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Dolphins hire Dennis Hickey as GM

The Dolphins have hired Tampa Bay director of player personnel Dennis Hickey as their new GM, according to a league source.

Hickey accepted the job this morning after multiple people turned down the offer, according to a source who decliend to say which people. It is known Nick Caserio turned down the job on Saturday.

[Update: ESPN's Adam Schefter reported Lake Dawson also turned down the job. The Tennessean is reporting Dawson released a statement saying he turned it down because "the details of the offer didn't align with my vision. I turned it down because the offer wasn't an ideal fit for my family and me."]

Hickey succeeds Jeff Ireland, who mutually agreed with the team to leave after serving as GM since 2008. Interestingly, Hickey gets this shot despite not interviewing with Tampa Bay, the team he's worked for 18 years, when that team looked for a GM this offseason.

Hickey worked 18 seasons with the Buccaneers, three as the director of player personnel, Dennis Hickey has helped lead the Buccaneers to four division titles and one Super Bowl championship during his 16-year tenure.

Hickey, who spent six seasons as director of college scouting prior to his promotion in 2011, is responsible for coordinating a staff of area scouts and managing the compilation of information on college players which has proven to be invaluable during the Buccaneers draft process. In addition to these duties, he also oversees the Pro Personnel Department, which evaluates all pro leagues, free agents and trade prospects.

Working side-by-side with General Manager Mark Dominik, Hickey helped oversee this year’s blockbuster offseason, including the signing of Pro Bowl S Dashon Goldson and trading for All-Pro CB Darrelle Revis, the 2009 AFC Defensive Player of the Year and widely considered the premier talent at his position. These moves come on the heels of a successful 2012 offseason, which saw the Buccaneers signing WR Vincent Jackson, who recorded career-highs in receptions and receiving yards, earning his a trip to the Pro Bowl, third of his career. The Buccaneers also managed to lure two-time Pro Bowl G away from division-rival New Orleans.

In addition to the touted free agents, Hickey and Dominik have worked together to draft premium talent. Despite having traded their 2013 first-round selection for Revis, the team still managed to get CB Johnthan Banks, the winner of the 2012 Jim Thorpe award, given annually to the top defensive back in college football. In 2012, Dominik and Hickey chose a highly regarded draft class, with S Mark Barron, RB Doug Martin and LB Lavonte David all being named to the PFW/PFWA All-Rookie Team. Martin was also selected to go the Pro Bowl, along with Jackson and 2010 first-round selection Gerald McCoy.

[Update: The Dolphins had four finalists for the job. The only one that was not offered the job was in-house candidate and assistant general manager Brian Gaine. It is unclear whether Gaine will remain with the team long term, although one source says that is unlikely and that he will eventually leave because he recognizes he has no shot at advancement within the Dolphins organization.]

The 2011 draft brought several new building blocks to Tampa Bay, starting with DE Adrian Clayborn, selected 20th overall. Clayborn started in all 16 games and recorded 54 tackles, a team-leading 7.5 sacks, 26 quarterback pressures, four TFL and three forced fumbles. DE Da’Quan Bowers, considered a steal in the second round, futher bolstered the defensive line, and finished the season as a starter. Third-round selection LB Mason Foster provided great production, recording statistics in every major defensive category with a team-leading 126 tackles, four TFL, 2.0 sacks, four quarterback pressures, one interception, two passes defensied, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery. Foster also led all NFL rookies in tackles.

In 2010, Hickey was instrumental in bringing in a draft class that proved itself on the field during its rookie season, where seven of the nine picks recorded at least one start, with the draft class recording a total of 49 starts on the season. In fact, WR Mike Williams, a fourth-round selection, started all 16 games his rookie season, leading all rookie receivers in the league in receptions (65, second on the team), yards (964, first on the team), and receiving touchdowns (11, single-season team record). Williams was a finalist for the Pepsi NFL Rookie of the Year and finished second in voting for AP Offensive Rookie of the Year.

In addition to the draft class, Hickey has helped find and bring many undrafted gems to Tampa Bay throughout the years, including RB LeGarrette Blount. Blount, an undrafted rookie free agent acquired off waivers from Tennessee in 2010, became just the second undrafted rookie running back in NFL history to record a 1,000+-yard season when he finished with 1,007 yards, despite starting only seven games, and was nominated for the NFL’s Rookie of the Week award on five occasions. Other notable Buccaneers Hickey has helped in attaining include DL Michael Bennett, WR Preston Parker, T Demar Dotson and C/G Ted Larsen.

