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.