Living in the South Florida market, no professional sports general manager draws the ire of fans more than Jeff Ireland of the Miami Dolphins. Ireland joined the club in 2008 and it’s been downhill since then. Ireland’s behavior has been well documented since he planted himself around South Beach.
-Asking Dez Bryant if his mother was a prostitute
-Telling a fan in Dolphins Stadium he was an ass—- after Ireland was told to “fire himself” during a Dolphins loss.
- And how’s that Peyton Manning situation working out in Miami this season?
Ireland has had five seasons now with the Dolphins, and two head coaches. Since Ireland has been in the Miami front office, the Dolphins have been 37-41. Hardly inspiring. In fact, not inspiring at all. The once proud Miami franchise is producing the worst local television ratings of any NFL team. The Dolphins, despite an aggressive marketing campaign, which is still ongoing, only has accounted for 77% of tickets sold to the team’s first six home games. The average paid attendance is 58,484 per game according to the Miami Herald.
Dolphins fans however, might have to temper their expectations this offseason. The Miami Herald reports a source as saying that the franchise is satisfied with the improvement that the team has shown on the field this season and there have been no internal discussions about the removal of Ireland at his position.
I would suggest that perhaps owner Stephen Ross and GM Jeff Ireland actually watch some Dolphins games. There is plenty of room for improvement on both sides of the ball in Miami and this team is in need of proper management.