The part of our beloved Owner’s open letter to fans that jumped out at The Bottlenose? It’s that little sentence about not contacting Gruden or Cowher.
Let’s get this straight, this man is “obsessed” with winning, yet didn’t reach out to the two most eligible, storied, decorated candidates around, one of whom already floated the Dolphins as a preferred destination? Ross dove onto his private jet and raced across the continent to interview a Pac Ten coach, but forgot to reach out to the guys with Lombardis on their resumes? That would be lunacy.
Which gives me the distinct feeling that he’s lying, presumably to protect Tony’s nearly broken heart. This way he can just make it seem like it was just two old Michigan guys enjoying a few PBRs in Palo Alto, barely even a coaching search. Just a kindly little meet and greet before Ross realized that Tony was the greatest coach on the face of the Earth. Oh come now.
Then there’s the cop-out, the bit of political wording that almost immediately qualifies Ross for public office. He states specifically that he didn’t talk to Cowher or Gruden. This of course leaves open the possibility of a 72-hour volley of phone calls and emails between Ross and the representatives of Chucky and The Chin.
We assume Ross learned exactly what Cowher and Gruden wanted during that fast and furious period. We assume either the power or money they wanted was greater than Ross (Or Ireland. Would anyone expect Jeff to give a thumbs up to a move that would include him walking the plank?) was willing to relinquish.
Which explains the sudden, forced love-in we witnessed this afternoon. Blech.
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