Miami Dolphins general manager Jeff Ireland seemingly had one foot out the door earlier this season.
The Dolphins have advanced to the playoffs once in Ireland’s tenure (2008 season). Jonathan Martin’s harassment allegations against Richie Incognito occurred under Ireland’s watch. Miami hit another low during a loss against Tampa Bay, which was arguably the league’s worst team, earlier this season. Tampa Bay was 0-8 prior to pulling off that victory.
Since that loss, Miami has won three of its last four games, and Ireland’s biggest victory might be retaining his job.
According to Miami Herald reporter Armando Salguero, Ireland was recently informed by Dolphins owner Stephen Ross that his job was safe.
Here is a portion of Salguero’s story:
But I'm told Ross and Ireland have discussed the GM's status and the speculation is not accurate -- at least not right now. Obviously, there are three games remaining in the regular season and the Dolphins are neither in the playoffs nor out of the playoff hunt so no final declarations or assertions of fact can be made on the matter.
But for now, that which is being widely assumed -- that Ireland is a goner after the season -- is not correct.
Ross endorsed coach Joe Philbin prior to Miami’s loss against Tampa Bay, and appears both men will be back in 2014.
Ireland may have another year of job security, but he has yet to build a team that makes the playoffs consistently. It may not be fair to blame him for Incognito’s alleged actions, but he definitely is responsible for Miami’s struggles since 2008.
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