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07 Jan 2014

Dolphins Part Ways With GM Jeff Ireland

If we're going to use the past two installments of Football Outsiders Almanac to trash the Dolphins for Jeff Ireland's continued employment, then it's only fair that we give them kudos for ending said employment. I, for one, am kind of shocked that this came on the heels of an 8-8 season; not because Ireland doesn't deserve it, but because accepting mediocrity has been entrenched in the franchise for the better part of two decades. So, again, kudos to Stephen Ross, and congratulations Dolphins fans. There's finally the potential for your long NFL nightmare to be over.

In the end, despite being a Bill Parcells protege, Ireland could never approximate Parcells' success as a talent evaluator or organizational leader. For posterity, here's a quick, non-exhaustive list of Ireland's greatest gaffes:

I'm sure that's not all, folks. Feel free to add your biggest Ireland failure that's not on this list in the comments.

Posted by: Danny Tuccitto on 07 Jan 2014

69 comments, Last at 18 Jan 2014, 9:44am by Mr Shush

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by panthersnbraves :: Tue, 01/07/2014 - 9:30pm

On the Dez Bryant thing, wasn't she in jail at one point for crack, and supposedly working for a pimp? I wouldn't think at that point the interviewer would think "Oh, she was an Accountant!" I suppose a more neutral "In what capacity?" might have been in order, but family has a lot of influence on a young player, and if there is illegal stuff, plus drugs going on, a GM has to look into that.

That said, I think the rest is worthy....

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by whckandrw (not verified) :: Tue, 01/07/2014 - 9:41pm

So is your mom a whore?

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by panthersnbraves :: Wed, 01/08/2014 - 10:51am

This being a statistical site - 1 - (!crack user)(!working for pimp) -> "no".

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by Danny Tuccitto :: Tue, 01/07/2014 - 9:47pm

Oh sure, nothing wrong with looking into it. But, even if you find that his mom was a prostitute, why is it an issue after the kid has obviously proven he can succeed despite that background? And why, in the midst of trying to court one of the best WRs in the league, do you ask something like that to his face, forcing him to confirm/deny/defend someone else's actions?

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by Anonymousse (not verified) :: Wed, 01/08/2014 - 11:45am

Plenty of kids succeed at the college level and don't at the NFL level. There's still plenty of guys at the college level who are just so much more physically talented than their peers. That stops at the NFL.

Looking into/questioning family seems like due dilligence to me. Maybe not the most tactful way to do it, but whatever.

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by panthersnbraves :: Wed, 01/08/2014 - 11:55am

RGIII's dad appears to be causing some ripples, but Cam Newton's dad is not.

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by tuluse :: Wed, 01/08/2014 - 12:05pm

What could a GM possibly learning by directly asking a player if his mother is a prostitute?

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by MC2 :: Wed, 01/08/2014 - 12:47pm

He was probably "testing" Bryant to see how he reacted, figuring that if he lost his composure easily, opponents could use that against him on the field.

By the way, I agree that it was a stupid question, but I would guess that was the motivation behind it.

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by Noah of Arkadia :: Wed, 01/08/2014 - 1:33pm

There's certainly solid logic behind that. If you can't handle that question, how are you going to handle people like Incognito?

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by morganja :: Wed, 01/08/2014 - 1:37pm

I'm choking I'm laughing so hard...

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by Theo :: Wed, 01/08/2014 - 1:43pm

That's the dumbest imaginable way to do that test then.

And even IF he starts throwing chairs through the window... what does that tell you? That he gets angry when you call his mother a prostitute?
"oh yeah let's not draft him, he got angry when I asked if his mother was a whore"

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by Anonymousse (not verified) :: Wed, 01/08/2014 - 3:31pm

If he loses it when you ASK if his mother was a whore, do you think hes going to be able to control himself on a football field, when the DB across from him is CALLING his mother a whore? He's not a real useful player if hes taking swings at cornerbacks.

He was a known hothead. Testing that seems like due diligence.

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by tuluse :: Wed, 01/08/2014 - 3:48pm

1) Is this really the best way to test hot-headed-ness?

2) This is a team which employed Richie Incognito, the king of hot heads

3) This is a team which told another player to punch Incognito

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by Will Allen :: Wed, 01/08/2014 - 5:36pm

Testing in a manner which, even if the subject passes the test, has a markedly increased chance of the subject deciding that you are a d*ckhead whom the subject would be loathe to work for, and when the story inevitably gets out, makes other people reluctant to work for you, is incredibly stupid.

