"It lasted a little longer than I would have liked," Ross said with a chuckle in a phone interview with the Associated Press. "We did everything we thought we could do. We were stretching. We made an offer better. We worked hard at it."
"The organizational structure I don't believe was an issue at all," Ross said. "I've always thought the relationship between the coach and general manager is a partnership, and we felt Jeff was fine with that."
Fisher, who coached the Titans franchise for 17 years, was Miami's first choice and widely considered the top prize on the NFL coaching market. Ross wanted to make a splash by hiring a coach who would reinvigorate the fan base, and Fisher offered the best chance to do that.
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"Jeff was great -- he had the experience that the other ones might not have," Ross said. "But it has always been my philosophy to hire young people who have a real desire to succeed, and that's what's out there. Hopefully there's a Hall-of-Fame coach we'll be talking to."
"We have continued to evaluate candidates even after we spoke with Jeff," Ross said. "We're excited about the candidates we're considering. They're outstanding in their own right. We'll continue with our plan, which will include interviewing several candidates more. I'm confident the process will result in the choice of the right coach to lead our team."
Darlington reported that the team already has an interview lined up for Saturday with an as-yet-unnamed candidate.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.