Ross Holds Conference Call With Fans Before Preseason Home Opener

Posted Aug 22, 2013

Dolphins owner touches a wide variety of subjects ranging from his thoughts on wide receiver Mike Wallace, to the 1972 team’s trip to the White House.

With the Dolphins two days away from playing their first preseason game at Sun Life Stadium in 2013, owner Stephen Ross reached out to Season Ticket Members and other fans Thursday night.

Ross became the latest member of the organization to take part in the “Inside the Huddle” conference call presented by AT&T.

In a conference call that lasted close to 30 minutes, Ross touched a wide variety of subjects ranging from his thoughts on wide receiver Mike Wallace, to the 1972 team’s trip to the White House on Tuesday, to what it would feel like to see the Dolphins win the Super Bowl this season.

“Hey, there’d be nothing better, man,” Ross said when a Dolphins fan asked what winning the Super Bowl would mean. “I’d feel great, just like everybody else would. That’s what you really shoot for. Every year you want to be in the Super Bowl and you want to win the Super Bowl. And I want it to happen. I want to be making sure, though, we’re on the path toward that happening and we want to be a team that’s winning consistently so we’re in the fight every year for the Super Bowl. You’re not going to win it every year, but certainly that should be your goal.”

While he didn’t predict a Super Bowl title in 2013, Ross did tell fans on the phone call he was excited about the prospects for this year’s team.

“I think there’s a lot of excitement,” Ross said. “I think that the players really believe that we’re putting something together that they have a lot of great expectations and certainly being the owner and seeing the moves we’ve made and the money we’ve spent, I’m very excited about it. I know the coaching staff is as well.”

Along with Wallace, Ross was asked his thoughts on other personnel matters, such as the offensive line, first-round pick Dion Jordan and the play-calling.

Ross also was asked whether he saw any similarities between Head Coach Joe Philbin and Hall of Fame coach Don Shula, and revealed an intriguing piece of information.

“I only knew Coach Shula from afar being a fan in those days,” Ross said. “But having talked to a lot of the players and spending time around him and asking them what was unique about Don Shula, why was he such a winning coach? It was really his attention to detail and how organized he was and how disciplined he was. These are all some of the same characteristics that I saw in Joe Philbin when I hired him. He came from a winning tradition; he expects to win. You’ve probably never seen a person who’s more organized.

“He shares the same secretary as Don Shula and I asked her, who was more organized? She said, Joe Philbin. That’s saying an awful lot. He’s about winning. He’s about expectations from his players and wanting to surround himself with good character players and somebody you really want to be proud representing the Miami Dolphins. Winning is what it’s all about and he’s the kind of coach that can get us there.”

The Dolphins have hosted these free exclusive conference calls for season-ticket holders through the summer and leading up to the start of the regular season.

The previous conference call featured the television and radio voices of the Dolphins: Bob Griese, Kim Bokamper, Jimmy Cefalo, Nat Moore and Jesse Agler. Among the players who have taken part in the conference calls are Nolan Carroll, Dannell Ellerbe, Richie Incognito, Mike Pouncey, Austin Spitler, Ryan Tannehill, Jason Trusnik, Jimmy Wilson and Philip Wheeler.

Alumni who earlier took part in a conference call included Dick Anderson, A.J. Duhe, Larry Little, O.J. McDuffie, James McKnight, Louis Oliver, Chad Pennington and Lousaka Polite.
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