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Stephen Ross gives his state of the Dolphins

Stephen Ross just met with the media for about 25 minutes. The gathering was meant to have the team owner give you his opinion on the state of the Dolphins.

"I feel we're on the right track," Ross said. "We're moving in the right direction. I feel good about it, really, more so today than I have in the past."

Chief among the people Ross is most pleased with is rookie coach Joe Philbin.

"I was really impressed with coach Philbin," he said. "I think we can safely say, I heard it from so many people, and more importantly I feel it, we have a really solid head coach here -- a guy that I think will be here a long time and a guy I hope will bring  us those victories everyone wants."

Ross has obviously bought in on Philbin. He said later, "we have our coach," but on the subject of quarterback Ryan Tannehill he's more discerning. He said in the same breath, "I think we have our quarterback."

"The good outweighed a lot of the bad here," he said. "We have a coach that will be here and we have the makings of a quarterback that will be here a long time that has a lot of great potential. When you look at it from that standpoint, there's a lot to be positive. Certainly, I look at it from that standpoint today."

I asked Ross if he could tell fans, you, that after four losing seasons the Dolphins will do everything they can to win in 2013, starting with an aggressive offseason.

"First of all when I bought the team and I told everybody, all the resources we have, that I have, I want to build a winning team. That goes first," Ross said. "I think Jeff and the whole organization knows that. This isn't one of those organizations that just slaps it together to keep it together just for the sake of doing that. I'm willing to spend whatever it takes to build it. I think sometimes people look at spending as a way of winning. In business, it isn't money that solves problems, it's brains that solve problems. But certainly all my resources are there. If the right players are there, I don't care what it costs, we'll go after them."

I like that. But later Ross said he believes in building through the draft and then kind of dumped on free agency.

"As the coach stated, you want to build through the draft. You certainly want to see what's out there in free agency and you want to get the right player that will fit in the locker room and will bring the right kind of ingredients and is still hungry and isn't signing for the big contract. Free agency certainly isn't the answer. We've all seen that. You can talk more about the failures of free agency more than you can about the successes. And everybody gets all excited when you sign a player, my God we're going to win, but I can't think of a player you can say that really happened with. You know your players better than anybody else. And you know who you want to sign and keep as part of that. And often times there's a reason a guy is out there as a free agent."

Hmm. I can think of free agents that have helped. Drew Brees in New Orleans, Peyton Manning in Denver, Michael Turner in Atlanta, Reggie White and Charles Woodson in Green Bay, Plaxico Burress with the Giants, Wes Welker with New England. Jonathan Joseph in Houston.

Just off the top of my head.

Look, I believe in building through the draft. But I also think the Dolphins have been terrible at using free agency the past two offseasons. They've gotten basically no help. And that's not good.

General manager Jeff Ireland attended the gathering and frankly, several reporters seemed to not want to ask the question you want asked: Why is Ireland the GM? So there was this question about how certain Ross feels about those atop his organization?

"How in life are you ever certain?" he answered. "You take it one day, you look at it, and you deal with the people. Our people are pretty level, consistent people.That's one thing you can say about our organizaton. I believe they have the talent to deliver day in and day out. But this is a business that's measured like no other business in the world. It's measured in wins and losses. But you want to see the direction we're going and how it's moving. And it's important to have not a volatile situation. And I think the type of people we have are not volatile type people." 

Well, enough beating around the bush. I asked Ross to explain to fans why Jeff Ireland is the GM. Ross knew the question was coming. Ireland knew it was coming. Nothing personal.

"I think his football intelligence, his knowlege, his hard work," Ross said. "I think he has the respect of his peers. He's one of the youngest general managers around. I like dealing with youth and enthusiasm. I think he has the knowlege, the desire and is smart and he's committed. And he laid out a plan. We do have a young team. And if we're right on plan, we're going to be there a long time."

Ross confirmed the Dolphins will have a new logo for the 2013 season. He also confirmed what I reported Saturday, which is the logo will be unveiled in April. More news: The new logo is not the one that was leaked a few weeks ago. That is an early-generation version that has since evolved.

"We're looking at it, finalizing it," Ross said. "It's time for an update." 

 I asked Ross what the plan is for 2013?

"Win."

Great, but I asked how that is different from last year or the year before. I mean, wasn't winning the plan last year?

"This is really the first time I've really gotten involved. I was handed a situation that, one, I was kind of painted to the wall. If Parcells left that was my fault. If Miami loss that was my fault. And I have a lot of respect for Bill. But I didn't put together that organization. I also felt I should learn a little bit before making any moves. Sometimes making a move for the sake of making a move is sometimes the worst move you can make. So want to sit back and really assess the situation, which I was able to do. So it was good from that standpoint."

