When the Owner comes out publicly well before the draft and tells EVERYBODY he wants the QB, and then Ireland REVERSES the draft "strategy" he has followed religiously for years, and takes a QB Parcells would have QUIT before being forced to draft....I do not see how anyone can even HINT at giving Ireland credit for drafting Tannehill.
I believe that situations should dictate courses of actions. Building through the draft is certainly an option but for every high priced free agent you get a high pick whose a bust. My position is that if the right player comes along at the right price you most certainly have to take a look. Hoarding all the picks and drafting the way Ireland does is not the right thing to do......we can say all we want about Ireland's drafts or how we want him gone but until that happens we will be drafting a rg or rt or a dt in the first round.
I know what you're saying, but:
1. I can't think of any team that has signed a bunch of free agents and then won a Super Bowl. I can however think of a bunch of teams that have gone out and signed a bunch of free agents and then failed miserably...most recently, last year's Eagles. If the plan is to build a perennial contender ala the Steelers, there's only one way to do it: through drafting and developing.
2. I agree that Fireland has failed in the draft...but has he done any better in free agency? I suppose you can point to Bush and to a lesser extent Moore, Dansby and Fasano as successes, but he also missed on a ton of FAs - Wilford, Naanee, Chad Johnson, Gibril Wilson, Kevin Burnett, etc.
I have no problem signing a few FAs to fill in holes - we'll have to, given the number of FAs we'll have this offseason - but regardless of who the GM is IMO the focus must be on the draft for adding both starters and quality depth that can later develop into starters.