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Stephen Ross you can tell is a guy that wants this team to win . . .BADLY. He is the owner, but everything I have seen and heard about him suggests that he is a bigtime fan as well. Sure he chased after Harbaugh, and yea it was inappropriate to do that with a coach already under contract . . . but you know what, the man was doing it as a fan of the team and legitimately thought Harbaugh was a man that could make the team better. He may lose Brownie points around the league but that man has the best interest of the team and the fans on his mind and I respect him.
The one thing he has done wrong is keep Jeff Ireland. We always talk about coaches needing to get "their players" for their system to work . . . well when you fire a previous administration . . . keeping loose ends, especially the longest string with the GM just gives fans reasons to bash and hate what the new group is doing because the old GM is still pulling the strings. I'm not here to say that Carl Peterson could have been the hire and could be worse than Ireland . . . . but it just isn't a smart way to approach a new change in philosophy and it does the new head coach a dissservice.
The proof is all there in this wonderful post by Spesh. Surely you can't blame the failures of the Miami Dolphins all on Ireland but to get rid of everybody almost assumes he was void of blame and that just isn't the case. Jeff Ireland has not been good enough, especially at the skill positions and the OLine he has invested heavily in still lacks. I personally don't want a guy who is willing to give Kyle Orton 9 million a year and can't find solid playmakers to save his life managing a 50 million dollar cap and the biggest void at the skill positions possibly in Dolphins history.