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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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Hollywood (P)rick,

Being a realist vs. an optimist has nothing to do with maturity.

Except to say that people who are realists have been around a bit more.

The Dolphins haven't earned the benefit of the doubt.

Lmao @ 50/50 chance of success.

You pulled that number out of your a s s.

Even if Hickey is brilliant, without the right quarterback he will fail.

So percentages say that he will fail.

Besides, Dawn Aponte is running the show now.

The dysfunctional Phins are a clusterf*ck of problems.

This is the era where The Phins become one of the worst teams in football for several years.

I'd like to see you place a wager with your optimism.

The chances that you wouldn't are greater than 50/50.

Phins have a losing season in 2014.

one things for sure on hickey, his ego must be the size of the grand canyon to think he can come here and succeed. i like that part about him

Posted by: Bobwa Walters | January 26, 2014 at 02:07 PM

No, love em. I am afraid of hapless underlings that have this team spiraling down the toilet. People like you amuse me though. Your worship for mediocrity really facinates me. You clearly have been bullied by your wife, mother or sister all your life.

Gaine is leaving because Dawn Aponte wanted him to wear stetson same as Tom Brady.

Gaine told her "Dawn, I'm not a stetson man."

Dawn replied "You will be or I'm telling Steve...and that's Mrs. Aponte to you."

New logo, new era (of losing).

CocoaJoe...

Aponte is the Michael Corelene of the group.

Philbin and Ross...well they are both Fredo

This is for all the fireland crew. It would have been better to keep Jeffy one more year and if they fail to ADVANCE in the playoffs - Ross could have done this the right way - by cleaning house and hiring a GM and then letting him pick his own coach, etc.

FIRE ROSS,

I hate to say it but you were right. Ross should be the one fired. With Dawn Aponte running the show the dolphins are doomed.

I cannot imagine how hard Rex Ryan and Bill Bellichick are laughing about this debacle. Another person who is rolling on the ground laughing is Jeff Ireland. Ireland must be saying, ha ha, you allowed me to walk to hire that loser, a guy no one wanted to interview. They basically hired the only guy that would take the job as everyone else turned it own.

Things are really sad right now. It is going to take a long time for me to get over this hire. This is awful.

Why do you people keep on saying that Hickey wasn't qualified as a GM because Tampa Bay never interviewed him ? It has already been made clear that the Tampa owner wanted a complete clean house (Like Miami should have done)& allow Lovie Smith to hire his own GM he felt comfortable with. Remember that Tampa Bay is loaded with talent & they only lost this year because they had a QB that couldn't play & a head coach that nobody on the team could stand playing for. Greg Shiano was a dictator & Darrell Revis has already came out & said that none of the players liked playing for him, even though that team is loaded to the gills with talent.

Funny, we hire a new GM and the only thing ESPN and everyone else is talking about is how nobody wanted the job because our organizational structure is a mess.

I really have no opinion of Hickey. He did bring some decent players to TB recently but the team still sucks worse than the Fins. Although they did manage to beat us this year.

Bottom line- Ross is looking like a bigger clown with every day that passes. I hope his plan works out, or he might be better off watching the Fins home games from a cave.

with everything Failbin and Hickey have accomplished in their careers plus you add an unqualified C apologist/VP of Football Operations to the mix I don't understand where all this doubt and negativity is coming from.

Hickey Sucks!!

Dawn & Philbin get a Hickey!!

Another Hick Joins The Club!!

Oh, The Headlines could be amazing!!

I like Mr.Ross but this has to be one of his Goofiest decisions as an Owner.


If any GM candidate withdrew their name due to them not wanting to inherit Tannehill and give him a third "make-or-break" year, I'm fine with that.
If any potential GM withdrew their name for that reason I'm glad that is the case, because it would imply that they are a short-sighted moron and you wouldn't want someone like that as your GM anyways.

At this point the biggest surprise of the off-season is not the consistent dysfunction, but the fact that they were able to land someone with options, that being Lazor.
Then again, apparently working with Tannehill wasn't an issue for him. By all reports choosing to work with Ryan, over Stafford and the "weapons" in Detroit (not to mention a more stable coaching situation in the short term).
Much like this Gm search, I was sure there was no chance they would land any OC that was in demand or had other options. So that's the lone positive at this point...As for Hickey, who knows. It's not very exciting, but you never know with these guys until they are given responsibility and thrown into the fire. I'll keep an open mind.
And really, it's about time something broke right for this team...Maybe this mess turns into the right hire and the best thing to happen to the team....I'm not counting on that, but like I said, I'll keep an open mind and wait until there is actual decision-making to judge.

