esixpack says: Jan 7, 2014 9:33 PM

    Bad move.

    Now he’s going to have the IRA going after him.

  53. whoknowsnothing says: Jan 7, 2014 9:44 PM

    Carl Peterson? Add Matt Millen while your at it Ross. Carl destroyed the Chiefs, Miami is only missing a couple of players to be competitive.

  54. bobbyd12 says: Jan 7, 2014 9:53 PM

    As a long time Dolphin fan, I am not jumping on this celebration bandwagon just yet. Obviously Ross is looking to hire two people to replace Ireland, a GM and a czar. What good GM is going to take a job where he doesn’t have final say or decision making power? What about Philbin? Again, what decent GM is willing to take the reins if he can’t hire his own coach? Are the Dolphins again restricting the pool of candidates by givingthem little power and forcing a coach on them? Why have a GM if you are going to have a czar? Wasn’t Parcells-Ireland a Czar-GM? How did THAT work out?
    If Ross promotes Aponte or Gaines to GM and brings in Carl Peterson, Dolphin fans will be flying a plane around the Stadium pulling a banner that says, “Bring Back Ireland” Till I see who Ross hires I am tempering my expectations.

  55. promickey says: Jan 7, 2014 9:56 PM

    Ireland made fundamental mistakes that had enormous consequence. He unloaded elite players without having a replacement of adequate talent. Then he wonders why owner Ross wants to take away his final decision making power…….Wow

    Brandon Marshall unloaded without equal talent

    Jake Long not resigned with no adequate talent to replace him. Then Ireland trades up for a player who was taken #3 overall who plays very little. The OL was never upgraded even with the loss of Long.

    Just two fundamental mistakes

  56. mortyglickstein says: Jan 7, 2014 9:58 PM

    What makes Bill Polian good? He had Manning for over 10 years and won only once. How about Pioli without Brady & Belicheck? Even Dungy, he only one once in seven years with Payton. Gruden finished the job he couldn’t. I guess Fox will be as good as Dungy soon.

    Tom Brady and Peyton Manning make a lot of other people look really smart.

  57. abninf says: Jan 7, 2014 10:10 PM

    GM Jimmy Johnson.

  58. lasher1650 says: Jan 7, 2014 10:16 PM

    Pretty sad commentary that the St.Jaxlouis JagRams are the best run team in a state with 3 NFL franchises. SMH.

  59. dougydougdoug says: Jan 7, 2014 10:53 PM

    Peterson?

    Really?

    Exactly when, in the past two decades, did that guy help the Chiefs win any playoff games? Or even draft a winning QB?

    Good luck with that, Miami.

  60. fishtank86 says: Jan 7, 2014 10:56 PM

    As much as people hate on Philbin for the cue cards and not being a ra-ra guy. He is known to have a brilliant football mind, and hopefully he gets involved more in finding the right players, to fit a system of his WCO that will work. Ross wants results. Philbin is his coach. I imagine part of the discussion for Philbin dumping Sherman and Ireland gone is more power and influence over personnel and play calling. Let a dog eat.

    I like what Philbin brings to this team. They need a vocal, positive leader in the locker room. I think people are getting too carried away with the new prospect GM when it’s practically black and white that the coach of this football team has been handed the reigns. Tannehill is a solid playoff caliber QB who will be polished to that point.

    Tannehill will be in a new more effective cadence free system with a revamped O line (no doubt), a healthy Hartline, Wallace, Keller, Gibson, Clay. Strong possibility this is the most improved offense next season. Go fins!

  61. spankmarley says: Jan 7, 2014 11:31 PM

    Well… there’s always crack Mr. Ireland!

  62. yojoemama says: Jan 8, 2014 12:20 AM

    Ireland is an idiot. Anyone who overpays ($60 million) for a #2 receiver (Mike Wallace) deserves to get canned and banned from the league.

  63. lawyermalloy says: Jan 8, 2014 4:24 AM

    If you take a look at the record for the Chiefs during Peterson’s tenure, you’ll realize just how stupid this move is!

  64. futilephish says: Jan 8, 2014 6:22 AM

    Maybe Ross can sell to Jeffrey Loria and we’ll really be screwed!!!!
    Thank The Lord we have the Heat

  65. dogman9 says: Jan 8, 2014 7:34 AM

    @craniator

    That is exactly why they were let go and Philbin should be next – – losing 2 games at end of season with a playoff berth staring your team in the eyes is criminal when you get shutout by Buffalo and crushed at home by the Jets.

  66. billsfan1 says: Jan 8, 2014 8:17 AM

    I was in favor of this move -only- if Miami could get a better GM than Ireland to replace him , and I just don’t see anyone available who fits that description. I can say , “I hate my girlfriend.” , and get rid of her , but if I don’t have anyone to replace her . . .

    Really? would it be that hard to replace Jeff Ireland?
    I would never use the Bills as a benchmark for anything but they knew of a young an up and coming talent in Doug Whaley and pulled him from another roster. I have no clue if he will ultimately succeed but I am sure that there has to be a half dozen of that type of guy who just needs an opportunity.
    Im so sick and tired of this regurgitated and recycled GM/HC crap.
    Just like the Bills, what the phins have been doing hasnt worked really, so why not go to a young guy with a vision and the desire to succeed. May not work but it cant hurt to try

  67. haywoodjablomee says: Jan 8, 2014 9:02 AM

    jimjets says:
    Jan 7, 2014 8:32 PM

    Have to admit at 8-6 I was getting worried about these guys. Glad there is only one team currently better than mine in the AFC east Can you imagine playing like that in the season finale with the playoffs on the line? Phhhh dolphins. Please

    Are you kidding me JimmyJet? The Jets, the Lions of the AFC. Your resume is one Super Bowl in all these years. C’mon man.

  68. tigerlilac says: Jan 8, 2014 9:31 AM

    I like Philbin. Miami was an improved team this year but giving guys like Incognito and Ireland leadership roles in the locker-room and the board-room elevated the wrong people and wound up doing the team more harm than good. When was the last time a team won a division, never mind anything significant, with off-season free agent signings? The Patriots will not excel forever but their ability to function at a higher level on the field, in the locker-room, and in the executive suites was never more apparent than it was this year. The Patriots won in despite of the Hernandez murder, bringing in the Tebow (no circus in NE), losing Welker and Woodhead in free agency, and seeing their roster decimated by injuries. Owners do matter.

  69. topseed says: Jan 8, 2014 9:43 AM

    Hire Pat Riley!

  70. popolover says: Jan 8, 2014 9:50 AM

    Carolina’s Clyde Powers.

  71. beachsidejames says: Jan 8, 2014 10:25 AM

    Loyalty to Ross by putting him 1st and longtime friends 2nd (parcells and Sparano) has put this guy in a bad spot. Not a fan of firing someone that has done everything you asked of him and has two disabled children at home. Not everything on this team is his fault. Plenty has to be placed on Ross. Constant changes in head coaches and gm’s is not smart if your not ready to start from scratch rebuilding over and over again. The players are making millions of dollars and its not like they didn’t know how important those last 2 games were.

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