I really think they (Ireland haters) do! Because this would make they're opinion on the man completely invalid, they will always resort to his failures regardless of how much success he will have... While Ireland should be put on blast for his mistakes, he should also be credited for the right choices he's made...
If the Fins turn this thing around, Ireland haters won't admit to being wrong but distribute credit elsewhere (players, coaches etc...) and continue to reminisce on his failures. Nobody likes to admit they are wrong.
Personally I don't like or hate him, I base my opinion on him more so on his latest work then I do in the beginning. If he was stuck on the old philosophy I'd be worried, but I think he's proven, at least in his last draft he's willing to change his ways.
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Obviously rabid fans don't want to hear it, but **** em, they'll be unhappy until the team is consistently contending, and I think this season is the one we turn the corner and people start seeing how good a job Ireland's actually done for us
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It is absolutely clear that the Dolphins drafting during the coaching reigns of Wannsted, Saban and Cameron was very poor, particularly in the early rounds of the draft. When you miss in the early rounds of the draft you are forced to use free agency to fill the holes in your roster. Unfortunately, this leads to those starters who are obtained in free agency to be overpaid for their talent. This problem compounds itself over time putting the team into a slow spiral of death. This continued legacy of failure along with Cameron's failure as head coach led to the embarrassment that was the 1-15 season.
Regarding Parcells and Ireland, it is clear that the draft process was a team effort. Parcells dictated to Ireland the principles to use in ranking players and in prioritizing areas of need during the draft. Ireland's contribution to the process was to take those principles and the research done by the scouts (and to a lesser extent the coaches) to actually build the draft board. Prior to draft day Parcells reviewed Ireland's work to put his own imprint on the draft board. On draft day they followed their draft board work product to guide which players would be taken. Parcells served as a final arbiter on making decisions about the position prioritization (LT versus QB is the most well known example) but the actual players involved came from the draft board which was primarily Ireland's work product. Bottom line: Parcells provided the principles used to rank players, Ireland built the draft board, Parcells decided position prioritization (that we wanted to pick Ireland's top rated left tackle instead of his top rated quarterback), and Ireland used this guidance when provided to make the pick. On rare cases Parcells would override Ireland's judgement on both position and player to be taken (Pat White pick), but for the majority of the cases it was a consensus team effort with both Parcells and Ireland in agreement.
Finally, my concern about the current situation with draft picks and cap space was stated in a previous post. I think it is wonderful that we have so much ammunition to use going into the off season. If we were a normal franchise who had made the playoffs a few times in the last decade with a couple of playoff wins then it would simply be business as usual. But we're not a normal franchise. We've been incredibly mediocre for over a decade. We have a chance in this draft to fix our franchise. I pray that we do. But the downside of failure is unthinkable. If we come out of our first five draft picks without having made a significant improvement in our football team than we will have condemned ourselves to many continued years of mediocrity as a franchise. As I said in the earlier post, if it wasn't so important then no one would care.
These were the concerns with Griffin heading in, and they're proving to be true. I'd rather have the picks they got probably
Now has Ireland found a talent to replace the void Marshall left, No, at least he didn't last season. This season though, it's painfully obvious this is at the top of his list based on yesterdays presser.
He knew it was an issue, tried to bring in some vets to help. Is it his fault Chad Johnson all of a sudden was having domestic problems or that Gaffney couldn't learn the playbook? I don't think so.
His draft pick at WR last year, Rishard Mathews also looks like a future No. 2 guy. I think he did well.