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Dolphins Owner Ross Emphasizes Long-Term Thinking For Rebuild

Ross said his legacy will be tied to winning, not to which free agents he does or does not sign
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Ross said his legacy will be tied to winning, not to which free agents he does or does not sign
Photo: GETTY IMAGES
Ross said his legacy will be tied to winning, not to which free agents he does or does not sign
Photo: GETTY IMAGES

Dolphins Owner Stephen Ross' Hudson Yards project in N.Y. "already enjoys success and acclaim," and now he has his "sights set on raising the Dolphins to equal acclaim and stature in their respective domain," according to Armando Salguero of the MIAMI HERALD. The Dolphins have "mostly languished" in recent years, and Ross has "learned a lot about teams the past decade." Ross said of the team's rebuild, "Long-term thinking. That's what you need to win in anything in life. If you think short-term, you might have immediate gratification, but it's not going to last." Ross: "I'm looking to do something that's going to last with the Dolphins so that we win year in and year out. ... Our team has a different culture now. It's on the way to developing." Salguero notes as an owner, Ross has "learned a lesson about free agency," but even with the team's $100M-$120M salary cap space next offseason -- more than any other team -- Ross' "philosophy for free agency sounds different than it has been in the past." Ross: "Yes, you need free agents sometimes but that's more challenging because you don't know what you're getting. We had some big free agents we hired or signed over the years, but did that turn into a championship" Meanwhile, Ross said of his legacy with the team, "I'll be judged by how many Super Bowls. That's what really counts" (MIAMI HERALD, 12/13).