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by Tim Wilson :: Wed, 01/08/2014 - 8:03pm

Well the DB across the line is a known competitor/enemy in an intense setting, whereas the asker in this case was an interviewer in a formal job interview, presumably not a direct adversary and far from the field of athletic play. So yeah, I think conflating the two might be unfair.

If we really think that Ireland's best way to test Dez Bryant's in-game composure is to ask him insulting questions about his mother in a job interview, then no more needs to be said about the guy's rationale and competence, at least in that one narrow area of his job.

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by Theo :: Wed, 01/08/2014 - 8:52pm

that's what I mean... the settings are so different; the first being a job interview and the second being on the field.
So any reaction you get, means nothing because you still don't know how he will react when he transforms into his alter ego.

And to be honest, I think Ireland actually wanted to just know if his mother was a prostitute.

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by Tim Wilson :: Wed, 01/08/2014 - 9:43pm

That's true-- it's possible Ireland had decided they were going to use their pick on someone else and was just making conversation.

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by Will Allen :: Wed, 01/08/2014 - 10:06pm

He's gotta be a lot of fun during Thanksgiving dinner.

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by mehllageman56 (not verified) :: Wed, 01/08/2014 - 7:58pm

Other teams do tests like this all the time. On a NFL.Com video Steve Mariucci asked Geno Smith "What is the drug of choice at your school?", and Geno just stared at him dumbfounded. Mariucci then just said, "So they didn't ask you that yesterday", meaning teams at the combine. He was trying to confuse Smith to see if he would forget the play he'd just written on the blackboard. Bringing something personal into this is pretty foolish.

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by patriotsgirl :: Wed, 01/08/2014 - 11:55pm

As a former employment lawyer, this line of questioning is horrifying. Let alone my feelings as a human being.

"Hey, your teenage mom may have been a prostitute?" How is that remotely relevant to performance or even potential performance? And with respect to trash talk by opponents, the fear of same really shouldn't be the metric you use to measure someone's ability to succeed in the NFL.

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by Will Allen :: Wed, 01/08/2014 - 9:27am

There is a difference between looking into something and looking into something in a manner that creates an enemy of the person whose talent has intrigued you. Stupid is as stupid does.

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by Staubach12 :: Wed, 01/08/2014 - 12:17pm

Nevertheless, it is illegal to ask questions about a person's family at a job interview. I know that NFL teams push the envelope on this, but Ireland went way too far. I doubt anybody would appreciate being asked such a question by a prospective employer.

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by dryheat :: Thu, 01/09/2014 - 10:14am

Illegal? I find that hard to believe, but since I'm not a lawyer, I can't call shenanigans. It would seem that if a non-public organization is going to hire you for a job, especially a multi-million dollar one, it has the right to ask you any question it likes. It is up to the applicant to exercise his/her prerogative to not answer. And any public job that requires a background check contains questions about one's family as a matter of routine.

I don't want to defend Ireland, because he is by all appearances a buffoon, but I thought this whole thing was overblown. As a refresher:

Dolphins: What did your Dad do when you were growing up?
Bryant: He was a pimp.
Dolphins: What did you Mom do?
Bryant: She worked for my Dad.
Dolphins: She was a prostitute?

It's really a natural deduction, even if incorrect. At the combine, teams try to ascertain each player's upbringing as a matter of routine, so while the Dolphins were a bit indiscreet in phrasing the question, I don't find it nearly as outrageous as everybody else. Just because he could excel at football regardless doesn't mean an prospective employer shouldn't inquire about one's background.

That being said, the point of whether it makes sense to alienate a potential employee is a good one.

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by Noah of Arkadia :: Thu, 01/09/2014 - 12:24pm

I agree with you, context is everything. And not just in this situation.

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by LionInAZ :: Thu, 01/09/2014 - 6:11pm

No, employers are not allowed to ask any question they like when interviewing potential employees. There is a large body of discrimination law that delineates areas of inappropriate questions.

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by mehllageman56 (not verified) :: Tue, 01/07/2014 - 9:38pm

Considering Jake Long's injury, letting him go wasn't such a bad idea. I'm also not sold that Tannehill is a mediocre at best quarterback prospect. Wouldn't have wanted my team to draft him at 8, but that's not a reason to get rid of Ireland.

That said, as a Jets fan I'm very disappointed the Fins fired Ireland.

