Tag:Jeff Ireland
Posted on: May 2, 2011 10:07 am

Ireland: Fins not 'desperate' for QB before draft

Posted by Will Brinson

Lots of teams did lots of things during this past week's draft in order to get a quarterback; most of the "things" were versions of reaching. The biggest moves by some teams, though, was no move at all.

The Miami Dolphins were one of those teams who did nothing, and it seemed odd, because they've done everything short of indicate that Chad Henne isn't capable of running their offense on a regular basis, from benching him for Chad Pennington and Tyler Thigpen, to expressing interest in every single QB available in the draft. And yet ... Jeff Ireland made it seem like the 'Fins weren't "desperate" for a signal caller.

"I think we'll have to look in free agency if we're going to do that," Ireland said, per Andrew Carter of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel. "Certainly we'll look at all the quarterbacks in depth. The [draft] board didn't fall right for us to pick up a quarterback.

"I didn't feel like we were desperate for one and so we didn't adjust our board to try to go after one."

So the Dolphins interest in all the quarterbacks on the draft board was just a smokescreen now? And they'll just add a veteran? Come on.

Ireland's right about the draft board to some extent -- Cam Newton, Blaine Gabbert, Jake Locker and Christian Ponder were all gone by 15, and the only player who really seemed to be tied to Miami was Ryan Mallett.

Obviously they weren't that interested in him. (And the rumors that the Pats simply drafted Mallett to block him from going to Miami? Settle down, people -- Miami had plenty of chances to grab Mallett.)

Whatever, it looks like everyone in Miami is about as confused re: the quarterbacking situation with the Dolphins as everyone out of Miami. Although Henne should be pretty pumped, I guess. If things play out like they did after Tony Sparano was publicly embarrassed by his employer shopping elsewhere, then the Michigan QB could be in line for a big raise.

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Posted on: February 24, 2011 5:07 pm
Edited on: February 24, 2011 5:49 pm

Dolphins place franchise tag on Soliai

P. Solaia was franchise-tagged by Miami today (Getty). Posted by Josh Katzowitz

At the NFL combine today, Dolphins GM Jeff Ireland talked about the priority needed to sign DT Paul Soliai, and he said that while the organization and Soliai are negotiating a long-term contract, they weren’t necessarily close to a deal.

That’s why the decision this afternoon to franchise tag Soliai, according to the South Florida Sun Sentinel, isn’t that much of a surprise.

Yet, considering Soliai made just $550,000 last season and, aside from last year, hadn’t exactly lit up on the field, the fact he could make about $12.5 million if he signs the tender is rather staggering.

Last year, he had his best season, amassing 39 tackles and two sacks, which were better totals than his first three years combined. Still, one good season was enough for his agent, David Canter, to tell reporters earlier this week that he wanted a multiyear contract that was more generous than the one the Dolphins gave Randy Starks (five years, $20.5 million) in 2008.

For now, Soliai will have to live with the $12 million as the two sides continue to negotiate a long-term deal.

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Posted on: January 25, 2011 8:51 pm

Jeff Ireland's apparently a Chad Henne fan

Posted by Will Brinson

There aren't a tremendous number of people associated with the Miami Dolphins that seem to love Chad Henne.

Except, perhaps, the one who really matters the most -- Jeff Ireland.

"He’s shown some aggressive tendencies, and shown some exciting throws," Ireland said per the Sun-Sentinal. "Chad has all the ability in the world. We just have to put a plan together and an offense philosophy that fits Chad Henne and I think we’ll be able to do that."

Okay, Ireland's probably the second most important guy to make happy in the 'Fins organization; Stephen Ross is probably the guy you really want to please down there.

But still, this is not-so-faint praise from a guy who's really high up in the Dolphins organization. And it means, if you take it at face value, that Miami's committed to go into 2011 with Henne as their starting quarterback.

Two problems with that. One, that was their plan in 2010 and you saw how that worked out. And two, Henne (in his current iteration) doesn't exactly fit the "sexy offense" mold that Ross is looking for. He mentioned earlier this year that he wants something a little more fast-paced and high-scoring than Dan Henning's outfit provided.

Which means there's still a chance for Cam Newton to end up landing in Miami's lap later in the first round. On the bright side, though, perhaps drafting a quarterback would be just enough to scare Henne into not telegraphing every third pass.

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Posted on: January 22, 2011 4:24 pm
Edited on: January 22, 2011 5:29 pm

Dolphins extend GM Ireland's contract

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

The Dolphins announced earlier today that general manager Jeff Ireland had signed a multi-year contract extension, and it must come as a relief, though not necessarily a big surprise, to Ireland (and, I suppose, to those who want stability in the organization).

While Ireland certainly has garnered some positive accomplishments since taking over his role after the 2007 season, he had to wonder – at least, slightly – about his job security now that Bill Parcells is basically out of the picture.

Ireland was one of Parcell’s guys – Parcells hired Ireland when he took over the team’s football operations after they worked together in Dallas – but after Parcells stepped away to become a team consultant, one had to wonder if owner Stephen Ross really thought Ireland was the horse he could ride.

