Another week, another venture for Stephen Ross that doesn’t help the Dolphins. Add this to the long list of distractions that Ross involves himself in, rather than concentrating on the Miami Dolphins.
While most other NFL owners are actively participating and attending the scouting combines in Indianapolis, overseeing their scouting departments and meeting daily with their personnel departments, Ross instead is home.
Home, by the way, is not Miami. Ross is a Jet fan who lives in New York City. His businesses are there. And many of his non-Dolphins adventures are held there.
This time around, Ross is conducting business lessons for NFL players, so they have some business acumen after the NFL. In other words, many players blow their millions and millions of dollars and then are broke after retirement. They are not bright enough to SAVE SOME OF THEIR MILLIONS, but somehow they are supposed to be smart enough to start businesses?
Before conducting these business lessons in New York, Ross was in Ann Arbor, MI, doing a similar program near his second favorite team: The Michigan Wolverines.
Jets first. Wolverines second. Dolphins third.
Or maybe Michigan comes first and then the Jets second.
Or maybe the Patriots fall into the top three, leaving the Dolphins fourth.
In any event, Ross’s actions speak louder than words. He has made it very well known who his favorite sports teams are. He barely even bothers with the Dolphins.
I strongly believe that when the owner is as absent and uninvolved as Ross is, then the senior management has no accountability. Just ask Joe Philbin. Never produced a winning season, but got to keep his job over three and a half seasons because Ross was too distracted. You know Philbin’s philosophy was, “Owner doesn’t care if I win or lose, so I’m gonna half-ass it.” When your football knowledge is already extremely limited to begin with, and then you decide to not even try, you end up with a guy like Philbin.
Anyway, I’m waiting and longing for the day when I can write a headline like Ross Storms into Locker Room and Demands Accountability and Results. Or Ross Stands Up to Roger Goodell and Demands….(fill in anything here)