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by Jeff88 (not verified) :: Tue, 01/07/2014 - 9:51pm

Same here, I wish they kept him. I laughed when they exchanged last years 2 starting linebackers for two overpriced overrated ones, plus paying Wallace and king's ransom. I am surely going to muss him.

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by Danny Tuccitto :: Tue, 01/07/2014 - 9:56pm

Don't disagree with either of your points. Was fine to let a guy like Long go if you have a backup plan better than "move our awful RT over to LT, and call it a day." Also was fine in a vacuum to be high on, and draft, Tannehill, but no one in their right mind thought he was the eighth-best player in that draft. A GM's job is to extract maximum value from his transactions. In both of these cases (and others), Ireland failed miserably.

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by Noah of Arkadia :: Wed, 01/08/2014 - 10:19am

I completely disagree about Tannehill. The kid has a ton of potential. He's got arm, smarts and athletic ability and he's been surviving a situation that wrecked other high picks (see David Carr). The knock on him was he was extremely raw after switching to QB from WR and, in light of that, what he has done so far is extremely encouraging.

In addition, our in-house FO scout Matt Waldman also had a high opinion of Tannehill, and considering how valuable a QB is to a franchise, I think you're way off base on all counts. In fact, I wouldn't be surprised if this was ultimately seen as Ireland's best pick of his tenure.

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by Anonymous Jones :: Wed, 01/08/2014 - 10:11pm

Did you actually read Danny's comment? The comment, not the post, argued that it was too high to select him. Ireland could have traded down and received additional value and still drafted Tannehill.

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by Noah of Arkadia :: Thu, 01/09/2014 - 12:17am

Possible, but hardly a given. QBs are routinely overdrafted these days. If they really wanted him, they had to pull the trigger right then. Now, if they didn't mind getting Weeden as a fallback they could have moved down, but how would that have worked out? Or sticking with whomever was QB before that? Was it Matt Moore? I can't even remember.

We can talk again in a couple of years but, as of this moment, I don't see anything wrong with taking Tannehill at #8.

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by johonny (not verified) :: Thu, 01/09/2014 - 12:20pm

I agree with you. You can't trade down with a QB on the board these days. The NFL is a QB driven league. It is not that you can't win without one but having a Rivers, Manning or Brady does wonders for your team's prospects. I think a team would have taken him before Miami would get to draft again after trading down. At the time 7 out of the next 8 teams needed or could possibly have taken him if he was there. I think the Pat White draft pick was vastly worse than Tannehill even if it was a 2nd round versus a first round.

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by Anonymousse (not verified) :: Mon, 01/13/2014 - 1:11pm

"Ireland could have traded down and received additional value and still drafted Tannehill."

There's absolutely no reason to believe this is true. None.

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by Mr Shush :: Sat, 01/18/2014 - 9:44am

That's a stretch. Say rather that we can't have very much confidence in its truth.

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by Mr Shush :: Wed, 01/08/2014 - 10:25am

It's definitely too early to judge how Tannehill turns out, and we'll never know what other teams thought of him. If you really believe that a guy is a franchise quarterback, and you don't already have one, I think you pretty much have to take him then and there, because for all you know the team with the pick behind you thinks he is too. Equally, if you're not completely sold on a QB you should never take him with a high pick just because you need one. And I really, really believe that you should prioritize giving your highly-drafted rookie QB good enough supporting talent on offense to develop (and be evaluated) properly, even if it comes at the expense of a few wins over years one and two through weaker defense.

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by Aaron Brooks Go... :: Wed, 01/08/2014 - 2:42pm

"but no one in their right mind thought he was the eighth-best player in that draft."

Shame. He's currently tied for 7th.
http://www.pro-football-reference.com/years/2012/draft.htm

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by Insancipitory :: Wed, 01/08/2014 - 7:41pm

If the early 1st round QB your team drafted is tied in career value with a LB drafted in the 2nd round I think it's fair to characterize that as some level of a reach.

He's a QB who started immediately. On a straight measure of productivity he's going to have numbers. But do those translate to wins? He's 'somewhat' better than Weeden. Without some significant improvement, it probably has to be looked as something a wasted pick and an on going salvage effort.

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by Mr Shush :: Thu, 01/09/2014 - 9:26am

Well, sure, but you expect improvement from a QB who's just finished his second year - especially one who was notably raw when drafted. If you're picking a quarterback for what you think he'll do in years 1 and 2 (other than maybe in the TJ Yates case where you're spending a late round pick on a cheap back-up who knows your system) your draft strategy is insane.

