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Directive to lose games in 2019 by Miami Dolphins owner Stephen Ross never made it to field, assistant says

MIAMI -- While an NFL-backed investigation may have found Dolphins owner Stephen Ross made it known he believed the team's draft position should take precedence over winning games in 2019, those beliefs did not make it down to the football field.

Dolphins running backs coach Eric Studesville, who has held that title since 2018, said the team's directive during the 2019 season was not questioned as far as he knew.

"From the top down (the goal was) to win football games and prepare and get ready to go - that's how it's always been," Studesville said Wednesday.