The Seahawks were last seen stomping the Broncos in the Super Bowl, but apparently they feel that they need some help for the NFL’s next big event, because they hired Jeff Ireland as a draft consultant. Certainly, if they have an inappropriate question or two to ask of a draft prospect, they’ve brought in just the right guy.
Ireland spent 2008 through 2013 as the general manager for the Dolphins, but he never managed to put together a team capable of winning a playoff game (in fairness, Miami had just gone 1-15 when he took over). What Ireland did manage to do was generate a storm of controversy during a 2010 pre-draft interview, when he asked Dez Bryant if the wide receiver’s mother was a prostitute. Ireland later apologized, but as you can see here, it became the kind of notorious incident that follows someone around, especially when that someone doesn’t accumulate enough success to put it in the rear-view mirror.
Seattle, of course, has experienced a tremendous amount of recent success, much of it attributable to savvy draft decisions. As for Ireland, he ended up passing on Bryant in that draft, electing to trade back and take defensive end Jared Odrick. Bryant was drafted by the Cowboys, for whom he has become a star player (albeit one capable of generating his own controversy), while Odrick has been a good-not-great defensive end for the Dolphins.