Of course a second round linebacker who was a great pick at that spot is going to have more value over years 1 and 2 than the vast majority of 1st round quarterbacks. So what? He may well have no value at all beyond year 4, while the QB could easily still be starting in year 12.

Also, even if the LB turns out to be a 1st ballot Hall of Famer, that only makes the QB a bad pick in the sense that every player picked before #199 in 2000 was a bad pick.

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by Noah of Arkadia :: Thu, 01/09/2014 - 12:30pm

Look at it this way, except for one glorious Pennington season, Tanny is already the best QB the Dolphins have had since Marino. Do his numbers look bad? Yeah, but once you consider the state of the OL, the poor running game -which the OC often abandoned for no reason- and the fact he only had three rosterable WRs to work with most of the year -and only two for that last game against the Jets-, your appreciation of him should rise considerably.

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by James-London :: Thu, 01/09/2014 - 3:07pm

Mike Tanier got this right yesterday
yr 1 Tannehill had no WR
yr 2 No O-Line

I think he's done pretty well so far.

Phil Simms is a Cretin.

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by morganja :: Thu, 01/09/2014 - 11:13pm

Phil Simms would have thrown for 24 TD/12 Int 3,500 yards in year 1, 44 TD/6 INT 5,000 yards in year 2. Just sayin.

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by tuluse :: Wed, 01/08/2014 - 7:56pm

That list is out of date. It's only how much value they produced their rookie year. For example Kuechly has 18 AV this year, moving him ahead of Tannehill (27 to 21), while Weeden only has 3 AV this year, which correctly represents that Tannehill is much better than Weeden.

Edit: unless I missed someone who produced an insane amount of AV his sophomore year, Tannehill should be 6th. He would move ahead of Morris, Martin, and Mike Harris. While Kuechly and Lavonte David would move ahead of him.

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by DEW (not verified) :: Tue, 01/07/2014 - 9:52pm

Today is a good day!

Letting Long walk, yeah, not necessarily bad in and of itself. The problem was in not having an adequate plan B. Leaving aside everything with Incognito, Martin was not good last year, and rewarding bad right tackle play by moving him to trust the QB's blind side is not a viable plan. The concept that signing the wreckage of Bryant McKinnie off the street could actually upgrade the tackle position tells you just how bad the offensive line construction was. Pouncey is basically the only OL on the roster worth keeping for any reason.

Tannehill may or may not be mediocre, but I think giving him a chance to stand upright for a season might help establish the point.

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by Led :: Tue, 01/07/2014 - 10:21pm

How about publicly courting the hot, up and coming college coach and humiliating your current coach and then . . . failing to land the new coach?

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by Danny Tuccitto :: Tue, 01/07/2014 - 10:52pm

Way to catch my "avoid accusations about Danny's 49ers bias" omission!

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by Led :: Tue, 01/07/2014 - 11:04pm

Chestnuts, chestnuts.

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by dbostedo :: Tue, 01/07/2014 - 10:40pm

I think maybe my favorite thing about this is that I won't read "Fire Jeff Ireland" on a bunch of posts anymore. Hopefully. Unless someone else hires him and another poster picks up that tag line.

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by FrontRunningPhinsFan :: Wed, 01/08/2014 - 1:02pm

Hey I got rid of that a couple name changes ago. That said, I'm obviously happy with the team finally making this decision.

It's also probably time for another name change as the 3-0 start to this season seems like a long time ago.

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by Garo von Stoyanovich (not verified) :: Tue, 01/07/2014 - 11:21pm

How about moving up in the draft to pick a situational "tweener" pass rusher when the OL and RB positions were in dire need of upgrading?

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by johonny (not verified) :: Tue, 01/07/2014 - 11:51pm

Jeff Ireland's first fault was his inability to stick with a plan more than a season. He kept changing the direction of the team every off season (one might argue he did this as an excuse as to why they didn't win more). Either way he would jettison players that didn't fit the new scheme left and right. Case in point this draft he picked two corners, corners he wouldn't have need had he not given up on Davis and Smith two players in post season for the teams that acquired them. His second fault was that his drafts were generally deep but shallow in talent. He picked lots of NFL starting talent but few pro-bowl level talent. Tannehill, Hartline, and Odrick seems like a typical Ireland pick. It is not that their bad they just aren't great. It's hard to win if every great player on your team is a free agent pick up. On the positive side; His defenses were generally good. He wasn't the worst GM in NFL history or even team history (I think Dave Wannstedt was much worse at drafting talent) but given his tendency to doghouse talent could Jeff ever really turn the corner talent wise and build a winner? His third fault was his totally abusive personality. The only question now is will the new guy keep the head coach around and more to the point can Stephen Ross actually attract a GM better than Ireland. There are a lot of GMs not able to build even 7-9 teams:) The story about them drafting Pat White while Bill Parcells stepped out of the draft room should have been the warning sign he wasn't a long term solution without Bill to keep him in check, but it took 5 more years for the final shoe to drop...

