Thursday afternoon, we learned that Ray Farmer turned down a 2nd interview with the Miami Dolphins for their open GM position. Thursday night, I drank a few beers and tried to understand the rationale behind the move. Why would an ‘up and coming’ personnel guy turn down a 2nd interview from an NFL team…an interview that would result in an increased salary and a promotion?
Armando’s reporting has been good throughout this GM search so I believe him when he says he spoke with Farmer. People close to Farmer say that he was unclear on what the power structure would be with the Dolphins. He was encouraged to take the 2nd interview as an opportunity to clarify things. First, how could he, as an individual, have left the first meeting without knowing what the position would entail and second, how could the Dolphins not make 100% clear to their candidate, what the position would entail? It makes both of them look bad if that’s in fact the reason he decided to stay in Cleveland.
Quite frankly, I don’t think he wanted to leave because otherwise he would’ve at least taken the 2nd interview. So what this ultimately means is that a supposed ‘star’ personnel guy decided to stay with the CLEVELAND FREAKING BROWNS, instead of interviewing with the Dolphins. The Browns don’t offer year round sunshine or even a somewhat competent quarterback…..and yet Farmer gave up the possibility of making MORE money and taking a position that only 32 men can hold at a time, to return to Cleveland.
Please let that sink in. Farmer gave up a big raise and more power with the Dolphins, to return to the even more woeful Browns. What does that say about the perception of dysfunction in Miami? Seriously!!! If it was just Farmer turning down the Dolphins it wouldn’t be as bad. BUT, the Dolphins have now been turned down by 5 candidates. Four candidates declined even initial interviews (which would’ve been promotions for them) and now Farmer declines a 2nd interview. Truly disturbing. (continued on page 2, CLICK HERE)