For an owner who has endured four consecutive losing seasons, Miami Dolphins boss Stephen Ross sounds remarkably patient.

He resisted any temptation Wednesday to say he expected a double-digit win total or playoff berth this year, even after he committed about $150 million to free-agent acquisitions over the offseason.

Instead, Ross said he wants to see progress and growth in the team.

With the season opener a month away, Ross spoke at a news conference to discuss the state of the franchise. He said he's high on second-year coach Joe Philbin, second-year quarterback Ryan Tannehill and general manager Jeff Ireland, who is in his sixth season with Miami and perennially on the hot seat.