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Ireland Speaks On Numerous Dolphins Topics

Recently, Dolphins general manager Jeff Ireland spoke on several topics, mostly dealing on the personnel, and had some surprising tid-bits of information to hold us over until this weekend when the players start working out in Indianapolis for the Scouting Combine.

Here are some of the highlights:

“CP10, Tremendous!”

  • “We talked to Chad [Pennington],” Ireland said. “We’ve talked to Chad [Pennington] on a number of different avenues. Obviously that’s a decision that would show you my cards on where we’re going from our offseason plan. I like Chad a lot. I think he’ s tremendous for the team. He’s a tremendous leader. But those decisions will be coming later.”
  • Sadly, this means nothing more than it is. Don’t read into it too much. Pennington will most likely not be back in a Dolphins uniform next year, unless the Dolphins lose one of their current quarterbacks. CP10 will need to take a tremendous pay cut, and the Dolphins would have to trade or release either Tyler Thigpen, or Pat White. The Dolphins will not be carrying four quarterbacks this season. While it may be tough to part ways with Pennington, the deed needs to be done. At some point in the off-season, I am looking for the Dolphins to part ways with Chad Pennington.

Here’s Your Answer:

  • “I don’t have a crystal ball. I don’t know how much better off we’d have been with Chad Pennington. I know Chad Pennington was outstanding in 2008. But Chad Henne, right now he’s our quarterback and he’s the future of the organization right now. I feel like having his play time and his experience that he had in 2009 is exceptional. I can’t tell you we’d be better off with Chad Pennington. I do know this kid developed nicely. He got put in some really tough situations. He’s going to continue to develop and I’m very pleased with his development.”
  • I think this says it all right here.

Gibril Wilson: “A Very Good Player For the Future”

  • “I think he took a lot of the rap back there,” Ireland said of Wilson, who struggled mightily in coverage in his first year with the Dolphins. “He’s playing a position with two young corners. A lot of things that you would try to blame on him, maybe the media or the fans were trying to blame [on] him, those weren’t always his fault. “But we have our evaluation of Gibril Wilson. We know what kind of player he’s capable of being. I think he’s going to be a very good player for the future. He’s disappointed in his play last year. He will tell you that. I think he can play better. We’ll just have to see. I think he will.”
  • Well, there goes our Antrel Rolle theories. It looks like the Dolphins will be sticking with Gibril for one more season. This lessens the list of positions we needed to upgrade by one now. So you can take Rolle, Taylor Mays, and even some late round prospects like Myron Rolle, out of the off-season equation. Based on Ireland’s words, they just don’t fit in right at this point in time. Whether Wilson will improve over the off-season, and come into training camp with a chip on his shoulder, and put in a Pro-Bowl performance, remains to be seen, but I guess you cannot give up on a starter like Wilson after one, horrible, season.

A First Round Indication?:

  • “We have to get more production from the inside linebacker position,” Ireland said. “They know that, we know that, you guys know that.”
  • Could this mean that we could be targeting linebackers early and often in the draft after all? I think so, and this might even further the speculation that Rolando McClain, and/or Karlos Dansby, could be coming down to Miami this off-season.

Turner Here For the Long Haul?:

  • “Pat has to step it up,” Ireland said. “He’s a player for the future. We like the player very much. He’s a big, huge target (6-5, 220). We feel very good about his development.”
  • It sounds like Turner may be here for the long-haul. Ireland said it himself, he likes what he sees in Turner’s development. I see no reason why Turner is not with the Dolphins again next year, and in the future as well. As long as he keep developing, I see nothing wrong with keeping him. We need some type of red-zone threat, and Turner is one of the only guys on the roster that can provide that.

I leave you with some quick quotes from some of the other things that came out of the mouth of Ireland:

  • “We were the team to beat last year,” Ireland said Thursday at the NFL scouting combine. “Right now it’s the Patriots and the Jets.”
  • “You’re in a win-now society,” Ireland said. “We’re in a building process with an organization, too. The pressure rises wherever you’re at … yeah, it’s increasing for sure.”

Let’s hope the Dolphins front office think that this is the year that they get themselves out of the rebuilding process, and into the championship years as well as the fanbase does.

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