You know things are bad in the NFL for a general manager when you peek out of your office window in March, only to see a pack of angry fans protesting your decisions donning suffocating, brown paper bags on their head.
This is exactly what Miami Dolphins General Manager Jeff Ireland is seeing today through his window. He might want to have lunch, and maybe even dinner, at the office today.
The Dolphins signed former Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback David Garrard yesterday, just hours after Peyton Manning agreed to become a Denver Bronco, and it seems this latest move may have been the straw that broke the camel’s back for frustrated ‘Phinatics.
Tired of the miserable draft decisions, free agent blunders and inability to hire a proven head coach, the Dolphin fan base has resorted to an organized protest scheduled for 1 p.m. EST today.
Miami is on their third head coach since the Nick Saban debacle, which saw Drew Brees being passed over for Daunte Culpepper to be the starting quarterback. Cam Cameron lasted only one year before Bill Parcells ushered Tony Sparano into the position. Now, poor Joe Philbin is the new man in Miami. He will go from coaching All Pro Aaron Rodgers, to hacking it out with a 34-year-old David Garrard or the 27-year-old Matt Moore.
Ireland has been criticized for his unsuccessful attempts to hire Jim Harbaugh and Jeff Fisher, and failing to land quarterbacks Peyton Manning, Matt Flynn and most likely Alex Smith. The successful signing of David Garrard is his latest controversial stunt.
Pittsburgh Steelers’ safety Ryan Clark took a jab at Ireland on twitter after Flynn signed in Seattle.
“No kidding! NO ONE wants to go to the Dolphins!” and added, “No one! To believe I almost went there but it was easy decision not to. GM.”
Ireland has only been in full control of day-to-day operations since September of 2010. He replaced Bill Parcells.
Parcells was supposed to be the savior of the organization, instead, he acted more like a scheming contractor who gets paid up-front, does half-ass work then packs up his tools and vanishes long before the job is complete.
Owner Stephen Ross will need the hand of God to qualm the concerns in Miami. A left hand might work, a Tim Tebow left hand.