I don't know what that means. 

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what did we really think Stephen Ross was going to say today? That he should have fired Ireland as well? That he has no clue how to be a competent owner in this league? That on his watch one of the NFL's most successful franchises has become a joke? He has no plan. He would have to know something about football to have a plan. Jeffy Ireland and Ross are holding hands on the Titanic waiting for Celine Dion to sing.

Losers you are all helpless losers long live the dolphins be true to your school fools

THE GAME'S BORING, YOU GUYS HAVE GOTTEN QUITE. I GUESS ITS TIME TO KICK THE DOG, BEAT THE WIFE, AND SCREW THE BOY KITTY.

FIN4LIFE.........

DANSBY GURANTED MONEY OUT OF HIS 48 MILLION IS...27 MILLION....

Publicado por: ALoco | January 07, 2013 at 10:56 PM

For a player you were moving out of position!

YG,

How do you make potato chips? I'd like to give it a try once this BCS Classic is over.

I hope D Thomas and Egnew arent coming back. What a waste.

I recall what Jim Mandich once told a caller who insisted the best college teams could compete against a pro team.

He told him you that even if the WORST pro team lined up against ANY college team, EVER, you would need to have triple digits on the scoreboard and have the sidelines lined with ambulances and stretchers.

People that don't realize this are astoundingly clueless. The talent gap is staggering---yes, even if it's the Chiefs or the freaking 1976 Buccaneers we're talking about.

YG,

That O-Line is awesome. Now I understand Ireland's vision about building a team starting with the O-Line. That is what Alabama is all about. I have a feeling Ireland is taking a close look at this game and is scouting the Bama O-Line. We would do great taking one of these big hogs early.

Jeffy Ireland and Ross are holding hands on the Titanic waiting for Celine Dion to sing.

Publicado por: Perfect72 | January 07, 2013 at 11:12 PM

Funny analogy and also very true.

Fins should play with no helmet logo in any season following a losing season.

Logo should be something they earn.

Mandich was clueless....

Bama's D would shut out Tannehill.

I just sent my kid to the garage to bring me a can of paint so we can paint something and watch it dry!

Posted by: fin4life | January 07, 2013 at 11:18 PM

I hand slice my peeled potato about a 1/4 in thick. Place them in a baking pan at 450 for about 30-35 minutes.

Pull them out, brush them with butter, and place back into oven on Broil until golden brown. Repeat process on other side of chips. Then whalla!

Mike, Tannehill would eat Bama's D alive. There's a reason Johnny Football was a redshirt freshman.

I don't ever remember seeing an OL push his own QB in the middle of a game like that, freaking hilarious!

NeMo, Tannehill would be riding the pine at A&M this year. Manziel won the Heisman.

Thanks YG will get cracking on some chips as well!

The Bama QB seems like a real jerk. You don't yell and embarrass a teammate like that. That is what the Chicago Qb does to his line. Is Barret Jones the next Incognito in terms of nastiness? Maybe except he is a much better player.

This is from the latest Bleacher Report Mock draft and it has the Fins picking Chance Warmack:

The Miami Dolphins will keep their front office and coaching staff together after a strong first season from Joe Philbin's team. Now they must focus on getting better at key positions and upping the talent level.

Fans in Miami might not love the idea of drafting an offensive guard No. 12 overall, but Chance Warmack is worth it. Watch Trent Richardson, Eddie Lacy or T.J. Yeldon dominating defenses with their legs over the last two years, and you'll see Warmack clearing lanes and punishing defenders in the hole.

Offensive guard may not be a sexy pick, but it's a damn smart one for a team on the rise.

Yeah, I forgot that Mandich actually played pro and college football at the highest levels and would certainly have nowhere NEAR the level of football expertise some aging yutz who has never been closer to the game than a TV screen would have.

My bad.

Orlando D,

Your right about the Tide QB and he just got treated like a real puss on the highest of stages when he backed away from the nasty Jones in a hurry, I'm still LMAO about it and can't ever remember seeing anything like it before.

Man I just noticed there playing the David Lynch classic Blue Velvet on Cinemax and missed it on that abysmal 2nd half!

And the Miami Dolphins select.... Chance Warmack, OG, out of the University of Alabama.
I guarantee it!
Awesome pick! We haven't had an all-pro Guard in decades.

