While the Dolphins have already identified at least two finalists for their general manager job, they are still doing first-round interviews with one candidate today:
Nick Caserio, the top personnel department man in the New England Patriots organization is on deck for this afternoon, according to a team source.
I told you earlier the Dolphins might do more interviews this week before doing their finalist interviews. It seems at the time they were working on getting permission to talk to Caserio.
The idea of interviewing Caserio for the first time, a day before finalist interviews begin, is not exactly the most elegant way to conduct business. The Dolphins recognize this. But they figure you cannot always look beautiful while winning.
Winning ugly is good.
And talking to Caserio is a win.
This is how this is going to work, as explained to me by the team:
Caserio, 38, will interview today and if he is impressive to the point where he belongs among the finalists, he will move to that group this weekend for a second interview. If he is not worthy, in the team's eyes, then the club will move to its finalists interviews without Caserio.
[Update: The Dolphins announced around 1:30 p.m. that Caserio's interview had been completed].