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Dolphins' Ross wants 'young Don Shula'

Miami owner says firing Tony Sparano was a 'tough decision.' Terry McCormick

Print This December 12, 2011, 11:03 PM EST

Miami Dolphins ownwer Stephen Ross said Monday at the press conference announcing the firing of Tony Sparano that he would like to find a "young Don Shula."

Ross made the statement with a laugh, but there is no doubt he wants to find some stability for a once-proud franchise that has fallen on hard times in recent years.

“We’re open to everything. I think you have to look at it there’s pluses and minuses in all situations. I’d like to find a young Don Shula if that’s possible," Ross said with a laugh. "Certainly we will look at everybody, interview them and try to find the person we think would be the best fit.”

Ross said that interim coach Todd Bowles will be considered and also reiterated that general manager Jeff Ireland will be staying on in that capacity.

He admitted the decision to let go of Sparano was a tough one, but said South Florida deserves a winning football team.

"It’s always a tough decision when you try to replace a good man. Tony is really what I would call an excellent man and certainly has put a total effort into this position," Sparano said. "But I think what South Florida wants is really a winning team. I thought this would give us the opportunity to go out and find a head coach that can really lead us back.”

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Terry McCormick covers the Titans for TitanInsider.com

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