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Stephen Ross has “associates” spread word that he’s not reactionary

NEW YORK, NY - JULY 21:  New York Times reporter Charles V. Bagli (L) and Chairman and Founder of Related Companies Stephen Ross speak onstage during NY Times Cities For Tomorrow Conference on July 21, 2015 in New York City.  (Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images for New York Times) Getty Images

Dolphins owner Stephen Ross is trying to jam the toothpaste back in the tube, and if it doesn’t go back in in three years, he’s going to switch brands.

Yesterday, Ross revealed one of the reasons he’s running a franchise that has been a bit of a mess on the field, telling a crowd at the Palm Beach Civic Association: “After three years, if we haven’t made the playoffs, we’re looking for a new coach. That’s just the way it is. The fans want it.”

And because the Palm Beach Post publishing comments which made him appear to be a reactionary billionaire who won’t give his new head coach a chance to learn on the job, he quickly tried to walk it back.

According to Adam Beasley of the Miami Herald, “associates” of Ross said he was speaking in broad NFL terms, not specific to the coach he just hired.

Of course, that’s an easy justification when you realize you said something short-sighted about the guy you just handed a five-year contract to.

And the fact he referred to Gase as a Bill Belichick type coach — when Belichick himself didn’t meet the three-year criteria — underscores the fact that Ross might not necessarily grasp that idea.

“It’s a lot easier to succeed in business than it is to create a winning football team,” Ross said during his initial remarks. “I’m going to get it right yet.”

And if he doesn’t, he’ll have associates explain what he really meant later in the day.

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33 Responses to “Stephen Ross has “associates” spread word that he’s not reactionary”
  1. spfripp says: Feb 16, 2016 6:53 AM

    Wonder how long he will give himself to succeed.

  2. handsatlanta says: Feb 16, 2016 7:28 AM

    Ross doesn’t grasp football? Shocking.

  3. brianav036 says: Feb 16, 2016 7:33 AM

    The guy is loyal to a fault…He stuck by Ireland,Sparano and Philbin when nobody else would have. 3 years and no playoffs for a new coach is standard in Today’s NFL. With the season over we will see all of these non stories published for the next 6 months. Time to take on my new hobby of staring at the paint drying on the walls.

  4. dolfan72 says: Feb 16, 2016 7:37 AM

    I wish we could FIRE STEPHEN ROSS! Or is it STEPHEN “LOSS!”

  5. cafetero1075 says: Feb 16, 2016 8:01 AM

    Ross is the biggest Buffoon in the NFL, amazing this guy made billions. I wish he would sell the Phins.

  6. ajg314 says: Feb 16, 2016 8:06 AM

    Moronic billionaire.

  7. excusemewhileiwhipthisoutagain says: Feb 16, 2016 8:33 AM

    From the school of “Bread and Circuses” management, I give you Stephen Ross. It worked for the Romans for a while.

  8. txfinfan says: Feb 16, 2016 8:39 AM

    Would someone in south Florida please get word to Mr. Ross through his “associates” that he needs to shut up. We have enough trouble without him speaking too…

  9. jjackwagon says: Feb 16, 2016 8:53 AM

    The rest of the AFCE says “thank you” for ensuring the Dolphins will not be relevant for the forseeable future.

  10. grogansheroes says: Feb 16, 2016 9:11 AM

    C’mon, Ross! You need to get yourself a fall guy!

  11. coachhighscore says: Feb 16, 2016 9:15 AM

    How this guy ever displayed any type of intelligence to become a billionaire is beyond me. He is a moron. Look at the back and forth dancing this idiot did when Sporano was under contract, flying to recruit Harbaugh with his GM Ireland in tow. Then, he gives Sporano a contract extension. Then he brings in a coach (Philbin) but retains the GM. Then he fires the GM but retains the coach. Then he brings in Tannenbaum. All the while, with Parcells and Carl Peterson in his ear. Do you see the pattern? Moronic move after moronic move, not simply because they failed, but the order he did them in. Now he’s telling people 3 years and your out while saying the coach who’s going to be out is another Parcells or Belichick.
    One or two mistakes can be attributed to a rookie owner. But example after example of pure ineptitude can only lead one to this basic conclusion: Stephen Ross- you’re an idiot. Too bad you can’t purchase perception.

  12. myopinionisrighterthanyours says: Feb 16, 2016 9:36 AM

    Wouldn’t it be breaking news if an NFL owner was actually IN TOUCH with reality?

  13. jchipwood says: Feb 16, 2016 9:38 AM

    If Dolphins were winning Ross could do the same shenanigans he has been doing and every Dolphin fan would claim he is one of the best owners.

  14. xpensivewinos says: Feb 16, 2016 9:55 AM

    If Dolphins were winning Ross could do the same shenanigans he has been doing and every Dolphin fan would claim he is one of the best owners.
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    Problem is, the love child of Droopy Dog and Woody Allen has proven to be an incompetent buffoon from the second he bought the team……..so all we know for a fact is that he’s one of the worst owners in recent memory.

  15. magnumpimustache says: Feb 16, 2016 10:03 AM

    As a patriots fan I want to thank the Dolphins, Dolphins fans and ownership for giving me 17 years of joy.