This stuff really affects your lives this much??

Do you ever stop and think how freaking ridiculous that is? How moronic and pointless?

It's a GAME. A stupid, meaningless diversion that the vast majority of people on Earth could give a flying crap less about.

Some of you need psychiatric help (or maybe a crib and a pacifier).

This is not a knock on the new GM. I will grade him once we have a sample size with the dolphins. However. What a joke it is that we get so eo e who is the fourth or fifth choice to take what is considered a prostigious job.

It really shows what the league and those who work within it think of the dolphins ownership. What an absolute joke things have become within this franchise. So now we have dawn joe and hickey all reporting to the baffoon Ross.

Should I get my super bowl tickets now for 2015

So, to sum things up ... according to reports (and NOT just Armando) Hickey was all Miami had left to "choose" from. The other two finalists (Caserio and Dawson) were offered the position first and turned it down and Gaine was never offered the job.

Kinda like having to settle for the homely chick for a prom date. She's a double bagger but hopefully she puts out.

None of us really know for sure about Hickey, I just go by his history and his history tells me that he had an 18 year sample in Tampa Bay and neither the Bucs or any other team in the league gave him a chance to interview for a GM position. That is not good. Even for the Dolphins he was the 7th option and besides Gaines the last man standing. That does not speak well about him or the dolphins organization.

I am willing to bet that in the press conference today, Ross is going to give Aponte a raise. Apparently some candidates that refused the job were told that they would be reporting to Aponte.


In fact, no team has even seen this guy as a GM candidate. Has he ever interviewed for a GM position?

Stand by. This is going to be one of the worst seasons in Dolphins history.


Posted by: Orlando Dolphan | January 26, 2014 at 01:50 PM

Can't see I disagree Orlando. However, if his sole function is to bring in talent, he certainly hasn't done any worse than Ireland has over the past few years.

The Bucs have some decent talent. Heck, after Martin went down for them, they produced 2 unknowns that produced better than any of the Dolphin STARTING RB's.
Anybody that thinks we were better off with Ireland should have their head examined.

I just hope Ross doesn't float a long term contract and has the common sense to clean house completely if the Dolphins fail in 2014. Unfortunately, I'm not confident that Ross is capable of making a single intelligent decision about how to run a NFL franchise. Staying low profile would be best decision he could ever make if the Fins continue to fail in 2014- then promise to clean house or sell the team to an owner with a clue

This club looks more like the film Aliens.

Philbin is Gorman, Gormless idiot that leads his team nowhere.

Aponte is Ripley, attacking the Aliens because they threaten Newt,(Thill), she will fight to the death to defend her baby.

Ross is the company, looking to shaft the fans for all their money.

Hickey now is Burke, working for the company and happy to do anything for money.

Fin Nation,
The real problem is the moron owner we unfortunately are stuck with. There can be nothing good, really good for our team unless he sells team. We have Alfred E. Newman who knows ZERO about football. Stick with real estate and sell the team- he can buy more buildings in NYC or for UMich. He's given UMich a lot of Dolphins $$$$. Thanks for the support Ross!

in·fan·til·ism noun \ˈin-fən-ˌtī-ˌli-zəm, -tə-ˌli-; in-ˈfan-tə-ˌli-\


Definition of INFANTILISM

1: retention of childish physical, mental, or emotional qualities in adult life; especially : failure to attain sexual maturity

2: an act or expression that indicates lack of maturity

Philbin controls 2014 roster.

What does this mean?

Does this mean Philbin controls who is drafted?

