Fan Hooks Ireland (page 33711)

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If the Miami Dolphins won their home opener by 3 T.D.’s Sunday, why is their gm Jeff Ireland expressing regret this week? Simple. Because a fan hit him with a “we need you to fire yourself” blast, and Ireland returned fire with an alpha-hotel haymaker. And the fan then went on the radio and told the story. Uh oh. Ireland said: “this guy introduces himself to me and says I should fire myself. It caught me off guard. I just turned and walked away but I did say the word. I regret I used the word I used. I thought it was under my breath.” Look, of course it’s brutal that lames roll up on you and say you need to fire yourself. But you have to know they’re out there, and they’re looking to hook you. That fan succeeded and it probably made his year. And how can you say you were caught off guard? You’re the guy they glossed “fireland”. You’re the guy who drafted Chad Henne. And now, you’re the guy who inspired all those “we need you to fire yourself” t shirts. Given your position and your track record, getting caught off guard is no excuse at all.

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