And that makes Ireland the most important person in the Dolphins organization for the next eight months.
Ireland didnít wish to talk, as is his custom during the season. He believes this time of year belongs to Joe Philbin, the assistants and the players.
But it will soon be his time. And if you donít believe that, it might surprise you to learn that I overheard Ireland make that point after Sundayís game better than I or anyone else could.
ďIíve got picks and money,Ē he told a visitor as he rubbed his hands together almost in mad scientist glee.
Indeed, for all you think of Ireland, and I know some fans donít like him, you must admit he has done a great job of setting up Miami for a big offseason and even a grand offseason if he gets things right.