Hey OP.. you DO realize that Ireland didn't have complete control of the draft before 2010 right? It's almost unfair to label those years as his mythology.
Throw out 2008 and 2009. I would attribute them to Parcells IMO.
Otherwise amazing write up!
Spech Austin Spitler is still on the team as a ILB so that it 14 not 13 picks. Hum Spech I know you are not a Ireland fan but so what and after looking at that body of work certainly can make you consider your opinion if you are. Still I get irratated when posters want to give Ireland all the credit for picks in the teams past but not the present roster and I have certainly seen many posts of that nature this year. I would also say you left off very productive college free agents that Ireland picked up in your post. Guys like Bess, Carpenter plus a couple this year have been real finds.
Last edited by phintim; 11-19-2012 at 03:13 PM.
Maybe you need to go back and check your facts as to why Parcells was here in the first place. Parcells is the biggest reason we are where we are. A LOT of coaches and GM's think like Parcells. No secret there. It has been well documented Parcells had the keys to the draft the first few years. Most decision were made by committee, not totalitarian fist power. Ireland didn't want Pat White, remember?
If you think GM's never miss on draft picks you're delusional. If you think teams have perfect drafts every year, your delusional. I'm not saying Ireland has been great, and I don't care if he stays or goes.
But this whole thread reminds me of what everyone has been saying, since I've joined this board. Get rid of the guy were have and it's going to suddenly get better. Well that hasn't worked either. It doesn't matter what player it is, or coach, or GM.
The teams that win have stability. That's all I know for sure.
I personally believe Ireland will be here this off-season. This will be his "last chance" to get talent. That's just my opinion, based on what I've read, and in particular Ross' relationship with him.
But I have no crystal ball, and won't be crying if he gets canned either. But a team with stability attracts free agents. No player wants to come to a team that a revolving door from top to bottom. Teams need time to gel and create chemistry. I believe also our "company policy" of only getting "good guys" is backfiring. But that philosophy began with Huizenga after the Ricky Williams debacle, and our team was a of the field laughing stock.
What I'm sayin is, change for the sake of change doesn't mean we'll win anything. And with this team, time has certainly has proven that true.