Apparently, that is the case.

“The decision to extend Jeff’s contract as our General Manager was an easy one," said Ross in a statement. "The young talent that Jeff has assembled during his three years with the Dolphins has made a profound impact on our franchise’s recovery from the 1-15 season of 2007. Jeff has my full support moving forward as we pursue our goals to build the best and brightest front office in the National Football League and ultimately to win a Super Bowl championship for all of South Florida and Dolphin fans around the world.”

Since taking over, Ireland has drafted talented players like OT Jake Long, CB Vontae Davis, LB Koa Misi and WR Brian Hartline while procuring the services of WR Brandon Marshall and TE Sal Anthony Fasano .

But he’s also missed out on big picks – 2008 second-round pick Phillip Merling and 2009 second-round pick Pat White come to mind – while the jury is still out on QB Chad Henne (2008 second-round pick).

Plus, there was that incident when he, in a pre-Draft interview, asked former Oklahoma State and current Cowboys WR Dez Bryant about the rumors that his mother was a prostitute. Ireland later apologized for the misstep.

But Ross, unlike his latest dealings with coach Tony Sparano, made this transaction rather clean, because so far, Ireland has done enough to impress.

"He's an excellent judge of talent," CBS’ own analyst Charlie Casserly told the Palm Beach Post earlier this month. "He has a clear vision of what he wants the team to look like on the field, and he wants to have a physical team up front on both lines. Any time you have that, you have a chance to win."

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Posted on: September 30, 2010 5:45 pm

Parcells not sure what to do

B. Parcells will be inducted into the NYG Ring of Honor this week (Getty). Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Bill Parcells talked to reporters today on a conference call to discuss his impending shrineship (is that even a word?) into the Giants Ring of Honor on Sunday. Parcells, who conceded control of the Dolphins to Jeff Ireland earlier this year, was asked about what he’s going to do now (or at least, what’s he going to do after this weekend is over).

"Well, that is a good question," Parcells told the media. "I am not a sit-around-the-fireplace guy. I don't know. I am not certain about it. We will see what happens when the time comes. I know I want to do something even if it is not day to day or something like that. I know I want to do something. I don't like sitting around. I like to get up and go do something. We will figure it out when the time comes."

So, at the very least, I’ve learned he wants to “do something.” But what if he wants to do something like finish his breakup with Miami and still get all the money in his contract? Can he do that?

Why yes, he can.

From the blog of ESPN.com’s Tim Graham:

Parcells' comments are ominous given his history as a restless football soul and the fact he can walk away from his Dolphins contract with full pay whenever the mood strikes him.

His contract with the Dolphins runs through 2011. When new owner Stephen Ross bought the team from Wayne Huizenga, Parcells negotiated a clause that will allow him to leave at any time, collect every last cent and not be prevented from working for another team.

With all that money, if Parcells decides to cut bait and run, he can build a pretty nice fireplace that he wouldn’t want to sit around.

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Posted on: September 7, 2010 3:27 pm
Edited on: September 7, 2010 5:41 pm

Ireland replaces Parcells as top man in Miami

Posted by Andy Benoit

The Miami Dolphins just sent out this press release:

Effective immediately, Jeff Ireland will assume full control over all aspects and decisions in regard to the Miami Dolphin football team and support staff.
This was the intent of the structure put in place in the past. Bill Parcells will remain with the club on a daily consultant basis.
UPDATE (5:37 P.M.): Pro Football Talk has analysis of this move. In essence, Mike Florio writes Parcells handled it this way (not stepping away from the team completely) to make sure owner Stephen Ross doesn't have to hire another head of football operations, because if a new guy came in, that person probably would want to hire his own GM and coach. That means the jobs of Ireland and coach Tony Sparano might be in jeopardy.

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Posted on: September 2, 2010 12:59 pm

Report: Ireland wants to talk with Dez tonight

Posted by Will Brinson

Jeff Ireland and Dez Bryant, telephone apologies aside, probably aren't BFF's. After all, if a man asks another man if his mother has ever worked as a prostitute, and does so in a serious fashion, things won't be patched up easily.

Still, Ireland is, according to a report from the Miami Herald , going to try to keep apologizing, and plans to "seek out" Dez during Thursday's game.
But Ireland has decided he will try to find Bryant and talk to him if that search is successful. Ireland has told at least one person that he would ``try to make sure Bryant is OK with everything,'' and perhaps repeat in person what he said during a phone conversation with Bryant following their predraft incident. Obviously, that's a story that will be mentioned once or twice when the Dolphins and Cowboys meet -- Ireland's questions to Bryant were a HUGE deal once they got reported nationally.

Bryant, for his part, has handled the matter pretty darn well -- he said what he said re: the meeting but hasn't indicated anything other than a good attitude since then. One would presume that he'll simply shake Ireland's hand, accept an apology and then decline to talk about the issue.

Anything else would probably be unwanted attention for the Cowboys' rookie.

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