- James Walker, ESPN Staff Writer
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MIAMI -- Roster development is a major topic in South Florida. The Miami Dolphins got little from their 2013 draft class, and that was one of several reasons the team missed the playoffs for the fifth consecutive season.
But who is to blame in Miami?
Was it the fault of former general manager Jeff Ireland, who picked the players? Or was it head coach Joe Philbin and his staff for failing to develop and get an immediate impact from 2013 draft picks such as Dion Jordan, cornerbacks Jamar Taylor and Will Davis and offensive lineman Dallas Thomas? It’s debatable. But, clearly, Miami’s owner Stephen Ross made his choice by keeping Philbin and firing Ireland after an 8-8 season.
With Ireland out of the picture, the pressure is now on Philbin. He must develop and get the best out of his young players -- particularly a dynamic talent like Jordan. This is one issue within the bigger picture that could impact Philbin’s long-term job security.