With Hickey’s assistance, the 2009 draft was highlighted by the addition of first-round selection QB Josh Freeman. Freeman led all rookie quarterbacks in completion percentage (54.5) while setting Buccaneer rookie records in touchdown passes (10) and passing yards (1,855) despite starting in just nine games. The third round of 2009’s draft produced DT Roy Miller who proved to be a solid contributor along the defensive line. Miller finished the season tied for third among defensive linemen with 54 tackles while adding two sacks. Perhaps the steal of the draft came in the seventh round with the selection of WR Sammie Stroughter. Stroughter ranked third on the team with 31 receptions for 334 yards and one touchdown while adding a kickoff return for a touchdown.

The 2008 draft produced CB Aqib Talib, who tied for first in the NFL among rookies with four interceptions, OL Jeremy Zuttah, who started at both guard positions, and LB Geno Hayes, who was a big contributor on special teams before moving into a starting role. The Buccaneers also procured talent through the signing of undrafted rookie free agents RB/KR Clifton Smith and CB Elbert Mack. Smith was selected to the 2009 AFC/NFC Pro Bowl as the kick returner and was named AP Second-Team All-Pro kick returner while Mack appeared in 15 games in the secondary and on special teams where he ranked fourth on the team with 12 special teams stops.

In 2007, Hickey helped assemble a draft class that included two rookies that were selected to the PFW/PFWA All-Rookie team in DE Gaines Adams, who led all NFL rookies with six sacks, and G Arron Sears, as well as standout FS Tanard Jackson, who started all 16 games for the Buccaneers. The 2006 draft produced four rookies who saw starting action in their first season, including G Davin Joseph, who has since developed into one of the NFL’s best guards while earning his first trip to the Pro Bowl following the 2008 season.

From 1998-2009, Hickey worked as a college scout for the Buccaneers, during which time he oversaw all scouting efforts in the Midwestern states for the team. Hickey was a member of the Buccaneers first Super Bowl championship in 2002, a 48-21 victory against Oakland in Super Bowl XXXVII.

Before assuming his role as a scout for Tampa Bay, Hickey spent the 1996-97 seasons as a pro personnel assistant in Tampa Bay’s scouting department. Prior to joining the Buccaneers, Hickey spent two years (1994-95) as an assistant coach at Blinn Junior College in Brenham, Texas. At Blinn, he coached the defensive backs and was responsible for recruiting in the state of Texas.

Hickey played collegiately at Coffeyville Community College and was a three-year starter and captain at the University of Tulsa, where he was also named an academic All-American. He received his bachelor’s degree from Tulsa in 1994.

He and his wife, Stephanie, have one daughter, Breanna, and one son, Barrett. They live in Tampa.


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The Dolphins got a Hickey!!

Finally the search is over. Not real happy with this guy. But he is our guy now.

True tht Dashi. Im not high on the guy either but oh well i wish him the best!

Yay! Wait, we still suck......

Isn't this the guy that hired the worst coach in football? And when was the last time his team was relevant?

Pioli hired the worst coaches in football.

Omg omg omg hey hey hey omg hey omg hey................................

He got Revis the GImp, a former best player at his position that never recovered from a career ending injury. How unusual.

Finally an answer...Hooray. Good luck with the structure of the team you are going to need it. As a bonus Aponte can make up some index cards for you too for all your interviews. LOL

So the guy we wanted went to TB, and TB unloaded their dump to us. Wow, warm fuzzes.

Where does that leave Gaine? He was passed over by "anyone with a pulse." Really tells you what the owner thinks of you doesn't it? I wouldn't want to work in an organization that obviously has such little respect for my work.

But this is Ross we're talking about. I'm sure Gaine got a HUGE salary increase to stay in his place. He's probably the top-paid Asst. GM in NFL history. Because Ross is afraid to just cut the cord clean.

Daryl D.....

I am not @ all making the case that Tanne is the reason GMs don't want to come here.....

I am merely saying that if he was better @ his craft...the GM's would more likely to jump @ this job....

in other words....while Tanne may not hurt the process.....he certainly doesn't help it either....the way a sure-fire (in the making) superstar QB might......

my point....If these GM candidates who study FOOTBALL...and FOOTBALL PLAYERS....thought as highly of Tanne or even Tanne's potential as some on here do....then we would have a GM already....

