On Tuesday evening, news broke that the Dolphins were finally moving on from their General Manager of 6 years. By late Tuesday night, speculation was already rampant about who the Dolphins new GM would be. According to Jason Cole of National Football Post, the man that Stephen Ross would like to replace Jeff Ireland, is Tom Gamble. Gamble is currently the Eagles VP of Player Personnel, but has little control over talent acquisition, serving under Chip Kelly and Howie Roseman.
Gamble is an interesting choice, one which I would be happy about. He has been a part of 11 playoff teams (5 with the Colts, 4 with the Eagles, and 2 with the 49ers). Gamble has served in both college and pro scouting and is known to have an eye for talent….something the Dolphins can certainly use! Gamble joined the Eagles this past offseason and has strong ties with the organization since he started his NFL career there before pursuing other opportunities. It is also believed that Gamble took the Eagles job to relocate closer to family. He may be the man Stephen Ross wants, but it might take some persuading to get him to Miami.
In Cole’s article mentioned above, he also points out a few other names of potential candidates:
“The team is also expected to interview Green Bay senior personnel executive Alonzo High-smith for the post. The team also has interest in Green Bay director of pro personnel Eliot Wolf, who is the son of former long-time NFL personnel man Ron Wolf. Aside from Highsmith and Wolf, the team has shown interest in Omar Khan of Pittsburgh and former Kansas City and New England personnel man Scott Pioli.”
Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald also added former 49ers GM Scot McCloughan to the list of candidates. McCloughan is currently in the Seahawks organization, working in their personnel department. Brian Gaine’s name has been brought up by some. He’s already in the Dolphins organization and could stay despite the departure of Ireland. However, it is unlikely that he would be promoted to the GM position. Dawn Aponte’s name has also been proposed, but she has no experience in talent evaluation, she usually handles the contract negotiations. It’s pretty clear that Stephen Ross is looking to bring in a big name from outside of the organization to fill the GM position. (continued on page 2, CLICK HERE)