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Stephen Ross won’t get to make his elaborate pitch to Peyton

Miami Dolphins owner Stephen Ross speaks during a news conference at the team's training facility in Davie, Florida Reuters

We’ve been hearing for weeks that Dolphins owner Stephen Ross had his heart set on signing Peyton Manning. But while Manning is leaving the door open to the Dolphins, he’s apparently only interested in hearing about the team’s playbook, and not Ross’s pitch.

The Dolphins had already planned an elaborate set-up for their opportunity to woo Peyton, and they thought Ross would be included, Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald reports. But now it appears that Ross won’t even be involved — and that’s Manning’s preference.

That should come as no surprise, and if it does come as a surprise to Ross, that could be an indication that the Dolphins aren’t the right fit. Manning is going to want to go to a team, first and foremost, where he’s convinced he can win another Super Bowl. Talking to the coach is a good way for Manning to gauge whether the team that’s wooing him is the right team for him, but hearing from the owner about money and the glitz and glamor of South Beach is going to be low on Manning’s list of priorities.

Still, Manning agreed to take the meeting with Philbin, and that gives the Dolphins a shot. A good Xs and Os session with a smart offensive coach is going to be much more appealing to Manning than anything an owner could say, no matter how elaborate the presentation.

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27 Responses to “Stephen Ross won’t get to make his elaborate pitch to Peyton”
  1. nineroutsider says: Mar 12, 2012 4:48 PM

    If this is true…all the pretenders out there hope he doesn’t talk to Harbaugh (SF) then; he will want to sign with the 9ers ASAP…

  2. realitypolice says: Mar 12, 2012 4:48 PM

    I would think a presentation from the owner about the “glitz and glamour” of South Beach would be especially wasted on someone like Peyton Manning, WHO ALREADY LIVES THERE.

  3. marinephinfan says: Mar 12, 2012 4:51 PM

    I don’t get the Ross hate.

    Has he shown he’ll pay the money? Yep

    Has he shown that he’ll try to get the best coaches/people out there? Yep.

    Has he made some newbie mistakes? Yep

    He stays out of the “football” things and writes the checks. As for his wanting to make the stadium a “happening” place and trying to make money off of his investments by brining in famous people…so what?

  4. Deb says: Mar 12, 2012 4:52 PM

    This is an owner that decided to throw a Tim Tebow Day celebration for Gator fans in the Miami Hurricanes home stadium on the day Tebow was quarterbacking against his own Dolphins. It definitely seems he’s more interested in glitz, glamour, and attracting attention than in fielding a winning football team. Peyton has said repeatedly that he loves Indy–which is far-removed from South Beach. And the guy has enough money to spend his off season traveling to any high-profile capital he wants. Why would he care about Miami’s party scene?

    At this point, I’d be shocked if he chose the Dolphins.

  5. agelardi says: Mar 12, 2012 4:53 PM

    Wow, nothing goes right for this owner at all. Take a hint Ross, get lost. No one wants to play for you.

  6. noahbird says: Mar 12, 2012 4:56 PM

    So, you’re saying there is a chance?

  7. barneyrumble says: Mar 12, 2012 4:57 PM

    The weather is nice in Miami……That’s it.

  8. blancodiablo says: Mar 12, 2012 4:57 PM

    “Manning is going to want to go to a team, first and foremost, where he’s convinced he can win another Super Bowl.”

    Wrong. He’s going to a team where 1. He can start and 2. He gets paid. If not, Peyton would be happy as 3rd string on the Patriots making the league minimum.

  9. AlanSaysYo says: Mar 12, 2012 4:58 PM

    Maybe Philbin will break out the legendary binder that got him the Dolphins job in the first place.

  10. asw1028 says: Mar 12, 2012 5:00 PM

    If I were an owner all of my meetings would be conducted just like Gus from Breaking Bad…inside of a trailer in the middle of nowhere with a shrink wrapped veggie platter. Am I the only one who used to wonder why no one ever got down on Gus’s veggie platter? I would have been all over that.

  11. colt2011 says: Mar 12, 2012 5:01 PM

    Exactly. Impress him with game plan/playbook. He IS a QB, a great QB. He wants to play, win, start now. No fussin’ around. Guy is all football. He’ll want to have a free hand in making calls. Because he can.

    See how different Colts offense was without him under centre. He’s a football genius. Will be a bonus to any OC.

  12. boilerup1869 says: Mar 12, 2012 5:02 PM

    Don’t you just love when billionaires don’t get their way?

  13. thenmoveback says: Mar 12, 2012 5:04 PM

    Good, I love having an owner who loves to spend money but the guy had no football iq. Let the coach do the talking.

  14. suttonea76 says: Mar 12, 2012 5:04 PM

    Amen! Manning is no idiot and he knows money won’t win a Super Bowl. If he clicks with Philbin on the intricasies of a complex offense, then it’s a done deal. Denver and Arizona have basic, boring offenses and no one on either staff can say they have had consistent success like Philbin. Ross doesn’t need to be there as Peyton knows what owners are going to say anyway.

