Five years ago today, on January 2nd of 2008, Jeff Ireland was officially hired as general manager of the Miami Dolphins. What followed has been half decade of team failure that most fans would like to forget as soon as possible - five straight non-winning years and four finishes as the 3rd best team in the AFC East division. Some things changed during this time. Coaches came and went as well as starting QB’s. The stadium was renamed and the uniforms were even altered with a shiny new logo and team slogan for good measure (ironically enough, “It’s Our Time”). The results, however, remained disappointing with one clear constant: Jeff Ireland, GM of the team.
Much has been said about Ireland’s skills in regards to talent acquisition. Critiques of his performance in both the draft and free agency abound. Free agency aside, I’d like to focus on Ireland’s performance in the draft. It should be noted that the draft plays a vital component in maintaining one of the league’s prized characteristics – parity. By ensuring that a team’s performance is inversely linked to its draft order, the league has a built in mechanism to allow for the non-winners to acquire key pieces to turn things around.no comments