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Wednesday, August 7, 2013
Dolphins' owner is thinking playoffs

By James Walker

DAVIE, Fla. -- Miami Dolphins owner Stephen Ross is not big into predictions. But Miami’s big-pocket owner said everything that he’s done this offseason, which includes spending about $200 million in total contracts, was done to build a postseason contender.

“We certainly want to make the playoffs -- that was all done with that in mind,” Ross said. “But I want to see growth in the team and building the foundation for this season and future seasons, as well. I don’t want to be a one-shot wonder.”

Ross gave Miami general manager Jeff Ireland another endorsement. According to Ross, Ireland is doing “a great job” in an effort to end Miami’s five-year playoff drought.

Other big topics at Ross’ news conference included second-year quarterback Ryan Tannehill and second-year coach Joe Philbin. Ross spoke very highly of both, especially Tannehill. Ross has been a fan of Tannehill as a person and player from the beginning.

“In pro football, you need to have a good quarterback,” Ross said. “We certainly believe and hope that we selected the [right] quarterback. He understands his position and his role. He’s doing everything he can. I love the guy. He’s the right person.”

Here are some other notes from Ross:
Miami is about to hit the practice field in preparation for its second preseason game, against the Jacksonville Jaguars, on Friday. We will have a post-practice report this afternoon.