Miami Dolphins General Manager Jeff Ireland was on WQAM's The Joe Rose Show on Friday and, echoing many of the comments he has made since the ill-fated Jim Harbaugh recruiting trip earlier in the month, discussed the team's primary needs, the relationship among owner Stephen Ross, himself and coach Tony Sparano, his stance on quarterback Chad Henne and his recent coaching hires, among other things. Here is a Q&A of excerpts of the interview:
Hey Jeff, I wanted to ask you, and I know it's one thing that's been out there, and the owner comes out and talks about this certain style of offense he wants, aggressive, creative, down-the-field, hurry-up, explosive and all these things he has a vision for. And I'm listening to all these things, and on the other side of it, I'm thinking, Tony doesn't want to run that style of offense. That's not the makeup of Parcells' and Tony's background. What do you tell people when you hear both sides of this thing?"
(Small chuckle) Well, you can tell everybody that the owner is very passionate about his football team. He's a very passionate fan. He never makes [any] bones about [it that] he's a fan. He's a fan that has a vested interest in this football team and obviously, he wants to see what all the rest of the fans want to see. They want to see an explosive offense. But he makes no bones about it either, that the football people are going to make the football decisions. And that's Tony and me right now, and I think that Tony has put together a fantastic staff offensively.
I wanted to ask you about the offensive staff, where you guys have overhauled some things, before we get into some of the players. Just the Brian Daboll thing with Cleveland. You know what people are saying. They're saying, 'Wait a second, we hired an offensive coordinator that had an offense that struggled more than ours. We're going to have that guy build around...' From a P.R. standpoint, from the outside, Jeff, people are scratching their heads. What do you say to those people?
Well, you know, when you're not in this seat and you're not in Tony's seat, I don't know what makes everybody qualified to make those comments. All I can tell you is that when you bring in four or five offensive coordinator types, the guys we brought in, and we interview them and we go through the process and we have a plan, I can tell you that Brian Daboll is the right guy for this job. He's got quarterback background. He's got not intimate knowledge of the division Obviously you've got to have an obsession to beating the guyss in your division, which I do, and so does Brian. Those are things that were important to us, and we feel that Brian Daboll is an up and coming offensive mind and with the combination of what we put around him and with the combination of Tony Sparano as our head coach, I think it's going to be an excellent combination."