I hope that clears it up....

Posted by: Kris (in Germany) | January 26, 2014 at 11:13 AM

We hired a scout.

....Tampa sounds similar to here. Some good talented players that cannot overcome the poor coaching. He Should fit right in.

Did you just plagiarize his Bucs bio Armando? Seems like it.

This guy hired the worst coach in football and he is responsible for drafting Josh Freeman, but we already have a Josh Freeman on the Dolphins so there's that....

You know times are tough when its a relief just to hear they made a hire! First thought was at least this guy will know recruiting within state- generally a weak spot for the Phins- but no he's a midwest guy lol.

glad this is over…..like I've said, we dont know if any of these guys will be good…..hire one, hope he's good…..and move forward

Posted by: darryldunphy | January 26, 2014 at 11:18 AM

The Fins have zero talent.


In the TB game.

Most franchises get their first or second choice in HC or GM. We got our 6th choice.


No aqua jersey for me this year.

I hate to be down on the guy before the ink is even dry....

but...suddenly....I miss Ireland....


this guy couldnt get an interview with his own team after 18 seasons for GM, and we hire him to be ours! what losers the dolphins are

We hired a scout.

Posted by: Jay | January 26, 2014 at 11:17 AM

This post made me laugh extremely hard.

Well, it make sense.

If you suck long enough, you get a Hickey.

they were 0-8 and they beat Miami, so there's that.....

expectations folks…..for some reason most here thought this was gonna be a smooth process, thought we were going to get stud candidates…..couldnt wait for Ireland to get fired (you got your wish)…..couldnt wait for "change" ("any change", according to many here)…..you got your wish….none of us know, despite all the rumors and speculation, what the details were or if ANY of these guys will be good--again, got your wish with Ireland gone….so we move on, and hope Hickey is better

Hickey accepted the job this morning after multiple people turned down the offer, according to a source who decliend to say which people. It is known Nick Caserio turned down the job on Saturday.
- Mando


Well it had to be someone! The first warm body that said yes! And my phone wasn't ringing off the hook.

So this guy has one year of success in 19. Ok, that gives us until 2033 to win it. Be patient.

Probably only guy left who would take the job as no one with any sense of pride at this point could accept the psoition here after the joke we have made of ourselves. He was passed up by Tampa so in a way he was the ONLY candidate who could save some pride in his own way by taking the job here.

The only good thing I guess is we will have a new GM, and coach next year. Hate to waste a season and start over. Really believe deep down we are not that far away. Just dont let these guys get rid of the talent we have to this point this year while they are lame ducks.

The curse remains on us for having run off both Shula and Marino before they were ready to go on their own. Both deserved better. Wonder how long before the football gods forgive us?

Wow- way to copy literally all of this information from Tampa Bay's website on Dennis Hickey - and not give a link or credit.

this guy couldnt get an interview with his own team after 18 seasons for GM, and we hire him to be ours! what losers the dolphins are

Posted by: Dwayne | January 26, 2014 at 11:21 AM

That is exactly how I feel....he is our Brian Gaine that DC keeps talking about.....we hired the Buck Brian Gaine....


What did they get out of it then? A Dolphins paid junket and inside strategic info about the draft.

This guy never found a franchise QB in 19 years.

This guy should fit right in with the rest of the losers in the FO. Sad.

hope he can draft some talent, thats all…..thats what we really need him for….and after the contributions of last years draft class, and the few years prior, it really couldnt get alot worse (no, it really cant….our draft class last year was considered the worst across the league by numerous people)--issues with Philbin aside, how much less contribution can we get from a draft class?


Hickey was our 8th choice....

"Wow- way to copy literally all of this information from Tampa Bay's website on Dennis Hickey - and not give a link or credit."

I was thinking the same thing.

Tom....after watching the Senior Bowl, scouting in this state won't take much time.

...Kris..How is Germany treating you? Anyway. Mute point now. I can't comment on our new GM..I do not know 1 thing about the guy. I hope he works out.(deep thought right there..great contribution)

I can already see the report tomorrow..."Hickey Pulls Out Of Dolphins' GM Job."

In fact I'll be shocked if it *doesn't* happen.

