Report: Dolphins won't pursue Tebow
Jeff Ireland spoke to the Miami Herald and spent a good deal of the interview defending himself and the franchise, which has come up snake eyes in its pursuit of high-profile players and coaches over the past couple of years.
"I absolutely think players and coaches want to be here," he said. "When we talk to people about the Dolphins, they still think highly of this franchise, its history, its direction. They have no problem coming here. And sometimes they don't. Sometimes they make other decisions. But it's a two-way street. We make our decisions also."
But perhaps more interesting than Ireland trying to save face in the wake of various criticisms of the Dolphins, is the report in the story, citing sources, that the Dolphins won't be pursuing Tim Tebow, who is likely to be traded by the Denver Broncos. The reason given is said to be that the Dolphins don't want to revamp their offense to fit around Tebow the way the Broncos did in 2011.
Instead, Ireland says the Dolphins are happy for now with recently signed David Garrard, who was out of the league last year, and incumbent journeyman Matt Moore. There is also the possibility the Dolphins could draft a quarterback with Texas A&M's Ryan Tannehill the name being linked to them because of his connection to new 'Phins OC Mike Sherman.
Terry McCormick covers the Titans for TitanInsider.com