Dave Hyde: Will Miami Dolphins owner Steve Ross own up to being a problem for his team?

We got a voyeuristic view into how the Miami Dolphins operate in recent weeks — operate, at least, pending Brian Flores’ lawsuit — and how did you like it?

The good news is you can understand why the Dolphins haven’t won a playoff game in the 13 years of the Steve Ross Era. The bad news is you also understand why they might not win a playoff game moving forward.

Add up all the legal documents, NFL investigations and involved statements and you see Ross: angered his former coach, Flores, toward involvement in a historic lawsuit; negotiated with Deshaun Watson’s lawyer the need for sexual-allegation lawsuits to be settled against the quarterback, evidently without general manager Chris Grier’s knowledge; attempted to replace his young quarterback, Tua Tagovailoa, with Tom Brady and hire coach Sean Payton while interviewing current coach Mike McDaniel.

Does that rewrite the book on ownership meddling? It certainly deserves the Meddling Triple Crown considering his work against the three positions any NFL owner must support most or cut ties with: The coach, general manager and hope of a franchise quarterback.

Every owner is involved in decisions. But the loud statement of recent months is Ross dictates policy to his football people. Former Miami Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria must watch in restless admiration from his publicly-funded French resort.

All this doesn’t even get into the game-fixing allegations and tampering penalties levied against Ross. The NFL came out with its reports on those this past week, though you had to keep your eye on the ball of what’s important considering their nifty presentation.

The NFL delivered the big names of Brady and Payton, the big penalties of the loss of a first- and third-round draft pick against the Dolphins and the big suspensions of six games for Ross and …read more

Source:: The Denver Post

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