The Miami Dolphins ownership has received the ire of their fanbase over the past few weeks. It’s believed by many fans, who organized a demonstration at the Miami Dolphins headquarters, that the team is drifting aimlessly after it’s perceived that the franchise missed out on head coach Jeff Fisher, quarterbacks Peyton Manning and Matt Flynn while making some questionable moves.
The outrage by the fans has grown so large that Dolphins owner Steven Ross was forced to reach out to some season ticket holders via a telephone call. Ross reached out to 20-year season ticket holder Jason Lawrence with a 27-minute telephone call according to the Sun-Sentinel newspaper.
Lawrence told the paper that he was a little intimidated with the phone call. “I was nervous as hell. I was shaking, and everything. I thought they were going to be upset…It was the coolest thing I ever did in my whole life,” said Lawrence.
When asked about the move to trade WR Brandon Marshall to the Chicago Bears for two third-round picks at the start of free agency, Ross said that if the Dolphins couldn’t find a trade partner for the wide receiver, the club was going to simply release him.
Ross said the move was made in order to preserve team morale, a hint perhaps that Marshall was a disruptive force on the club. According to Lawrence via the Sun-Sentinel, “He said they had been shopping (Marshall) for a couple weeks. Nobody would return their phone calls about getting him. If Chicago didn’t take (Marshall)…they would have ended up cutting him very shortly after that, and got nothing.”
Ross reportedly told Lawrence in regards to QB Matt Flynn, the franchise did not want to pay the former Green Bay Packers QB Matt Flynn $8 million a year because they felt they would still need to draft a quarterback for the future. Ross also said that the Dolphins were not prepared to offer San Francisco 49ers QB Alex Smith a reported $8 million dollars either due to the fact that Smith’s stats were comparable to current Dolphins QB Matt Moore.