Dolphins lose 2 candidates to keep Philbin & end up with a Hickey
Ring the bells, get the parade floats ready, the Miami Dolphins have a new General Manager! His name is Dennis Hickey, a name which I’m sure will end up with a number of different memes if he doesn’t bring in the talent the Dolphins need. Can you imagine? Dennis the Menace? Doo-Hickey? The possibilities are endless. The Dolphins swung and missed on a number of different candidates including 2 of their final 4, according to Armando Salguero.
That’s right, according to the Miami Herald, the Dolphins spoke with 2 of their finalists about becoming their new GM…..but 2 of the 4 candidates wanted the power to remove coach Joe Philbin. Nick Caserio wanted to clean house immediately (that sounds familiar) and Lake Dawson wanted the power to fire Philbin after the 2014 season if he felt it was necessary. Stephen Ross and his boatloads of loyalty, declined both requests saying that only he will have the power to decide if Joe Philbin should be retained.
Thank about that for a second, 2 of the Dolphins 4 candidates were not sold on the fact that Joe Philbin was indeed the right coach for the Dolphins. That’s why neither Lake Dawson nor Nick Caserio are busy moving their belongings into Jeff Ireland’s old office today. So after being rebuffed, the Dolphins turned to Dennis Hickey, former personnel man for the Tampa Bay Bucs. That means out of the 4 finalists, Brian Gaine was the 4th choice. At least the Dolphins didn’t have to dig THAT deep, right?
Look, I don’t know enough about Hickey to make a sound argument for his candidacy one way or the other. But I do know that he wasn’t the Dolphins 1st, 2nd, or 3rd choice to replace Jeff Ireland. In fact, his old team, the Bucs, did not even interview Hickey for THEIR open GM position this offseason. Add those 2 things together and I can’t say that I’m brimming with confidence in Hickey or the Dolphins in 2014. I hope Hickey makes the moves that need to be made……I hope he adds talent to the roster and some much needed depth. (continued on page 2, CLICK HERE)