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Stephen Ross not pleased with Dolphins defense

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Dolphins owner Stephen Ross wanted what Brad Childress would call a “kick ass” offense in Miami this year.  So far, Ross has gotten his wish.

The only problem is that impressive offensive stats mean nothing unless the defense holds the opponent to fewer points than the offense scores.

Appearing on CNBC’s Squawk Box (via Mike Berardino of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel), Ross said, “Our defense, which was supposed to be so good, I think allowed way too many yards, probably an NFL record. I think that could be fixed.”

Still, Ross gave some credit to the previously struggling side of the ball for its Week One performance against the Patriots.

“I think what was perceived as our biggest weakness, the quarterback situation, that was very positive as probably our best strength of the game Monday night,” Ross said.

And he’s right.  The problem for the Dolphins is that, since the days of the Killer Bees defense, the team has been skewed too far toward one side of the ball.  In 1982, a team heavy on “D” and light on “O” lost in the Super Bowl to the Redskins.  Two years later, with a Dan Marino-fueled attack but a less-than-stout defense, the Fins fell to the Niners in the Super Bowl.

The defense got better after Marino retired, and now that the offense is waking up its fitting that the defense is lapsing into a coma, again.

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43 Responses to “Stephen Ross not pleased with Dolphins defense”
  1. waitingguilty says: Sep 16, 2011 1:26 PM

    Ross sounds like Spaulding from Caddyshack’s snack bar scene.

    “I want a hamburger, no I want a hotdog…I want Harbaugh…I mean Sparano….Offense….No a Defense…”

    Hey Ross….

    “You’ll get NOTHING and like it!”

  2. balewsquare says: Sep 16, 2011 1:30 PM

    Was J-Lo impressed? Serena?

  3. nav711 says: Sep 16, 2011 1:31 PM

    The whole organization is a complete joke, starting with the clown they have as an owner.

  4. RexCanCoach says: Sep 16, 2011 1:32 PM

    Wait what was that? Oh, the Patriots just scored again on the Fish.

    4-12

  5. profootballwalk says: Sep 16, 2011 1:33 PM

    Don’t feel bad – you only have to play the Patriots twice a year.

  6. rc33 says: Sep 16, 2011 1:33 PM

    Tom Brady likes Miami’s D and in the end that’s all that matters, Mr. Ross.

  7. mustbejealousof6 says: Sep 16, 2011 1:35 PM

    ♠ Announcement ♠

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    The Steeler Nation’s dominance in this league is unmatched (6). This is unfair to you and we understand this. That is why we are making the neccessary changes to make it work for everyone. After we win our seventh Lombardi this year we will start our own league. You get to keep your pansy league while we start a real football league for the game as it was made.

    This league will consist of the Steelers organization (this means the superior facets listed above) ONLY. We will establish rules from the ground up. These rules will stick to the foundations the game was based on. 112 members of the NFL may enter this league after deemed “pure”. We’ll introduce our own draft system that will occur every year (details still need arrangement). The orginal Steelers team (in all it’s glory) will be divided into eight teams for the first season. The system is subject to change after every football year.

    Everyone prepare for the SFL

  8. david7590 says: Sep 16, 2011 1:35 PM

    Kick ass offense? It was one game against a lousy Patriots defense.

  9. hooks024 says: Sep 16, 2011 1:37 PM

    Speaking of uniforms, with the nfl’s uniform policy allowing pink gloves and stuff in october for breast cancer month, will they allow powder blue for prostate cancer awareness month? Mlb is the only organization I’ve seen recognize this horrific disease, and it’d

  10. mjdkid100 says: Sep 16, 2011 1:38 PM

    It’s 1 game.

    Amazing year after year after year, that people still overreact in the early weeks of the NFL season.

  11. illogic87 says: Sep 16, 2011 1:41 PM

    Dolphins are just gay sharks…

  12. bennprince says: Sep 16, 2011 1:43 PM

    and here comes an even better offense. can Houston hang 800 yards on this defense?

