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Seventh GM interview: Dennis Hickey

The Dolphins continue to search for their next general manager and that search today has led to the interview of Tampa Bay Bucs director of player personnel Dennis Hickey, league sources are saying.

Hickey is the seventh person to interview for the vacant Dolphins general manager job.

Interesting the Dolphins interviewed Hickey. The Bucs are searching for GM and haven't interviewed him, far as I can tell. So the Dolphins see something in Hickey the team that has employed him nearly two decades doesn't apparently see.

This is the background on Hickey directly from the Bucs media guide:

"Entering his 18th season with the Buccaneers overall and third as the director of player personnel, Dennis Hickey has helped lead the Buccaneers to four division titles and one Super Bowl championship during his 18-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.

"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.

"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." 


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No Evidence

From last year's whole draft we got a starting PK, that's it.
Maybe Jordan will pan out (I hope so)so that would be 2 starters.

My plan gets us 4 established starters at one time.


Not bad.

Hopefully the Fins make a decision next week. Or at least start the second round of questions. Enough interviewing. Make a decision already.

Just got this from SI extra.


Witness: Jets TE Kellen Winslow Jr. was masturbating outside Target before pot arrest

Jets tight end Kellen Winslow Jr. was arrested for possession of synthetic marijuana in New Jersey last November, but details of a police report are drawing the spotlight away from the pot. NJ.com reports court documents reveal police were called to the scene in a Target parking lot because a woman alleged she saw Winslow masturbating in his vehicle.

Every GM Is saying that he HATES THE QB,That is why noone is breaking down the door to be the barbies GM Eh?

2 Things.

Why is he smoking in a parking lot at Target? Never mind jerking off.


He has money. Why the hell smoke Synthetic? He should be smoking Premium like D.Bess.

synthetic cant be seen by nfl tests yet\\\\

Just in case you've left the previous blog...

I was referring more towards, We are close to making the playoffs... I believe this team is being built to make a long run at success. Not just a 1-2 year run with a bunch of FA veterans like 09.

Posted by: Dashi | January 17, 2014 at 04:58 PM


I agree with that too Dashi. I believe we have gotten younger, faster, and more talented in the last two years. I think we can build around T-hill. The holes we need to plug are well documented.

I believed we should have made the playoffs last year. we controlled our own destiny. In my opinion, the coaching failed to get us there.

Next year is huge, and with the right moves, we should get there.

why does Dashi write about himself in the third person?

yo dudes, I finally got fired, Don't feel bad for me, I finally had time to wash and hang up my diaper. I obviously don't hang around sports blogs all day (my drafts prove that) I just came back from Korea and found out I'm fired.

Hire the GM with the "WILL WORK FOR BEER" sign.

I'd rather get a Hickey than hire one.
I know the media suckups are touting this job, cuz it's one of 2 in 32, chance to make name & $$$, but as time

one more post, I think Philbin should also serve as GM this year, then when he get's fired next year the Phins can start fresh with a clean house and get a respectable GM

Passes it's apparent no QUALIFIED candidates want job where they are stuck w/crappy O-line & QB & Defensive staff, not to mention Failbin.

Dr dumbShe, anytime you want to step on a pitch, I'll show you what type of athlete a soccer player is. No timeouts, no innings, no 3 intermissions-just straight running for 90 minutesand if you discount them as athletes, then why are they all about 160-175 lbs and ripped. Best conditioned athletes.

Like the Failbin GM idea. Get it over already & force Ross to start fresh after next year.
Fire Failbin!

Eleven GM candidates considered, seven interviewed and four refused to be interviewed. Isn't eleven candidates enough? Isn't seven interviews enough? We need to fill the GM post as well as the LB coach as soon as possible, and maybe consider changing the OL coach. At this pace it will be training camp to get settled on the coaching staff.

this is how the Saints (Aints) Fans felt like in the 80's

Great writing Armando. You wrote
5 sentences and pasted the Bucs media guide for the rest.

We have become the Tampa Bays teams of the 1970's

yeah, make Failbin the GM then he can't blame it on anyone but himself. Maybe after he's fired next year he'll bless us with the #1 overall pick:


Classic misdirection by Miami IMO. Look for them to hire absolutely none of the people they have interviewed.

Wouldn't be surprised if Marino is named as president and Gaines is promoted


Real defensive about a woman's sport.

Soccer is an activity, not a sport. It falls along the line of auto racing, Horseback riding, and Golf. The problem is that ESPN and other networks needed to fill out air time and decided to name a bunch of activities, sports.

150-160lb guys who run around kissing each other. Yeah, Dashi is shaking in his boots.

If the average person can play the game at a high level. It shouldn't be considered a sport.

I bet you are a fan of Little QBs and Little RBs. Cause you feel that you relate to them. In Real sports midgets are the Exception not the rule.

I can take a group of weekend cross country runners and turn them into an Elite Soccer team. All they have to do is run up and down for 90 minutes, right.

Why won't you ever hear about a soccer player taking steroids. Cause you can have the functional strength of a Teenage Girl and still be an elite Soccer player.

Now, I know you want Dashi to spend the rest of the night entertaining you. But I will leave the blog for you to run. Oh, Lord of Darkness. King Master Baiter.

