The Miami Dolphins are off today and while many fans are still smiling from Sunday’s win, some fans are once again unhappy with Dolphins’ GM, Jeff Ireland. It’s no secret that Jeff Ireland has more haters than supporters within the Dolphins fan community. Many fans blame Ireland for poor drafts, disappointing free agent acquisitions, bad trades, etc. Heck, a portion of Dolphins fans flew a banner last year, asking Stephen Ross to fire Ireland.
Ireland has stayed out of the limelight for the most part, at least since he was publicly scolded repeatedly for asking Dez Bryant, during the draft process, if his mother was a prostitute. But earlier today, word got out that Ireland had a choice word to say to a Dolphins fan named ‘Sean’. Ireland was visiting his family’s luxury box at halftime of the Dolphins/Raiders game, when he met a few fans, signed some autographs, etc. Then, ‘Sean’ approached Ireland and let him know that he was unhappy with Ireland’s job performance (probably a little more vulgar than that). Sean proceeded to tell Ireland that he should fire himself. After that, Ireland, simply turned around and walked away, but said ‘A**hole’ loud enough for Sean to hear.
Earlier this afternoon, Jeff Ireland admitted to saying the obscenity, but he said that he meant to say it under his breathe. Who knows? And frankly, who cares? For a guy in Ireland’s position, who has put together 7-9, 7-9, and 6-10 teams the last 3 years, he probably would be wise to not say anything. The fan shouldn’t have said what he said either. Although he’s a paying customer, there’s no reason to be rude as much as some fans might agree with what he said.
Personally, I think both the fan and Ireland were wrong. The fan has the right to say what he wants, it’s not something I would do, but he did it. Ireland, who represents the Dolphins franchise, should be above calling a fan a name. Quite honestly, if Ireland was doing a better job of collecting talent for the Dolphins, would this even be an issue? Fans wouldn’t be so upset with him and he would probably laugh off someone calling for him to fire himself!
Seriously, I really don’t care, I just want the Dolphins to get ready for the game against the Jets on Sunday! And, as I said earlier today, the Dolphins need to figure out how to fix their defensive pass coverage…..and quickly!