I agree with most of what you posted. I beleive Ireland is on an upswing and is improving. We have had many worse GM's through here up to Ireland tenure and many worse coaches since Shula when he was run out of Miami by some of the fans and media back then just like we are seeing with Ireland now. We also live in a generattion of instant gratification with little long term vision which also contributes to this fan and media outrage. My opinion does not mean I am against upgrading any position including the GM. I would like to add when they invented free agency years ago it took away from some of the real development of players and coaching aspects. Too bad IMO it was fun seeing the fringe players develop like Jim Jensen into stars for your home team.
2. He did more than collect paychecks. He did the grunt work of compiling information on players using the protocals and evaluation theories set out by his boss...Bill Parcells. Numerous NFL teams run their player acquisition process this way. Not sure where you got the impression I can't be fired at my job. I said I can get in trouble for the decisions I'm tasked with making, not the decisions my boss is tasked with making. That is the difference. I am judges by how I do my job, not how my boss does his. He has his own boss, like Parcells had with the owner. Parcells was Ireland's boss, so he did what he asked.
3. Some players are, as you put it, "talented enough to play in multiple schemes". No doubt about it. Von Miller is one of those people. Problem is, that's about 10-15 players per draft. Beyond that, a GM is tasked with finding the flawed talent that is most likely to succeed within the system and scheme they run as an organization. If a GM cannot do this with regards to these "flawed" players, he won't be successfull.
4. There is no fantasy in play here. He had responsibilities...they just didn't include final say on who they drafted or signed. He compiled information in the manner requested by his boss.
I agree with the OP. Ireland should be judged by his time with Joe Philbin; not for his time under Parcells or Sparano.
He's not drafting players for Sparano's system anymore.
Ireland is the best GM-who's-team-hasnt-had-a-winning-record-in-5-years EVER!!!
Only on this forum does this failure have excuse after excuse made for him.
"Ryan Tannehill out-Brady'ed Brady"- DanPatrick
2) So now no one should be fired if they dont have final say. Man, alot of assistant coaches/front office personnel have been wrongfully terminated. NFL is going to be flooded with lawsuits, right?
3) Had Von Miller played for a strict coaching staff, he wouldnt be rushing the passer as a linebacker. Good thing he is playing for a coaching staff that understands the talent they have available. Its common occurance for teams to adjust their scheme. Coaches are fighting for their own jobs(unless they dont have final say, then they can do whatever they want apparently) and know the best way to win is to put their players in the best position they can. Some players do respond better in certain schemes, especially quarterbacks. But good general managers and coaches acquire players because of their strengths/talent and adjust accordingly. Scheme is the most overrated excuse on this forum. Acquire good players(and there are significantly more then 10 per draft), period.
4) Oh, so now Ireland did have some role in our losing seasons. So the information Ireland compiled lead to losing seasons. And when he took over(like 3 days ago according to some) it also lead to a losing season. Again, what has Jeff Ireland done to secure your loyalty? What have you seen in this person to suggest he will build a winning roster? Did it inspire you with confidence when he failed to address the hole he created at wideout? How about at corner? The Cam Wake and Ryan Tannehill holdouts? Other than having the title "Miami Dolphins General Manager" how has he earned your trust?
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/General...an_football%29In the National Football League, the general manager or GM of a team typically controls player transactions and bears the primary responsibility on behalf of the team during contract discussions with players.
The general manager is also normally the person who hires and fires the coaching staff, including the head coach.
"It happens all the time," Taylor said. "It's not an exact science and personnel guys aren't the end-all, be-all. " Jason Taylor,2011