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SBD/December 14, 2011/Franchises
Dolphins Owner Looking To Make A Big Splash With Hiring Of Next Head Coach
Published December 14, 2011
BUSINESS & FOOTBALL: NFL Network's Jamie Dukes said that he "doesn't believe Ross would let [GM Jeff] Ireland's presence deter the team from hiring a coach who insisted on personnel control or wanted to determine his own personnel director." Dukes: "Ross is a businessman first. If someone says, 'I want to bring my own guy in,' you can be rest assured, Ireland's gone." In West Palm Beach, Ben Volin notes the role of Carl Peterson, Ross' "friend and confidante, also could factor into a coach's decision to accept or refuse the job." Ross and Peterson have said recently that the former Chiefs President "will remain only a hands-off advisor, but not everyone believes that." A former NFL exec said, "Ross is going to have to clear up what's actually going on with Carl Peterson." Dukes said that a coach who "doesn't want the spotlight probably won't be a good fit for Ross." Dukes: "If a coach comes in there and doesn't realize he has to sell tickets, he's a fool. They need a Jon Gruden-type to come in and energize the fan base. These are the considerations Miami has that other markets don't" (PALM BEACH POST, 12/14). NFL.com's Jeff Darlington noted among league circles, it is "widely known that Miami's football operations often didn't see eye-to-eye with the business side." Darlington: "Can Ross convince the right candidates that, if he becomes the coach, he won't have to deal with promotions that encourage alumni of the opposing team's quarterback to attend a Dolphins home game (i.e. Gator Day)?" These are questions that Ross "will need to answer." They are questions, "despite public perception that would understandably suggest otherwise, that he has privately been working to conquer on his own." Team sources said that Ross has "taken a proactive approach in recent months to get to the bottom of Miami's organizational woes" (NFL.com, 12/13).