The Miami Dolphins are entering the season with high expectations from many people including their owner, Stephen Ross.
Ross addressed his team on the first day of training camp on Thursday, and let it be known that he expects a lot from the group. The strong message from Ross is a sign of a potentially short leash for head coach Joe Philbin.
When Ross was asked about the prospect of missing the playoffs, he responded with a few words that spoke volumes.
"Obviously, I’d be disappointed," Ross responded.
That disappointment would likely lead to the end of Philbin's time in Miami. After three seasons of missing the playoffs, Philbin enters this year with an improved roster. Another year that ends before the postseason would seemingly be too much for Ross.
Ross referred to this year's team as the most talented Miami has had in "many, many years.”
In addition to addressing his team, Ross also met with the media and fielded a variety of questions. When the topic of season tickets came to light, Ross let it be known that the Dolphins' fan base is strong and growing.
"I think the Dolphins are a team that are capturing the imagination of the whole fan base here in South Florida,” said Ross.
In the end, wins are going to bring fans to Sun Life Stadium. Miami has not had a winning campaign since 2008 when it won 11 games. The last two years have ended with 8-8 records, but gave some hope to a dedicated fan base.
Miami will kick the preseason off on August 13th in Chicago against the Bears.