I thought it was a new day. I fell for it. I fell for Stephen Ross’s words when he said it was a new day and when he said he won’t try the same old things again and expect a different result.
He said all of that on one of the greatest Dolphin days in the past decade: the day he finally fired Adam Gase.
There are very few positive, smart decisions that Ross has made during his ownership. Firing Gase was a huge one. It almost made me forget about all the other nonsense Ross puts us through. But, alas, the positive feeling was short lived.
Just a few weeks after saying he will try new things, Ross instead tried the same old failed things. He hired a coach with zero experience. He allowed that inexperienced coach to hire his inexperienced friends. He promoted an assistant GM with a poor track record to the top job. Again.
The failed experiments continue. Ross’s bad habit of handing out charity jobs to wannabes continues.
The Stephen Ross interview process: “Have some experience? I don’t want you.” “Need some experience? By all means, please come be my head coach.”
Why does Ross try these failed experiments over and over? The answer is that he just doesn’t care.
Never forget the NFL’s revenue sharing. The crap teams make just as much as the champions, so there is no financial reward for winning and no financial punishment for losing. Winning championships simply brings pride, and Ross doesn’t care about that. It’s all a matter of pride, and Ross’s pride is limited to the U of Michigan.
Wanna try something? If you don’t have it already, download the Miami Dolphins’ app for your phone or tablet. Do it now.
Will you see a picture of a Dolphin? Maybe our new coach? Maybe the home page will be Ross himself?
No, you will see a tennis tournament app. That’s right. Ross has allowed the Dolphins’ app to be usurped by Hard Rock’s tennis sponsorship. Let me make this clear: I’m not talking about a banner ad for tennis on the Dolphins’ app.
No. The entire app is tennis. You have to read the fine print to go to the Dolphins news on the Dolphins’ own app!
Even broke ass minor-league baseball teams in small towns that no one ever heard of do not do this. Certainly no major sports teams ever do this. Only Stephen Ross.
There is no Dolphins Pride for Stephen Ross. Instead, the Dolphins are just a small part of a large portfolio.
It’s bad that he sells out the Dolphins to promote other garbage. But at least it’s consistent. He gives away valuable home game to go play in Europe. He allows his coaches to kick All-Pros off the team. He allows his coaches to hire their friends (players and coaches alike). He’s more interested in anti-bullying and anti-National Anthem than in winning games.
His team was just devastated by injuries all through 2018 and still finished in second place, so he decides that a total tank is necessary?
You have a new coach and a new QB (unsure who as of yet) coming in. Why not roll the dice with what you have instead of abandoning a non-sinking ship?
Or, if you want to start anew, then fine. But why keep a guy like Grier, who has been part of the problems for a few years?
All of these baffling decisions from Ross are due to his Dolphins management style. Just make decisions by shrugging your shoulders and flipping a coin. Who cares if we win or lose.
I can only dream of a day when a Dolphin fan owns our teams and wants the Dolphins to win.