Anybody that is guaranteeing that Dennis Hickey will be a great GM OR a terrible GM at this point are MINDLESS TROLLS THAT KNOWS ABSOLUTELY NOTHING ABOUT FOOTBALL ! There isn't a single person on this blog board that knows anything more about professional football than I do. I am 53 years old & I know more about professional sports than anyone I have personally known & I very rarely EVER loose a bet on a professional sporting event. Another words if you are telling me I'm wrong, then you are full of crap ! I have never said that Dennis Hickey is the answer for the GM job, Although I did like him as a candidate & I rated them in this order : Tom Gamble > Eric Decosta > Nick Caserio > Jason Licht > Dennis Hickey > Ray Farmer > Brian Xanders > Brian Gaine > Lake Dawson. If you look at Dennis Hickey's personnel Bio page, you will see that he was their during their only Super Bowl win, 4 division championships & was a vital part of very good drafts over the last 5 years & THAT IS WHY I am opportunistic about him. Sometimes I wonder why I am stupid enough to sit here & argue with you morons when you never listen to reason. You people are too damn stuck in your views & listen to dumb**s Armando Salguero's article's & presume you know something about football & you really don't.

in·fan·til·ism noun \ˈin-fən-ˌtī-ˌli-zəm, -tə-ˌli-; in-ˈfan-tə-ˌli-\


Definition of INFANTILISM

1: retention of childish physical, mental, or emotional qualities in adult life; especially : failure to attain sexual maturity

2: an act or expression that indicates lack of maturity

Posted by: this blog | January 26, 2014 at 02:32 PM
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sanctimonious pric(k), YOU.

Orlando,

I turned on Ross about a year ago but I can't take credit for being 100% right. Like most people I was only made aware of the Dawn Aponte situation recently. She's a serious problem and likely the reason why no one of value wanted to come here. The article written about her yesterday mentions her husband, an unemployed Mr. Mom. Even her husband takes orders from her !!! I wonder if the guy gets instructions from index cards ?


"Dinner shall be served at 8:00 pm, no exceptions"

"Wash my stained panties, important meeting next week"

"Eat me tonight after the kids go to sleep, no exceptions"

Woman are controlling and they frequently overstep their boundries.

It's pathetic that The Dolphins have these types of games going on in their organization.

Nepotism = Sherman's son in law.

Sexism = Dawn Aponte.

Cronyism = Dallas Cowboys rejects, Sherman knew Tannehill.

Favoritism = Ireland liked Texas boys, Tannehill, Clyde Gates.

The ism's are on full display.

This is how companies get ruined.

Ross should know better, but he doesn't, with The Phins he's a loser.

Aw, need another pacifier Marco? Poor widdle baby all upset about a game. Waaaah.

Jeff Ireland where are you now our brother this is just madness these people are f,,,,n clueless it's pitifull

Ross has given us embarrassment, humiliation, losses, and now a Hickey.

I never thought it would ever get like this not one person wanted anything to do with this job so we hired a journey man scout

We need one boss not a committee of 92 people making decisions

Anybody that is guaranteeing that Dennis Hickey will be a great GM OR a terrible GM at this point are MINDLESS TROLLS THAT KNOWS ABSOLUTELY NOTHING ABOUT FOOTBALL ! There isn't a single person on this blog board that knows anything more about professional football than I do. I am 53 years old & I know more about professional sports than anyone I have personally known & I very rarely EVER loose a bet on a professional sporting event. Another words if you are telling me I'm wrong, then you are full of crap ! I have never said that Dennis Hickey is the answer for the GM job, Although I did like him as a candidate & I rated them in this order : Tom Gamble > Eric Decosta > Nick Caserio > Jason Licht > Dennis Hickey > Ray Farmer > Brian Xanders > Brian Gaine > Lake Dawson. If you look at Dennis Hickey's personnel Bio page, you will see that he was their during their only Super Bowl win, 4 division championships & was a vital part of very good drafts over the last 5 years & THAT IS WHY I am opportunistic about him. Sometimes I wonder why I am stupid enough to sit here & argue with you morons when you never listen to reason. You people are too damn stuck in your views & listen to dumb**s Armando Salguero's article's & presume you know something about football & you really don't.

How can anyone take this team serious

Posted by: hollywood-Rick | January 26, 2014 at 02:34 PM

You rate yourself way too highly my friend. You put Hickey, 35-59 input over 6 years higher than Xander, who has the best record over the last two years in the same job.

You probably want to say its not about wins and loses right. Go pull someone's Plonker my friend. Thill is better than Manning and Brady, yeah we have all heard the jokes.

Does it really matter who they hired? If you can't
develope the players you draft it means nothing
who is picking them. This coach and his staff have
proven they can't develope their own players.

