The problem with this board is there are too many good writers!!! I read one thread and am absolutely convinced that Ireland is the "debil", then I turn around and come to a thread like this and think maybe he should be running for mayor. Both sides can bring up some pretty good arguments, on the Ireland debate. If you break down his moves, move by move, you can understand why he did all of them. Looking back I still scratch my head at the Marshall trade, but Vontae was an idiot, and to get a 2nd and 6th for a backup DB is better than good, it's freaking highway robbery.
Ireland is the type of person that I WANT to pull for, but the bottom line is this is a "win now" league, and even if you say he had no influence in who was being brought in before 2010, that still puts it all on him since then. And I have to think the most time you get is three years in the league before you have to say "this is MY mess". Even in politics the president can only blame the previous president until about halfway through his first term, if he can't get things turned around then, even they will admit it is on them. So the way I see it is the proof is in the pudding. It's put up or shut up time. If Jeff can't trot out a winning product THIS year, vs a fairly easy schedule I think we have to see his ability to field a winner, as FAILED. There really is no other way to look at it.
Now comes the problem. If he isn't able to win with what we have, what do we do?? If we sack him and send him packing that opens up a whole NEW can of worms. We have just changed directions and drafted a whole new type of player to accomodate Philbin, but if we fire Jeff, the new GM will want his own coach, and that will mean yet another change of direction. And that will mean another 2-3 years before we can expect to field a winner. Yet if we keep Jeff we must expect more of the same. Either way seems like a less than great short term.
Jeff has always struck me as a stand up guy. Maybe what he is doing is setting up the next guy for success. He knows he is getting the axe and is setting up the next guy with 5 picks in the first 3 rds and 50 million in spending under the cap, with what looks like a pretty good young QB and a few other pieces to work with. I hate to be one of those "chicken littles, looking up for the sky to fall", but to be 100% honest I don't see this ending well...