Friday, January 10, 2014

Ross getting temporary help from old friend Peterson


Miami Dolphins owner Stephen Ross is on the search for a new general manager, and he's acquired some formidable help in doing so.

Ross has called upon his old friend Carl Peterson, who spent two decades as a successful team executive for the Kansas City Chiefs, to assist him in the hiring process.

"Carl and I have had a business relationship for almost 30 years dating back to the USFL and I have tremendous respect for his experience and judgment on team building and football operations," Ross said Thursday in a statement, via

Peterson, however, won't assume any kind of position with the team beyond his current "advisor" role.

Ross went on to explain what he's looking for in the team's next general manager.

"The new General Manager will have autonomous responsibility for the 53 man roster and selecting players during the draft and will report to me," he said. "First and foremost, this person must have a passion for the game and demonstrated player evaluation expertise. They will need to be a person who is a collaborative team player that puts the organization first.

"Regardless of reporting structure, the relationship between the General Manager and Coach Philbin must be one of trust, respect, and collaboration, and this will be an area we will look closely at during the process. This individual also must be a person with integrity who is open-minded and creative."

The Dolphins have shown early interest in New York Giants vice president of player operations Marc Ross, Cleveland Browns assistant general manager Ray Farmer and Tennessee Titans vice president of player personnel Lake Dawson, according to The Palm Beach Post.

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