AFC South: Jeff Ireland
August, 28, 2012
By Paul Kuharsky | ESPN.com
Things we learned from Tuesday night’s episode of "Hard Knocks" about the trade of cornerback Vontae Davis from the Dolphins to the Colts.
- The Colts initiated trade talks via text to Dolphins general manager Jeff Ireland, presumably from counterpart Ryan Grigson.
- Ireland expected a big contribution from Davis this year and thought he'd be tough to replace, but questioned Davis' role with the team in the long term, which is why he considered dealing him.
- Miami’s defensive-backs coach thought the pass-interference penalty that put Davis in position for an interception he returned for a touchdown -- nullified by said penalty -- in the preseason loss to Atlanta was “ridiculous” and showed “just a total lack of awareness.”
- Presuming he was listening to the television in his office, Ireland knew Colts owner Jim Irsay was tweeting about a potential trade, as the report on the TV had a broadcaster reading one of the tweets.
- Ireland told coach Joe Philbin the offer started at a fifth- and sixth-round pick, then went to a third-round pick, then a second-round pick -- which Ireland said was not enough -- to a second and a conditional sixth, which is what the trade brought Miami.
- Davis’ immediate reaction upon being told by Ireland he was traded to the Colts was a desire to call his grandmother.
- Ireland told Davis he has the ability to be great, but that the up-and-down waves in his consistency needed to be smaller for it to happen.