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Dolphins Owner Stephen Ross In His Own Words

Posted Jan 7, 2013

End of season gathering with media provides unique insight.

The last time Miami Dolphins owner Steve Ross held court with the South Florida media was on the opening day of training camp back in July and he emphasized then and a handful of other times during the season that he felt good about the team.

Even through the ups and downs of a 7-9 campaign, Ross remained steadfast in his support of Head Coach Joe Philbin and General Manager Jeff Ireland. He chose to wait until the end of the season to give his conclusions and today he did just that during a roundtable discussion with that same South Florida media. Here is some of what he had to day:

“I think the day I bought the team I said that I shouldn’t be the one making the decisions of who we pick, who we play or what the plays are. You want to have the best people doing that. This is a much more sophisticated game than all of us fans think it is and the more you get inside it you really find out how sophisticated it is in the football operations. So it’s really like any organization and like the organization that I built and I started, it’s about the people, and you’re only as good as the people you have. It’s just not the guy at the top. The guy at the top facilitates it and makes sure it happens and gives them the resources and the ability to do everything to become a best in class organization.” – Ross on how involved he might get in personnel decisions

Ryan Tannehill, what really impressed me about him is his intelligence and the type of person he is. I think that’s come out. He’s a hard worker, he’s a high character guy and that’s what you want, and he’s a guy that wants to be here. Hopefully, he’ll accomplish all of those things that everybody would like to see him do. When you meet him you feel good about him and there’s not a lot of trepidation. He goes about his business in a very serious manner and he wants to win and I think it was a great start that he had.” – Ross on his impressions of rookie quarterback Ryan Tannehill

“You have to have patience and you have to realize that you have to look at things with a vision and a long term aspect. I look at things from a long-term perspective as opposed to a very short-term perspective, so you might be suffering and God knows I hated those Monday mornings and still do when we have those losses. But it’s something where I feel we’re on the right track. We’re moving in the right direction and I feel good about it even more so today than I ever have.” – Ross on how he has avoided making a panic move as an owner

“The end game really over 5-10 years is what was your won-loss record over that period of time and how many Super Bowls did you win? That’s how you’re going to be judged so I’m prepared for that. I enter every year with the idea I’m going to be in the playoffs. That starts every year and if you don’t have that mentality you shouldn’t be in this sport because you really want to be winning. You want to put your best effort and believe in the team that you got that you can get to the playoffs. Certain times you need a bit more optimism to get there, like this year we went with a rookie quarterback so we didn’t know what we had, but it’s not a magic formula.” – Ross on his vision for the Dolphins down the road
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