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The Saturday meeting with the media (w/ audio)

The so-called round table the Dolphins planned for Saturday is over. The idea of the thing was to set the record straight on what happened over the past week and announce coach Tony Sparano's two-year contract extension, which is worth approximately an extra $6 million

It had its moments. But it was not the Dolphins' finest hour, I'm sorry to report.

As a synopsis, I would tell you:

Club owner Stephen Ross says he never contacted either Bill Cowher or Jon Gruden. Jeff Ireland said he "never wavered" on his opinion of Tony Sparano and that he told Ross "Tony was still the right man for the job."

"In the beginning and in the end of all this, I believe Tony Sparano is the right football coach for this football team," Ireland said. "I've always felt that. That has never changed."

Ireland, however, was on that flight to California to woo John Harbaugh. And he never communicated to Sparano that he was going or what was happening. He did not address those specific facts. But did admit, "I was in a tough spot. And I put Tony in a difficult spot as well."

Ireland read his opening comments from a piece of paper. So did Ross for the most part. (You'll be able to tell in the audio.)

"I was asked by Steve if I thought Harbaugh was the right coach for this team. I told him Tony was still the right man for the job."

Ross did his predictable (read my previous post) admonishing of the media. We're evil and often wrong. He corrected the fact Carl Peterson was not on the flight to California to get Harbaugh -- which was reported by ESPN, NFL Network, The Miami Herald and practically every other media outlet out there. Guess everyone had the same wrong source.

Ross did admit some mistakes of his own. He said he should have told Sparano he was flying to meet with Harbaugh. "I shouldn't have been talking to coaches and seeking a replacement until I decided that I should make a change," he said.

Now, let me take you back a second. Despite saying he only talked to Harbaugh, Ross did talk to more than one coach and every time he spoke on the topic he used the word "coaches.' He "talked" to Eric Mangini when the former Cleveland and Jets coach called him about something or other.

And while Ross said neither he nor anyone in the organization ever spoke with either Cowher or Gruden, sources close to both men continue to insist he spoke with their representatives.

That doesn't make Ross a liar. But if that's how it happened, it makes him a master of nuance. When you speak with someone's agent, folks, it's like you're contacting that guy in my book. Anyone that doesn't understand that needs to go back to working with crayons. It is, in fact, the first or second step of trying to hire that guy.

Then there is something that wasn't asked thus not addressed: Suppose Ross is completely accurate here and everyone else is wrong. So Ross, who said he was trying to explore all avenues of improving his team, was doing so by flying across the entire span of this nation, but he completely ignored the two most accomplished and decorated unemployed coaches on the market?

Ross is clearly thinking of replacing Sparano but doesn't pick up a phone to talk to two former Super Bowl winning coaches, one of which has put your team on a list of teams he'd love to work for?

Sorry, you cannot have it both ways. Either the Dolphins did contact Cowher and Gruden (at least through their agents) ... or they really are inept about getting the best coaches possible.

If Ross maintains the media -- all of us -- were wrong about contact with Cowher and Gruden and if that is the actual case, then he is totally clueless about which coaches need to be contacted during a search. Wonder if he would be so eager to say the media was wrong when presented with that choice?

The Dolphins need help upgrading the offense and don't even reach out to Gruden? Really?

Ross also said he didn't think his search for a new coach would be a big deal. "This was my first time I interviewed and I never thought this would be national news," he said.

Wow.

Sparano agreed with Ross and Ireland that mistakes were made -- by them.

"The communication problems, I felt like at the time, had it been said right away, that would have been fine and I would have been able to deal with it," Sparano said. "I do think the communication end of things that both Jeff and Steve alluded to could have been handled different."

(A little aside here: I was not at this meeting. I was not allowed in, in part, because the Dolphins limited media presence to two people per outlet. The Miami Herald in an epic failure of wisdom, in my opinion, decided it would use its slots on a reporter and videographer/photographer. The Herald offered me the one reporter chair. I turned down that reporter chair because I am not the beat reporter. I am a columnist that specializes on this beat so I wasn't going to ask someone not at the meeting to write the lead story while I wrote my opinion. I also am the morning show host of Armando and the Amigo on 640-Sports here in South Florida and that station had two slots. I could have used one of those. But the Dolphins forbad that, saying I would be taking advantage of a "loophole." Thus I was locked out. I heard the entire meeting on a speaker phone, instead. Not the best way to do it but did what I could with what I had to work with. You might be asking why did the Dolphins conduct this meeting in a room so small they would have to limit media access. They do, after all, have a team meeting room that seats about 100-150 people. I'm told some of the folks speaking at the meeting aren't comfortable getting up in front of large groups.)

