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Seahawks officially announce hiring of Ireland

Post by Todd Dybas / The News Tribune on April 28, 2014 at 11:59 am with 12 Comments »
April 28, 2014 11:59 am

Monday, the Seahawks announced the hiring of Jeff Ireland as a draft consultant. In the release, the Seahawks note he has been hired “through the 2014 NFL draft.” Here’s the release:

Renton, Wash. - The Seattle Seahawks have hired former Miami Dolphins general manager Jeff Ireland as a consultant through the 2014 NFL Draft, the team announced today.

Ireland spent six seasons as general manager of the Miami Dolphins after being hired into that role on January 2, 2008. He joined Miami after a seven-year stint (2001-07) with the Dallas Cowboys, including his last three seasons there as the team’s vice president of college and pro scouting. He was originally hired by the Cowboys as the team’s national scout.

Prior to joining the Cowboys, Ireland spent four years in Kansas City as an area scout for the Chiefs (1997-2000). He got his start in the NFL as an area scout for the National Football Scouting Combine from 1994-1996.

Before becoming a full-time talent evaluator, Ireland helped coach special teams at the University of North Texas from 1992-1993. He was a four-year starter as a placekicker at Baylor University from 1988-1991, finishing his collegiate career third on Baylor’s all-time scoring list with 213 points.

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  1. Southendzone says:

    Rappoport reporting that the ET deal is done! WOOOHOOO!!! Monday just got better Hawks!

  2. Highest paid Safety in the NFL.

  3. GeorgiaHawk says:
  4. Macabrevity says:

    I think this Ireland deal is just to keep people on their toes, the mantra of competition holds true for scouts and FO as well as players. They’re bringing in an experienced guy who will have a completely different view and won’t have any loyalties (read: blinders) when giving his evaluations in our war room.

  5. Right. Because the Chiefs and Cowboys and Dolphins drafted so well when Ireland was there..,

    And Bill Parcells sucked after he left the Giants: football passed him by and he stopped innovating. He ran the Cowboys and Dolphins into the ground, so who cares if he hired Ireland?! Are we gonna go get Sparano next as well?!

    This stinks of being a favor to people in high places in the NFL. Professional courtesy; Ireland called in favors, and Schneider owed one to someone who owed Ireland….

    The guy is an ego, an Ass, and a huge failure…sure, let’s hire him…

    While we’re at it, let’s hire Ruskell and Mora as consultants…

  6. MoSeahawk12 says:

    Lets not get too excited here. Ireland is joining an established team lead by John, not Leading the team. John and Pete have all the facts, unlike this space.

  7. MoSeahawk12 says:

    For all the good this administration has done, and they have done a lot more than any other in the history of the franchise, it’s funny how a few can find anything to bash and complain about. Pete and John haven’t done everything right, but they have more than built up good equity in the way they run this team. This team was a pile of crap when they got here. Holmgren won four games , followed by Mora winning five. Those days are long gone and I believe the guys running the show know what they are doing as they’ve proven over the past four years. Bringing in one guy doesn’t diminish or erase that success. Nor should it bring out overreaction and foot stomping. Now if John S quits and they make Ireland the head guy, then throw your fit. You’d have an actual reason at that point.

  8. As a lifelong follower of the Dolphins, I gotta say, this absolutely blows my mind.
    Ireland’s strategy in Miami was completely opposite of the way we’ve built a championship team here in Seattle… and it shows as the Dolphins have turned into a franchise that can’t seem to get out of it’s own way.
    For being a guy who supposedly is a great talent evaluator, the Dolphins drafts were terrible during his tenure. And his record in free agency is even worse… continuously letting his own talent leave, while overpaying for others. Last year, in a desperate attempt to keep his job, he overpaid for Mike Wallace. He also let Karlos Dansby go, while overpaying for mediocre free agent linebackers. He let Reggie Bush walk and had no one decent to replace him. He sure has tried to justify the Daniel Thomas draft pick that he traded up for, though. As a result, the Dolphins had the worst running game in football. Insisting that an already overmatched Jonathin Martin could move from right tackle to left, nearly got Tannehill killed. The offensive line got progressively worse every season.

    Without getting into the details of the numerous “controversies” that the Ireland administration has been a part of… suffice it to say, that the culture he built in Miami was awful. Dolphins fans were embarrassed under his tenure, and he left the team with no hope for success in the near future.

  9. The guy is a smart football guy or he wouldn’t have become a GM. Like many he needed to keep his mouth shut and the Dez Bryant shissle storm will always follow Ireland. Is Ireland as good as Scott Mc? That’s certainly doubtful but it is clear he’s a smart personnel guy and it won’t hurt for the team to gain some perspective change with his addition if even just for the short term. It will remain to be seen if Ireland sticks around as he will need to fit the team and while that might be so time will tell.

  10. JS is very shrewd, and if he thinks Ireland will help the team then we all need to have confidence in his judgment.

  11. MO–Ireland is an asshole and was the worst GM since the days of Ruskell, and before him Matt Millen. Thats some incredibly bad company to keep. I dont want him having anything to do with this team, and I dont care who knows it.

    Seriously, exactly what has this guy done in Miami, Dallas, or KC to make anyone think he knows jack about talent evalution?! His track record is terrible!

    Of course I respect PC and JS. But if they bring in a guy that is not only a scumbag but incompetent, expect to hear me bitch about it. As are others.

    And yeah, I think this is simply a case of JS and the Seahawks currying favor with the league, giving Ireland a soft landing for awhile. Favors are being exchanged. There’s no damned way this clown is going to come in and contribute much good to the team.

    Im betting–and praying–this asshat is gone ASAP after the Draft.

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