Mando. Start digging up the dirt on Hickey and turn the mob on him. Turn this into a negative... like everything else you write about the Dolphins on here.

hope he can draft some talent

Posted by: benz | January 26, 2014 at 11:25 AM

Past performance is the best indicator of future performance.

well, the good thing about this is I have no real hope for the foreseeable future so I can only be surprised in a positive way.

This hire reeks when TB didn't even consider this guy for their own opening.

FinFan from the their first game and this is the first time I have lost all hope for this franchise.

Well, it make sense.

If you suck long enough, you get a Hickey.

Posted by: Blog Fodder | January 26, 2014 at 11:22 AM

Read more here: http://miamiherald.typepad.com/dolphins_in_depth/2014/01/dolphins-hire-dennis-hickey-as-gm.html#comments#storylink=cpy

LOL, so true!

Finally, a GM is hired. Just wish idiot Ross had offered the job to Hickey before Bellichick's errand boy.

Caserio was serious about joining the Fins but CHEAPO Ross waouldnt give him a raise over his current job!!

yeah Cheap…..and TBs drafts have been as good or better than ours…..at least they won a SB recently…..had a great run for a number of years in the past decade or so…..thats an upgrade over what we've seen…..is it great news?--who knows but probably not…..but our results over the past 5-10 + years are dismal……TBs are better…..at this point, I'll go with "better"

Congrats Dennis...and Welcome. Now understand this...we have the most passionate, knowledgeable and understanding fan base in the league......NOT!! but good luck pal. You have a fresh start as far as I'm concerned.

I'm hearing that Dolphin tickets are doubling because of what Ross paid Gaines to keep his mouth shut

Truth you are that dumb to bite the troll bait?

It's nonsense that Aponte is keeping a good candidate away from accepting the GM job with the Dolphins. Hickey is a qualified talent evaluator who should help the Dolphins recover from the bad Ireland years of control. Good move!

What a horrible group running the franchise. What a horrible time to be a Dolphin fan.

wow, some of you are really moronic!!!

the head of PLAYER personnel did not hire shiano. the GM and owner did so stop saying that stupidity.

Kris (in germany)
a GM could care less who played QB last season when making his decision!!! but the care very much about how much power their job will hold. ross set it up so the dolphins GM has very little final say. he has zero control over coaching. he can't hire staff. he has basically 2 partners in player decisions. aponte and philbin. that is why a GM candidate would pass. it has ZERO to do with the QB!!!!

look at our past 3-4 drafts, especially relative to the better teams across the league…..seriously, how much less contribution could we possibly get?--dude could use a dart board and find more quality starters…..

Did Dawson and Gaine turn the position down too?

Anyway, Tampa Bay's record in recent years has been:

2013 4-12
2012 7-9
2011 4-12
2010 10-6
2009 3-13
2008 9-7

In other words, the Bucs suck.

Hickey is going to be the GM for years to come. Just like Ireland was given years to fail. And Philbin who has kept his job as well for failing.

The Dolphins have ten players who are free agents who are expected to start games next season. They are also lacking in talent throughout the roster. They have a subpar and very inexperienced coaching staff that cannot teach or develop players. They have a new GM with no record of solid drafting.

The QB is one of the two worst in the NFL with regards to deep ball accuracy. His ONLY real deep ball threat drops balls left and right and plays wide dropper instead of wide receiver.

Things are not going to get better anytime soon. Time to become a fan of the Seahawks or some other young team that is not a total cesspool of incompetence.

Armando apparently scooped the Sun-Sentinel because there isn't any word about the hiring there. Or everyone has taken the day off!

Well as I said, Hickey will be hired sometime today after Nick Cesario turned down the job. I can see all of you are now saying that Miami had to settle for the runt of the litter just because Armando Salgeuro said so, but guess what Dennis Hickey was the right hand man in a bunch of very good drafts. So guess what, it may not have been the exciting hire but it may still turn out to be a great hire. All we can now do is see how the 2014 season turns out before making a determination of how good Hickey is as a general manager.

Let's see how he does with FA signings and any possible trades first - that will be a good indicator right ayay if he's any good.
And what will he do with Wheeler's contract?
And will he end up trading Wake? I have this bad feeling Wake will be traded to give Jordan a chance to start.
And then, of course, is the draft. Which the idiot Goodell moved to May. Will he draft a developemental QB in case Tannehill does not progress?
At least I can look forward to the draft again now that Ireland is gone.

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