Retired quarterback Sage Rosenfels was only a member of the Miami Dolphins active roster for two weeks when Jeff Ireland was general manager, but that didn’t stop him from taking a shot at Ireland, who comes under scrutiny this week amid bullying allegations within the organization.
Thursday morning Rosenfels tweeted:
“I only spent two weeks on the Dolphins when Ireland was the GM. In that short time he won the award for worst GM in my career. #jerk”
Rosenfels, who also played for the Dolphins from 2002-2005, suggested players weren’t particularly fond of Ireland either. “It took about an hour to find out what everyone in that locker room thought of him.”
Rosnefels said Ireland placed him on the Non-Football Injury list on Oct. 25 after he came down with mononucleosis. Two months later, a healthy Rosenfels wanted to play.
“He wouldn’t let me off NFI because the Dolphins played the [Oakland] Raiders that week and he didn’t want them to sign me as I knew the Phins offense.”
Rosenfels continued — “Makes sense except the Raiders were the only NFL team that had 4 QBs on their roster. He waited until late Friday to release me figuring nobody would sign me that late in the week.”
Rosenfels was released Dec 1. The Vikings cut Donovan McNabb and signed Rosenfels, but it left a bad taste in his mouth about the whole experience.
“I understand GMs always put their teams first. I respect that. But he was being a jerk just because he could. That’s why he won the award.”
Rosenfels’ remarks come after a report on Pro Football Talk surfaced yesterday that Ireland suggested Jonathan Martin should not only confront Richie Incognito but punch him.
Pro Football Talk reports that Ireland suggested that after Martin left the team over a week ago and briefly checked into a South Florida hospital for emotional distress.
Since Martin left the team, a voicemail Incognito sent Martin gained waves of attention by suggesting race placed a role in the alleged bullying. Yesterday however, Dolphins players supported Incognito, denying any knowledge of harassment or racial attacks.