Explain to me how the draft is gonna work will dawn be making the picks

imbecilic

im·be·cil·ic (mb-slk)

1. Stupid; silly.
2. Well below par in mental acumen.

Apparently Joe Philbin is going to have final word on the 53 man roster? Are you kidding me?

No wonder why nobody would interview or take the job!

Finally that train wreck has ended. Not THRILLED about the hire, but at least we can finally move on.

Dawn Aponta the executive of the year how the hell did she get so relevant , granted she is a great accountant but really now she's running our dolphins


THAT IS WHY I am opportunistic about him.

Posted by: hollywood-Rick | January 26, 2014 at 02:41 PM

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You're "opportunistic" about him?

@ Marco : Hey dumbdumb you can't compare a Peyton Manning led team to a Josh Freeman led team & expect TB to finish with a better record, so basically your reasoning is assenine !

Let's hire Cher to be our football czar

Britney Spears can be our asst. GM

Posted by: FIRE ROSS | January 26, 2014 at 02:36 PM

Nice post. Dawn asking Joe to wash her panties,,, wow. She leaves the post it notes next to his index cards on the fridge in the morning. I am sure the players find that very inspiring to their leader read out Dawns to do list.

I have better things to do than deal with you drooling baboons.

Michelle Obama can be our strength coach,,,,,,,,,this is getting to funny

imbecilic

im·be·cil·ic (mb-slk)

1. Stupid; silly.
2. Well below par in mental acumen.

Posted by: this blog | January 26, 2014 at 02:44 PM

You need a dictionary to help you communicate your views.

Pathetic: You.

Hollywood-rick @ 2:34 pm. In other words, NOT Another words. And, optimistic, NOT opportunistic.
Get over yourself, genius.

Jessica Simpson do we have a spot open for her,,,,,,,let me see

ok Dennis here you go:

The draft should be easy this year anyone could do it:

Zack Martin, OT/G, Notre Dame round 1
Xavier Su'a-Filo, G, UCLA round 2
James Hurst, OT, North Carolina round 3
Best RB in round 4
LB, DT in round 5 and 6


resign Grimes and Solia
sign Byrd from Buffalo....

Getter done.......

O THANX! U ARE RITE I WOULD LUV 2B WITH THE DOLFINS!!! THEY R NICE AMINALS! I SEEN ONE IN A LAKE!

Jessica can work the phone at the draft

The draft should be easy this year anyone could do it:

Zack Martin, OT/G, Notre Dame round 1
Xavier Su'a-Filo, G, UCLA round 2
James Hurst, OT, North Carolina round 3
Best RB in round 4
LB, DT in round 5 and 6

sigh Byrd from Buffalo....

oops forgot left tackle:

Brandon Albert or trade for one.

Maybe we can use all of these moves as a smoke screen ,,,,,,,naa we are not that smart

@ Marco : Hey dumbdumb you can't compare a Peyton Manning led team to a Josh Freeman led team & expect TB to finish with a better record, so basically your reasoning is assenine !

Posted by: hollywood-Rick | January 26, 2014 at 02:47 PM

P(Rick),

he put Freeman there and is part of the total picture. Thats ok Hickey is a better prospect than Xander, sure the Bucs have 35-59 over his tenure as director of pro personnel. Xander over the last two years has gone 26-6, sure you are the genius. Please don't talk BS all over the place. You really have no clue do you.

Hollywood sounds like Dolphins front office material

There isn't a single person on this blog board that knows anything more about professional football than I do. I am 53 years old & I know more about professional sports than anyone I have personally known & I very rarely EVER loose a bet on a professional sporting event.

Posted by; Hollywood Rick

Hey Hollywood- Word of advice- Please don't repeatedly resort to your age and wisdom every time you want to support your position. You come off like an arrogant troll. Hope it makes you feel better about yourself to know how much smarter you are then the rest of us. If you have done so well in the sports betting world, please start posting your picks on this board so the rest of us can profit from your intuition and wisdom.

There must be something in the world of basketball or hockey that you can share with the rest of us. And I am sure you have the answer on the Super Bowl too.

We're all waiting with bated breath!

I would love to hear miss Dawn at the press conference ,,,,let's stop masking who really is running this team it's Staten Islands most famous football executive yup that's our Dawn

Marco,

Clarissa has a dental appointment on Tuesday. You will sell almonds in Nigeria between October 9th and November 17th.

Pharoah will shave your back in the hot Egyptian sun.

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