Monday, August 12, 2013
Dolphins mailblog: Jeff Ireland's future
By James Walker
The preseason is heating up and training camp is almost over for the Miami Dolphins. Let’s check in with Dolphins fans and answer some questions.
Scott from Austin, Texas, writes: If the Dolphins miss the playoffs again this year, will general manager Jeff Ireland's job be in danger?
James Walker: Thanks for the question, Scott. Dolphins owner Stephen Ross met with the media (myself included) last week, and I didn’t get the sense of panic from the top. Ross seems patient. He knows Ireland spent a lot of his money, and Ross’ goal is the playoffs this season. However, Ross wouldn’t go as far as saying it’s playoffs or bust. As long as the Dolphins show well and look promising for the long haul, I think Ireland will be safe. But if the team completely falls apart and wins fewer games than last year, that could be trouble for Miami’s general manager.
Brent from Palm Beach, FL. writes: James, with Olivier Vernon playing so well at the DE position, could you see Dion Jordan taking over the weak side Line backer position from Koa Misi?
Walker: I don’t see it, Brent. Jordan is a natural defensive end and he looks really good with his hand down. Jordan could get time standing up in sub packages on third down in a lesser role. But Miami’s coaches drafted him No. 3 overall to wreak havoc on quarterbacks. If Misi gets injured, maybe Jordan at OLB is full-time is more of a possibility. But that’s not in defensive coordinator Kevin Coyle’s plans right now.
Alfred from Florida writes: What do you think of Jimmy Wilson's potential? He barely played but when he did he usually makes a big play.
Walker: I like Wilson in his current role, Alfred. He’s a good No. 3 safety. I say that in a nice way, because you need versatile backups to field a strong team. Injuries happen, players struggle, etc. Wilson is a player who can fill in for a couple games and be fine. He also contributes on special teams. But I wouldn’t want Wilson as my starting safety for 16 games.
Dwayne from Glendale, AZ, writes: How is TE Michael Egnew future looking with the Dolphins? Is it time he works on becoming a special teams player?
Walker: Egnew is definitely on the bubble, Dwayne. He hasn’t done much in training camp, but he did have one good preseason game. Egnew has a lot of weaknesses that keep him off the field. His blocking is poor and he’s not physical enough to play on special teams. It’s going to be up to Ireland and the coaching staff to determine if his potential is still worth holding onto. I think the Dolphins have other tight ends who are more productive and versatile.