"Blame Ireland! Blame Ireland!" says a fellow Dolphin fan. "Why?" "Because he can't draft and he sucks at free agency!" Let's take a look at Ireland.
He does draft well, he drafts really well. In 2008 draft, he hit on Jake Long and Kendall Langford. Jake Long is all pro while Kendall Langford is a solid player. Not bad for his very first draft.The next draft in 2009, he hit on Vontae Davis, Brian Hartline, Chris Clemons, and Sean Smith. He did a great job in his second draft. Yes, Davis just got traded, but that's because of his character, not because he's not talented.His third draft, he hit on Odrick, Misi, Carroll, and Jones. Yes, there are some misses, but drafting is only predicting whether a player will pan out in the NFL. You're going to be wrong, even the best drafters in the league, the packers, bengals, and giants are wrong on some picks. That can't be helped.
I do not understand these fans who keep saying he can't draft. I question if they're really fans, because I've watched every one of those drafts and those players develop into stars or solid players. Getting a starter out of a 3rd pick and lower picks is some good drafting. The only thing I wish for is he could pick out more all pro players like Jake Long.
Now let's look at free agency. In 2008, he signed quality players like Justin Smiley, Randy Starks, and traded for Fasano. 2009 the only noticeable thing done was the signings of Tony McDaniel. If there's any year in free agency that was lacking, it was this one. However, I say this because players like Jake Grove weren't with the Dolphins long term. Finally, in 2010, they acquired good quality players in Dansby and Marshall.
I don't get it. Where is all this hate for Ireland coming from? The man is doing a good job, why are people focusing so much on the negatives? You got fans saying "This is the last straw" after he traded Davis. What? He just made a great move and got great value, but this is the last straw. Can someone explain to me why Dolphin fans hate Ireland? Oh yeah, can someone PLEASE tell me how to add spaces in my fan posts?