Jeff Ireland’s Resume

I have not been nor am I the GM of the Dolphins.  Jeff Ireland, the GM of the Dolphins, has talent scouts for college players and pro players (NFL and CFL).  He is paid to make good personnel decisions (which players to keep/re-sign, let go, sign in free agency, and draft), choose a head coach, and to build a winning team and organization.

 

Ireland has never said that Parcells ran the personnel operations or was solely responsible for personnel decisions when Parcells was with the Dolphins.  Whether that’s out of loyalty to Parcells (commendable) or becauseIrelandactually had a say in or made personnel decisions, who knows and it doesn’t matter.  Parcells is gone.  Ireland is still here running the Dolphins.  Ireland was the GM for those years so those years plus the 2011 off-season and the 2012 off-season, so far, are his resume.

 

The below is not comprehensive, they are/were far too many player transactions to list.

After the 4th round of a draft, drafting becomes an even bigger crapshoot with worse odds of find a player who will make a roster much less make an impact.

 

2008 Non-Draft Off-Season (highlights or lowlights)

you can read the details at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2008_Miami_Dolphins_season

Notable Signings:  Ernest Wilford, Charlie Anderson, Nathan Jones, Chris Crocker, Josh McCown

Notable Trades:  acquired Jason Ferguson for a 6th round pick, acquiring Fasano for a 4th round pick.  Also traded Jason Taylor for 2 draft picks (2009 2nd rounder – either Pat White or Sean Smith and a 2010 6th rounder which was then traded away)

 

2008 Draft:

1st Round:

took Jake Long;

available:  Matt Ryan, QB

2nd Round:

took Philip Merling, DE;

available:  Eddie  Royal, Jordy Nelson, DeSean Jackson

2nd Round:

took Chad Henne, QB;

available:  Mike Pollak, C

3rd Round:

took Kendall Langford, DE;

available:  Jermichael Finley, TE, Mario Mannigham; WR

4th Round:

took Shawn Murphy; OT;

available:  Anthony Collins, OT, Red Bryant, DT, Josh Sitton, OT

 

2009 Non-Draft Off-Season (highlights or lowlights)

You can read the details at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2009_Miami_Dolphins_season

Notable Signings:  Jake Grove, Gibril Wilson, Joe Berger, Eric Green, Cam Wake

Notable Trades:  traded starting center Samson Satele for a 2009 6th round pick and a swap of 2009; traded a 2009 7th rounder for Tony McDaniel

 

 

2009 Draft

Rd 1:

took Vontae Davis;

available:  Clay Matthews (LB), Hakeem Nicks (WR)

Rd 2:

took Pat White;

available: LeSean McCoy (Rb), Sebastian Vollmer (starting OT for NE)

Rd 2:

took Sean Smith;

available: Mike Wallace (WR)

Rd 3:

took Patrick Turner;

available: Ladarius Webb (CB)

Rd 4:

too Brian Hartline;

available:  Louis Murphy (WR), Austin Collie (WR)

 

2010 Non-Draft Off-Season (highlights or lowlights)

You can read details at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2010_Miami_Dolphins_season

Notable Signings: Karlos Dansby, Richie Incognito, Bobby Carpenter, Marques Douglas, Charles Grant

Notable Releases:  Gibril Wilson, Joey Porter, Marques Douglas, Charles Grant, Pat White, Patrick Turner, Donald Thomas

Notable Trades: traded 2 2nd round picks (#43 in 2010 – Segio Kindle and for Brandon Marshall, traded Ted Ginn for a 5th round pick, traded multiple picks including the 2009 12th pick to San Diego for LB Tim Dobbins and picks which then included Jarded Odrick, Koa Misi and pick then traded to Dallas for LB  Akwasi Owusu-Ansah

 

2010 Draft

Rd 1:

took Odrick; available:

Roger Saffold (OT), Jahvid Best (RB)

Rd 2:

took Koa Misi;

available:  Rob Gronkowski (TE), Segio Kindle (DE), Taylor Mays (S), Ben Tate (Rb)

Rd 3:

took John Jerry;

available:  Major Wright (S); Tony Moeaki (TE), Jimmy Graham (TE), Aaron Hernandez (TE), Dennis Pita (TE)

Rd 4:

took AJ Edds;

available: Geno Atkins (DT)

 

2011 Non-Draft Off-Season (highlights or lowlights)

You can read details at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2011_Miami_Dolphins_season

Notable Signings:  Kevin Burnett, Marc Colombo,

Notable Releases or Depatures:  Tyler Thigpen, Ricky Williams, Ronnie Brown, Channing Crowder, Tim Dobbins, Benny Sapp, AJ Edds, Joe Berger

Notable Trades:  Traded for Reggie Bush

 

2011 Draft

Rd 1:

took Pouncey (wouldn’t have been needed if they didn’t give away Satele for a 6th round pick);

available:  Nate Solder (OT); Ryan Kerrigan (DE); Andy Dalton (QB)

Rd 2:

took Daniel Thomas (Rb) (traded up to get him);

available:  Demarco Murray (Rb)

 

Players Who Could Have Been or Were Dolphins (let go or traded away):

QB:  Matt Ryan, Andy Dalton

OL:  Samson Satele, Mike Pollak, Anthony Collins, Josh Sitton, Sebastian Vollmer, Roger Saffold, Nate Solder

WR:  Eddie  Royal, Jordy Nelson, DeSean Jackson, Mario Manningham, Hakeem Nicks, Mike Wallace, Louis Murphy, Austin Collie,

RB: LeSean McCoy, Jahvid Best, Ben Tate, Demarco Murray

TE:  Jermichael Finley, Rob Gronkowski, Tony Moeaki, Jimmy Graham, Aaron Hernandez, Dennis Pita

DL: Sergio Kindle, Geno Atkins, Ryan Kerrigan

LB: Clay Mathews, Rob Ninkovich, Bobby Carpenter

DB: Ladarius Webb, Major Wright

KR/ PR:  Ted Ginn Jr.

 

We are now into Ireland’s 5th off-season as GM (i.e. 4 full drafts and 4 full free-agent periods completed) and the Dolphins (still) need:

a franchise QB,

#1 WR,

#2 WR (Bess is a great slot WR, but not a 1 or 2),

TE,

RG,

LG,

RT, (Hicks is a stop-gap at best, this is his 10th season, last year he played in 9 games for Cleveland and only started 3)

Pass rusher (Koa Misi was supposed to be this),

2 safeties,

CB (Sean Smith has had three years to prove his ability; Richard Marshall can’t play CB and both safety spots at the same time),

Weakside LB (Koa Misi),

DL (Langford andMerling,Irelanddraft picks, allowed to walk)

 

Those needs are not just my opinion:

http://www.profootballfocus.com/blog/2012/03/05/team-needs-2012-miami-dolphins/

http://www.newerascouting.com/2012/02/20/2012-nfl-draft-team-needs-miami-dolphins-edition/

http://walterfootball.com/offseason2012mia.php

 

To those who say that the players available (and not selected by the Dolphins in recent drafts) would not have become the players that they are with the Dolphins because of coaching, remember this:  Parcells AND Ireland chose Tony Sparano to be head coach.

 

The bottom line is this:  4 years later and the Dolphins have many of the same glaring holes and needs as they did at the end of their 2007 1-15 season.

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