Stephen Ross created a bit of a stir Monday when he said this to the Palm Beach Civic Association:
“After three years, if we haven’t made the playoffs, we’re looking for a new coach. That’s just the way it is. The fans want it.”
That’s according to the Palm Beach Post, which was at the meeting.
But Ross was speaking broadly about NFL trends, and not Adam Gase specifically — associates of the owner tell the Miami Herald.
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Gase signed a five-year contract in January, and the Dolphins do not see his employment through the lens of a three-year window.
Ross did say that Gase, hired in January, “could be the next, if you will, Bill Belichick, Bill Parcells,” according to the Post. That’s high praise, considering Gase hasn’t coached an NFL game yet.
Ross also weighed in on several NFL controversies, including concussions (“If I had a child, I’d let him play,” Ross said) and the team’s bullying scandal (“This bullying incident was really a product of racism,” he added).