Thursday, January 2, 2014

Stephen Ross has a chopper and a chopping block


Stephen Ross is the Miami Dolphins' boss. He travels like one.

Ross's helicopter landed squarely on the Dolphins' practice field Thursday morning, and it departed just over a half a dozen hours later. As of Thursday night, the owner hadn't fired anyone yet.

After the Dolphins capped off their season with two uninspiring losses to divisional foes the Buffalo Bills and New York Jets -- with playoffs implications on the line -- Ross was reportedly putting the microscope on general manager Jeff Ireland, as well some assistant coaches.

So his visit to the team's facilities Thursday got the full attention of the Miami media. But upon his departure, Armando Salguero of The Miami Herald chalked up the rendezvous to a "fact finding day."

"But this is not yet settled," Salguero wrote.

Meanwhile, Former Dolphins reporter Ben Volin, now of the Boston Globe, tweeted, "Most people inside the Dolphins building are still in the dark about any potential news for front office and coaches."

Ross reportedly met with both Ireland and head coach Joe Philbin Thursday. Philbin is safer than Ireland, though Philbin's offensive coordinator, Mike Sherman, is on maybe the second-hottest seat.

More will develop in the coming days. Or maybe not.

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