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    Perception Doesn't Equal Reality on Jeff Ireland

    Jeff Ireland is a very unpopular guy among many Dolfans and Dolphins columnist. Most of the ammunition these folks use relate to the years in which Bill Parcells had final say over personnel. It also relates to the years in which Ireland had to acquire talent for a coach and a scheme he didn't agree with. In light of that, even though people will undoubtedly say I'm wrong, Ireland, in reality, has one year under his belt as a full fledged general manager. In one year, what has he done?

    1. Miami is loaded for the 2013 NFL draft. This allows them to do as the Patriots, and move up and down to acquire the players that best fit their system.

    2. Miami is loaded with money for the 2013 Free Agency period. This allows them to go get any impact players that hit the open market.

    3. His track record over the last 12 months is pretty impressive. Ryan Tannehill, Jonathan Martin, Lamar Miller, Marcus Thigpen, Olivier Vernon, Rishard Matthews, Derrick Shelby, Kheeston Randle, Josh Kaddu, Jonathan Freeny, and Will Yeatman (to tackle) is a pretty good haul for one year. I'd say seven have elite physical skills and the potential to be impact players for years to come, Tannahill, Martin, Miller, Thigpen, Vernon, Kaddu, and Yeatman. Don't be surprised if Kaddu and Yeatman have a big impact next year. The only free agent he signed for other than bargain basement numbers - Richard Marshall - looked good in the preseason and in the handful of games he was healthy. And, given his track record, nobody could have seen him getting injured. Michael Egnew, the lightning rod for most Ireland haters, is one potential mistake among many obvious successes. Nobody hits on them all. Now that said, the jury is still not out on him, although admittedly my eyes see toughness and work ethic issues.

    I know I'm going to get hammered for writing this post. I get that. I just think it has to be said that people are being unreasonable in their pre-mature viewpoints on Jeff Ireland. I believe in him. I believe in his plan, or what I think his plan is. I believe he will build a Super Bowl contender. I think if others were honest with themselves they would scale back the hatred. You don't have to agree that he will make Miami a Super Bowl contender. However, if you know about football and how the dynamics within an organization work, you have to admit this has been his team for only one year. Just because things have been so bad since the Wannstedt-Fiedler years doesn't mean we throw critial thinking out the door and look for demons behind every door. Ireland has us in a great position. It's time to recognize that.
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    Jeff Ireland has to go because in his five years as a GM we fielded one winning team. I don't care who the coach was his first four years or how much control he had in those years, the results speak against him. Fire him.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bumpus View Post
    I'm just tired of the damn excuses. I want results, and I want 'em now!

    I said I'd get off his ass this past year because he finally invested in a QB with our first. Now, the heat is back on.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bumpus View Post
    I'm just tired of the damn excuses. I want results, and I want 'em now!

    I said I'd get off his ass this past year because he finally invested in a QB with our first. Now, the heat is back on.
    Don't think he really cares or know that you're on his ass. I don't understand the mentality of fans thinking that any professional organization cares what they think. Anything you see or do, will not make a difference. So complain all you want. It changes nothing in the long run. Have fun with that. Not bashing you, I just don't understand why people think it makes a difference.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DDTDON View Post
    Don't think he really cares or know that you're on his ass. I don't understand the mentality of fans thinking that any professional organization cares what they think. Anything you see or do, will not make a difference. So complain all you want. It changes nothing in the long run. Have fun with that. Not bashing you, I just don't understand why people think it makes a difference.
    If they don't care what fans think then why are they spending $400 million on stadium upgrades?
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    Quote Originally Posted by roy_miami View Post
    If they don't care what fans think then why are they spending $400 million on stadium upgrades?
    Because it is not only the Dolphins that will be using the facility, it will be for Super Bowl and other tourist attractions.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DDTDON View Post
    Don't think he really cares or know that you're on his ass. I don't understand the mentality of fans thinking that any professional organization cares what they think. Anything you see or do, will not make a difference. So complain all you want. It changes nothing in the long run. Have fun with that. Not bashing you, I just don't understand why people think it makes a difference.
    They certainly should care what I and other fans think when it affects our decision to purchase tickets and merchandise. They should also care when it affects our decision to watch the games (and associated advertisements) on TV.

    Do you really think it was an accident that Ireland and Ross started talking to the press immediately after the fan protests were held at team facility in Davie? Ross is a businessman and is smart enough to know that the bad publicity created by those protests would eventually affect his bottom line. So, do Ireland and Ross care what we as fans think? It appears that they do when we as fans speak the language that they understand which is the bottom line of the business.
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    Quote Originally Posted by z926538 View Post
    They certainly should care what I and other fans think when it affects our decision to purchase tickets and merchandise. They should also care when it affects our decision to watch the games (and associated advertisements) on TV.

    Do you really think it was an accident that Ireland and Ross started talking to the press immediately after the fan protests were held at team facility in Davie? Ross is a businessman and is smart enough to know that the bad publicity created by those protests would eventually affect his bottom line. So, do Ireland and Ross care what we as fans think? It appears that they do when we as fans speak the language that they understand which is the bottom line of the business.
    Yeah, they care so much, did they go after Bowe when the fans were calling for a WR to help this team this year? Did Ross fire Ireland when the fans called for his head? Please enlighten me, on how they care what you or other fans think. I am sorry, but these organizations are like politicians, they will spout off words to shut you up for a bit, then you will go back to what ya'll do best. Which is complain. So, enjoy your complaining and I will sit back and just watch what happens.
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