  13. vdogg says: Sep 16, 2011 1:43 PM

    Not enough people convinced to “take their talents to South Beach” in the NFL yet….

  14. cdngatorfan says: Sep 16, 2011 1:43 PM

    Oh Oh, There’s the red carpet rolling out for Ireland to go on another Linebacker shopping spree in the 2012 draft.

    Does anyone have Bill’s cell phone number?…

    I mean Cowher’s not Parcells.

    A change is coming in 2012.

  15. nineroutsider says: Sep 16, 2011 1:44 PM

    Beware of Mike Nolan’s “big nickel”…he loves this defense and thinks it works well, but it sucks. He thinks he can play it in pass situations to prevent a sneaky run, but in the end it doesn’t work against either.

    I don’t think the fins have the personnel to run Nolan’s defense, but I suppose that won’t stop him from trying. God forbid he adjust his scheme to match his talent.

    Ross seems like a horrible owner…

  16. joetoronto says: Sep 16, 2011 1:44 PM

    Mr Ross: If you want to know what’s wrong with your team, have a look in the mirror.

  17. jessieboom says: Sep 16, 2011 1:44 PM

    …still waiting on you to post my other comments that called you out.

  18. tommynatorii says: Sep 16, 2011 1:46 PM

    One game does not mean our offense is “Fixed” it’s better from the crap from last year, but it needs to show consistancy to be real. The defense which was good last year, just didn’t show up. Brady did what he does, find the weakness and attack it. Much props to New England’s TE’s.
    Firing Benny Sapp was a good start, maybe a few more..

  19. wawa33 says: Sep 16, 2011 1:52 PM

    That photo of dorky Stephen Ross looks like a corss between Bob Uecker and Don Knotts.

  20. phinfan says: Sep 16, 2011 1:55 PM

    Come on… get to the good info: Is JLO easy???

  21. promickey says: Sep 16, 2011 1:57 PM

    Sparano needs to figure this out so he does not get fired. The Dolphins lost both of their starting cornerbacks to cramping. Vontae Davis and Sean Smith will be starting this Sunday. Someone did not prepare the two for the conditions by hydrating. Moreover Benny Sapp was beat like a drum by Brady. Sapp is to slow and small to cover the faster tight ends. Sparano is a reactive coach instead of being proactive. He will be fired by Ross if that continues.

  22. brealistic says: Sep 16, 2011 1:58 PM

    Mr. Ross, would you like to know why your stadium will be half empty? We the fans are not happy with you or your front OFFICE. As a EX – Ticket holder we will stay away until this organization put people in place that understand how to operate a NFL TEAM. You and this staff have NO clue, you have turned this once proud franchise into a dog and pony show. We hope you loose millions this season, maybe you will sell this team off,and get the HELL out of this business/ TOWN.

  23. robolundgren says: Sep 16, 2011 1:58 PM

    This guy makes Jerry Jones look like Stephen Hawking.

  24. capslockkey says: Sep 16, 2011 2:01 PM

    Who cares about Ross? As long as Jimmy Buffett and Fergie are pleased there is nothing to be concerned about.

  25. djteknision1200 says: Sep 16, 2011 2:03 PM

    Plenty of teams in week 1 defense looked bad. Just take a look at all the QB performances of week 1.

  26. bleedgreen11 says: Sep 16, 2011 2:04 PM

    maybe the Fins would play better if they got all lubed up on Tom Brady’s magical water.

  27. arrogantathlete says: Sep 16, 2011 2:05 PM

    I’m sure all 10 people that showed up to the game didn’t care cause they scored more than 20 points for once.

  28. ampats says: Sep 16, 2011 2:05 PM

    I don’t think the Miami Dolphins fanbase is pleased with Stephen Ross’s ownership either !

