Dolphins general manager Jeff Ireland is an easy choice for this list, despite his epic spending spree to open free agency and the team's 7-9 record a year ago.
Since Ireland joined Miami's front office in 2008, the team has gone 38-42, and it's only that good largely due to their 11-5 mark in his first season. Since then, the Dolphins have yet to crack .500. Miami hasn't won a playoff game during Ireland's tenure, and it has endured three consecutive losing seasons for the first time since the pre-Shula 1960s.
In addition, Ireland has had a rocky relationship with the team's fanbase, highlighted by dozens of Dolphins fans protesting outside the team facility in March 2012, according to ESPN.com, calling for Ireland to be fired.
Many thought Ireland would meet his ouster after the team fired head coach Tony Sparano during the 2011 season, But, surprisingly, owner Stephen Ross kept Ireland and allowed him to pick the team's next head coach.
Ireland does deserve credit for his hiring of Joe Philbin. I like Philbin personally and think he did an excellent job in his first season.
Ireland also swung for the fences with his pick of quarterback Ryan Tannehill with the eighth overall section in last year's draft, and Tannehill acquitted himself well enough to save Ireland's job for another season.
It seemed as if Ireland was feeling the heat earlier this month when he engaged in a shopping spree that would make the Kardashians blush, doling out millions of dollars to some of the top free agents on the market (Mike Wallace, Dannell Ellerbe, Phillip Wheeler, Dustin Keller, Brandon Gibson, etc.) in an attempt to keep pace with the New England Patriots and, yes, save his job for another season.
Two things are now certain:
One: If the Dolphins struggle in 2013, it's likely that Ireland will lose his job. Miami needs to win at least nine games for Ireland to feel comfortable.
Two: If Ireland is fired, whomever is hired to replace him is not going to be happy with the money spent and contracts doled out this offseason.