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Miami Dolphins will keep Jeff Ireland

Once again, the Miami Dolphins will retain General Manager Jeff Ireland for another year, and it isn’t a bad move at this point in time. Even though the Dolphins got clobbered by the New England Patriots 28-0 yesterday, they aren’t the first team to get blown out in Foxboro in December, and they certainly won’t be the last. Ireland did a good job in drafting Ryan Tannehill (despite a few other misfires like Michael Egnew), and the Dolphins have plenty of potential going forward.

Here is the tweet from Miami Herald beat writer Armando Salguerro.

The Dolphins finished the season 7-9 and second in the division with a new head coach, quarterback, offensive coordinator, and defensive coordinator. The front seven is terrific and the defense is solid as a whole, but they could use another cornerback to help out the solid Sean Smith. The offense, on the other hand, needs some more work. Chalk up a legit No. 1 receiver, a No. 1 TE who is a consistent pass-catcher, and a ton of help on the offensive line as team needs for the Dolphins. They could also use another DE to help out Cameron Wake, since offenses can key in on Wake due to Jared Odrick’s struggles on the other side of the line.

I’ve been a big critic of Ireland in the past, but the future looks bright for the Dolphins despite three losing seasons. Things are starting to look up, and Ireland deserves one more year to build pieces for this team and help turn it around.

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  • Devon R White

    Why!!!!!! I hate jeff ireland and tanehill sucks ass i wanted peyton manning i wanted drew brees i wanted matt ryan i dont want. Tanehill out of all 5 rookies. Tanehill suck the most. Cant we do anything rite
    Jeff ireland must go

    • Tommy Gosling

      because he is one of the best GM’s in the NFL. you need to stop watching that NY/NE media in miami. guy hits on 4 of his first 5 draft picks last year and idiots want to fire him becasue some guys from NY told you he was a bad GM. very smart move. if anything miami needs new fans. miami has the worst fans in the country and they are the reason why this team sucks for the last 12 years.

      • Joe Soriano

        Yeah, I’m going to side a little more with Tommy on this one. I don’t know if I would call him “one of the best”, but he’s better than average and has put the Dolphins in a solid position with Tannehill. The future looks bright in Miami, and he deserves at least another year. You could do a lot worse than Ireland.

        • steve_13

          @JOE AND TOMMY. he has been with miami for 3 year his 1st 2 years he took orders from parcells. Didnt start to draft till his 3rd year. he traded 10th pick for Odrick. the 15th pick was a guy named Jason pierre-paul (just think him and wake). send round we took koa misi. the partiots took a guy by the name of RON GRONKOWSKI. He has 2 years of 100 percent him drafting. out of 13 picks after the first round 1 is currently on the roaster. Not also to mention we traded 2 first round picks for marshall and only got 2 3rd round in return. Great strategy!!?? <= thumbs up on that.

          p.s no ur dolphins before ripping on Devon cause he is right and im with him. This is are biggest year in the draft. if we dotn pick up jake long we will have 5 draft picks, along with the most salary cap space of any team in the league. AND u want to leave the decision making to this guy. hopefully philbin and sherman and cage this beast so he dont do anymore damage to the team.

          • Joe Soriano

            Misi was poor for the first couple of years, but he has blossomed in the 4-3, especially against the run. Odrick has been a huge disappointment, no doubting that. He actually played well against New England, but that was one of his very few solid games.

          • steve_13

            i can agree more ur comment about him blossoming in the 4-3. i feel he did have an ok year this year.

  • steve_13

    Ross preaches that he wants to establish a “winning environment,” yet he is retaining the general manager who has overseen the worst stretch in franchise history.

    • Joe Soriano

      Ireland did a terrible job early on in his tenure, and I actually called for his firing prior to this year (I think everyone did). But he deserves one more year, because the future actually looks bright for a change in Miami. If they don’t continue to show good signs of improving, then yeah Ireland should be on his way out. But there’s no need to fire him as of right now. I definitely see your logic, and you are a Dolphins fan so you obviously know your team better. I always enjoy learning about other teams and their fans’ perspectives.

      • steve_13

        I love my team. its been hard being a fan, especially when im only 27 years old. u can say dedicated? I OK, with him here for another year. But im coming to that line, this is could be the make or break year for this team. if they done use there cap space and picks, for the good this year. we are looking at another decade or more of “rebuilding”. ya know.

        do have to thank u Joe. making me not feel as harshly as i have been towords Ireland

        • Joe Soriano

          Seven losing seasons in the past eight years (including four straight) will do that to most people. Ireland does deserve criticism, but things are looking bright in Miami. Just keep your head up, and I agree that this is a make-or-break year…for Ireland. He’s an intelligent GM, but what hurts him and the team is his ego and stubborness. For some reason, it seems like he doesn’t like admitting that he made a mistake in the draft or elsewhere. The Dolphins need to build an O-Line, get a legit No. 1 WR or at least another solid guy to help out Tannehill, find a TE to pair with Fasano, and get a DE opposite of Wake. They obviously don’t need to fill all those needs, but building a line is the one that’s non-negotiable. Beyond that, they need to fill at least two of the other three needs.