Farmer Opts To Stay With Browns, Declines Dolphins


The Miami Dolphins search for their next GM is one candidate short today as the team was told by rumored front runner Ray Farmer that he would rather stay in Cleveland with new Browns HC Mike Pettine.  Yes, it has come to that.  No one seems to want the Dolphins opening.

Farmer through members of the media apparently felt uncomfortable with a management structure that was not clearly defined.  It was reported by Armando Salguero that the Fritz Pollard group told him he should take the 2nd interview to clarify and that Farmer instead opted to remain where he was at.  And honestly, why shouldn’t he?

There are only 32 NFL teams and that means only 32 GM’s.  It’s a huge gig to have but one that also can end your career just as fast if you don’t have the support of those who hire you and there appears to be no inclination as to who exactly that support would come from.

Questions about the Dolphins hierarchy have run rampant since Stephen Ross opted to wait almost ten days to fire Jeff Ireland a day after reportedly telling HC Joe Philbin that he “had to” fire OC Mike Sherman.  The Dolphins have since been turned down by four other candidates making Farmer number five.  Earlier today the team supposedly told Brian Xanders that he would not be asked back for another interview.

Like all rumors there are questions as to who exactly is left on Miami’s short list.  Early today it was reported to be in house candidate Brian Gaine, Farmer, and Tampa’s Dennis Hickey.  With Farmer out there is talk that Tennessee’s Lake Dawson will interview this weekend for a 2nd time.  Regardless of who they interview their system is extremely flawed and it’s likely to have huge carry over into the off-season ticket sales.

Many believe that Brian Gaine is now the best choice for the franchise giving the team another year of continuity with Joe Philbin.  Gaine is likely the most qualified person of those remaining but his hire will be met with skepticism and more questions.  Many wonder if the entire process has been a sham and was always going to be this way from the start.  Others will point out he was Jeff Ireland’s protégé, and others will point to the lack of better options given those that summarily dismissed Stephen Ross.

For a team that was one win away from the playoffs the wheels have surely fell off quickly.

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  • tpl

    I think Gaine has the job now. Its interesting that farmer didn’t call Peterson and ask, or, take the second interview and ask. And when did he get nervous about the power structure? Shouldn’t that have been a question he asked at the first interview, and then declined?

  • DragonFly34

    Ross has taken his sweet time in finding, fixing, and hiring a “GM”. And now that Farmer has said “no thanks” it sure is a perceived sham. The Dolphin front office is a dysfunctional bunch. Farmer as Ive read was concerned about exactly what his job would be, seems not one of the four, five people conducting the first interview mentioned any job title or job description during the first interview. And how many people does an interview require? Farmer probably felt a little intimated with 4-5 people asking different questions and not one person being NFL experienced. Gaine, the inside man, will probably get the job due to his relationship with Dawnhoe and that Philbin guy. And was probably the pick the day Ireland was fired,,,but perception is everything.

  • Patrick Keegan

    It would be ideal to get a former player as a G.M. , you know, so he can relate to current players. Let Dawn Aponte crunch the #’s and get the deal done. Question, ,,,is Gaine a former player?

    This is starting to take time away from the team preparing for next season. My gut tells me it will be Gaine with Philbin this year. Next year, WHO KNOWS! It would be cool if Jason Taylor was our G.M. The man just has that look and feel to him. Also , great for the franchise in terms of familiarity.

  • Miami Jules (Julian)

    I have read some articles on different sites on what Dolphins “doomsday” looks like. I was not an Ireland supporter going back to the early years of the administrationbut even this past year, I was ready to let the man do his job, and reserve my opinion until the end. Now we all (media and fans alike) seem to know what this or that means. Some of these deafening opinions come from people I know personally and like, but I have to question the accuracy of their barometers. How can critics really tell who is or isn’t going to be making the best decisions for the Dolphins in order to begin to formulate an educated opinion about future GMs when they hardly know about the choices in the first place because they have been following the GM soap so closely that they haven’t had any time or effort left to study the very subjects of these upcoming decisions by which the GM will be judged in the end?