  29. favreforever says: Sep 16, 2011 2:08 PM

    Steve was appalled that he was able to go 8 of 11 for 184 yards and 2 touchdowns against them in a recent Dolphin practice. In his street clothes.

  30. canetic says: Sep 16, 2011 2:11 PM

    It will all be worth it in three years when Andrew Luck is taking snaps, Brady is retired, and Rex Ryan is a DC for the Bengals.

  31. firemarshal1 says: Sep 16, 2011 2:16 PM

    Mr. Ross, you should ask Coach Shula if he ever had so many out of shape (poor conditioned) defensive players play for him? I’m sure Don Shula was as embarrassed as I was as a Miami Dolphins fan. I won’t have been upset if the Dolphins had lost, to due better talent but it wasn’t. It was because of lazy and out shape players. That’s not right, these guys are suppose to be professionals.

  32. Mr. Wright 212 says: Sep 16, 2011 2:20 PM

    That franchise is a huge joke and a colossal mess.

  33. rajbais says: Sep 16, 2011 2:24 PM

    You feel that you have the right to express disappointment???

    What have you done lately, Mr. Ross???

  34. dolphins4andrewluck says: Sep 16, 2011 2:38 PM

    onr game vs the best qb in league and youll act like theres no hope for our D. even if the patriots “set the blueprint” still 31 other teams dont have tom brady..

  35. jpb12 says: Sep 16, 2011 2:39 PM

    Yes. That’s what we need. More owners to get personally involved in the day to day stuff.

    That’s always worked well right?

  36. ampats says: Sep 16, 2011 2:44 PM

    mustbejealousof6,

    your comments are almost as big an embarrassment as was your team was last Sunday

  37. RexCanCoach says: Sep 16, 2011 2:47 PM

    Steeler fan you crack me up. Talk about having too much time on your hands!

    There are only a few things that can be said….

    1. your team is old
    2. ravens are better
    3. ravens are WAAAYYYY better

    If Picksburgh loses to lowly Seahawks you should be prohibited from posting for a month.

  38. larryfinfan says: Sep 16, 2011 3:24 PM

    Wait, the friggin owner says “Gee, we allowed too many yards this week” and that’s a story ?? Did anyone see that game ?? If the guy had come on and said ” they’re really a good d” then I’d have an issue with what he said. I just don’t see a story here folks…you saw the game, did Ross say something that wasn’t true ??

  39. trickbunny says: Sep 16, 2011 4:11 PM

    Jeez, look at that picture. All those beatings from defensive linemen and all the stress from sucking so bad has really aged Chad Henne.

  40. granadosm says: Sep 17, 2011 1:27 AM

    The Fins D is “Lapsing into a coma”?! They have played ONE GAME against the best QB in the league and they finished with the 6th best defense in the league last year! It’s apparent PFT has something against the Dolphins, I just don’t understand why.

  41. justentertainingthestupid says: Sep 17, 2011 3:32 AM

    Miami will beat Houston, play good defense and then all of you a-holes can start talking about something else like…..not enough running game…not enough mustard on that guys hot dog, the music wasn’t loud enough during timeouts…the cheerleaders didn’t dance the same way. Just pass from carbon monoxide. Thanks, appreciate it.

  42. finsrule2222 says: Sep 17, 2011 6:48 AM

    breaking news!!! thank god i was able to get this update. im pretty sure there is a single person in the organization who is pleased with the dolphins defense.

    now i know they got their ass beat but come on its the first game. all these people that say andrew luck sweepstakes and the dolphins are screwed. youll see when we unfortunately go 7-9 or 8-8. well be better than people realize, but it sucks cuz were not gonna get andrew luck or get in the playoffs and well be in the same place next year. and i say “were” as if im in the dolphins organization lol

  43. squealerweasel says: Sep 17, 2011 8:59 AM

    Mike F…you’re losing cred…it’s one game…I didn’t see many post after the Patriots shredded the Jets “D” last year. It’s one game…lets see where they’re at Week 8 before we hit the panic button!

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