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Stephen Ross Ends Speculation, Promises New Dolphins GM To Have Roster Control
Published January 10, 2014
GET TO KNOW ME: In Miami, Armando Salguero writes if the new Dolphins GM "must mesh with" Aponte and Philbin, then they "should meet during the process so that both sides can vet, inspect, screen, assess, scrutinize, and evaluate the other." For Ross, who "reads everything about his Dolphins and is aware of the well chronicled mess, finding someone who can mesh" with Aponte and Philbin is "very important." The Dolphins have "fostered a circumstance whereby the past GM had clashes with two consecutive coaches." The team "cannot get it wrong on this issue again," so "everyone involved should get to know each other before they get to work with each other." Ross "wants people working together and [singing] kumbaya in harmony." But two of those people are "being pulled in from disparate searches by different parties" with Ross and Peterson searching for the GM and Aponte and Philbin searching for the offensive coordinator (MIAMIHERALD.com, 1/10).
FRANCHISE FLAWED? In Ft. Lauderdale, Omar Kelly writes observers have been "waiting five years for Ross' business savvy, the real estate expertise that made him a billionaire four times over, to pay off for the Dolphins, a franchise lacking a solid foundation." The "problem is our wait might be in vain because the last GM Ross committed himself to wasted time and money." Ross' GM search begins "with a laundry list of qualified candidates, but none of them will have the juice they need to make franchise altering decisions." What the Dolphins franchise "doesn't need is another failed regime, another era of finger pointing, more rounds of mismatched pieces that don't fit the puzzle the head coach is putting together." What the team needs is "synergy, and Ross better find it" (South Florida SUN-SENTINEL, 1/10).