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by James-London :: Wed, 01/08/2014 - 11:07am

I agree with most of this, but you're harsh regarding Hartline. He was a 4th-rounder, and most 4th rounder's don't generate Hartline's production

Phil Simms is a Cretin.

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by DEW (not verified) :: Wed, 01/08/2014 - 1:41am

Clearly, Dan Snyder should hire Ireland as GM and Schiano as coach, and that way all three levels of management would have a consistent philosophy of management style!

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by fyo :: Wed, 01/08/2014 - 3:51am

Criticizing Ireland for drafting the consensus best-remaining quarterback at a time when the team desperately needed a new quarterback is strange.

As for Tannehill's projections, trying to get anything going behind that god-awful offensive line this season was never going to be easy.

Even the usual quarterback-unfriendly Dolphins fans don't seem to have any problem with Tannehill, other than his strange timing issues with that one receiver.

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by Marty_McMartin (not verified) :: Wed, 01/08/2014 - 7:07am

I agree. I think that Irelland had gotten to a point where people were going to bash him no matter what he did. He got bashed for not trading for Kyle Orton and he got bashed for low-balling Matt Flynn. I think at this point there wasn't going to be anything he could have done right.

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by Revenge of the NURBS (not verified) :: Wed, 01/08/2014 - 10:48am

"Criticizing Ireland for drafting the consensus best-remaining quarterback at a time when the team desperately needed a new quarterback is strange."

Why? It's called a reach. Tannehill may have been the best QB still on the board, but that doesn't make him worth the #8 pick. (See also, Christian Ponder.) The 2012 draft was generally believed to have Luck and Griffin as the blue chip QBs, and then a significant drop off to the next tier. Standing pat and reaching for a second tier guy with a top 10 pick is not a good strategy to fill the hole at QB.

That said, I do agree that Tannehill should not be considered a bust at this point. If anything, he's been better than I thought he would be. He hasn't been awesome, but he's not in Gabbert or Weeden territory either. I wouldn't be totally shocked if he developed into a quality starter.

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by fyo :: Wed, 01/08/2014 - 11:06am

At some point you have to gamble. It's not like there are a ton of sure-fire players in the draft, even at the top, and quarterbacks seem especially boom-or-bust.

The only real knock on Tannehill before the draft was that he didn't have a lot of starts under his belt. Considering that Tannehill's college coach was with Dolphins and that the system he would be put it would resemble his college system, much of that lack of starts was mitigated.

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by Anonymousse (not verified) :: Wed, 01/08/2014 - 11:49am

If you think a QB can be a good starter, there's pretty much no such thing as a reach. They're that important.

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by Revenge of the NURBS (not verified) :: Wed, 01/08/2014 - 1:24pm

I sort of agree with this, but "if you think a QB can be a good starter" is a tricky qualifier. Minnesota undoubtedly thought Ponder could be a good starter when they picked him. Most of us in the peanut gallery immediately declared the pick a reach, and thus far that opinion has proven correct. That pick was a reach, regardless of what the braintrust in Minnesota thought. I guess what I'm saying is, "if you think a QB can be a good starter" gets to the core of a GM's job. It's not just thinking it; it's being right.

It's not so clear-cut with Tannehill, but he hasn't looked like a top 10 pick so far. He has looked like he could possibly one day justify that draft status if he continues to improve. All that really proves is that he's not a Gabbert-level mega-bust. If he does not continue to improve, he will be a bust within another couple years.

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by Noah of Arkadia :: Wed, 01/08/2014 - 1:41pm

Still, only about 50% of first round QBs pan out. It seems to me that almost every first-round QB in the last several years has been a reach -except for the obvious no-brainers at the top-: Alex Smith, Joe Flacco, E.J. Manuel, Matt Ryan, Sanchez, Locker, Gabbert, Weeden, Ponder, who else is there? Oh yeah, Aaron Rodgers. Well, that guy obviously made it big, but he was projected as a reach at the top of the first and probably went were he should have, a rare exception to the rule.

Ryan has also done well, but he was considered a reach at the time.

