I guess the argument for you guys is, "Ireland doesn't even know what he drafted Martin for...we know better than Ireland himself....we know all!!!" Well thank you god for clarifying that....
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•No free agent LT signedIreland: (Will Jonathan Martin move to left tackle?) “I’m going to let my coaching staff decide, at the end of this process, where Jonathan Martin plays. I think what we do have is a flexible player, a versitile player that can play left, can play right. I think his development has been good, I think he has a long way to go to play right or left, to be a really really good player that’s what we want him to be. We have all of our options open, still free agents on the street, still guys on the trade market that are available, and we have the draft that is 2 weeks away, that we could go that route as well. We’ll be active in one of those pieces and maybe more.
•No trade for a LT
•No LT draft pick selected
Obviously Coach Philbin was loyal to Jake Long but thought Jonathan Martin was smart enough to make the transition between positions for a season.
Now put two and two together and what do you get?"He's more fluid over there," center Mike Pouncey said this week. "You can tell when he's kick sliding that way he's more comfortable being in a left-handed stance. Obviously, he wanted to play over there last year, but he was forced to play the right side, and I think he's going to do a great job."
it's funny that Ireland slammed the article in the Sun-Sentinel but things came to pass exactly the way it predicted.
I'm not reading the article, but "our secondary is better than last season" is not really saying a lot - our secondary was in the bottom half of the league last year.
The evidence wasnt compelling enough for Ireland. He tried to hand Long a huge contract. He tried to trade a high draft pick for Albert. Neither of those moves says "i think Martin is a natural".
He didnt have a plan after he traded Brandon Marshall. I dont see why he would have a plan in case Long left. His drafts and free agent pick ups paint the picture of a man who addresses a problem after its occured.
If i believed he had thought ahead id give him the credit he would have deserved. I havent seen anything to suggest the words that came out of his mouth are false. If people want to praise him for drafting Tannehill or Jordan, then i have no problem with that. But this is a stretch. It reminds me of when people insisted Ireland hired Philbin, when in reality he tried to hire Mike McCoy and Ross ignored him.
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http://blogs.sun-sentinel.com/sports...eron-wake.html“I’d like to clear the air on an article,” Ireland said. “I don’t normally go overboard on media speculation. But last night I saw an article about Jake Long. I have plans to keep Jake Long here for a long time. So, let’s don’t get ahead of ourselves. …We drafted Jonathan Martin to be a tackle on this football team, a right tackle on this football team. Let’s don’t speculate any further than that.”
There you go. You must have missed that the first time i linked it.
I will say that you'd have to be either blind to the facts or just straight up uninformed when presented with information that tells you GM's across the board have multiple contingency plans that are ever changing in case something anticipated or unforeseen takes place. Successors are often put in place without it sometimes being announced and made crystal clear in the moment. Cap management is studied and prepared years in advance with contract lengths determined to expire in a calculated fashion. Somes moves are set in motion at the last minute which can backfire and cause panic to set in, which in some cases forces ones hand to make hasty decisions that are not thought out properly. Changes in philosophy dictates change in management assertion. In some cases it's necessary to take two steps back tactically in order to move four steps further at a unspecified date. At times, personalities can clash and you're stuck between a rock and a hard place, while other times opportunity can fall right into your lap seemingly out of no where.
I say all those things to get the point across that the job of a GM is never so black and white. You will hit and miss on many transactions. But it's clear to anyone who really pays attention that these guys think on the fly a lot, but they also have a multitude of preparation skills that enable them to carry out many tasks that your average fan is simply not privy to.