And with that ...

The thing that intrigues me most is the relationship between Ireland and Sparano. These two guys have to work together if the Dolphins are going to have any chance of winning going forward.

Ireland said Sparano would probably still have questions about what exactly happened this week. But he also said he and Sparano had a great conversation to discuss everything and that hard questions were asked and answered.

"... He knows how I feel about him and I know how he feels about me," Ireland said. "We've worked together for nearly seven years. We have a great working relationship and more important we have a very close personal relationship." 

Sparano put a good face on the relationship as well. He didn't say he loves Jeff Ireland but neither did he mention leaving a bloody, sawed-off horse head in Ireland's bed last night. 

"I tell my players we don't place blame, we solve problems," Ireland said. "The three of us are trying to solve problems and move forward."

Sparano on the offensive coordinator search: "We're going to open this thing up and try to be more explosive. We're going to hire the best man for that job."

The time frame for that?

"We're going to move forward as fast as we can," he said.

Ross ended the 40-minute meet by saying, "I will deliver a winner."

I was listening on a speakerphone. Maybe he said he will deliver a wiener.

Anyway, if you got an extra 45 minutes or so to spare, you can listen to the entire meeting. Just click here. There are a couple of seconds of empty background noise to start and at the end. If that link doesn't work, try this one:

Download Ross_Roundtable_Herald

 

 

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The FIX IS DEFINITELY IN!!!!!

Seattle may have to pay for not getting anything out the 4th and inches stop in Saints territory! LOL...............

WOOKIE ,

THE HYENA COWHER WILL COACH HIMESELF NEXT YEAR,NO TEAM IN THE NFL WANTS HIM .

Wookie--they don't want to hear it but you're 100% right.

ALoco,

One thing we do know for sure is the media will not have to wear face shields for the Cowher press conferences. Sparano talks in circles but he doesnt spit! LOL............

Eat $hit Ted

Looks like the real Hasselbeck's nowing showing up. The hallucegenic drugs that made him think he was Joe Montana are wearing off!

Cocoajoe, Ted, now y'all stop that stuff now y'hear!!!!

Why they're 7-9 is starting to show.

assmando you schmuck show some respect for Mr. Ross!

COWHER COULD FIND A DUMB OWNER TO GIVE HIME THE KEYES AND 8 MILLION A YEAR AND A GM FOR 3 MILLION AND A CONDO AND TAKE OUT FOOD ,

SORRY MR COWHER ,

NO DUMB OWNERS ARE LEFT.

Bottom line here is who cares if TS's feeling were hurt. This crap happens all the time to the players. Big deal! One things for certain. TS now knows he's on thin ice and has to produce. He knows this team needs to have a offense capable of scoring points and excitement. If it doesn't happen he will be gone, and before the next coaching interview! All this does is attempt to make the Dolphins what all us fans have been screaming for since the retirement of Shula. A high powered offense. TS now will have a change in philosophy. I think he is capable of doing it.

Carrol is about as bad as Sparano with his TO's

Seattle needs to settle down and get this thing figured out on offence....to many dropped balls.....

ALoco,

You had better quiet down or Cowher will come spit on on you! LOL............

bring in al davis as our new OC!

Aloco, isn't that kinda what Ross did with Parcells and Co.

ALoco,

Cowher's next official gig will be in the African droughtlands producing much needed rain! LOL.............

Looks like Tom Cable will be in town to interview for the Dolphins OC position. More to come.

Seattle D starting to get tired. Good stop!!!!

JUST FOR YOU DB, I RESPECT EVERY THING YOU STAND FOR ,I WILL NOT POST ANY THING TONIGHT RE THE HYENA .

JHON GARRET THE COWBOYS TE COACH WILL BE WITH GOD'S GRACE THE DOLPHINS NEW OC .

Earl thomas moving like the Steelers dude...polamalu

Mike Leach for Offensive Coordinator....Bring the "Air Raid" offense to south beach.

FAKE GM,

IT'S ONLY FOR SHOW,JHON GARRET IS OUR MAN.HE WORKED W/SPARANO AND IRELAND IN TX .

DB, is that why Cowher's co-hosts have requested rain ponchos?

Aloco, how old is Garrett?

How about a pothead Ricky Williams complaining about sparanos attention to detail and wanting a more laid back environment? "yeah bro, don't worry about red zone production, these things will take care of themselves dude."

Per MD.com Ross' Letter To Ticketholders And Fans:

To Our Loyal Season Ticket Members and Dolphins Fans,

The first of the three commitments that I made to all of our fans when I purchased the Miami Dolphins was that I would do everything possible to bring a Super Bowl championship back to South Florida. That, above all else, is what I want for this franchise, for this community and what you, as a season ticket member and Dolphins fan, deserve.

