I'm not an Ireland fan by far. We are all very aware of the moves this guy has made in the organization and most of them have caused tremendous outrage and have analysts scratching there heads. What continues to baffel me is how this GM is still being defended by our owner and even certain fans on this site.
"If you look at his past, he's done a great job with the draft. He's a great talent evaluator, as hard working as anyone I've ever met, as smart as they come on the football side." Stephen Ross on Jeff Ireland at the owner meetings in Mar 2012.
Have there been some good moves by Jeff Ireland? Yes, I would have to agree. Have the bad moves outweighed the good ones? Yes they have. I'll just bring up some of the most recent moves. First up is Brandon Marshall, this guy was the biggest headache for every team he has been on. Yet, Miami chose to bring him in. He had success, especially last year. He was traded to Chicago in what had to be the dumbest trade I have seen in my life. Next up is Chad Johnson, cut after an incident involving his arrest. Although I was not for keeping him, after what I have seen from the WRs in the preseason, I think they should have given him another chance. Especially if you are going to start a rookie QB who needs all the help and support he can get.
Next up is Vonte Davis, 1st round pick. He shows up out of shape and already is on the coaches bad side. However they try to work with him. Preseason showed the secondary looking worse than last year, especially with the loss of Yeramiah Bell. Miami in all its wisdom decides to ship Davis to Indy. Why? O well, the coaches didn't like him, or he had a bad attitude. As a GM, Ireland should stop and think about a big word that has eluded this franchise for years "success" . These fans are already in outrage mode and Ireland has been in charge for over 3 years now. Can we say that this franchise has gotten better, or that the future looks brighter? One hope is our new QB, but if he is not given the tools to succeed and learn, he will start to doubt himself. I fully believe that this contributed to Chad Henne's downfall here. We waited to long to give him the help he needed.