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SBD/March 21, 2012/Franchises
Dolphins Taking Heat From Protesters Over GM Ireland, Latest Failures In Free Agency
Published March 21, 2012
MONEY TALKS: In Ft. Lauderdale, Dave Hyde noted “one common discussion is whether Ireland's approach is turning off players.” Former Dolphins Joey Porter and Channing Crowder have “criticized Ireland's brusque methods.” The NFL Network's Jason La Canfora said that he “has received text messages from players saying they wouldn't sign with the Dolphins.” But Ireland “dismissed this idea, citing free-agent Paul Soliai returning to the team and desired free agents Richard Washington signing.” Hyde wrote Ireland was “right in saying it's often about money” (SUN-SENTINEL.com, 3/20). Pro Football HOFer and former Dolphins LB Nick Buoniconti yesterday said, “There is a monumental weakness in the organization. You can’t possibly lose out on every single individual, whether management or player or coach, without there being consequences to pay for it. They obviously don’t understand free agency.” Buoniconti said evaluating a GM is based "on results,” and the results thus far with Ireland “have been dismal.” Buoniconti: “It’s obviously not just money. It’s the perception of a team that is in a downward spiral. This is what people don’t want to attach their future to” (MIAMIHERALD.com, 3/20). Manning met with the Dolphins last week before signing yesterday with the Broncos, and the N.Y. Daily News’ Frank Isola asked, “Why would people think that he was ever going to go to Miami? Miami has been a joke for several years” ("Daily News Live," SportsNet N.Y., 3/20).