Although many people feel as he has been given more than enough opportunities to win, the Miami Dolphins are apparently going to give GM Jeff Ireland one more season to turn things around. After finishing 7-9, the Dolphins failed to make the playoffs once again, although some projected them to win just four or five games in 2012 with a new head coach and a rookie first round quarterback who is still viewed as a bit of a project.
Joe Philbin did a phenomenal job in his first season as head coach of the Dolphins. Ryan Tannehill showed progress as the season came to an end as the No. 8 overall pick out of Texas A&M from last April’s NFL Draft. The defense looked very formidable at times, while the offense was able to at least keep the chains moving with limited talent on that side of the ball.
Miami did not play poorly in 2012, but think of how much better they could have been if they had a competent general manager who other players actually would like to play for, as many have openly stated that they will not sign in South Beach as long as Ireland is running the show.
Evidently, team owner Stephen Ross does not read any comments by players who sign elsewhere after being courted by the Dolphins. He may want to start putting a bit more stock into what other players think.
Especially this coming offseason, as the Dolphins are expected to have as much salary cap space as any other team in the NFL. While Miami will not be in the running to sign a lot of the marquee free agents available, if they fail to make some sort of a splash, then Ross should finally take that as an indication that as long as Ireland is the GM in Miami, the Dolphins will never be able to acquire the right sort of talent to make the roster into a perennial playoff contender.
Since taking over a GM in 2008, Ireland has been a part of four straight losing seasons in Miami. While he may not deserve all of the blame, he certainly should shoulder some of the load. If Miami cannot convince some of the top free agents available this offseason to come to Miami, especially on offense, then Ireland must go following next season.
Ross is a patient person, at least as it relates to Ireland. That needs to change, and 2013 should be a make or break campaign for Ireland and the Dolphins.