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.
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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