"Now when I go to the bathroom I find out who my friends are." - Jake Scott after both broken hands were in casts following the 1972 season
It's best not to be too rash or hasty one way or the other. Best time to think about Irelands future is at the end of the season.
Just win Phin baby!
Iet Philban pick his goods for the offense to build it the way Philban wants too. Ireland can keep looking in other areas to find talent CFL ect and deal with free agency.
I stick by my brain worms statement.
It's a fine line Ireland has been walking. Frankly, I think his social skills lick hind parts. Granted, you don't have to be liked to do your job well. But since he isn't liked, I think it puts his body of work under a very big microscope.
The biggest problem I have with all this cap space we have next year and the bumper crops of picks we have.... it comes from HIS failed picks and poor decisions in free agency. We could have had this money in past years. But look at some of the bad contracts we've had to endure.
And I can't conclusively say that the players he has picked that are playing well NOW are the result of bad coaching in the past, great coaching now or the player's ability to succeed in spite of coaching.
Sure, we have pieces but do we have enough to show for the time he has been here?
Yes, he did free up a large amount of cap space and secure draft picks for players we didn't want. But it's so EASY to look at that and praise him. When you look at it from another angle, it reads of a guy trying like hell to save his job and distancing himself from his own mistakes.
Anyone can have a firesale and put a team in a prime position to rebound with draft picks and excess cash for the next season. But have they proven they can actually produce great players from those draft picks and free agency cash? In Ireland's case, I think he's average... at best.
I believe Ireland is learning... the entire way. This is his first legit gig as a GM. So, IF we are going to keep him, I wouldn't give him a large extension AND I would strip him of some of his authority. I believe Ireland still needs help. I HOPE Tannehill is the product of him opening up his narrow minded control freak brain and listening to the coaching staff on the most important position in football. I HOPE.
If that is the case and this is the M.O. moving forward, give him a small extension and let him continue to prove he CAN produce with this formula. If he can, then worry about a long extension. If he can't, show him the door.
If we rule Ireland as constant between the Sparano years and Philbin, we would have to say Philbin's results may take a little more time. But Philbin's method to success is with a young and talented core that will continue his success. Sparano started strong with vets. it was a house of cards. When the cards fell, we had nothing to show for the time he was here. Thus, I believe at this point, Philbin has more to do with our positive looking future than Sparano ever did. So, give him the credit and not Ireland.