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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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2Watts, This is not Diety. He is not the only person on here that thinks Mando is a trouble making fraud.

Another article states that Gaine will most likely leave.

That would be the end of the Parcells era in Miami.

Thank you.

Posted by: Turned Down | January 26, 2014 at 12:31 PM

Not quite. Did you forget Aponte? She's been decribed as a "Bill Parcells disciple".

dashi what player is ever gonna want to sign here, gonna have to overpay players

Let's thank the Lord for giving us a GM. We could have been rudderless.

Hickey = up grade
Lazor = up grade

Posted by: Mando Basher is the same putz | January 26, 2014 at 12:55 PM

Great Post!!!!!! Couldn't agree more!!!!!!!


apple jackoff is a neegwad.

How in the world is this team going to get up for the challenge of a new season? Look for 2-14 next season.

OK people….fans….lets move on together and support this team. Nobody is more frustrated with how this process went than me. I was against Ross' approach from the start and believed he should have gotten rid of Philbin and Ireland. I don't like the structure he created, giving Aponte as much power as the GM. I worry that it won't work well for this team.

But….we need to move forward. We had an 8-8 season and the coaches cheated the team out of the playoffs. But a new OC is here. A new GM is here. We have some solid proven players, we have some young talent that has real potential, we have a young QB who shows promise. We have free agents who need to be resigned. We have an important round of new free agents and draft picks to figure out. It's an important off season and it COULD be the turning point.

Lets see how it goes. Complaining now is going to resolve or change a thing. Lets drive some positive energy and support behind those who are hear representing the team we are all passionate for.

Why is whatever Mando say's is gospel? If you don't agree with Mando your a basher. If you bash everything the Phins do your an expert.


Posted by: Mando Basher is the same putz | January 26, 2014 at 12:55 PM


Grimes, Pouncey, Wake, and Fields are probably getting teased and bullied right now by the other players at the Pro Bowl over this.

"Nah-nah, you got a Hickey!"

And there you have it. All of you that were eager to get rid of Ireland, now you have an inexperienced loser like Hickey to pick the players. This guy has been with the Bucs for 18 years and they never considered him for the GM position. He was not even interviewed by his own team who was looking for a GM this year. This is disastrous. The bucs won 4 games all of last year and Hickey was part of picking that team.

Ireland put a playoff team on the field last year and the coaching staff blew it in the last two games and cost the team the playoffs.

In all my years of following the NFL, I have never seen a search where so many candidates that were going to be promoted turned down the opportunity. The dolphins hired the only desperate guy that knew that this was the only chance he had of becoming a GM. Hickey had never been interviewed for this type of position. Hickey would not have been hired for the GM position by any of the other 31 teams in the NFL. Jeffrey Loria can light up cigar, Ross is now the worst and most incompetent owner in American sports. WOW!!

orlando ireland was a retarded bum. ignored the oline which was by far the weakness. that guy was a complete idiot top to bottom. agree on ross, stunning hes really this dumb

you only have to say it once, your like a spoiled kid crying the same mando bashing crap OVER AND OVER AND OVER.

To the point where you're the one sounding mentally disturbed, not Mando

Ireland is the winner in this.

Tilman over Carol = upgrade

Lol so the 3rd guy we offered it to took it? A guy whose own organization wouldn't interview him for their own vacancy. Man this is the lowest of low points for this once proud organization. Mr Ross I've defended you in the past however you make Mr. Huizenga look like a genius after he openly expressed media he was open to suggestions as to how to fix the organization

oh and BRICKHOUSE, I have my own opinion's. I read Mando's post and make up my own mind. Your bashing doesn't do anything to change anyone's opinion. If you hate him that much, apply for a Miami Herald application and start your own blog.

I would read your blog, so go and start one

Seems to me Hickey has more experiance than many of the other candidates. Didn't your master Mando report the Phins said they were very impressed with Hickey's interview ?

Posted by: Mando's Cue Card | January 26, 2014 at 01:01 PM

Hahahahaha, hahahahaha

Brian Gaines will now leave the dolphins. Guess what he was the one that was representing the dolphins at the Senior Bowl. So the Dolphins just lost a week of valuable scouting.

The Dolphins should have kept Ireland, at least for one more year. He put a pretty good team on the field this year. People are just to desperate for change without knowing what is coming. Sometimes you have to be careful what you wish for. I don't expect more than 2 or 3 wins next year. My hope is that Ross learns from that, breaks his alliance with Carl Peterson, fires Aponte and Philbin and then brings someone to lead this organization; that would allow the new Czar to build a top notch structure with the right GM and coach. The next GM will probably be able to start with Jameis Winston as his QB.

