07 Jan 2014
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.
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Ben Roethlisberger's ability to perform under a heavy pass rush remains critical to Pittsburgh's offensive success.