Stephen Ross gives Dolphins a pep talk

DAVIE, Fla. -- The Miami Dolphins received a pep talk from the very top before the opening of training camp. Owner Stephen Ross met with the team Thursday night and gave a speech to his players on how important this 2012 season is.

“I told them what I believed, why I bought the team and what my vision was for it,” Ross said Friday. “I told them how excited I am. Really my position as an owner is to support the team and do everything I can to produce a winner.”

Ross also spoke to the team about the tradition with the Dolphins and how Miami is a great place to play. Rookie head coach Joe Philbin came up with the idea for Ross to make a speech. Ross even acknowledged that wasn’t encouraged by the previous coach, Tony Sparano.

There is a sense of optimism around Dolphins camp. The players seem excited on Friday to bounce back from last year’s 6-10 season. The new coaching staff also has changed the way the team prepares. Things are very fast paced in practice.

Ross says he hopes this year's group is a playoff team. Whether that’s fact or fiction will be settled on the field, but Ross is optimistic.

“I love sports and it’s a real challenge,” Ross said. “I’m at the stage of my life where I still love challenges, and I really want to bring a winning team to Miami and really be a class organization.”