Burnett was very stout against the run, coverage was shaky, Dansby was pretty good here, however both guys were overpaid by Fireland, Burnett was basically in the exact same situation as Wheeler before Fireland threw a bunch of money at him, a career back up who had a decent year prior to us signing him, Dansby was a good LBer but was getting paid like an elite LB.
Fireland's ego was just out of control, he thought he just knew better than anyone else, forget what has been time tested and proven, he knew better.
So glad he's gone.
Not sure I agree about Ireland being that bad. I think coaching has been a bigger problem with this team. Too many guys that suck here and succeed elsewhere or that succeed elsewhere and then come here and suck.
We acquired Reggie Bush for cheap and all the talk was about how he was going to beat linebackers out of the backfield and we proceeded to use him as a power back. He was OK in that role actually.. but then he goes to Detroit and absolutely explodes.
Or how about Brandon Marshall? Comes to Miami, puts up modest numbers, then goes to Chicago and tears it up.
Just way too many examples of our coaches, both under Sparano and now, trying to fill a square peg into a round hole.
The talent acquisition by this team hasn't been incredible, but far less of a problem than coaching strategy and player development.
I do basically agree with you, coaching has been bad, but Fireland's record of acquiring talent is pretty poor, from a draft stand point and especially from a FA standpoint, the overpaid unproven guys we've had under his watch is horrible.
I was impressed with what they got from Reggie though, I didn't think he would do as well as he did in the role they used him, but still was not used properly, so kind of a wash.
Marshall had Henne throwing to him, and has done more in 2 years here than any WR in too long, but Fireland gave up 2 2nd round picks to get him and 2 years later trades him away for 2 3rd rounders, epic fail on his part.
Like I said I do agree the coaching has been bad, but Fireland was just as bad imo.