NFL: Jeff Ireland and 4 General Managers That Need to Be on the Hot Seat

Justine BrownCorrespondent IINovember 7, 2011

NFL: Jeff Ireland and 4 General Managers That Need to Be on the Hot Seat

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    When a team fails, over and over again, to achieve a certain standard of success, the first guy to go is the coach.  

    However, when a new coach doesn't solve the problems, bad draft picks and acquisitions continue to pile up, and an organization begins to crumble, the fate of the general manager comes into question.

    There are currently a few general managers in the NFL who's seats may be getting a little warm.

Jeff Ireland, Miami Dolphins

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    Since Jeff Ireland became general manager of the Dolphins in January 2008, Miami has a record of 15-25. 

    Furthermore, Ireland has made a number of questionable draft picks and free agent signings.

    With the first pick in the 2008 NFL Draft, the team made the decision to select left tackle Jake Long with the No. 1 overall pick, waiting until the second round to select a quarterback—choosing Chad Henne.

    With Henne having yet to pan out as a worthy starting quarterback, this is a decision that is still criticized to this day.

    Starting the season 1-7, and losing Henne in Week 4 with a shoulder injury, the team has established an impressive resumé for the "Suck for Luck" campaign.

    Not only does head coach Tony Sparano need to go, but Ireland as well.

Rick Spielman, Minnesota Vikings

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    Minnesota Vikings General Manager Rick Spielman's seat is one that may have cooled down in the last couple of weeks, but is still warm barring future success of the team.

    Obviously, the acquisition of Donovan McNabb turned out to be a bad one but, luckily for Spielman, rookie quarterback Christian Ponder is panning out, at least for now.

    Ponder was a player that the Vikings organization was criticized for choosing in the NFL Draft as many critics thought they reached too high for him. However, with Ponder playing well so far as the starter, this may end up being a good decision by Spielman.

    The recent shortcomings of the team, though, accompanied with the unbelievable delay to fire Brad Childress, are what got Spielman on the hot seat to begin with.

Gene Smith, Jacksonville Jaguars

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    The Jacksonville Jaguars are a team that has not been good for a few years now.  Missing the playoffs the last three season, the Jaguars will likely be in the same position this year.

    Jaguars' General Manager Gene Smith has received some of the blame, making his seat a little warm, but Smith is a guy who understands and takes responsibility for this.

    In fact, the Jaguars offered Smith a contract extension this season and he declined to take it.  Smith said he appreciated the offer but did not believe he deserved it.  Smith wants to remain with the team, but apparently also wants to prove his worth.

John Schneider, Seattle Seahawks

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    It might be a little early to start calling Seattle Seahawk's General Manager, John Schneider's seat hot, but it's heating up.

    With the Seahawk's season not going very well, currently 2-6, and their free agent offseason acquisitions going even worse, a few of Schneider's decisions are starting to become a little questionable.

    Some have questioned the Pete Carroll hire but, with Carroll having little to work with, it's tough to see what he can do, at least so far.

    However, deciding to sign free agent quarterback Tarvaris Jackson, with him having very little starting quarterback experience, has proven to be not the best idea.

    Furthermore, it seems the Seahawks largely overpaid for free agent wide receiver Sidney Rice, when they gave him a five year $41 million deal.

    During the 2011 NFL Draft, the Seahawks admit they strongly considered taking a quarterback, such as a guy like Andy Dalton, but decided against it.  It seems now that this would have been a wiser decision.