I say they address the WR through FA and hopefully sign most of their own FAs.

as LACEY just showed us that he is undeniably the most gifted back with the ability to take over a game by drive sustaining power in this years draft, so to did he undeniably remind Mr. Ross(in his own stadium) and DOLPHANS everywhere that he and his ability to execute his role is the BIGGEST missing piece to a successful miami offense. MANDO has it right, we need proven talent at reciever, one that does NOT need time to develop nor possibility of bust... but a fresh legged powerback like LACEY.. this is exactly when you move up in the draft to get such a special player, to fill such a need. i really hope Mr. ross watched this game, for it displayed the drive sustaining powerback miami needs to take the pressure off tannehill and move the chains and against the best run defense and most decorated linebacker available, this game UNDERSCORED miami's MOST needy position to fill VIA the draft. miami missed the playoffs by loosing a few games by fewer points that could have been wins IF we had such an offensive weopon.. the only problem is this... will NICK SABAN have any say in what team eventually gets to draft this special runningback?

A lot of excuses made there for a team that is barely mediocre on a good day, and needs a lot of pieces going into next year just to remain that way. We're all patient here though and I for one am looking forward to the next rebuild 3 years from now. (hopefully with Ireland, fingers crossed)

"This is really the first time I've really gotten involved. I was handed a situation that, one, I was kind of painted to the wall. If Parcells left that was my fault. If Miami loss that was my fault. And I have a lot of respect for Bill. But I didn't put together that organization. I also felt I should learn a little bit before making any moves. Sometimes making a move for the sake of making a move is sometimes the worst move you can make. So want to sit back and really assess the situation, which I was able to do. So it was good from that standpoint."

I don't know what that means.
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That last paragraph is hilarious! What the hell does any of that even mean? Ross is such an idiot.

Posted by: Serpico Jones | January 07, 2013 at 03:21 PM
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You and Armando struggle with your comprehension skills...........and Ross is the idiot?

ROTFLMAO, thats rich. It's pretty simple. Ross bought the team and inherited a mess. The biggest headcase in Parcells', pulling totally incompetent moves. What makes it even worse, Parcells got away with alot of it because of some brief successes he managed 30 freaking years ago.

Come on, Parcells brought in SpOrano and Dan Hennings-LOL! He drafted Pat White, thinking he was going to fool the rest of the NFL with the gimmicky Wild Cat - ROTFLMFAO! His and Hennings swelled up egos, combined for a large vat of Senility! They actually believed they were going to be "Trend Setters". Forget the FACT that they were **TRYING** to use an offense that was very successful...........back in the 1940's!

Bhwaaaaaaaaaaaaa Haaaaaaaaaaaa Haaaaaaaaaaaa!!!!

Forgive me for I digress. Ross' point in that last paragraph spoke to the fact that he bought this team and inherited a geritol and Prune Juice swilling **MESS** of ultra egos and SENILITY!

You and Armando are obviously reaching and nitpicking because you don't understand the manner in which Ross has set out to transform this team.

You guys act like Ross is going to publish all the details and strategies of which the FO will pursue. What team does that? What FO tips it's hand by passing out "Booklets" or "Press Releases" outlining all their inside info and inner workings?

(I shouldn't have to tell you this, but don't answer those last two questions. They were rhetorical-lol)

And this guy actually called Ross an idiot-LOL!

Kudos for asking "The Question" Armando!

Armando "Bucked Up" and asked the Tough(and obvious)question, while all the others were just sucking up! You the Man Mando!
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BUT, as far as Ross and Free Agency, you're misleading people and stirring the pot.

Ross simply said what Philbin has been saying since he arrived here. Ross, Philbin, Ireland and the entire FO are presenting a united front.

They want to build a perrenial contender, MAINLY through the draft. This is, after all, how all the Good Teams are doing it.

As far as Free Agency, they said they will use any and all means necessary to IMPROVE this team. Free Agency won't be their primary resource(obviously), but if they can use it to land some playmakers, they're obviously "All In".

I don't understand what part of this is confusing you and your............"Minions-LOL". It's textbook stuff............Sheesh ;)

Build through the draft, utilize Free Agency when it's beneficial. You know, like the Packers, Patriots and Steelers do.

Nuff Said ALREADY!

NEXT!

(Shessh-ROTFLMFAO!!!!)

LEAVE THE DOLPHINS LOGO ALONE ROSS!!! The new logo is GIRLIE & make the Fins more of the laughing stock of the NFL!!! Get the team to start winning FIRST & get some talent here!!!

Same old, same old... New logo? Why? Sounds like a desperate attempt to change the image that has been tainted by a horrible history of bad coaches, bad quarterbacks, and a bad front office.

How about restoring the dignity of the franchise and worry about the logo later?

Idiots

I use to study stats and watched a lot of video of draft picks for a hobby. I got pissed off when Matt Ryan and Dez Bryant were not picked by the Fins and lost interest. Ireland needs help from scouts and may need brain surgery. Anyway with all the cap money 45 mill it's time to take the team to the next level. The next three years we should be a contender or it's time to say by to Jeff and all his help.

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