Dolphins owner: Campbell among potential coaching candidates

In a letter sent to season-ticket holders, Miami Dolphins owner Stephen Ross wrote the team has identified "several promising coaching candidates" for its head-coaching vacancy, and said interim coach Dan Campbell "has earned the opportunity to be considered" for the position.

Ross thanked season-ticket holders for their support of the franchise and stated the Dolphins are "working hard to honor the proud and winning tradition of our great franchise."

In addition, Ross wrote he appreciated everything Campbell has done for the Dolphins this season. Campbell has gone 4-7 since taking over for head coach Joe Philbin, who was fired in early October.

Here is Ross' letter:

As we enter our final game, I want to simply say, thank you.

I had high expectations headed into this year and the on-field results have been disappointing ... for you, our staff, our coaches, our players and alumni players, and certainly for me. Through it all, your support has been unwavering. We had capacity crowds at every home game and thousands of you joined us on the road. Everyone at the Dolphins appreciates your consistent loyalty and support.

This team belongs to you. It belongs to each one of you who has been here through it all; both our celebrations and our challenges.

There are no shortcuts or magic formulas to winning. I know it will take hard work for us to get where we want to go and I can assure you that everyone at the Dolphins is working hard to honor the proud winning tradition of our great franchise.

We are going to conduct a thorough process led by Mike Tannenbaum to select our head coach that will not be constrained by convention in our approach. This search will be thorough and we will take it wherever we need to go. I appreciate everything Dan Campbell has done this season and he has earned the opportunity to be considered for head coach. We've also identified several promising candidates and will begin work immediately.

We will have more to say on that topic following the season. Your support is a critical element to our efforts to build a winning team and we all appreciate you. I look forward with optimism to more celebrations in the future together.

Stephen Ross

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