Stephen Ross loves Adam Gase, gives him three years to produce

Getty Images

Dolphins owner Stephen Ross thinks he has found a coach to provide long-term stability, but he isn’t going to give him long to prove it.

According to Jeff Ostrowski of the Palm Beach Post, Ross told the Palm Beach Civic Association Monday that he thinks new coach Adam Gase has generational qualities.

“Instead of getting a retread that really hasn’t had a great track record as head coach, I was looking for somebody that really could be the next, if you will, Bill Belichick, Bill Parcells, you know, really great head coach, and I think we got one,” Ross said.

Of course, he also established a timeline for that to kick in.

“After three years, if we haven’t made the playoffs, we’re looking for a new coach,” Ross said. “That’s just the way it is. The fans want it.”

Ross’s problem, which he seems to be the last to realize, is that it doesn’t always happen that quickly.

Belichick was 20-28 in his first three years in Cleveland, and didn’t make the playoffs. For which Ross would have fired him.

Parcells was 22-25-1 in his first three years, but made the playoffs in two of them, so he’d ostensibly have earned some trust from Ross.

But Ross insisted his method would work.

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

Or, maybe he won’t. Gase better hurry, because the clock is already ticking.

UPDATE 2/19, 11:50 A.M. ET: The first version of the Palm Beach Post story left out a bit of context on the Ross quote, which makes him look less reactionary. Upon being asked about hiring a 37-year-old head coach, Ross spoke of rapid turnover on a league-wide basis. “Every year, there’s anywhere from six to eight coaches,” he said. “It’s the most objective thing in the world – everybody looks at their won-loss records. There’s no other excuses. So, every team, after three years, if we haven’t made the playoffs, we’re looking for a head coach. That’s just the way it is. The fans want it.” Couched that way, it’s less like putting Gase on the clock and more a reality that he’s in a high-turnover business. But Ross has been quick on the trigger before, which helps further the perception that coaches around the league better produce in a hurry.

48 responses to “Stephen Ross loves Adam Gase, gives him three years to produce

  1. I agree three years or you are out. Football is a now business. Can’t compare to parcells before free agency and Cleveland was a mess with the move and everything. Can wait for all the responses just pounding the Dolphins. Go Phins!

  2. Hey Ross, you idiot, look who your organization has hired for coaches…


    All non retreads who hadn’t been head coach in the NFL.

    I love my Phins but this guy is an idiot.

  3. Give the new coach a chance to have a winning record before the pitch forks come out. As far as being an idiot, perhaps Mr. Ross is one, however I would not show my butt by calling him one. Some people say it’s best to have people think that you aren’t very smart then to open your mouth and prove it. Bill

  4. It is possible that within 3 seasons you could know that Adam Gase is not the right guy for the job.

    You also may not. (I’m catching on to you PFT)

    There are so many possibilities, like realizing the personnel department, which has now been lead by the corpse of Bill Parsels, Jeff Ireland, Dennis Hickey, Mike Tannenbaum, and Chris Grier.

    The Dolphins may not make the playoffs within 3 years and it could have nothing to do with Adam Gase.

    Inheriting a QB on his last chance, if it doesn’t work out with Ryan Tannehill, You can’t blame Adam Gase for not making the playoffs, whether with him or a new rookie QB next season and the stopgap likely to be acquired as well. (Personally think Tannehill will be good)

    Also have to realize Coach Gase is inheriting a team who’s top players (Cameron Wake, Brent Grimes, Brandon Albert) are oft injured and may not have much time left in a Dolphins Uniform at their price. You can’t pin this on Adam Gase.

    The contracts currently given to Ryan Tannehill, Ndamukong Suh, and Mike Pouncey could be manged properly, but if not they could hinder resources on hurt the quality of the team and depth around them. You can’t pin this on Adam Gase.

    TLDR: Ross needs to stop making these types of statements, they do nothing but feed the media and fan frenzy which has plagues his team and and quarterback.

  5. It’s going to be tough getting to the playoffs with the state that the team is in, the defense needs a total overhaul around Suh, Jones, and Wake (if Wake even comes back).

    Who know’s if OV or Grimes are coming back, and the CB/LB units are all young guys or middle of the road players. Get ready to take some lumps.

  6. It’s an acceptable one thing to think to yourself that you better be in the playoffs within 3 years, but it’s an entirely idiotic another thing to say it publicly.

  7. Ross continues to show that he just doesn’t get how to run an NFL team. Gase may be a good hire but Ross will find a way to ruin it.

  8. What if Tannehill doesn’t develop any more than he has already? And you need to give up and strat over with a new QB?

    What if giving all that money to Suh… was a mistake?

    You may have the right coach and decide you need to rebuild after next year.

  9. I’m sure the Dolphins fans will love 3 more years of barely 0.500 football. Seem like Ross is setting things up to just wait out the final 3-4 years of Tom Brady’s career.

  10. Why would you say that publicly? He needs at least 2 seasons to get the right players to run what he thinks will win more than a few games, but now if the Dolphins haven’t made the playoffs after season 2 why as a top tier free agent would you want to sign with Miami for the 3rd season of Gase to potentially get trapped with a new coaching staff that won’t use you the way Gase wanted to have you fit in.
    Steve Ross is trying , but he really needs to understand nobody likes what he is trying to sell. Stay in NYC, hire football people and show up if they win something of significance to shake some hands. Just be happy counting your billions.

