2010: An up and down year. One that started with promise. A fast 2-0 start. But a horrid offense caused that 2010 team to struggle all year. At the end, Miami was sitting at 7-6. A 3 game stretch of the Bills, Lions, and Patriots was left on the schedule. They lost all 3. In embarrassing fashion. The Bills and Lions losses came at home. The Lions hadn't won a road game in 3 years. These last 3 losses were so bad it caused most of us to believe Sparano had no business being retained. Does any of this sound familiar? Then the waiting game. We waited. And waited. Then the Harbaugh embarrassment happened. Then we the fans were stuck with the status quo. More Tony Sparano. More Ireland. I mentioned this 3 weeks ago. I said I wasn't convinced this team had turned a corner. 2010 was still fresh in my head. I acknowledged and others pointed out that this current team did have a better QB. And a better coach. And I still believe that to be the case. But it was still the same situation. Why? Because Ireland is still the GM. Still following the outdated Parcellian philosophies. Still screwing up free agencies and drafts. Still embarrassing the franchise with public scandals, arrogance, and his abrasive personality. In 2010 it was the QB position holding the team back. This year it was the offensive line. It's always something with an Ireland built roster. Always some blatant weakness that prevents this team from being a consistent winner. The fact is it doesn't matter what coaches or QBs are on this team. I'm convinced with Ireland at GM there will always be a major hole(s) in the roster that will prevent consistent winning of any kind. Let's move onto Ross. He's proving to be the real problem. Afraid to make a change. Loyal to a fault. And Ireland still has his ear. If he follows suit with what he did in 2010: Essentially nothing, maybe a change at OC, but leaving the major players in place, we can expect a repeat of 2011. An embarrassingly bad season. 6-10 or worse. Philbin fired. And then what about Ireland? Will he finally get his walking papers? You would hope. But we shouldn't have to wait until 2014 to be rid of this plague. As to Philbin, I've defended him most of this season. I fear after those 2 losses to the Bills and the Jets, he and his staff have lost the players. But I'm not going to say matter of factly he should be fired. I would like a new GM to make that decision. If you don't believe me about this looking so much like 2010, go back and take a look at the threads in 2010 and see if things aren't eerily similar. I think they start in the 230s somewhere. Here's hoping Ross learned a lesson back then. And that he won't wait a season too long to make that changes that should have been made 3 days ago.