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Ross skips out on postgame locker room -- again

Dolphins coach Tony Sparano or general manager Jeff Ireland or both have a problem -- and it has nothing to do with what you think.

It doesn't have to do with the fact quarterback Chad Henne is inconsistent and both are tied to Henne as the franchise QB. It has nothing to do with the fact no one in Miami's defensive backfield can be trusted to catch a potential interception delivered directly to the hands. It also has nothing to do with the fact the running game, around which the offense is supposed to be built, has been absent the entire season.

Those problem pale for Miami's top football men compared to this: Owner Stephen Ross is clearly not happy.

And Ross makes the final call on both Sparano's and Ireland's job status.

Ross was at Sunday's 13-10 loss to the Cleveland Browns at Sun Life Stadium. But when the Dolphins lost, he made himself scarce. Unlike other games in which Ross goes from his suite to the team's locker room, Ross skipped the trip on Sunday.

And it was at least the second home loss after which Ross skipped joining his team in the locker room after the game. He wasn't there after the shutout loss to Chicago Nov. 18. So that's two consecutive games after which Ross does not go see his team.

This, by the way, may not seem significant to you. But how the owner's feels about his team is something the football people must be keenly monitoring if they want to enjoy some sort of job security. And it is clear those absences are a sign of disapproval.

It doesn't end there.

Ross is clearly not happy with Miami's 1-5 home record. That record is terrible for any team, but particularly frustrating for a team that has managed a 5-1 record on the road. Clearly, if a team can win on the road, it should be able to manage some wins at home as well. If that isn't happening, it suggest they are under-achieving at home. Certainly, Sunday's loss to the previously 4-7 Cleveland Browns suggests that.

And that is bad because Ross wants his home games to be fun and entertaining and an event. He has spent many resources -- celebrities, concerts, noise, etc ... -- on making home games a bigtime experience.

The problem is all the appetizer and side dish stuff loses its meaning when the main course, the actual football team, is not palatable on its home turf. What's more, the Dolphins are not only seldom successful at home this year, they are boring in the process.

The Dolphins are averaging 16.3 points per game at home this year. They are averaging 19.5 points on the road.

That is not good. And it is especially not good when the owner is so keen on entertainment and showtime and offering people a compelling reason to attend games.

That leads me to the next issue: The Dolphins have two more home games at Sun Life Stadium this season. Never mind whether they win or lose those games against Buffalo (Dec. 19) and Detroit (Dec. 26).

The fact is neither one of those games is sold out at this time. The fact is, barring some unexpected series of events, neither of those games is likely to sell out in time to avert the local television blackout.

That sets a bad tone, folks. Home games that are not sold out make the owner (more) unhappy.

And that is increasingly an issue for folks like Sparano and Ireland.

[I'll be discussing this very topic on my radio show, Armando and the Amigo, today from 6 a.m. to 10 a.m. I'm sure the other local morning hosts that read this blog for material will pick up on this, but I would encourage you to listen to me directly so I can share other tidbits on this topic with you. Armando and the Amigo is on 640 Sports in South Florida.]


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Why so vicious?

i hope our whole team is watching!

another pick by ne would be nice

good clock management man when dirty sanchez is bad he is bad

Why so vicious?

Posted by: oscar canosa | December 06, 2010 at 11:19 PM

Nevermind me.

I'll bet when the Pats go back on offense they still throw the ball and try to put up more points.

Belichek's going to try and make Rex Ryan cry tonight. LOL

right? letswatch a real team here, a real offense not called by henning

I hope Mr. Ross is watching.

Standing room only in Foxboro.

Don Shula looked like such a bad ass back in the day

I am at a loss. Why are some of you so high on Gruden? What did he do, win a SB with Tony Dungy's team? What did he do after that win? I'll tell you, he reduced Tampa Bay to a laughing stock. They are just now becoming competitive again. He doesn't know how to pick QB's or evaluate talent. His solution to his QB problem is have 5 or 6 guys in camp, none really any better than the other. A major part of the Fins problem is QB. Are we to trust Gruden to fix this train wreck? I don't think so. Jim Harbaugh, I've said it before and I will say it again. Stanford is #4 in the nation. That is an amazing achievement. Stanford has improved every year under Harbaugh. That program was dead before he got there. So, if "Chuckie" gets a hold on this team forget it. He is not a HC or a GM. So, in closing please someone enlighten me as to why Gruden is the answer. I'll be waiting.

Dolphins mentioned again....ha!

Ha, Gruden just said isn't it amazing how a great QB makes a great coach. That is it, period. Name a great coach who didn't have a great QB?


By the mid 80's Shula looked more like a fat a s s. He didnt have a beer gut in the 70's.

dyinbreed in70s..

Jets behind by over 40 and they run on first down!! Henning has hijacked the OC in the booth, i believe it now!

tdeck they just want to end this one


Gruden is the answer. Just like you said, to another possible train wreck. If Gruden becomes hc we dont have to move the team to LA, Im moving to LA!!!

i know....i just have to jab.

and 4 ints isnt appetizing either may i add....


Hell yeah I am. I know what a perfect SB team looks and plays like. I..WITNESSESED..TOO!!!

Miami Dolphins and NY Jets are both the Knicks of the days when Jordan was with the Bulls. Brady is just going to beat them every time. Its almost unfair...hahahahahahahahaha


brady was telling JT to come play for NE

Tom Brady just told Jason Taylor, "JT I told you that you should have come here baby".

