Miami Dolphins general manager Jeff Ireland will not quite go all the way to say that this is a make-or-break off-season for his job, but he does acknowledge this is a massively important period of time in his tenure.
The team has a ton of cash to spend, and they have brought 50+ employees to the scouting combine to try to get as much info on every player there as they could all potentially be Dolphins in the near future. Miami has a whopping five picks over the first 82 players taken in the 2013 NFL draft, plus a fourth, fifth and a pair of seventh rounders.
The irony here is that Dolfans want Ireland fired, but if he does a good job with Miami’s salary cap space and on the tons of draft picks, then he will be at the helm for years to come. If he messes up this off-season then Dolfans will be rid of him (he will absolutely be fired if Miami is not really good in 2013…playoffs or bust as far as his job is concerned), but it would come at the cost of another poor off-season where the money and the draft picks were swings-and-misses. On one hand, you rid yourself of Ireland, but the cost is at least the 2013 season (and likely more).
‘Phins phans are hopeful that an increased presence at the combine means more opinions in the pot so hopefully they can work as a team to make sure that these picks are significantly better than guys like Michael Egnew and Clyde Gates.