  15. firstroyal says: Mar 12, 2012 5:13 PM

    I am a dolphin fan
    I also like Manning, would like to see him play in Miami
    HOWEVER
    I think he will see he is not a right fit for the dolphins. I cannot see him playing in a west coast offense AND I cannot see a new coach wanting to change his offense to fit the QB.

    I think that is what this meeting is for. I am not entirely convinced that Philbin wants manning and ultimatly I think it will show during the meeting.

    They better be on the phone with Flynn at 4:01 PM tomorrow otherwise they may be starting Moore next season.

  16. blacknole08 says: Mar 12, 2012 5:44 PM

    If Peyton wants to win now, he should choose the Dolphins simply because they have a fairly easy schedule. He’s one of those QBs that rarely loses a home game and would probably have to make 2-3 trips at best to cold weather stadiums each year. The defense is pretty solid as well.

    But no matter where he decides to play, he will have to travel to Foxboro to face Brady.

  17. paleandpasty says: Mar 12, 2012 5:57 PM

    Joe philbins football intelligence will win this for miami

  18. vincentbojackson says: Mar 12, 2012 6:18 PM

    If I was Peyton’s agent I’d have him do a drawn out ESPN interview where he awkwardly proclaims that he’s “taking his talents to South Beach”.

  19. jagsfanugh says: Mar 12, 2012 6:38 PM

    He don’t want to learn spanish so that is why he don’t want no part of the Dolphins. Little Cuba..no thx.

  20. jrcoop says: Mar 12, 2012 6:50 PM

    Perfect. This is the best possible scenario for the Dolphins. I have posted earlier that Philbin is the ace in the pocket for Miami. One of leagues most prolific passers chatting with the architec of one the leagues most prolific passing offenses.

    Carl Peterson said after Philbin’s interview in Miami he had the best presentation he had ever seen for acoach candidate (and Carl’s has seen a lot). Without question this the best arrangement for the Dolphins to make a case.

    Ross can just give Joe that blank check with Peyton’s name on it that he’s been holding before he goes.

  21. orthomarine says: Mar 12, 2012 7:05 PM

    This makes my ballz ache; get Flynn at a good price and draft Tannenhill. Manning is/was a great QB, but he’s only won 1 ring and consistently chokes in the playoffs. His brother, who looks like he has an extra chromosome, has 2. One blindside blitz, and Peyton may be done….

    We get him- great
    We don’t- great

  22. DonRSD says: Mar 12, 2012 9:11 PM

    Jeff Ireland (gm) is the real issue.
    Sulk away Dolphin fans.
    Your once proud franchise has been in the dumps for the last 15 years.
    You have reached the low point like the Browns & Bengals……nobody cares about your franchise.

  23. finsfrontofficeisajoke says: Mar 12, 2012 9:25 PM

    You never hear, “Robert Kraft said the meeting with the big name free agent went well.”

    You never hear, “Art Rooney has scouted the WR crop and has decided who he wants.”

    You never even hear, “Daniel Snyder has his heart set on the QB from Stanford.”

    Mr. Ross, you are an OWNER. An owner is a BUSINESSMAN. Good businessmen hire football people to handle the product on the field. They are there because they know about FOOTBALL. You know about BUSINESS, so please mind your own and let the guys you hired do what you hired them to do.

    Dumbass.

  24. win1soon says: Mar 12, 2012 9:32 PM

    barneyrumble says:Mar 12, 2012 4:57 PM
    The weather is nice in Miami……That’s it.
    ______________________________
    You can’t say that, that is all Phish fans have is the weather LOL ; I laugh everytime they do not get someone, and the fans are in shocked, these fans feel they are so far above Buffalo, Detoit and Cleveland fans it is a joke

  25. spedman24 says: Mar 12, 2012 9:32 PM

    Dolphins have NO SHOT of getting Peyton. If they do not act fast tomorrow they are going to be left without Flynn…at the of the day the Dolphins will settle for Tim TEBOW…remember last year during the Denver game your stupid owner had a special ceremony for TEBOW and the rest of the champion gators as a ploy to get people into that stadium

  26. beeronthefridge says: Mar 12, 2012 11:12 PM

    finsfrontofficeisajoke says: Mar 12, 2012 9:25 PM

    You never hear, “Robert Kraft said the meeting with the big name free agent went well.”

    You never hear, “Art Rooney has scouted the WR crop and has decided who he wants.”

    You never even hear, “Daniel Snyder has his heart set on the QB from Stanford.”

    Mr. Ross, you are an OWNER. An owner is a BUSINESSMAN. Good businessmen hire football people to handle the product on the field. They are there because they know about FOOTBALL. You know about BUSINESS, so please mind your own and let the guys you hired do what you hired them to do.

    Dumbass.

    ____________________________________

    Ross has made $2 billion, and counting, and he is a dumbass?

    On the other hand you are loser wasting time on these boards instead of making money and you think you are smart?

  27. farvite says: Mar 13, 2012 1:47 AM

    Somewhere, a shed is missing a tool.

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