    Your last playoff victory was the year Tom Brady entered the league but sat the bench.

  16. jbravo2312 says: Feb 16, 2016 10:05 AM

    Why is everyone acting so surprised? Three years is the maximum coaches have, we are seeing more one and two year coaching changes now. He just actually said it, it’s what everyone’s doing. Just because he had the balls to actually say it now he’s being criticized. It’s a bit hypocritical.

  17. YouCryin?PatsMustBeDoingTheirJob says: Feb 16, 2016 10:09 AM

    ha ha ha

  18. switchwitch59 says: Feb 16, 2016 10:42 AM

    jbravo2312 says:
    Feb 16, 2016 10:05 AM

    Why is everyone acting so surprised? Three years is the maximum coaches have, we are seeing more one and two year coaching changes now. He just actually said it, it’s what everyone’s doing. Just because he had the balls to actually say it now he’s being criticized. It’s a bit hypocritical.
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    Take a better look at the records of the teams changing coaches every 1 or 2 years, is that the company you want your favorite team to keep?

  19. rcali says: Feb 16, 2016 11:12 AM

    3 years is more than enough with this roster to make a playoff run. That being said, this coach may show he has no business in this position in less than that. Guess we’ll find out.

  20. kane337 says: Feb 16, 2016 11:52 AM

    I hope the new coach can overcome the dumb ownership he’s dealing with.

  21. cornersss says: Feb 16, 2016 12:23 PM

    “Take a better look at the records of the teams changing coaches every 1 or 2 years, is that the company you want your favorite team to keep?”

    Because they are good coaches, or because they had more time?

  22. ksiner says: Feb 16, 2016 12:25 PM

    No Dolphins coach will reach the playoffs in 3 years with the mess here. Ross is more concerned with hosting a Super Bowl than playing in one

  23. fanofpft says: Feb 16, 2016 12:40 PM

    Dear Mr. Ross please keep your wallet open and your mouth closed thank you.

  24. bubbahotepp says: Feb 16, 2016 1:11 PM

    Because, you know, who wouldn’t believe one more scheming billionaire real estate developer who tried to squeeze the taxpayers for renovations on HIS stadium?

  25. VenerableAxiom says: Feb 16, 2016 1:35 PM

    bubbahotepp says:
    Feb 16, 2016 1:11 PM
    Because, you know, who wouldn’t believe one more scheming billionaire real estate developer who tried to squeeze the taxpayers for renovations on HIS stadium?
    ———
    But unlike all the other owners, decided to pay for it himself.

  26. VenerableAxiom says: Feb 16, 2016 1:40 PM

    dolfan72 says:
    Feb 16, 2016 7:37 AM
    I wish we could FIRE STEPHEN ROSS! Or is it STEPHEN “LOSS!”
    ———–
    Well if you’ve got a couple billion lying around, maybe he’ll sell it to you.

  27. fishyinalittledishy says: Feb 16, 2016 2:33 PM

    magnumpimustache says:
    Feb 16, 2016 10:03 AM
    As a patriots fan I want to thank the Dolphins, Dolphins fans and ownership for giving me 17 years of joy.

    Your last playoff victory was the year Tom Brady entered the league but sat the bench.
    ********************************
    Very true but we did enjoy week 17 and so did Denver.

  28. fanofpft says: Feb 16, 2016 3:11 PM

    Because, you know, who wouldn’t believe one more scheming billionaire real estate developer who tried to squeeze the taxpayers for renovations on HIS stadium?
    ———
    But unlike all the other owners, decided to pay for it himself.

    After growing tired of jumping threw the hoops requiring that it be done so under the CBA.

    “A key stipulation in the NFL’s G4 financing program for contributing to stadium projects, established in the latest collective bargaining agreement, is that public money must be part of the deal. That was not required in the league’s previous program that helped fund the Giants/Jets and Cowboys stadiums”.

    It came from a newspaper article in 2013 over what ncphinsfan posted with Ross. And that must have taking about 2 years of fighting before Ross had to pony up after the state stepped in and overturned any local action on the matter.

    Also on Ross recouping any money back from hosting Super Bowls…

    “Teams don’t profit directly from hosting Super Bowls. They turn the keys over to the NFL.”

  29. fumblenuts says: Feb 16, 2016 3:28 PM

    Amazing….The love child of Droop dog and Woody Allen. The brain of Spongebob Squarepants!

  30. spartyistheclassofthenationinfootballandbasketball says: Feb 16, 2016 3:30 PM

    Personally I’m never surprised when a wolverine says or does something stupid

  31. chesswhileyouplaycheckers says: Feb 17, 2016 11:14 AM

    jchipwood says:
    Feb 16, 2016 9:38 AM
    If Dolphins were winning…
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    A pretty big IF

  32. chesswhileyouplaycheckers says: Feb 17, 2016 11:17 AM

    fishyinalittledishy says:
    Feb 16, 2016 2:33 PM
    Very true but we did enjoy week 17
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    Can’t say we blame you. When you only win 6 in a year you should enjoy them all the more.

  33. phinfan says: Feb 17, 2016 6:48 PM

    I dunno if putting Tannebum in charge will create that playoff team.

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