That was one of the main takeaways from
Ross, the source said, called the acquisition of a true No. 1 receiver the team's "top offseason priority."
That’s why the team will do “whatever it takes” to add a frontline pass-catching talent for
Top prospective free agents at the position include
The last time Dolphins employees were told in such a setting that a top-shelf receiver was a leading priority, the team soon after acquired
Marshall spent two up-and-down seasons with the Dolphins before being traded to the
Ross, it should be pointed out, was speaking six days before Hartline’s record-setting game at Arizona. The annual town hall meeting with Ross, which was deemed mandatory for all club employees and is not open to the media, took place on Sept. 17 at
Other key issues Ross addressed that day, according to the source:
() Dolphins General Manager
Should Ireland's productivity drop off in terms of finding talent, Ross told employees his status would be "reevaluated."
() The team should have up to $60 million to spend in free agency this offseason. There was no specific talk about left tackle
() Ross, 72, laughed off a question about line of succession should he die unexpectedly. The billionaire developer said he hasn't given that much thought, adding none of his four daughters have expressed interest in learning the football business.
() Ross, as he has said through the media, reiterated he wants to "win now" while he can still enjoy the team's success. Long-term rebuilding plans aren't on his radar.
() Philbin has been everything Ross expected him to be when he was hired. At the January job interview -- at which Ireland, club official Dawn Aponte and Ross adviser Carl Peterson all were present along with Ross -- the owner said he was floored by Philbin's level of preparation and detail.
() Ross, who made no mention of failed bids to land
It probably helps that Philbin calls Ross two or three times a week, as team employees were told, while
() Ross told employees he wasn't the one behind the idea of doing "Hard Knocks." That was all Philbin, who wanted to show the whole country that "change was happening" with the Dolphins' football program.
Ross said he actually tried at least once to talk his rookie head coach out of the idea before the commitment to HBO was made. Nonetheless, Ross was extremely pleased with how the show turned out and said it had definitely benefited the franchise in terms of national perception and merchandise sales.