As it stands now I would rather have Matt Millen over Hickey.

Hold on....why not give Hickey a chance?

Money and opportunity has motivated him to take the job...knowing that after 18 years with Tampa, that he probably would never be promoted there...

....he comes here to take his shot....that takes some courage, regardless of the money incentive...

...maybe he will be able to take control of the personnel decisions..

...maybe he is ready to blossom...

...we should give him the same open minded acceptance that we have given in the past..

,,if he sucks, we will know...

...but if he's great at the job, then we have taken the fist step to becoming a playoff contender...

...I'm willing to wait and hope and see....


What was bucs' record ?

The Dolphins have a Hickey. LOL ON THE FLOOR! This is Joe Phibins team folks. Sink or swim. I don't mind Philbin's camp ritual's but, fact is HE IS NOT A GOOD GAME DAY COACH!

I'm willing to give anyone a chance after that Parcell flunky Ireland brought us down to Wan stache level, of course Failbin/Sherman contributed to that as well

Speaking of Wan Stache, he just signed with the BUCKS as their Special Teams coach. Miami's had some great HC's over the past 15 years or so

Not even the Bucks would hire Wan Stache as their HC, hahaha, but we did

Posted by: mattybfromnc | January 26, 2014 at 01:05 PM

You hit it right on the head. I miss Wayne Hyzinga. Wayne recognized that he needed the right people to run the organization and knew that he was not a football expert. You look at some of the people he was able to bring in here, Jimmy Johnson, Bill Parcells, and Nick Saban. These guys did not stick around long enough to bring Miami a championship but they were considered the best in the business and Wayne brought them to Miami.

Who does loser Ross bring in here, a Tampa Bay reject that would have never been hired by anyone as a GM. The dolphins are now the laughing stock of the league. I have been a long life dolphins fan, but sometimes I think that I should find another team; at least until Ross sells the team.


Huizanga = Ross

Dear Mr. Ross......make every Dolphin fans dreams come true......SELL the team to someone who knows something about the game of football, and who has some "Cojones" and a backbone, something you clearly are missing.

At this juncture and with all the candidates that turned this joke of an organization down, I wonder if this is the real Dennis Hickey or an imposter.
Nothing against the guy as his body of work seems decent and, especially with all the stuff that has surfaced, I wish him, and by extension, us, the best of luck.
High time to turn this ship of fools around.

How exactly did Sherman help again???

Ross gets the 7th guy on the list of 8 with Gaine being 8.

What can you say but, Pathetic !!!

Thats the way it goes.

GM Hickey 2013 Bucs 4-12 third 30th worst in the NFL

Coach Philbin 15-17 record over last two seasons

Ryan Tannehill ranked 24th in the NFL in QBR.

Brand new OC, no previous experience.

Dawn Aponte, back stabbing GM hunter.

Stephen Ross, owner and Captain of EarForce 1.

Nice group that has been assembled for 2014, should be one Hellva Team !!!

FIRE HICKEY!!! I truly hope that this new GM knows what is needed and can draft us the talent that we need to get back to the playoffs. It may take a year or two but it better happen soon. But if it doesn't, may I be the FIRST to say it again. FIRE HICKEY!!! I really hope I'm wrong. Also, are there any billionaires out there that want an NFL franchise in sunny warm South Florida? Money talks, call Steve Ross and make an offer. Hey, everyone has a price. Please call as soon as possible. Oh yeah, FIRE HICKEY!!! You heard it here first.

Really indeed. How? I'm surprised the organization didn't flush them all down the commode.
Oh yeah, there is no organization.

Breaking News
Monday December 29, 2014

Dolphins owner Stephen Ross cleans house after another mediocre season; appoints Carl Peterson to lead the search for a czar of football operations that will hire the new head coach and general manager.

OK WET FART LOVER, If mando says Philbin sucks i will agree with him even when most NFL people highly regard him. When Mando says Aponte is a power hungry back stabber like Ireland told him when he was fired i will agree even though she is highly regarded in the NFL office. If Mando says hickey will fail becauce of the power structure i will agree even though it works in other places. I get it. If Mando says it.... He,s got to be right. OK.. I GET IT.

All this said, wish Hickey the best. No reason to convict him .....yet.

