NFL Rumors: GM Jeff Ireland Could Be On Hotseat

By Craig Ballard

Many Dolfans are hopeful that 2012 will be the final season in the regime of Jeff Ireland. There is a school of thought that Miami Dolphins owner Stephen Ross is enamoured with Ireland and has blinders on when it comes to the Dolphins GM. It does appear that Ross trusts Ireland, but there is word circulating that Ireland requires a good finish to the season to remain in charge of the roster.

There are some suggestions floating around that Ross is willing to make a change at GM, especially if the end result/record of the 2012 ‘Phins is really bad. Right here, right now, I would say this looks like a 6-10 team. Considering the 4-3 start I would suggest anything less than 7-9 would have to be considered a disappointment. Many pundits expected Miami to be horrid, but Ireland proclaimed faith in this roster that he has assembled.

Ireland has been the GM since 2008. Check the decline: 11-5, 7-9, 7-9, 6-10 (currently 4-6). The regression of the on-field product has been disappointing, and each season the ‘Phins are adding more and more dead money from failed roster moves. The fan-base is staying away from home games in massive numbers.

A record getting worse annually + more and more dead money + a fan-base with 1/2 the season tickets sales as in the past + a fan-base generating zero walk-up sales (Sun Life Stadium has been getting emptier and emptier) surely equals a disgruntled owner who has to make a change. Doesn’t it?

Miami has 5 draft picks in the first 3 rounds next draft and ‘Phins phans do not want Ireland making those decisions. Miami will likely have somewhere between $35 million to $50 million in Cap space this off-season, and again we see a fan-base that (for the most past) does not want Ireland making the player-personnel decisions with that money.

The team has regressed this season under the new staff that Ireland put in place. The offense and the defense have gone backwards (for article on regressing offense CLICK HERE … for article on declining defense CLICK HERE).

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