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SBD/March 27, 2012/Franchises
Dolphins Owner Ross Defends Team, Calls Constant Critcism Unfair
Published March 27, 2012
NOT GIVING UP: In Ft. Lauderdale, Mike Berardino notes when a reporter asked what Ross learned after failing to land coaches Jim Harbaugh and Jeff Fisher, as well as QB Peyton Manning, Ross responded, "Know what? I'll do it again and again. I'm going to be bold. And you don't lose for trying. ... And, you, know, if I can find the right guy, I'm going to be bold in getting him and I can't worry about losing. Because nothing ventured is nothing gained." Berardino writes, "Ross was more emphatic than I've ever seen him. Passionate, you might say. Clearly frustrated, as well." Ross said, "One thing I've learned is this is one (heck) of a complex business. ... It's a real experience" (South Florida SUN-SENTINEL, 3/27).
STEP IN RIGHT DIRECTION? WPLG-ABC's Will Manso wrote the Dolphins organization "took a big step Monday in trying to reach out to the fans and media." Manso: "Trust me, it's just a small step, but I must give credit where credit is due." Some of the highlights include both Ross and GM Jeff Ireland "understanding they need to be more open with the fans, and in turn the media." They also both "defended the direction the franchise is taking" (LOCAL10.com, 3/26). The SUN-SENTINEL's Berardino wrote Ross "got a little ticked off near the end" of yesterday's 20-minute media session (SUN-SENTINEL.com, 3/26). In West Palm Beach, Ben Volin notes Ross is "kind of stuck right now." Of course, he "wants his Dolphins to be 'bold' and win more games and sign the best players in the NFL," but he "can't just snap his fingers and make it happen" (PALMBEACHPOST.com, 3/26). In Miami, Armando Salguero writes the Dolphins are a "little sensitive these days because they have been taking a solid bruising for weeks." Salguero: "They probably won't get it all corrected next season. But to suggest they will get most everything wrong? That's not fair. Things aren't quite that bad" (MIAMI HERALD, 3/27).