Who ever would’ve guessed that Sage Rosenfels, post-football-career, would become one of the internet world’s most interesting and sometimes brutally honest NFL truth-tellers? He seems so…mild-mannered. But Sage comes across anything but mild in his latest string of candid tweets, a veritable harangue directed at Dolphins GM Jeff Ireland.
Mr. Ireland has of course been in the news a lot lately what with all the stuff that has been going down in Miami. Given Ireland’s reputation as an a-hole, a lot of people have been pointing a finger at him as the culprit in creating the overall culture that allowed the Richie Incognito/Jonathan Martin fiasco to escalate to the level it has achieved. Peel a few layers from the onion, the argument goes, and you see Ireland as the real problem.
Sage Rosenfels spent a short time in Miami under Ireland, and he can confirm that the GM does indeed deserve his reputation.
“I only spent two weeks on the Dolphins when Ireland was the GM. In that short time he won the award for worst GM in my career,” Rosenfels said in a multi-tweet epic posted Thursday morning.
“My reasons for my disdain for Ireland are a long story. It took about an hour to find out what everyone in that locker room thought of him,” Rosenfels continued.
“Two months after being put on Non Football Injury list with mono, I had gotten healthy and wanted to play. He wouldn’t let me off NFI because the Dolphins played the Raiders that week and he didn’t want them to sign me as I knew the Phins offense.
“Makes sense except the Raiders were the only NFL team that had 4 QBs on their roster. He waited until late Friday to release me figuring nobody would sign me that late in the week. Luckily, the Vikings cut McNabb and signed me that night. There is more but that is the basics of it.
“I understand GMs always put their teams first. I respect that. But he was being a jerk just because he could. That’s why he won the award.”
Sage Rosenfels, not a Jeff Ireland fan.
This of course is only one anecdote from one player who obviously felt burned, but it fits neatly into the pre-existing picture of Jeff Ireland as a guy who is not simply clueless when it comes to human relations but is actively mean and jerky.
With such a nasty piece of work at the top of the pyramid, it’s not hard to see why the Miami locker room became such an evident cesspool of revolting behavior. The Richie Incognitos of the world don’t get to operate unless there are Jeff Irelands to enable them.
Thankfully there are men like Sage Rosenfels out there who are willing to pull back the curtain and let us see what some of these guys are really like. Keep telling it like it is, Sage.