The problem is that Fireland has already had 5 years as the team's GM. It's fine to build a foundation...but 5 years later that foundation is still weak and in progress, and we haven't added any difference makers along the way.
There are absolutely no excuses for the state of this roster 5 years later. It's embarrassing.
Again.. JMP.. it goes back to what I've been saying.
Ireland became GM in 2008, but didn't have final say until Parcells was out of the building.
But what you're saying here, JMP, is that Ireland had the opportunity to rebuild this club 5 years ago and it failed. Not the case. He wasn't making those decisions, and the decisions that WERE made had Parcells' handprint all over them. Did Ireland have say? Sure. But he wasn't directing the vision. Rebuilding in 2008 was NOT an option with Bill Parcells in the building.
The Dolphins didn't rebuild in 2008. They patched up holes with veterans. They had an OLD team in 2008, not a young rebuilding team. And who do you think was responsible for that? Ireland, who has shown a commitment to building through the draft and not Free Agency in the last 2 years.. or Parcells, who was 67 in 2008 and a figure known for having 3 or 4 year stints with his team before moving on?
In 2008.. the Dolphins had a 32-year-old QB in Chad Pennington, a veteran RB tandem in Ricky and Ronnie, and a Defense where 8 of the 11 starters 30 or older. This was NOT a rebuilding team. It was a veteran team thrown together to give Bill Parcells the best chances of winning in a 3-year period. It didn't work. And it's why I've always said 2012 was a rebuilding year - drafting a QB in the 1st round for the first time since 1983, trading Vontae Davis and Brandon Marshall, avoiding FA almost completely, stockpiling draft picks.
NOW, for the first time, Ireland has the full decision-making power, draft picks, and money to judge him on. He MIGHT fuck all of this up. But I'll wait to see on that.