Ireland drafted rookie quarterback Ryan Tannehill who threw three interceptions in a season-opening 30-10 loss at Houston. He also constructed a team that lost the first seven games of last season before finishing 6-10.
A business associate of owner Stephen Ross told Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald the owner does not have “blind faith” in Ireland and if the team has a disastrous season -- as nearly every analyst around the country has predicted -- the general manager could be "in serious trouble." Ross has said several times during the preseason he expects the team to be more than simply competitive this season; he wants a playoff team.
But Ireland's recent track record is a bit of a grease fire. The team played just four of its nine selections from April's draft against Houston and the Dolphins are carrying about $15 million in dead cap space for players signed, then released. Ireland cut six of the nine veterans he signed this offseason.
However, Jackson's source added: “Steve really likes Jeff personally and gives him the benefit of the doubt.”
Ireland was hired as the Dolphins' GM in January 2008.
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