So there is no confusion about our recent actions, and because you are entitled to our trust and confidence, I want you to hear directly from me about the evaluation process of the past week.

Going into the 2010 season, my expectation was that we had a team and an organization that was capable of reaching the Super Bowl. We fell short of that goal and, furthermore, the season was disappointing for a few reasons. We were very aggressive during the offseason and added players and coaches that we believed were the missing pieces to put us over the top. While many of those new faces were outstanding contributors this season, we still fell short in other areas. Additionally, our performance at home was bitterly disappointing. The reasons as to why we played so much better on the road than at home are hard to figure. As a fan myself, I know how frustrating this season was on all of you.

The results were unacceptable. We hold ourselves to higher standards and have loftier goals for this franchise. We fell short of our mission of returning to the postseason and did not measure up to the high standards we set for ourselves. As a result, I felt it was incumbent upon me to explore options to improve this team.

I met with Tony Sparano on Monday to discuss the season and understand his plan of what needed to change as we headed into the offseason. I told him that I needed time to digest what I had heard and that I would get back to him with my thoughts later in the week. Meanwhile, I received word that Jim Harbaugh made it clear that his intention was to pursue a career in the NFL. As news reports began to surface on Tuesday that Jim was interviewing with other teams, I made the decision to reach out to Jim to see whether or not he would be a beneficial fit for the organization.

General Manager Jeff Ireland and I met with Jim on Thursday. At the end of the meeting, I thanked Jim for his time, wished him well and soon let him know that we would not pursue the discussion any further. To be clear, I made no offer to Jim Harbaugh. Reports to the contrary and the associated outrageous financial terms that were rumored with those reports were completely inaccurate. We never spoke to any other coaching candidates, including Bill Cowher, Jon Gruden or any other names that have been rumored to be a candidate.

Tony Sparano is the best person to lead this team. Tony's contract has been extended through the 2013 season, and I wholeheartedly believe that the combination of Jeff and Tony represents one of the strongest organizations in all of football. I remain committed to supporting them in any way possible and will always provide the financial resources to make us a winner.

I am obsessed with winning and will do whatever it takes to make us a perennial Super Bowl contender. Many of the model franchises over the course of NFL history have been built on a commitment from ownership to chart a course for the organization, select the right people to execute that strategy and allow them the time to finish what they started. Stability and consistency are two of the most important virtues of ownership.

I realize your faith in us has been put to the test this week, but I assure you we are well positioned to return to the winning ways that have defined this franchise.

Let me end by thanking you for hanging in there and supporting us throughout the year despite our struggles at home. For that, we are sincerely grateful. You have my personal and unwavering commitment that we will do our part to create a true home field advantage with your help in the future. Rest assured, there are better days ahead for the Miami Dolphins.

With sincere thanks and appreciation,

Steve Ross

I DON'T KNOW RED SKY BUT HE LOOKS 37,SO NOT IN DAN HENNIG AGE .

HE'S KNOWN TO BE SNEAKY AND DECEITFUL .

DECEIT IS IMPORTANT IN WOMEN RELATIONS .


Drew Brees is trying gonna have to re-make THE DRIVE..if the saints are gonna win

THIS BLOG WITHOUT THE CUBAN AS WOMEN WITHOUT LOVE ,AS MEN WITHOUT SEX .

NO is the better coached team.

I'm disappointed in the sour grapes, Armando. Quit whinning about your situation...THIS IS NOT ABOUT YOU...I DON"T CARE IF YOU GOT TO SEE THE MEETING, OR ONLY HEARD IT...falls in the category of wgaf...

Its Ross' team, he can have the meeting where he wants. Not a surprise, since it appears that several of the facts touted all week by reporters were wrong. Sources, thoughts, etc were reported...how about facts...if you don't know, don't report.

Having said all that, how is the way Sparano was handled any different than the way his players have been handled...Henne starts, he doesn't, he starts...players cut in an instant...its part of being in the big league among men...don't like it, become and accountant.

Its so funny how the media has decided this was poorly handled, so that makes it so. Ross owns the team; he gets to decide who runs it...had he fired Sparano, he would have gotten paid anyway...RIGHT? He tried to get a hot commodity...RIGHT? He wanted to keep the coach he had, and see if he could get a better one. Where does it say he HAS TO TELL HIS COACH WHAT HE IS DOING. Sparano is the employee here.

Having said all that, I'm glad Sparano is coming back...I like the guy, I like his approach and think if he gets a good QB we'll be fine...If not, then we are like all the other NFL teams without one...DOOMED!

