Dolphins GM Jeff Ireland held a press conference today to talk about next week's draft. The whole thing was a fairly boring, cliche' filled presser. Then he apparently, perhaps, maybe, let the proverbial cat out of the bag and revealed the Fins' true intentions with the first overall pick.
Asked about the first overall pick, Ireland answered: "I'm going after the player that best fits us. I don't want bad guys on my team. Of course, I want guys with great upside. This is the first pick of the draft. You hope that this guy is going to be a pillar of your defense for a long time.
He kept on blathering but was interrupted when the press corps started laughing. "What did I say?" Ireland asked.
The press told him he said the first pick will be a pillar of the defense.
"That was a Freudian slip," he coyly said.
Someone then asked him if what he did was a smoke screen. "That's for you guys to decide," he answered.
So there you go. Either Jeff Ireland threw out a smoke screen or he royally fucked up and let us all know the Fins' true intentions. Or maybe he's just a fantastic actor. (My guess, as a super sexy bloggy football expert, is that he fucked up)
The main problem here, of course, is that Miami has been very guarded with what their true intentions for the number one overall pick are. They clearly want to trade out of the number one slot, so letting others in on the fact that they're really looking to draft Chris Long or Vernon Gholston is a good way to get teams to back away from a possible trade. There's also the matter of these on-going contract negotiations. If they truly want to convince a guy to sign for less, they have to make it clear that they really like the other players -- on both sides of the ball -- they're talking to.
This can be a big deal. Maybe not. Whatever. It is what it is. Jeff Ireland either just pulled off one of the all time greatest smoke screens with that little "slip of the tongue." Or he's, right now as you're reading this, getting the ever living shit kicked out of him by Bill Parcells.