We’re only one day removed from the Dolphins’ first win of the season, but Monday morning was filled with some noteworthy off-the-field news.
After considering 75 candidates and interviewing 13 potential fits, the Miami Dolphins have finally found their new CEO and replacement to the departed Mike Dee. Tom Garfinkel, who coincidentally was replaced by Dee as CEO of the San Diego Padres, was introduced to the meida on Monday morning.
“We are looking for someone who can think strategically, [someone] exceptionally bright,” Dolphins owner Stephen Ross said. “We found that man.”
Ross says he’s planning “better” proposal for stadium renovations
A new CEO wasn’t the only news that broke during this morning’s press conference. Ross also revealed plans for a new, “better” stadium renovation proposal. Ross had his previous proposal, in which he offered to fund roughly 55 percent of the $350 million project, spurned by the Florida House in May.
“I offered the best deal that’s ever been offered by an owner of a professional sports team,” Ross said. “It didn’t succeed for different reasons. Some of those reasons were not in the best interest of this community and were too personal…I was to pay back almost the entire loan [from Miami-Dade County].
“I am prepared to still do that and work with the community. I am prepared to make my offer better.”
Ross promises no blackouts in 2013
In addition to those plans, Ross also ensured that none of the Dolphins’ eight home games would be blacked out locally this season.
Ticket sales are reportedly up in 2013, but selling out every game could still include Ross purchasing thousands of tickets himself.
Dolphins work out tight end
According to Aaron Wilson of the Baltimore Sun, the Dolphins worked out former Redskin tight end Emmanuel Ogbuehi on Monday morning. Starting tight end Charles Clay had a fantastic Week 1, catching five balls for 54 yards. This isn’t about him.
I suspect if the Dolphins were to add a tight end, they would be doing so for depth purposes. The player who should be worried is Michael Egnew, who didn’t catch a pass in Cleveland.
My quick take on Mike Wallace
I haven’t addressed it yet on the blog, so here are my two cents: I can actually understand Mike Wallace’s frustration during Sunday’s game, in which he caught only one ball for 15 yards after not being targeted in the first half and after which refusing to answer the media’s questions, clearly displaying his dismay.
He’s a competitor and his job is to make plays on Sundays. Catching only one pass in his debut as a Dolphin after signing a $60 million contract in March is unacceptable in his mind. And wouldn’t you rather have a player who strives for a huge impact in every game rather than being content with racking in the dough?
What I’m not okay with (not that it matters what I tolerate and don’t), is Wallace letting that frustration show to the media. That just reveals a complete lack of maturity and, most discouragingly, selfishness. It creates unnecessary tension in the winning locker room, which can hurt any team’s momentum.