Man this is the lowest of low points for this once proud organization. Mr Ross I've defended you in the past however you make Mr. Huizenga look like a genius after he openly expressed media he was open to suggestions as to how to fix the organization
Posted by: mattybfromnc | January 26, 2014 at 01:05 PM

I've been telling you that for years. Now you finally agree?? LOL

worst owner, worst head coach in nfl

On a positive note, Hickey has a great sun tan.

Hickey was not hired because he was the best man for the job, he was hired because he is the only one that would take the job. Basically, none of the new GMs were willing to come here and answer to Dawn Aponte. According to reports it appears that the new GM is going to have to answer to Aponte. In other words if Hickey wants to bring a player here and Aponte after consulting with Philbin says no. Aponte will say we don't have enough money to get that guy, sorry.

What respectable GM wants to come here to be used as a puppet. That is why Farmer, Dawson, and Caserio turned down the opportunity for a pay raise and a promotion. I have never in all my years of following the NFL seen anything like this.

Listen, these Dolphins Guys certainly have a "touch", but it's not a Midas one because is brown, not shiny, and it smells.

BRICKHOUSE, I'm just pointing out the WET FARTS, it's up to everyone else whether they want to step in them or not.

Hickey has my blessing and I hope he secedes. Ireland was a Parcell's flunky. Ireland probably was Armando's source. There's more columnists that just Armando ripping this Ross administration. I just come here for the jokes anyway. Your constant bashing is annoying

Posted by: Orlando Dolphan | January 26, 2014 at 01:25 PM

They were offerd pay CUTS by cheapskate Ross. Thats why they refused.

GM Hickey played his part in the 35-59 record with the Bucs over his the last 6 years as the director of pro personnel.

Thats the worst in the NFL. We also are reported to have told Xander from the Broncos that we decline a secong interview with him and he has a 26-6 record in the same role as Hickey over two season, pathetic.

Xander told Ross that he would axe Philbin and his assistants and bring in immediate challenge for Thill. Ross looked at DawnJoe, they shook their collective heads, Ross said no thank you Mr Xander.... Next.... Pathetic !!!

I’m such a baby 'Cause the dolphins make me cry.

Darius Rucker.

Hickey has my blessing and I hope he secedes.

Posted by: ROSS is a wet Fart | January 26, 2014 at 01:29 PM


No to secession! Did we learn nothing from the Civil War??

Don't underestimate Armando. He and his speakers were right all along when they attacked Ireland from the beginning, and it appears they were right about Jeff as a power scheming devil. Now with the attack on Dawn Aponte, those People from TMH are probably correct again

Posted by: oscar canosa | January 26, 2014 at 01:27 PM

What does it smell like Oscar??? a quivering sphincter that drops nuggets and acorns??

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.

Posted by: DolFan 316 | January 26, 2014 at 11:27 AM

lol- can't take it anymore....

We should get a sense pretty quickly on whether Hickey is any good or not...

"...the Miami Dolphins will have plenty of decisions to make to upgrade their roster in 2014. It starts with free agency, where Miami must decide which players to keep and which players to let hit the open market.

As a point of reference, here is a complete list of Miami’s 15 free agents and their 2013 salaries:

G Richie Incognito ($4.05 million)
OT Tyson Clabo ($3.5 million)
G John Jerry ($1.32 million)
*OT Will Yeatman ($560,000)
*G Danny Watkins ($555,000)
TE Dustin Keller ($4.25 million)
WR Marlon Moore ($296,471)
DT Randy Starks ($8.45 million)
DT Paul Soliai ($5.75 million)
LB Austin Spitler ($481,765)
CB Brent Grimes ($5.5 million)
*CB RJ Stanford ($635,600)
CB Nolan Carroll ($630,000)
*CB Justin Rogers ($97,941)
S Chris Clemons ($2.75 million)

*Restricted free agents

The Dolphins will have plenty of cap room with so many big salaries coming off their books. Miami has some tough in-house decisions to make with its own players. The biggest no-brainer of this group is Pro Bowl cornerback Brent Grimes, who was the Dolphins’ best and most consistent defensive player in 2013. But he won’t come cheap."

Alright Hickey- it starts now. Free agency followed by the draft. What are you going to do?

Blogger under which name did you tell me that friend?

Very embarrasing

We need a true gm, no to the back stabbing gm hunter witch

Ear force 1 was really good

Mando has it right this time. He got Cam Cameron wrong big time, but he has been correct on Sporano, Ireland, Sherman, Henning and Henne.


Deity, you ad much more to this blog when you incorporate your humor, The Phin fans need humor at this point, I guess the jokes on us

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