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by Will Allen :: Wed, 01/08/2014 - 5:46pm

What I don;t get about the Ponder pick is that he never showed himself, prior to the draft, to be ab above average prospect is any category, other than 40 time. I mean, his arm was average at best, and he didn't start enough games in college to really get a handle on how well he would do pre-snap, or in going through progressions. When he was picked, I hadn't seen him for more than few plays in college, so I didn't have a strong opinion on him either way. I kept waiting for him to show something that may have attracted an upper-echelon first round status, but it never appeared. Again, I just don't get it.

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by Thirsty Dolphin (not verified) :: Wed, 01/08/2014 - 5:48am

Jeff Ireland made a few good decisions but so many more terrible ones. Last year's offseason was the worst. The Phins had a pretty bad offensive line and they decided to let their best lineman go and only brought in Tyson Clabo. That's how you get the worst offensive line in football. Ireland could not stand up to Ross at all, and coming off the 7-9 season, it was time to add depth and give their sophomore QB a chance to develop. Instead, Ireland traded his second rounder to move up and get Jordan. Miami took one offensive lineman in the 2013 draft.

That is insane. Never mind that the one lineman was Dallas Thomas, who moved from LT to LG at Tennessee. No surprise he could not get snaps on this sh*tshow of a line. It was a position of dire need and he failed to address it.

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by johonny (not verified) :: Wed, 01/08/2014 - 4:43pm

Using this sites information here's Irelends oline rankings 11,3,16,17,21,27 so pretty much as soon as the Big Tuna left so did Miami's oline drafting. Ireland poured picks and free agents into the position and none panned out. People focus to much on Tannehill. I mean maybe Tannehill isn't going to be a top 10 QB so what plenty of 10-20 QBs win superbowls through the years. Irelend couldn't build an oline and it just got worse every year. With all the meltdowns on the oline this year it is amazing his draft pick couldn't even get a hint of the starting line. How bad is Dallas Thomas? What does that tell you about his ability to evaluate oline. To me the only problem getting rid of Ireland is... who replaces him. Don't forget the owner Ross is well known good phone buddies with Eric Mangini.

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by James-London :: Wed, 01/08/2014 - 7:09am

I'm not sorry to see Ireland go, but I think it's too early to pan him for Tannehill. Was he the eighth best player in the draft? Maybe not, but it's a bit early to call that yet. QBs come at a premium, and there's almost no chance Tannehill would have been there when Miami picked again.

Bryant's Mum, this year's O-line & the Linebackers I have no defence for. This being the Dolphins however, it can always get worse, and the rumours of Carl Peterson as football supremo are as unsuprising as they are depressing...

Phil Simms is a Cretin.

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by Noah of Arkadia :: Wed, 01/08/2014 - 10:31am

Exactly. If only we could have a decent degree of confidence that the next guy will be better, the risk being the new guy will mess with the good things the team has going for them -including Philbin, who I really like. Then again, it's hard to get to the top if you don't take chances.

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by TimK :: Wed, 01/08/2014 - 8:34am

Interesting that this took so long, like the Munchak firing makes me wonder what went on in the background before this happened.

(and as a technical note, you might want to remove the trailing " in the link to the lewin forecast for Tannehill as it is currently a broken link)

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by Will Allen :: Wed, 01/08/2014 - 9:34am

All of the abrasiveness of Parcells, absent any intelligence which can use the abrasiveness in a manner which attains goals. Hey, Jeffy? When a lawyer calls you up to complain about the treatment that the lawyer's client is allegedly receiving from another one of your employees, it's not advisable to attempt to enter into a conspiracy to have the other employee slugged in the face.

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by sszycher :: Wed, 01/08/2014 - 2:05pm

I'll slightly defend Ireland on the Dez Bryant thing (Dez said his dad was a pimp, and his mom "helped him"), but I'm surprised there's no mention of Ted Ginn, another one trick pony that was way overdrafted (then gone within a few years).

Or was the whole Ginn/John Beck draft not on Ireland's watch? Can't recall.

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by James-London :: Wed, 01/08/2014 - 2:48pm

That was the immortal Rick Spielman/ Cam Cameron combination.

Phil Simms is a Cretin.

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by mjb :: Wed, 01/08/2014 - 9:45pm

Kind of surprised that no one mentioned anything from when the Dolphins were on "Hard Knocks". Like how he leaked Tannehill's personal information to the world. HBO broadcasted Tannehill's cell phone number after Ireland was showing them the computer program they use to contact NFL Draft prospects.