The Miami Dolphins allowed general manager Jeff Ireland to go on a bit of a shopping spree last year.
For Ireland, it was a chance to save his job if the free-agent additions helped the Dolphins to the playoffs. So he grabbed receiver Mike Wallace, cornerback Brent Grimes, linebacker Dannell Ellerbe and tight end Dustin Keller, among others. Whether or not this was a smart way to build a team is definitely debatable, but he wasn't going to be around for a slow building process anyway.
Ireland needed it to pay off with some wins now, and those didn't come. At least not enough of them. The Dolphins went 8-8, missed the playoffs, and Ireland and the Dolphins "mutually agreed to part ways," the team announced.
NEWS: The Miami Dolphins and General Manager Jeff Ireland have mutually agreed to part ways.
— Miami Dolphins (@MiamiDolphins) January 7, 2014
Offensive coordinator Mike Sherman was fired by the Dolphins this week, as well. That's what happens when expectations get raised and they aren't met.
Ireland didn't win enough games, and he had another black marks on his ledger. He admittedly and inexplicably asked Dez Bryant before the 2010 draft if his mother had ever been a prostitute. He got heat for swearing at a fan. Then there was this year's Jonathan Martin-Richie Incognito fiasco, and Ireland reportedly said that Martin should physically confront Incognito.
None of those things looked particularly good when evaluating Ireland, who had been Miami's general manager since 2008, but the lack of success on the field had to be the deciding factor. The Dolphins went to the playoffs just once during Ireland's time, and that was during his first season.
He had a blank checkbook last offseason and a chance to save his job. He couldn't get it done.
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