Can't forget Ernest wilford.
My pet conspiracy theory on the Colombo signing is that Sparano wanted him and Ireland signed off on it as a way of giving Sparano a way to hang himself with Ross... something Ireland could point to as a way to shift blame for the team's failures from him to Sparano.
Probably not the way it went down (after all, someone devious enough to come up with such a scheme is probably not dumb enough to gloat about drafting Patrick Turner), but it's the romantic in me.
Sparano didnt have much to work with. Will Baker? Nate Garner? I suppose either of those guys were better than Colombo, but its not like Ireland provided him with some world-beater stud and Sparano refused to play him.
not gonna read the whole thread, but I saw some valid points against Ireland. I would just like to point something out in support of him.
Even under the likes of Wanny and Saban we had huge holes on the roster and we were always right against the cap. JT and Zach were constantly restructuring their contracts in the offseason to give us room to make moves.
Whatever the reason for cap space, we've never really been strapped for cash under Ireland. In some cases that's just him being cheap, but that isn't the only case.