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Stephen Ross wants the Dolphins to open up the offense

Stephen Ross

Miami Dolphins owner Stephen Ross is shown before an NFL football game against the Carolina Panthers in Charlotte, N.C., Thursday, Nov. 19, 2009. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)


Now that Dolphins owner Stephen Ross has completely disrupted the dynamics between the front office and the coaching staff by courting Jim Harbaugh before firing Tony Sparano -- and then extending Sparano’s contract after failing to land Harbaugh -- Ross plans to dabble in offensive strategy.

What could go wrong with that?

“I’ve told Tony that to me, I want an aggressive, creative [offense] not playing just to keep it close, where people really are a little more unpredictable,” Ross said in an interview with, a website operated by the Dolphins, via Jeff Darlington of the Miami Herald. (Darlington also apparently works for while also covering the Dolphins for the Herald, which technically means that he’s working for the team he’s covering. What could go wrong with that?)

Ross also wants the Dolphins to force the issue, with a hurry-up offense.

“Our players are training in that weather,’' Ross said. “Let’s take advantage of it. Let’s go with a hurry-up offense. Let’s wear them down. You know? We’ve never done that. You know? This isn’t the north, where you just want to take it four yards and a cloud of dust.

“So I think I look for a different brand, seeing the Dolphins how fans want to see it, and how we win, going downfield, in the days of Dan Marino, the days we all want to go back to.’'

Basically, Ross wanted and didn’t get a rock-star coach that would help the Dolphins compete with the Miami Heat. Ross instead will force his meat-and-potatoes coach to adopt a rock-star style that he surely has considered and rejected at some point in his extensive coaching career.

What could go wrong with that?