The circus will continue as long as Rosso the puckered anus faced clown is the owner.


Agreed. I wish most of our older fans can have the insight you have.

Some people just get older. They don't get wiser. It just sucks that some of those who only get older are "Dolphin Fans" on this blog.

I'm starting to get really suspicious about the whole GM thing.

Either they're trying to go with a tandem or the naysayers may be right and nobody wants the job.

Hickey?? I mean his boss just got fired. I listen to local Tampa sports radio all the time and nobody has mentioned him for the open Tampa job.

What you guys think, besides Neil's ghost opinion?

We'll they have interviewed 7 and, apparently, they are in no hurry to sign any of them. Perhaps after the SB?(now Armando is going to write that they should hurry)

We are destined to suck deal with it and embrace the fact

We are dimwits

Dashi is obsessed with old wrinkled dic.

Let's do the right thing and hire scott pioli

Or Eric mangini

You bloggers are very gay

A bunch of sausage smokers

Dashi is a god

Dashi please stop making yourself look such a dumbass:



From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Look up athlete in Wiktionary, the free dictionary.

Athlete(s) may refer to:

A person who is involved in Athletics (sport), which involves track and field events, long distance, cross-country and road running, and race walking

Sports person, a person who participates regularly in a sport

I'm sure you'll say these people know not what they speak either. Only "the dashi" can be right 2% of the time in a dashi life span.

I'm sure you also consider soccer to not be a sport.

Dashi's been jilted by old men. Out smarted by old men and enjoys being penetrated by old men.

There are other People that none of us Fans know about. Tell me, who here knew about Jim Harbaugh before the SF49ers made him their Coach?

Ping Pong Players are great Athletes.(any arguments?)

Behold greatness

ummmm, Harbaugh had just one the National Championship and was a hot commodity. Your kidding right?? bad example. But your right, no one knew most of these guys.

Without Dashi's birth the world would forever live with it's own lies.

Just cant figure out how mankind survived thousands of years before the birth of Dashi.

Dashi is full proof 3rd world ethnicity could possibly be linked to 3rd world mentality.

Dashi enjoys the company of old wrinkled penis, he likes to pet it and squish it and treat it like his very own. Then he says "how am I doing Ralphie Boy?" and Ralphie answers "hummina, hummina"

Because of Dashi's "flawed" 3rd world mentality. His comprehension level suffers greatly too. None other posters accuses others of what they did not say more than "the shee".

You all know exactly what I'm talking about. "DUMBSHEE-boy".

Miami Dolphins in Depth After Dark

Everything Dolphin: No subject is taboo, No deadlines, No space crunch. Just Dashi all the time.

(What is the second favorite subject on this blog after the Dolphins. The Dashi. Specially after dark.)

I've learned a lot from dashe. I mean, i never knew that the Dominican Republic was the most advanced and prosperous nation in the western hemisphere, that it has the most beautiful and elegant women, and there is no disease or gays there. Truly remarkable.

Posted by: dimshe | January 17, 2014 at 06:33 PM

Well, if the Dominican Republic is really all of that, it explains why they "deported" dashee to the U.S.

If you had a country like this, would you keep dashee around?

Soccer is the best. Thats why the U.S. can't compete with any other countries. Our best athletes play other sports, which is where the money is. I'd like to see Dashe get out there on a soccer field. He'd have a heart attack in 5 minutes.

Suck and swallow. Sounds like a society void of all literary education. Void of all teachers and dumbshee is head of the class.

The only way he'd come to is at the sight of steaming hot dilsnick in his face.

Red Button Pushed.

Have at it champ.

Give dashee a break guys. He stole a computer and 3yrs later, learned to turn it on first.

Is it Dashi or Douche? When they talk about soccer players such as Messi, Ronaldo, Beckham, and others-they refer to them as world class athletes. Not athletes such as your self that win the keyboard Olympics. I can relate to athletes of all types. Just not cheaters. I don't care what size you are in sports-if you have a gift and play professionally, then you are an athlete. I myself play EVERY sport I can. I'm 6'2 320 and I love sports. Unlike you who judging by your ridiculous and off the mark statements were probably the kid in school picked last and bullied so now you do your bullying behind the curtain know as a computer. Put down the XBOX, get out from your parents basement and be a man instead of trying to make fun of something that you have no clue about.

Who gives a crap about soccer? A bunch of sissies running around in thick long socks pretending to get hurt while the fans beat the snot out of each other in the stands. Dumbest sport ever. I would rather the cameras turn to the stands so we can see some real action. Watching a bunch of guys kick a ball around for an hour is akin to watching paint dry.

Wow, now the fins are interviewing personnel folks from a team that won 3 games (Tampa Bay). Talk about desperate. The sad thing is Ireland has more experience and has been more successful than any of these guys. Fans be careful what you wish for. The next GM that will be hired by the dolphins is going to be hired based on hope because he will not have a track record.


Posted by: Yoko's New Rider | January 17, 2014 at 06:48 PM

Dashi is so messed up, what a moron , probably doesn't have a life. And I'm going to sit in a blog by myself all night talking about it. That makes me cool compared to Dashi.

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