  11. If the current Miami ownership had been given that same 3 year ultimatum (or a 5 year or even a 7 year ultimatum) it would be long gone. One of the worst run football franchises there is, yet they have a super loyal fan base in a state with 3 NFL teams. Sort of sad, really.

  12. Every time Ross steps up to a microphone I cringe. He has my vote for owner most suited to never address the press, for any reason, under any circumstance.

  13. I think 3 years is generous. Winning is enough, tho. You can’t fault him if a losing division winner keeps his winning team out of the playoffs.

    Gates also has to be able to point at the GM, and he gets a free year if Goodell says it’s Miami’s turn to take one for the league.

    And if he starts sending players to rehab he can be fired on the spot.

  14. I’m not sure what makes Ross thinks he’s going to get it right. Just last year he sent a division home game {the Jets} to London as part of the NFL’s requirement to host a Super Bowl. When you make business decisions that affect football performance then you’re a long way from getting it right.

    And don’t even get me started on Tim Tebow Day.

  15. 3 years is enough time in the modern NFL for a coach to get his team to a playoff appearance. This team is not the Browns, they have the personnel.

  16. finfanjim says:
    Feb 15, 2016 12:37 PM
    Hey Ross, you idiot, look who your organization has hired for coaches…


    All non retreads who hadn’t been head coach in the NFL.

    I love my Phins but this guy is an idiot.
    Ross’s only hire of those was Philbin, and that decision was influenced by a search group.

  17. ReligionIsForIdiots says:
    Feb 15, 2016 12:45 PM
    This doofus is completely setting Gase up for failure mentioning Parcells and Belicheat in the same sentence.
    Actually, it’s called setting the expectations and time frame for achieving them. In other words, good management and leadership 101.

  18. 1. It depends on Tom Brady, if he is able to keep on playing at the level he’s at, the Patriots will win the division for the next 3 years. That means a wild card berth is the best the Fins can get.

    2. The Head Coach isn’t the one who drafts players or signs over priced players (like Suh). The Dolphins CAN make the playoffs, but they need to draft well. And with Mike Tannenbaum at the helm, how likely is that?

    3. It also comes down to who they play. If they play Pittsburgh and lose, that could be enough to give the Steelers the edge. Denver may decline, but could still be a competitor for the wild card along with KC.

  19. Let’s be honest, it doesn’t matter what Ross says, what fans think or what PFT chooses to write about. All that matters is what happens between September and January and beyond is bonus football for most of us. A few teams expect the playoffs but most it’s a hope more than anything. For along time we have fallen into the latter but there is always hope especially this time of year.

  20. Ross has owned the team how long and hasn’t built a front office and coaching staff that can get us to the playoffs. What’s his timeline? He’s had the team what now? 5-6 years and no playoffs? Time to give the fans what then want Ross. The playoffs or you selling the team! Stop putting it on everyone else. You’re a terrible owner and we all see it.

  21. Ross is an idiot just SELL this team to Someone that HAS A CLUE!!! By the way your front office SUCKS too!!! You kept Philbin 2.5 years too long & now trying to make up for your idiocy to keep him!!!

  22. Gase is what 37, 38 years old? Have any coaches that young ever had success in the league? He may well very have a successful coaching career in the NFL but I think three years is cutting it slim considering his age.

  23. iseek11 says:
    Feb 15, 2016 1:21 PM
    How many lousy seasons did Rivera have before it all came together?
    Two and one-third. We were 6-10 his first year, 7-9 the second, and started 1-3 in his third. We’re 33-10-1 in the regular season since, and 3-3 in the playoffs with a conference title. It turned around all at once after that 4th game in 2013.

    As for Ross, how lovely of him to blame his ineptitude on the fans! “After three years, if we haven’t made the playoffs, we’re looking for a new coach,” Ross said. “That’s just the way it is. The fans want it.” No, imbecile, they just want to see the team get better every year. When you’re going up against the Patriots and Jets in your own division – and Denver, Cincy, Pittsburgh and KC in your conference – you can easily improve for 3 straight years and come up short.

  24. Tannehill just finished his 4th year ranked at 25th among QBs with at least 200 passes…. how many years does he get and why isn’t he unemployed right now?

  25. Onward and upward Dolphin fans, lol. Where’s that bullying panel? So basically he better fix Tannehill, who has gotten his last 2 OCS and his last HC fired, or else. That should work out well.

  26. So you are gonna give Gase only 3 years when you had originally given Philbin 4 years (okay, 3 years and 4 games). after Philbin was too clueless to figure out BullyGate?

    Only interesting thing for Miami this year is we will finally understand whether it was Philbin who threw Tannehill under a bus, or Tannehill threw Philbin under a bus? As an Aggie fan, I hope not!

  27. Unfortunately for Miami, the fish rots from the head down. Enjoy, chippy!

  28. So Gase won’t have to don a top hat tails and cane before getting fired after week 4 in his fourth season. And what if he goes the route of the Jets this season with ten wins but no playoffs?

  29. You think I don’t know that? What matters is that the last 4 hired coaches weren’t retreads. Which takes away credence from his argument.

    Anyway, the guy is an idiot. Anytime his mouth opens, he shows it.

  30. Mr. Ross did not say it this way. Why wasn’t this corrected? He was referring to the league as a whole not his new hire.

Leave a Reply

You must be logged in to leave a comment. Not a member? Register now!

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.