The forever experienced Jeff Fisher (supposedly) passed on the Miami Dolphins because Jeff Ireland wouldn't give him total control! Fisher's recent tenure with the St. Louis Rams started simultaneously to the Dolphins first time head Coach Joe Philbin.
Fisher has had three first round picks (one in 2012, two in 2013), three second round picks (all in 2012), and he's had three third round picks.
That's a grand total of nine picks in the first three rounds over the last two years! He went to a Rams team that already had their supposed franchise quarterback in place, and he brought along Jake Long in the 2013 free agency.
His lackluster team fell to 3-5 on Monday Night at home by a score of 14-9, and he went 7-8-1 in 2012. Fisher has had a similar number of picks in the first three rounds in two years (9) that Ireland has had in three years (10), and again, Fisher already had his somewhat NFL experienced quarterback in place (a four year collegiate starter) in Sam Bradford.
Meanwhile, not one of his picks has shown much production or upside. His offensive coordinator has "Schottenheimered" the most consistently explosive receiver of 2013's draft class in Tavon Austin. With his second 2013 first round pick he chose the popular linebacker Alec Ogletree, who has accrued similar stats to that of Dolphin free agent pickup Phillip Wheeler for the season.
Wheeler has nearly as many tackles (51) in this first half of 2013 as Channing Crowder had in all but one of his six seasons (with Crowder's best season of 92 and second best of 61). Phillip has matched or surpassed all of Crowder's other entire seasons' stats in a half a season. Wheeler is on pace to near that of 2012's Karlos Dansby.
Darn, we could have gone fishing and had Brain Schottenheimer as our offensive coordinator. Just saying...
Some of Jeff Ireland's picks are starting to see the light and even make some plays:
Ryan Tannehill, Jonathan Martin, Olivier Vernon, Lamar Miller, Rishard Mathews, and even Michael Egnew from 2012.
Dion Jordan, Jelani Jenkins, Dion Sims, Caleb Sturgis, and seventh rounder Don Jones have had impact from this year's class!
Injured 2013 pick Jamar Taylor is eventually going to be a star. Will Davis is a ball hawk that has yet to see the field, while Mike Gillislee and Dallas Thomas haven't seen much of the field yet either.
Back to St. Louis. In 2012 they also traded down from second overall to sixth and then again to fourteenth. In the meantime, Fisher passed on possibilities and the likes of Robert Griffin III, Trent Richardson, Matt Kalil, Morris Claiborne, Justin Blackmon, Mark Baron, Luke Kuechly, and Ryan Tannehill (all who will be, if not already, studs) in favor of a defensive tackle Michael Brockers (51 tackles, 7.5 sacks in 1.5 years).
Our 2012 third round pick, defensive lineman Olivier Vernon, has 52 tackles, eight sacks, two forced fumbles (one resulting in TD), and a blocked punt resulting in a touchdown in one in a half years. He also has four and a half sacks this year!
We rank ahead of Fisher's team in both offense and defense!
For trading down 12 spots in the first round of the 2012 draft they got cornerback Janoris Jenkins (102 tackles, five interceptions, and one sack in one and a half years) with the seventh pick of the second round and a second round running back Isaiah Pead (who had a one game suspension for a dirty drug test to start 2013, and has been inactive for all but one game).
Dolphin free agent cornerback pickup Dimitri Patterson is second in the league with three interceptions for this first half of 2013, one behind the league leader at four interceptions, and 2012s fourth round Miami running back selection Lamar Miller isn't doing what the Ram's Pead is doing.
In the 2013 Draft, they (Fisher) traded up eight spots from 16th overall to eighth overall in pursuit of Tavon Austin for a steeper price than Ireland paid to move up nine spots to the upper echelon player ranks from 12th overall to third overall for soon-to-be superstar Dion Jordan. Did anyone happen to see him covering Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski like a blanket on an incomplete streak 30 yards downfield?
Just saying. We could have had the forever experienced, laid-back Jeff Fisher making our picks and coaching our team and the many times fired Brian Schottenheimer as our offensive coordinator.
No one team is lucky enough to employ the absolute best owner, general manager, head coach, offensive coordinator, defensive coordinator, staff, quarterback, and surrounding cast! Those guys are distributed throughout the league.
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