Ireland's hand is pretty much forced in that he's got to work with Philbin and build the team the way our head coach sees fit. We all know that Philbin comes from a Green Bay team who was known for an go-all-out explosive offenses. I believe that's what Philbin and his staff are trying to re-create here.
One negative that really seemed to frustrate Philbin more than anything, was our lack of playmakers this past season. There were too many times where we were just one or two plays away from sealing a win, but failed to do so because the talent just wasn't there especially at the receiver position. Granted, Ireland shares the blame in that, but now he's got ZERO excuse not to add those pieces.
Not only does the GM have the financial resources and the draft picks to do so, but his job is in that now-or-never mode. Maybe that should've been the case years ago, but we've got to deal with him at least for another year. Ireland has got an impatient owner and fanbase breathing down his neck. The boss, the head coach, and most importantly...the fans want (and in most cases DEMAND) a change in philosophy...back to exciting, WINNING football. So what our eyes may have been "used to seeing" may already well be a distant memory.
[QUOTE=roy_miami;1064577154]Ireland is too conservative in everything he does, that's not something you can unlearn.[/QUOTE
i disagree, Iteland went out and traded for Mrashall. Bush! That's conservative? But another poster is right, Ireland was drafting with the guidance of old man parcels and Sparano didn't know what he was doing. With the absence of then both and the addition of a football nerds (Tannehill/philbin) Ireland has just begun to build the team the right way.
"I'm bringing it to technology"
Built a "get a lead and hold it" team since Wannstache. Just does not work anymore. Ireland has to value REAL speed more. Do not think he has a clue BUT I hope I am wrong. Just hope Coach Philbin has more influence than we think.
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i cant believe he is still the gm ross must be the stupid in owner in the nfl wait and see how many people go to the game for not letting go of jeff i. he sucks and is on a mission to another maybe 8&8 season
I think that by breaking his own rule and taking Tannehill shows growth and a recognition of talent. Lots of potential for success this offseason, which also means there is a lot of potential for failure. Let's see if he opens his pocket to big FAs, as well as bring the right guys in through the draft and turn this into a playoff team THIS YEAR.
Until he proves otherwise, Ireland sucks!!
Please God, let me see 1 Dolphins Superbowl victory before I die.
As a Dolphins fan you should be HOPING and ROOTING for Ireland succeed during this upcoming free agency period and the draft. The ultimate goal for all of us Dolphins fans is to see the team get better, get back in the playoffs and eventually bring home the Lombardi Trophy. Hoping for the GM to fail is not what any of us should be doing. Sure you can come back at this post with "look at his record", "I have no faith in him" or whatever same lines you have been writing but that doesn't change the fact that Ireland will be signing players this March and drafting players in April. That is going to happen whether you or I like it. With that said, the BEST thing for this franchise is for Ireland to be successful this offseason because failure will likely mean a GM change at the end of the season and very possibly a head coaching change. We will be starting completely over again, that would not be good.
This offseason is set up to be one of the most exciting and eventful offseasons for the Dolphins in a long time with $45+ million in cap space and 5 draft picks in the top 82. The money and picks are there to make a quick turnaround and be in the playoffs next season. With all this money and cap space, and the fact that we have our quarterback position settled makes me very excited for the future of this team. Go Dolphins!