If Ireland doesn't get Tannehill, he'll be fired at the end of the season.
That is a pretty bold statement. I'm not too sure I'd believe that just yet. A lot can happen between now and the end of the season, I would say Ireland has a 90% or better chance of keeping his job past this season. The only way I see him being let go is if our draft picks all bust and we finish the season 5-11 or worse. We'd basically have to take a major step back this year and have a terrible draft to go along with it. But even then I think Ireland might still keep his job. I think Ireland is a pretty smart guy that knows talent, we've got a solid staff that understands quarterbacks, I think between the group they'll figure our quarterbacking problems out.
The fan base has no confidence in Ireland and the team. It is not completely his fault, for he is carrying the weight of 11 years of frustration.
But I say this because of some very simple observations:
The Dolphins are 4th place in their own town. Every other team has excitement and optimism surrounding them. Dolphins season ticket sales are at an all time low. The only reason there were no blackouts last year was due to the Dolphins buying up their own tickets and giving them away. Even then, the stadium showed quite a bit of orange the majority of the time. Blackouts seem likely this year and it will take Ross eating a bunch of tickets to avoid them.
If Ireland avoids drafting a first round QB, after everyone on earth is screaming "GET A QB!!!!" then when Miami goes 6-10, 7-9 or so the fan base will once again ask for his head and Ross will have to bend to public pressure. After all, what does Ireland say in his defense? "I've built a spectactular under 0.500 team?"
If Miami has Tannehill in their back pocket, Ireland can sell the promise of Ryan.