By Omar Kelly
South Florida Sun Sentinel
3:06 PM EST, January 7, 2013
Miami Dolphins owner Steve Ross addresses the media on Monday to offer his thoughts on the 2012 season:
-- "This is the first year I've really been there in what I can say is my responsibility. I'm prepared to be responsible moving forward," Ross said.
-- "It's for us, and Jeff to deliver the personnel that will make us a winning franchise," Ross said.
-- "We have to be explosive and we have to create more takeaways," Steve Ross said about the Dolphins.
-- "The two biggest ingredients in a winning team is your coach. We have a head coach. Then your quarterback," Ross said. "I think we have our QB."
-- Steve Ross has a Michigan ringtone on his phone. When asked why the Wolverines aren't playing tonight, "we're rebuilding."
-- "They are great. That''s not going to last forever. They are our biggest competitor," Steve Ross said of the Patriots.
-- "I enter every year with the idea I want to be in the playoffs. If you don't have that mindset you shouldn't be in the sport," Ross said.
-- "This year we were going with a rookie quarterback. You have to be optimistic. I thought Ryan performed well," Steve Ross said.
-- "How many Super Bowls you win. That's how you're going to be judged. I'm prepared for that," Steve Ross said.
-- "We will have a new logo. You'll have it by the draft. We're looking at it. Finalizing it. Time for an update," Steve Ross said.
-- "He's young, has desire. He's smart and committed. He has a plan. We do have a young team," Ross of Jeff Ireland.
-- "His football intelligence, his knowledge and hard work. He has respect of his peers. He was one of youngest GMs around," Ross on Ireland.
-- Steve Ross said outside of the Houston game they were winning every game. He clearly forgot Tennessee.
-- "We were in every game. We lost some games we should have been winning," Ross said. "We surprised everyone coming out the box."
-- "I feel we're on the right track. We're moving in the right direction. I feel so more about it today," Steve Ross said.
-- "I'm in a real estate business I started. it's not like day trading. You have to have patience," Steve Ross said.
-- "If Parcells left it was my fault, if Miami lost it was my fault. I felt I needed to learn a bit," Steve Ross said.
-- "This is really the first time I got involved. I didn't select the people here before. I was handed a situation," Ross said.
-- What's the plan for 2013 he's asked? "Win," Steve Ross said.
-- "Its important to have a plan, follow that plan and remain consistent. When you no longer have confidence in the plan you change it," Ross
-- "Once we're winning it will be evident and I hope people will want to be here," Ross said on attendance.
-- I can understand when you are not winning some people won't show up. When we put a winning team on the field people will show up," Ross.
-- "Its about the people and you're only as good as the people you have," Steve Ross. We;re doing the best we can to be a first-class organization."
-- "I shouldn't be involved in making decisions, who we pick, who plays. I shouldn't be involved in any of that," Steve Ross said.
-- "When you hear what his plans are you really believe in them," Steve Ross said of Joe Philbin.
-- "One of the characteristics Joe had is that he had an organized presentation. He did everything he's said he's going to do," Ross said.
-- Steve Ross said he's hired "consistent level people," but he's never certain he has the right people. "We're measured in wins and losses."
-- Steve Ross said he's working on a plan to upgrade the stadium.
-- "Often times there is a reason why a guy is out there," Steve Ross said about the free agents.
-- "Free agency certainly isn't the answer. We've all seen that," Ross said. "You know your players better than anyone else....
-- "As the coaches state you want to build through the draft, but you want to look at free agency and find someone who fits in," Ross.
-- "We're well positioned in the draft. I think we're the second youngest team in the NFL. Question is what's available in FA & the right mix."
-- "When you are changing all the time that's when you don't win," Steve Ross said.
-- Steve Ross said stability is important every season. "Its the nucleus of the franchise....Have a plan and stick to plan and you'll win."
-- "It isn't money that solves problems. It's brains," Steve Ross said.
-- "I'm willing to spend whatever it takes to build it. Sometimes people look at spending as a way of winning," Ross said.
-- Steve Ross said "when I bought the team I told everyone with whatever resources I have I want to build a winning team."
-- "You start the season like every season. You want to be in playoffs. That wasn't fulfilled. You look back and season and say what was good and bad."
-- "I was really impressed with coach Philbin. I think we can safely say we have a solid head coach here," Ross said.