Dolphins Get Their Man After Dawson Declines


The Miami Dolphins have their man.  That is the only man who was willing to work in one of the most publicly scrutinized front offices in the NFL.  The team today hired Dennis Hickey a 18 year member of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.  Earlier it was reported that Tennessee Titan candidate Lake Dawson turned the team down after they offered the job to him.

The offer to Dawson came a short time after the Dolphins extended an offer to New England Patriot personnel man Nick Cesario who abruptly told the team no.  Making matters worse is the fact that it appears Miami’s lone executive at the Senior Bowl will now be walking out the door.  Brian Gaine is expected to leave the team at some point in the future.  Likely sooner rather than later.

For now the Dolphins can try to make their search for a GM seem as though it was done with extreme due diligence but unfortunately Hickey doesn’t represent a big uptick in faith for a fan base who is bordering on insanity.  Hickey while the Buc’s top personnel guy didn’t get so much as a phone call to interview for the vacant Buc’s job after the firing of Mike Dominick.  Yet in Miami he has gone from unknown to the man who will be hand fed by Dawn Aponte.

Making matters worse is the fact that Miami along the way was rejected by more candidates than recent memory of any team can conjure.  Aside from the five candidates who flat out declined the interview to begin with, Ray Farmer opted to stay in Cleveland as the teams number two then Cesario was offered the job and declined and Dawson was then offered and declined and now the team has Hickey.

The hire may or may not turn out to be a good one.  Only the future will tell whether Hickey’s hiring is a blessing or another in a long curse.  What we do know is that he will not gain any immediate favor by the fans and Ross is going to have a hard time convincing his fan base to buy tickets during the off-season.


Next Dolphins Game View full schedule »
Sunday, Sep 77 Sep1:00New England PatriotsBuy Tickets
Dick's Sporting Goods presents "Hell Week":

Tags: Dennis Hickey Miami Dolphins Stephen Ross

  • Johnny

    Wow…. This sucks…. I was hoping it would be Dawson… Our last best option… But… Atleast it wasn’t Gaine..
    Phins Down!!!!

  • Johnny

    Ouch!!! Tampa Bay??? Really???

  • corners

    now all the idiots that wanted ireland fired can eat their crow too.

  • Johnny

    And all the latest reports are that Hickey was in line to be FIRED!!!! Leftovers??? Anyone?????

  • Johnny

    And after 18 years with the Bucs… Both Miami and the Bucs have GM vacancies… And after all this time in Tampa Bay, he WAS NEVER EVEN an option for the Bucs new GM??? That alone should tell you something!!!!
    I’m done…

  • tpl

    I think its good hire, but time will tell. The other candidates may have created a problem by turning down Miami. If you cannot handle the pressure, stay out of the kitchen.

  • tpl

    Salguero is saying neither dawson and cesario are GM is because they wanted to fire philbin.

  • Jcartwright67

    I don’t get it. If you’re a qualified candidate; why not take the GM role in Miami. The owner says keep the coach! One less thing to worry about!! If Philbin can’t produce; his dismissal will become self evident and then pick a new coach and tell the owner I told you so! I think the candidates that turned us down made poor decisions and I don’t subscribe to the view we are dysfunctional. If you are under the guise that the other 31′teams have harmony and don’t play office politics you are literally in the pot of pooh being stirred. Good luck to Hickey.