To Our Loyal Season Ticket Members and Dolphins Fans,

The first of the three commitments that I made to all of our fans when I purchased the Miami Dolphins was that I would do everything possible to bring a Super Bowl championship back to South Florida. That, above all else, is what I want for this franchise, for this community and what you, as a season ticket member and Dolphins fan, deserve.

So there is no confusion about our recent actions, and because you are entitled to our trust and confidence, I want you to hear directly from me about the evaluation process of the past week.

Going into the 2010 season, my expectation was that we had a team and an organization that was capable of reaching the Super Bowl. We fell short of that goal and, furthermore, the season was disappointing for a few reasons. We were very aggressive during the offseason and added players and coaches that we believed were the missing pieces to put us over the top. While many of those new faces were outstanding contributors this season, we still fell short in other areas. Additionally, our performance at home was bitterly disappointing. The reasons as to why we played so much better on the road than at home are hard to figure. As a fan myself, I know how frustrating this season was on all of you.

The results were unacceptable. We hold ourselves to higher standards and have loftier goals for this franchise. We fell short of our mission of returning to the postseason and did not measure up to the high standards we set for ourselves. As a result, I felt it was incumbent upon me to explore options to improve this team.

I met with Tony Sparano on Monday to discuss the season and understand his plan of what needed to change as we headed into the offseason. I told him that I needed time to digest what I had heard and that I would get back to him with my thoughts later in the week. Meanwhile, I received word that Jim Harbaugh made it clear that his intention was to pursue a career in the NFL. As news reports began to surface on Tuesday that Jim was interviewing with other teams, I made the decision to reach out to Jim to see whether or not he would be a beneficial fit for the organization.

General Manager Jeff Ireland and I met with Jim on Thursday. At the end of the meeting, I thanked Jim for his time, wished him well and soon let him know that we would not pursue the discussion any further. To be clear, I made no offer to Jim Harbaugh. Reports to the contrary and the associated outrageous financial terms that were rumored with those reports were completely inaccurate. We never spoke to any other coaching candidates, including Bill Cowher, Jon Gruden or any other names that have been rumored to be a candidate.

Tony Sparano is the best person to lead this team. Tony's contract has been extended through the 2013 season, and I wholeheartedly believe that the combination of Jeff and Tony represents one of the strongest organizations in all of football. I remain committed to supporting them in any way possible and will always provide the financial resources to make us a winner.

I am obsessed with winning and will do whatever it takes to make us a perennial Super Bowl contender. Many of the model franchises over the course of NFL history have been built on a commitment from ownership to chart a course for the organization, select the right people to execute that strategy and allow them the time to finish what they started. Stability and consistency are two of the most important virtues of ownership.

I realize your faith in us has been put to the test this week, but I assure you we are well positioned to return to the winning ways that have defined this franchise.

Let me end by thanking you for hanging in there and supporting us throughout the year despite our struggles at home. For that, we are sincerely grateful. You have my personal and unwavering commitment that we will do our part to create a true home field advantage with your help in the future. Rest assured, there are better days ahead for the Miami Dolphins.

With sincere thanks and appreciation,

Steve Ross

With a smart QB the game is never over.

Wow!

GAME OVER!!!!


HAWKS WIN

Run of the year ..Wow

I hope Punch Clock Henne saw that play.

Bet the Bills wished they had Marshawn Lynch back now! WOW!.....................

Holy Crap!!! Go Hawks!!!!

Run of the year!

Looked like onreof those college runs....you might be right Daryl

HUGE RUN

Punch clock Henne..lol

i dont think bobbyd is that stupid. think he just plays to it. anyone knows how bad this is

DEFINITELY A RED GRANGE GALLOPING GHOST MOMENT! WOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

See that Coach Tony...anything can happen...IF YOU JUST GET IN ...see last years jets...this years seahawks

Looked like a Pat White run from when he was in college.

Aloco, thx, mid to late 30s he's hitting his prime.

WE KNOW WHAT THE #1 PLAY ON SPORTS CENTER WILL BE TONIGHT! WOW.......................

GO IND

I second the motion! Go Indy!!!!!

Hawks needed that TO!

SB CHAMPS! GO DOWN! LOL................

Go Seahawks LOL

too funny

WHO DAT SAY DEY GONE BEAT DEM SAINTS........

SEA DAT.... SEA DAT!............ LOL.........

WHAT AN UPSET!!!! Great game!

DANDY DON: "TURN OUT THE LIGHTS... THE PARTIES OVER NOW... THEY SAYYYYY....ALL GOOD THINGS MUST COME TO AN END....." LOL...............

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