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Ross Remains Optimistic During Head Coaching Search

Posted Jan 13, 2012

Despite learning that Jeff Fisher chose not to take the job of head coach with the Miami Dolphins, owner Stephen Ross remains optimistic that his search for a new head coach will yield the right man.

In addition to Fisher, Ross and General Manager Jeff Ireland have interviewed interim Head Coach Todd Bowles, Chicago Bears offensive coordinator Dave Toub, Green Bay Packers offensive coordinator Joe Philbin and Cincinnati Bengals defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer.

“We did have conversations with Jeff Fisher about becoming the head coach of the Dolphins,” Ross said. “As we said when we began this process, we have a plan in place to identify, evaluate, and select individuals who we believe would be strong candidates to be our head coach, and that process continues.”

Ross is leaning on his own hiring experiences in the private sector as one of the world’s most successful real estate developers to help guide him in this process. To that end, he has an affinity for young people climbing the ladder and hungry to prove they can succeed.

Throughout the courting process of Fisher, Ross contended that the Dolphins were aggressive in their conversations with him and worked as hard as they could to put together an agreement that would be acceptable to him. Ross felt that felt there was a sincere and genuine interest by both parties and all of his conversations reflected that, but he is ready to move on.

“We are excited about those people under consideration, and we are confident that the individual we eventually select will be the right person to lead this football team.”

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