You can file this one under “Be careful what you wish for,” but it may not be the final coaching search for Stephen Ross and the Miami Dolphins.
Many Miami Dolphins fans have said over the past few days that if there was a silver lining to this unexpected coaching search, it should be Stephen Ross’ last. I’m not so sure. In fact, if I was a bettor, I would say he will go through another one before selling the team.
Miami reportedly has a league-approved session plan in place if Ross chooses to sell the team or an untimely death. Real estate mogul Bruce Beal is the one in line and is already part of the team’s executive branch as vice president and partner. Beal may be online, but it may still take a while.
Ross is counting on Chris Grier to make the decision on the head coach and if Grier is wrong, Ross will turn the tide once again in three years. At 82, that would put him closer to or just over 85 and there’s no reason to believe he won’t once again try to push for one last shot against a Super Bowl-winning team.
There’s a lot to poke fun at Ross and while a lot is deserved, some isn’t. If there’s one thing we can say, Ross isn’t afraid to splash the cash. Will Beal, should he own the team, will he be a free spender or will he be much more frugal?
With the Dolphins in head coaching hiring mode, there is no guarantee after three previous attempts by this executive regime that they can or will be successful. Ross talks about it well but he hasn’t won yet. Ross is running out of time but honestly I don’t think we’re there yet. If they don’t hit on this one they could very well be on the hunt for a new HC and a new GM and while it will be extremely taxing I can’t imagine Ross handing the team over if it happens. I see him trying one more time.