Until last year, there was no greater lightning rod for Dolfan debate than whether Jeff Ireland deserved his job or not. Want to relive the case for firing Ireland? I assure you it will make your butt hurt.
We start in 2008 when the Ireland/Parcells duo selected Jake Long with the first overall pick. Jake Long was one of the best Left Tackles in the game for some time. But should the Dolphins have taken Matt Ryan? Long is basically out of the NFL now and Ryan is going strong, albeit the Falcons aren’t winning like they were early in his career.
But its not the selection of Long that should have Dolfans scratching their heads. Its the 2nd round selections of Philip Merling and Chad Henne. Now your butt hurts doesn’t it.
This is the Ireland curse. The curse of the 2nd round. Its probably worth while to include the 3rd round in the Ireland curse as well. During the Ireland era, we rarely brought in good football players in the 2nd and 3rd rounds. And he had a lot of them to play with. Take 2009 as an example.
After the Dolphins parted ways with Brian Hartline this year, there are no more players from the 2009 draft on the roster. Our first pick that year, Vontae Davis was shipped to Indianapolis to find his way around the urinals there. Davis has excelled with the Colts. We took a 2nd cornerback in that draft named Sean Smith. While Sean Smith was a whipping boy for Dolfans during his time in Miami, he hasn’t been half bad in Kansas City. There is a possibility that Sean Smith is Ireland’s best 2nd round pick. While you are finishing puking in your mouth, remember the real failure of the 2009 draft. The two Pats! YUK!!!!
2010 brought a few Dolphins who have been productive for the Dolphins. The Dolphins traded back in 2010 to take Jared Odrick who also left this offseason. In the 2nd round the Dolphins took Koa Misi, who started at MLB in 2014. The Dolphins actually selected 4 linebackers in that draft to help Mike Nolan run his defense. The biggest bust of the 2010 draft was probably John Jerry who may have eaten his way out of Miami.
So Ireland is back on track right? 2011 should be great right? No Dolfans, No! Butt hurt is a mysterious thing. In 2011 the Dolphins traded up from the 3rd round into the 2nd round for Daniel Thomas.
Thomas had some moments as a Dolphin. He blocked well and scored a few TDs. He also blew out Darell Revis’ knee on a little cut which earns him a place in my little hamster heart. But the trade up and the fact that DeMarco Murray was available in the 3rd round gets him on this list. I bet you are accusing of me of hindsight right now. You are right! I am looking at your ass! But you should be aware that most experts had Murray rated higher than Thomas in 2011…except Ireland.
Oh Yeah, the Dolphins selected Clyde Gates in 2011 in the 4th round. And a lot of us celebrated the Glide pick in the 4th round…oops.
In 2012 the Dolphins selected Ryan Tannehill with their first round pick, a selection I greeted with cheers and shots. In the next round the Dolphins would get a steal. An anchor to protect Ryan Tannehill and his name was Jonathan Martin. The Great Martin would become known to Dolfans for his toughness. Not a bad 2nd round pick right?
In the next round Ireland would continue to help Tannehill by bringing in a reliable weapon, tight end, Michael Egnew. What a pair of great picks by Ireland right? Does your butt hurt? I bet it does. Well, here is the good news, while Martin and Egnew aren’t very good football players, they make one hell of a dessert.
Those 2012 players quick exits are easy to evaluate as busts, but players like Dion Jordan and Jamar Taylor are still a mystery. So I will keep my hamster trap shut about those guys. After the 2013 season, Jeff Ireland was fired to the delight of many Dolfans. The evidence above points to the obvious fact that Dawn Aponte got a quality GM fired based on a play for power and the dysfunction in the Dolphins’ front office…right? Right? RIGHT?
I hope I made it difficult to sit for the rest of your day. Next week, we take a look at the Shula years. Even icons have bad moments.
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The Mock Poll Draft Goes On!!!
Even though the Dolphins have picked. I am still nevous. Who will fall? Who will go early?
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