So today Tony Sparano will talk to the media at a coaches breakfast in Orlando where the NFL teams are meeting for the annual meeting (don’t expect a lot of CBA talk). He will likely be asked about Justin Smiley, Karlos Dansby, and the WR position. While we wait for Tony, owner Stephen Ross spoke to the media yesterday.
The 7: The Dolphins were awarded the 45th pick in the 7th round for losing their 2 CB’s last year. Andre’ Goodman was one of them. The New England Patriots received 4. A 6th rounder and 3 7th’s. All come before Miami’s. At least they didn’t get 3’s and 4’s. Bob Kraft I am sure is making a call.
The 1’s: According to Stephen Ross he has petitioned the NFL to schedule Miami for NO 1:00 home games to open the season. His though rational is that fans don’t want to sit in blistering sunlight to watch a game. He even sited the empty orange seats the last few years…what he didn’t say is that the Phins haven’t been a very good football team since way back in the early to mid 2000’s. Maybe that had more to do with it.
Maybe it’s just me but Miami had no issues selling out in September when Miami was winning. I don’t think the weather has gotten hotter but then again, I’m not a global warming expert.
In any case, if the NFL gives Miami what they want, like last year, they will host night games and 4 o’clocks instead. Kind of takes away from the home-field-advantage doesn’t it?
Ross also indicated that when it comes to spending he stays out of it. He basically has handed Bill Parcells the checkbook and said go for it but be reasonable. The team is working under a self-imposed salary restraint system rather than a cap. Still, don’t get too excited about Ross’ non-involvement with the football team, once Bill Parcells leaves for something else, you can bet he will get involved.
Not to say that Ross is a bad owner, like everyone, we don’t know what kind of owner he will be. I can say that the game-day experience is really incredible around the stadium and that he has done quite a bit to make the atmosphere around the games feel like one big party. Imagine how raucous it will be if the team starts winning early?