Starting Tuesday morning at the NFL owners meetings in Orlando, first Dolphins coach Adam Gase and then, owner Stephen Ross, and also, VP of Football, Mike Tannenbaum, tried to put the best “face” on the state of franchise that they could.
Take questions from reporters, Gase answered first about personnel losses with Miami trading WR Jarvis Landry to Cleveland for a third round pick, and outright releasing DT Ndamukong Suh and C Mike Pouncey in salary dumps
From the Miami Herald’s Armando Salguero:
“Obviously when you have players that have left, the caliber of guys we’ve had, we know we’re not going to replace one guy with one guy.” Says it is a group thing and he wanted to address the locker room.
And clearly, the Fins went about replacing those names with those of WR Danny Amendola (free agency), DE Robert Quinn (trade from the Rams) and C Daniel Kilgore (trade from the 49ers), as replacements.
You add speedy WR Albert Wilson signed from the Chiefs, and local favorite Frank Gore from the Colts, and the Dolphins were definitely active and making efforts to be better.
On Gore being added to the backfield:
Gase: "Seeing Frank Gore gets me going." Says it feels like it's been more than 10 years since they worked together.
— Adam Beasley (@AdamHBeasley) March 27, 2018
The big questions are: what does Gore have left and how soon will the Dolphins look to draft a running back in April?
Then at lunch time Tuesday, Ross and Tannenbaum were made available in Orlando. And, Ross immediately answered honestly about this being his 10th year as owner, yet the franchise has struggled to even make the playoffs during his tenure:
Stephen Ross says it's been "a lot harder" than he thought to win as Dolphins owner.
"One of the things I'm not most proud about."
— Armando Salguero (@ArmandoSalguero) March 27, 2018
And then, Ross seemed to put the whole organization on notice with this statement to the media about players being gone:
That will also likely apply to his front office and coaching staff, if things don’t turn around starting in 2018.
As for Tannenbaum, it was ultimately his call on releasing Suh two weeks ago and getting nothing in return. However, he refused to even be sentimental, when asked about whether he wished he had done anything differently with Suh’s deal and negotiations for a pay cut, etc.
“I wish we had won more games.”
Don’t they all.
And so, the talking in Orlando is over and the focus will now become the NFL Draft and what to do or not do, with the 11th pick overall.
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