Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports
The Dolphins' combine started off with a Jeff Ireland presser where he revealed:
We brought every single person in the building. So we have eyes on every single player at the combine, we brought 55 personnel and coaches to the combine, so we’ve got a lot of eyes on a lot of different guys so it really doesn’t change the process. We are trying to prioritize who we are looking at, what we are looking at, this is an information gathering process. No firm decisions are made during this time period, we are just gathering all the information in and then we will start analyzing it as the information comes in.
My takeaway from that was if Ireland wanted a cookie, aren't the Dolphins supposed to be thorough when looking at prospects?
Ireland also talked about how he didn't care about taking players when they could be a reach with a good answer to that question:
Well if history repeats itself, I really don’t care what the public perception is. I care about what my scouts say and what my eyes are telling me. So we have our own evaluations that we go into and sometimes you have a need there, sometimes you have the grade and they have to marry to each other when they do you take the player.
He does have a point, as sometimes the failure to reach does lead to teams missing out on impact players.
Then when it came to free agency, this is where Ireland really started to say nothing in a lot of words. But would you expect him to publicly say exactly what he's going to do? Of course not, that would be foolish. Despite the fact that the Dolphins likely won't use the franchise tag this season, Ireland did say, “We have a pretty good idea where we’re going with it,” without stating any specific names.
Just about everything Ireland said could mean anything, as he played the press conference fairly well. Say what you will about him but he has managed to improve his approach toward the media and has fit in well with the Dolphins' new policy of transparency.
However this wasn't the time for transparency, and he played it up well by talking a lot, but saying nothing at all.
Here's the full transcript where Ireland's quotes came from, courtesy of MiamiDolphins.com.