The Dolphins have been the laughingstock of the NFL this season, not because of their performance on the field — they are still in the playoff picture — but because of their off-field follies.
The bullying scandal that rocked the NFL earlier this season made a mockery of the Dolphins’ locker room and had Miami general manager Jeff Ireland looking like a lame duck just waiting for the inevitable ax. However, after a pair of crucial wins against the Jets and Steelers, Miami is back in the thick of the playoff race, and Ireland appears to have saved his skin once again.
Ireland has been told by Dolphins owner Jeremy Ross that his job is safe, according to the Miami Herald. So, it appears that Dolphins fans will get to continue their “Fireland” campaign for at least one more season.
The NFL is still investigating the Dolphins in light of Jonathan Martin‘s claims of bullying against teammate Richie Incognito. Investigator Ted Wells is expected to meet with Martin and other members of the team again this week to help settle his findings. If things turn sour on that front, Ross could decide to clean house in order to save face with fans and the league, which may mean reconsidering his position on Ireland’s future. In the meantime, though, he can at least breathe a sigh of relief.