User ID
  Forgot User ID
or Register Today!
Follow Us on Facebook Follow Us on Twitter Follow Us on Google+ VI Mobile Scores and Betting Odds
Betting Tools

Jeff Ireland out as Dolphins' GM

New customers: Make your 1st bet, get your 2nd bet free, 100%, winnings paid in cash.
Join Now

Already have an account? Click here to view new Exclusive Rewards!

MIAMI (AP) - Jeff Ireland is out after six seasons as general manager of the Miami Dolphins, who failed to reach the playoffs the past five years.

In a brief announcement Tuesday, Ireland and owner Stephen Ross said they mutually agreed to part ways. Ireland had been unpopular with fans for several years, and a late-season collapse by the team last month left his job in jeopardy.

The Dolphins, who finished 8-8, said they would conduct an immediate search for a replacement to lead football operations.

Still to be determined is Ireland's role in a locker-room bullying scandal that drew national scrutiny. The NFL has yet to release a report on its investigation into the case.

Ireland's departure follows Monday's firing of offensive coordinator Mike Sherman. Coach Joe Philbin will return for a third season, but other changes in his staff are possible.

The Dolphins would have made the playoffs if they had won one of their final two games against the Bills and Jets. Instead, they were beaten by a combined score of 39-7.

Fans vented about Ireland in recent years, and at several games a small plane flew over the stadium tugging a banner that called for him to be fired.

Ireland said he was leaving the best organization in football after meeting with Ross to discuss the direction of the franchise.

''Steve and I came to an agreement that the best thing moving forward for all parties would be to part ways,'' Ireland said in a statement. ''I'd like to thank Steve for all his support and kindness. I've had the opportunity to work with some of the most amazing people during this time, and I'd like to thank them all from the bottom of my heart.''

Ross had considered hiring a football czar over Ireland and Philbin. Instead he'll replace his GM.

''After a series of discussions, we both felt that it was in our mutual best interest to part ways,'' Ross said in a statement. ''Jeff was a loyal and dedicated member of the Dolphins and we wish him and his family nothing but the best.''

Ross spent more than $100 million in guaranteed money last offseason to upgrade the roster, and the investment delivered only slight improvement from a 7-9 record in 2012.

Ireland, a protege of Bill Parcells, was hired as general manager in 2008, and the Dolphins won the AFC East in his first season. But they haven't been above .500 since, the longest such stretch in franchise history.

Even before this season, fans focused their frustration on Ireland. More than two dozen people gathered outside the Dolphins' complex one spring day in 2012 to protest the way the team was being run, with some holding signs that read ''FIRELAND.''

Ireland's personnel decisions have produced mixed results. In 2012 he drafted Ryan Tannehill, who shows signs of becoming the franchise quarterback Miami has sought since Dan Marino retired following the 1999 season.

Ireland's 2013 draft picks played the fewest snaps of any team in the NFL, including overall No. 3 choice Dion Jordan, who had only two sacks all year.


AP NFL website: and


Follow Steven Wine on Twitter:

The Associated Press News Service

Copyright 2015
The Associated Press
All Rights Reserved

Rogers: Week 12 Tip Sheet
David: Total Talk - Week 12
Akins: Gridiron Angles - Week 12
Roberts: Vegas Money Moves - Week 12
News: SuperContest Picks - Week 12
Rogers: Public Fades - Week 12
Sportsbook: SNF - Patriots at Broncos
Marshall: Tech Trends - Week 12
Vikings S Smith downgraded to out
Why Buy Picks From
NFL Pro Football Handicapper Sports Picks Records
NFL Hot Streaks
5-2 Sun., 15-6 Run, 10-1 Mondays
41-21 Last 62 Picks, +1,555 TY
9-2 L11 G-Plays, 11-4 L15 Picks
19-9 Last 28 NFL Streak
4-1 L5 Picks, 10-3 L13 G-Plays
5-1 Last 6, 23-10 Last 33 Picks
5-1 L6 Picks, 17-9 L5 Sundays
10-3 L13, 12-4 L16 Selections
5-1 Last 6 Guaranteed Plays
16-6 L4 Sundays, 28-14 +1,316 L42
5-2 Last 7 NFL Picks
3-1 Record Sunday
2-0 Thursday, 5-2 L7 Picks
5-1 Last 6 NFL Guarantees
NFL Pro NFL Football Expert Sports Picks- Buffalo Bills at Kansas City Chiefs
Money Leaders
Handicapper Money
Marc Lawrence + 1555
Andy Iskoe + 1065
Joe Nelson + 1028
Last Week's Leaders
Handicapper Money
ASA + 300
Michael Black + 300
Andy Iskoe + 295
Percentage Leaders
Handicapper Pct
Marc Lawrence 63 %
Joe Nelson 62 %
Zack Cimini 62 %
Guaranteed Leaders
Handicapper Money
Joe Nelson + 448
Scott Pritchard + 415
Vince Akins + 310
Over-Under Leaders
Handicapper Money
Michael Black + 406
Jimmy Boyd + 363
Scott Pritchard + 300
Member Leaders
Handicapper Money
Paul Bovi + 909
Antony Dinero + 706
Marc Lawrence + 660
corner graphic
With a VI Gold Membership, you can SAVE 10% off a Live Odds subscription, SAVE 20% off Daily Pick packages, and receive access to up to 1,000 Member Plays each month!
VI Gold Membership