Ross said he was excited about some of the offseason changes to the roster and hopeful those could lead to a playoff appearance, which always has been and remains the goal.
“I’m excited to be here, excited for this season,” Ross said in an opening statement. “Judging by the enthusiasm you see out there, both from the players and the fans, and everybody, all of the people here today, I guess a lot of people share that enthusiasm.
“I don’t think I start any season without planning to make the playoffs,” Ross added in response to a question. “I think if you don’t have those expectations you shouldn’t be in the game.”
In particular, Ross said he was hoping to see improvement from the revamped offensive line and also said he was excited to watch in action rookie wide receiver
“I think we made a lot of moves,” Ross said. “We saw where our weaknesses were and I think that there was improvement last year. We were all really disappointed with the last two games, but certainly everybody feels we should have been in the playoffs. I think we’ve made some improvements. Certainly, other teams have as well. But I like where we are. I think we have a young team that hopefully is maturing.”
Among other topics, Ross talked about his excitement about the stadium modernization project, which will get into full gear after the 2014 season and should be completed in time for the 2016 season.
He also reiterated his support for Joe Philbin, who is entering his third season as Dolphins head coach.
“I like Joe Philbin very much,” Ross said. “I believe the ingredients of being a winning organization is having consistency. I’m expecting Joe Philbin to be here a long time. Every year, you want to see improvement.”
Ross also said he was excited about the addition of new offensive coordinator Bill Lazor, but perhaps more than anything he liked the attitude of the players as they embarked on another training camp.
“I’m not going to tell you how far it’s going to go, but I think you’re going to find a team that’s looking to improve, that wants to improve,” Ross said. “And working together. I think there’s a lot of energy there. And I think that we have the foundation to create a winning organization on the field and I think it will continue.”