Im serious, I read his lips!

Where's all the guys that have been touting Sanchez on here as being so much further along in his development than Henne? Show yourself, ya bunch of cowards! How's Dirty Sanchez looking tonight guys? 17/33 for 164 yards and three picks....pretty great performance!!

And how about that Joe Flacco last night!! Gets sack-stripped off the ball late in the game in a KEY situation and hands the game to Pittsburgh. And did you see his final pass of the night on 4 and 2? He bounced the ball to a wide open receiver.

Say what you want about Henne guys....we're not the only team that is struggling with our young starting QB.

Belichek looks like he was just diagnosed with cancer. Sparano acts like a kid that just won an ice cream.

thats the way a pro talks. no trash from brady

deytreder, I think you have a point about Henning. He has forgotten more about football than we will ever know. The reason I say this is in the Cleveland loss. Henne had a 3rd and 10, he was given the option to run the called play, which was a pass. He chose to audible and go with a run play. He said they were dropping 8 into coverage. OK, fine. Did he really expect to gain 10 yards on the ground? That is an indictment of Henne. The leaders, the play makers, they want the ball in their hands in crunch time. He didn't and that says it all. Yes, the search is on for a QB with balls. Harbaugh and Luck would be AWESOME! Oh well, I can always dream!

ROTFLMAO>>> Pats just made the Jets look like Buffalo! LOL............

lol deytreder.

I don't know who's scarier: Cheney or Darth Hoodie.

Dolphins mentioned again twice in closing seconds of MNF......hahahahaha


Nice post!


ROTFLMAO, nice post!

Robert, I think because Henning is older and kind of surly with the media, the fans turn against him. They say he is old and out of touch. That is totally absurd. I challenge any of our expert bloggers to design a competent offensive game plan, they will all look like complete idiots compared to Henning.

LA had a good idea about going some Jets websites and trolling.
That sounds like good entertainment.

robert good comment....the analysts mention that as well....

The humiliation of Rex Ryan makes for a beautiful story.

Breed, you are exactly right. If they move the team to LA at least I can go see them. I don't know if I will even care though. I usually don't go to LA unless it's at gunpoint. Gruden is a charlatan. He talks a mean game, but the proof is in the pudding. His pudding looks more like a turd. So, I am still waiting Gruden supporters. Tell me what makes him such a great coach.


Henning was forced out at Carolina and into retirement.... nobody else came calling! Ultra-conservative playcalling with low point production is what he did with a very talented Carolina O. He sucks!!!!

why didnt they interview ryan at the end of the half or the end of the game

R&R Express,

Dont go on the Jet sites. It's only the digruntled dolphin fan that come here trolling under assumed names.

Remember last season when Armando had everyone go trolling on the Jet site? Those guys said they were just like us and wouldnt even waste thier time coming here.

Our trolls are local and not from Jet sites.

Thanks DB.

OK guys, not sure if this has been discussed on here today or not but I'm going to suggest the Dolphins look long and hard at Josh McDaniels as our OC for next year. The guy wasn't ready to be an NFL head coach and he did a lousy job but he's still one of the bright young minds in this game and I'd love to see what he can do with Henne and see what he can do creatively with our team. He did a great job with Kyle Orton and I think he would do well here as an OC. I know he has a history with Marshall but it's time to bury the hatchett and move on. I think if he comes here we would have two of the top co-ordinators in the game and it would be a completely different team. Mr. Ross if you are reading this, please make this move.

Coaches get fired and swapped on a regular basis in the NFL. Teams always making changes. The fins as well let go of some of their best coaches, firing them doesn't mean they were bad - see the Jets special teams coach, he used to be ours. Henning was on the Carolina Super Bowl team. I guess that is your definition of sucks.

Craig. Nolan and Josh hate each other, they do not get along. That is why Nolan left. No way they will both be on the same team again. I'd much rather have Nolan.

brady has so many weapons and he knows how to use them....no mistakes, few drops, definite contenders.....


Josh McDaniels will pretty much have his pick of the litter as far as OC jobs. He isnt coming anywhere near Miami as long as Mike Nolan and Brandon Marshall are onboard. Think about that for a second.

They are interviewing Woodhead. Is it me or does Woodhead really favor Bud Bundy?

i agree with the rest craig....

I'd like to see us get Jeff Fischer as a HC, let him pick an OC. Keep Nolan. Send Sparano out for a pizza.

Woodhead looks like Bud Bundy on Married With Children. LOL

a young bud bumdy, lol. ryans on

Here's hoping the curse of JT just hit the Jets.

NE thats a classy organization

Craig M: Is MacDaniels really brilliant as they say, or did Brady make him look good? The Pats certainly haven't lost anything when MacDaniels left.

DB and deytreder,

Good points. However, is there no way these guys can bury the hatchett and move on for the good of the team. After all, how much do the OC and DC actually interact. Yes I know there are team meetings and everything but really the offence and the defence are both off doing there own things. It's not uncommon to have your OC and DC in different areas during the games too, although for some reason both Nolan and Henning choose to sit in the booth.

I'm just saying guys I think McDaniels acted incredibly immature as Head Coach in Denver. He made a lot of bad decisions and treated a lot of people badly. If a man and a woman can patch up a marriage and in some cases even get re-married, maybe the same can be said for two coaches. We can only hope.

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