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Day 13 Notebook: Ross Excited About The Season; Other Notes

Posted Aug 7, 2013

Dolphins owner meets with the media for the first time since the start of training camp.



Meeting with the media Wednesday for the first time since the start of training camp, Dolphins owner Stephen Ross expressed his support for three keys members of the organization — General Manager Jeff Ireland, Head Coach Joe Philbin and quarterback Ryan Tannehill.

Ross touched on a wide variety of topics during a press conference that lasted a little more than 23 minutes. One of those was his expectations and goals for the 2013 season.

“I’m really excited about this season with the things we’ve done, to see how they work,” Ross said. “When you make moves, you really want to bring back the winning tradition to South Florida. You can’t make moves and not want to and hope to make the playoffs and see where you go from there.

“You want to see progress, and that’s the most important thing. It’s really seeing progress as this team develops because I’m looking to bring a team to South Florida to win consistently and that’s the most important thing.”

Ross said he feels Ireland is “doing a great job” and is committed to him. He said he likes what Philbin “stands for, his plan.”

And Ross said that he feels the Dolphins have the right quarterback in place for the long term in Tannehill.

“He understands his position, his role,” Ross said. “He’s doing everything he can. I love the guy. I think he’s the right person to lead the way.”

Ross also re-affirmed on Wednesday his commitment to Sun Life Stadium and bringing about the stadium renovations he feels are necessary.

“We’re exploring everything,” Ross said. “I want to get it done as soon as possible. There’s a lot of reasons and ideas that we’re rolling over how we might really present it to get something done.”

On the football side of things, Ross said the Dolphins’ offseason moves were done with the idea of establishing a foundation for long-term success, not simply to have a successful 2013 season.

“We certainly want to make the playoffs,” Ross said. “That was all done with that in mind. But I want to see growth in the team and building the foundation for this season and the future seasons as well. I don’t want to be a one-child wonder. The fans don’t. You really want to see that you’re committed to winning, you’re committed to excellence and you want to be best in class.”

ROSS’ MESSAGE

After addressing the media, Ross stopped by the locker room to address the team.

“He just wants us to get back to being a good franchise,” wide receiver Mike Wallace said of Ross’ message to the players. “He wants us to be a good football team. That’s what he expects. He shouldn’t expect anything less.”

Ross later watched practice alongside Ireland and then briefly chatted toward the end of the workout with safety Reshad Jones, whom the team signed Wednesday to a four-year contract extension.

JERSEY SWITCH

For the first time in training camp, the Dolphins’ offensive players — with the exception of the quarterbacks — wore white jerseys.

The switch was made because the Dolphins will be wearing white jerseys in the preseason game at Jacksonville Friday night, and the idea is to get offensive players used to what they’ll be seeing in the next game.

As Dolphins fans know by now, the team wore its aqua jerseys in the Hall of Fame Game against Dallas even though the Cowboys were designated as the home team.

CATCH THE DOLPHINS LIVE

Dolphins fans anywhere in the country will be able to watch live Friday night’s game at Jacksonville, as well as the other three preseason games, thanks to the NFL’s Preseason Live package.

For $19.99, fans can have access on their computer or tablet to out-of-market games not televised nationally. For details, go to dolphins.com/preseasonlive.

The game at Jacksonville will be broadcast live in the Miami-Fort Lauderdale area on WFOR-TV (CBS 4), in Fort Myers on WBBH-TV (Channel 2), in West Palm Beach on WTVX-TV (Channel 34) and WWHB (Channel 48-Spanish); and in Orlando on WRDQ (Channel 27) and WFTB MegaTV (9.2 as well as on digital cable via Comcast channel 209, CenturyLink Channel 10, Cox Cable 118 and Decca Cable channel 717).

Jesse Agler will provide the play-to-play call, with former Dolphins greats Bob Griese and Nat Moore providing analysis.

For fans who can’t watch the game live or simply want to see it again, the NFL Network will show replays of the Dolphins-Jacksonville broadcast on Sunday, Aug. 11 at 7 a.m. and Friday, Aug. 16 at 10 a.m.

THIS AND THAT

Quarterback Pat Devlin fully participated in practice Wednesday after being limited Tuesday. … A day after his contract extension became official, Reshad Jones came up with an interception near the sideline during team drills. … Cornerback Dimitri Patterson also had an interception when he stepped in front of the receiver on a slant pattern. … Wide receiver Andrell Smith made a nice touchdown grab in the back of the end zone near the end of practice, extending his arms over his head to snatch the pass from Devlin. … The musical selections during the stretching period inside the bubble were “Chosen One” by Future featuring Rocko and “Work (Remix)” by A$AP Ferg Featuring A$AP Rocky & French Montana & Trinidad James & Schoolboy Q.

THE LAST WORD

Offensive tackle Jonathan Martin assessing his performance in the Hall of Fame Game against Dallas: “It was a small sample size, only 10, 12 plays, something like that. It's hard to really tell where we are as an offense, where I am as a player. Not sure what the situation will be this week; I think we'll get a better picture of it as we go through the preseason.”