Dolphins Have New GM

Bill Parcells made his first significant hire on Wednesday, and to no one's surprise the newest Dolphins employee is Jeff Ireland. He was hired as general manager, effective immediately.

Ireland joins the Dolphins after a seven-year stint with the Dallas Cowboys, including the past three as the team's vice president of college and pro scouting. Of the 53 players on the current Cowboys team, which went 13-3 and won the NFC East in 2007, 38 were acquired over the last three years, including 12 of the club's 22 starters.

"I am excited about joining the Dolphins as their general manager," Ireland said in a team-released statement. "I know the great tradition of the team, and in my mind they are one of the flagship franchises in the NFL. They have a great owner in Wayne Huizenga, who I know is committed to making the Dolphins into winners once again. I am looking forward to working with him and everyone else in Miami to achieve that goal.

"I also want to thank Jerry Jones and the Dallas Cowboys organization. I enjoyed my tenure with the team, and I would not be where I am today without the help of so many people there."

Before taking on his most recent role with the Cowboys, Ireland had served as national scout with Dallas since 2001. In his four years in that capacity, the Cowboys drafted four Pro Bowl performers in safety Roy Williams (D1, 2002), center Andre Gurode (D2a, 2002), cornerback Terence Newman (D1, 2003) and tight end Jason Witten (D3, 2003).

Ireland got his start in the NFL as a scout with the Kansas City Chiefs, where he spent the 1997-2000 seasons. He also was a scout for the National Football Scouting combine from 1994-96.

Ireland, who was a kicker at Baylor from 1988-91, is the stepson of Kansas City Chiefs Hall of Fame linebacker/center E.J. Holub and the grandson of former Philadelphia Eagles player and longtime Chicago Bears personnel man Jim Parmer.

The next order of business for Parcells, along with Ireland, is making a decision when it comes to the head-coaching position.

It is still widely anticipated that Cam Cameron will be fired, and profootballtalk.com is reporting that Cameron indeed was fired on Tuesday night, although no announcement has been made.

If/when Cameron is let go, the names mentioned as targets to become the new Dolphins head coach include Dallas assistant head coach Tony Sparano, Arizona offensive coordinator Todd Haley and, as a long shot, Cleveland head coach Romeo Crennel.


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