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Ireland Gains Support from Ex-NFL Executives
By on April 10, 2012 at 10:58 am

Signing big-name free agents is just about the only way to placate fans’ desire for instant gratification during the offseason.

When you decide, instead, to build through the draft and are averse to overspending, it can be a slow process that’s hard to take stock of each step of the way.

NFL executives understand the position that Jeff Ireland is in–many of whom have faced the same issues during their tenures. How much do you let perception of your plan affect your decision making?

The Palm Beach Post’s Ben Volin recently spoke to a few former NFL executives that see Ireland’s vision and support him.

Gil Brandt, who was vice president of player personnel for the Cowboys for three decades, sees a plan that won’t sacrifice long-term stability for a short-term fix.

“If (Ireland) sticks to his convictions, he’ll be right about 90 percent of the time, because he has a good grasp of what you need to do to be successful,” Brandt told Volin. ”He’s trying to build a team that’s going to be there for more than one season, and in doing that, you make some decisions that aren’t fan-happy.”

Before you can see any tangible results, the fan angst usually is the highest. Charley Casserly, former Redskins and Texans general manager, dealt with plenty of fan opposition and says you can’t let it make you waver.

“If you’re going to knee-jerk on things, you’re never going to go anywhere,” Casserly told Volin. “I have a lot of respect for (Ireland) because it’s not easy. You’re getting bombarded day after day, and there’s nothing you can do about it because you’re not playing any games yet.

“But if you have a plan and a vision, you need to stick with that. Otherwise you’re going to have no direction at all to your program.”


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This team made some great strides this off-season. I like the coach, I love Tannehill. I’ll be going to a whole lot of Fins games this year! GO FINS!

The Man says:

No games played yet? Well, let’s see. His first season, we went 11 and 5 with the team he inherited. He tweaked it, and we went 7 and 9. He tweaked it again, and we went 7 and 9 again. He tweaked it again, and we went 6 and 10. At what point do you just go ahead and accept that he’s incompetent? As an example, he’s signed 51 offensive linemen, and we have three starters. And still no quarterback. Fire him now before he screws up yet another draft.

karen says:

People should just let Ireland do his job and quit complaining.He did a very good job with last years draft.lets see what he has in store for this year before we rake him over the coals.