Another day, another thousand calls for Jeff Ireland's head from Fins fans who couldn't argue cogently why Ireland should go. Not that many are interested in arguing cogently at all, mind you. I'm of the opposite bent. A man is innocent until proven guilty beyond reasonable doubt. Good reasons must be given before handing down a death penalty and good reasons are exactly what are lacking in criticism of Jeff Ireland.
Let's work with what we certainly know of Jeff Ireland's tenure with the Dolphins, shall we? After all blaming someone for what they may or may not have done is not only unfair and irrational, it's stupid. Stupid, of course, isn't lacking in this particular fan base or its local beat writers so not a lot of hope is held out for them following any of this.
Here's what we know for sure:
1. From 2008 through 2010 he was the GM under Bill Parcells. We know for sure that during that time Bill Parcells overrode Jeff Ireland on at least one draft day decision: the drafting of Pat White.
2. No one, not the fans nor sports writers and certainly not the radio sports monkeys (no offense to Dan Sileo or monkeys or any combination thereof) know exactly for sure who made what picks while Parcells was in charge. What we do know for sure is that Parcells could and did override Ireland's choice. It may have happened more than once. It may not have.We don't know for sure.
3. We know for sure that Parcells was also responsible for the strained relations with and eventual banishing of Jason Taylor.
5. We know for sure that Ireland brought Taylor back.
6. We know for sure that Ireland has been solely in charge of the 2011 and 2012 drafts as well as free agent signings in that period. Ireland has been responsible for bringing in Tyrone Culver, Kevin Burnett, Reggie Bush, Matt Moore, Mike Pouncy, Jimmy Wilson, Charles Clay, Lamar Miller, Vernon Olivier, Reshard Matthews, Daniel Thomas and Jonathan Martin and, of course, everyone's new favorite reach-who-turned-out-to-be-pretty-good, Ryan Tannehill.
7. We know for sure that Ireland did not overpay for Kyle Orton or Matt Flynn despite the hysteria from fans, writers and radio sports monkeys like Dan Sileo (again, no offense to Dan Sileo or monkey or any combination thereof) to sign both.
8. We know for sure that Ireland tried to replace Sparano with Jim Harbaugh. We also know for sure that he DID replace Sparano with Joe Philbin.
9. We know for sure that under offensive coordinator Tony Sparano, the New York Jets haven't scored a TD in preseason. They may not score a TD this season by the looks of it.
10. We know for sure Vontae Davis has not played up to his ability and could not command a first round draft pick. A likely high 2nd rounder for a player who hasn't fulfilled his potential in 3 years and had to be called out by Brandon Marshall, let that sink in for a moment: Brandon Marshall! isn't a steal. It's highway robbery.
11. Speaking of Brandon Marshall we know for sure that a ball hog with a propensity for dropping balls at critical moments like Marshall is likely to not only hurt the development of a young QB but remain a locker room distraction and/or cancer AND fodder for the media with his off the field troubles. Getting two 3rd picks for him was also highway robbery.
12. Oh, and we don't know for sure that Marshall was an Ireland signing since Parcells was still in charge at the time. We also don't know if what was paid for him was a Parcells or Ireland decision. Given how stingy Ireland has been with draft picks in trade talks this year and last the evidence points in the direction of Parcells.
More could be said of course (he was right about Dez Bryant, too) but that should suffice to show that Jeff Ireland is right you're wrong. Or at least lacking in sufficient evidence to hate him as you do.
Lastly, why should you listen to Mr. Medic? Because what he wrote about developing talent and what it takes to do that is absolutely correct.