This is what drafting a quarterback can do for you.
As we go to press with this item, more than 68 percent of readers believe Ireland's "vision has the team headed in the right direction."
Eighteen percent of readers believe "he's made some good moves, but the future is no brighter." Less than eight percent think "he's pathetic and needs to go now."
A month ago, Ireland had to be considered among the most beleaguered executives in professional sports. He held the inglorious distinction of having a plane flown above Sun Life Stadium before the season finale pulling a banner that called for his head.
There were weekday protests outside the team facility. Voices of outrage on talk radio. And ill words from former Dolphins players questioning his grasp on the duties of a GM.
Nobody knows if this latest gambit will work, but Ireland has loosened the leash a pinch.