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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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Just heard...The Fins are going to hold a GM combine in Indy. They will be using special drills to determine worthiness of being the Fins GM. Drills to be conducted:

Timed Draft Selection Card Delivery.

Timed Fake Phone Call to Other Teams from the Draft Table

War Room White Board Drawings

Ability To Read Prepared Index Cards at Pressers

Number of Times the Candidate Mentions he is Pleased to work with Coach Philbin and the interval in second before he cracks up laughing

Number of Times he is caught looking at Aponte's Legs and how he corrects himself

Speed drills to encompass: Rushing past reporters, Coordinated Arm Waves under 3 seconds when waving off a Mando question, and time it takes him to get from the podium to his car and onto 595.

Final drill...has to recite outloud and without help the names of all GM candidates interviewd by the Fins Management Team

Dashi's choice of words continually exposes how immature and shallow he is.

It's painful obvious.

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

Many of us knew, first time he uttered he's right 98% of the time. Nobody's right 98% of the time. Dumbshee's barely right 2% of the time.

Posted by: Soccer Blowz | January 17, 2014 at 06:50 PM

Rest of the world feels totally different about soccer. Hands down, it's the world's #1 rated sport.

When dumbshee's right 2% of the time, he'll never let us forget. He'll tell us again, even if, for the MILLIONTH time.

In 40yrs Dumshee will be telling his great grandshees how right he was about Lacy.


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.

Posted by: Dashi | January 17, 2014 at 06:08 PM
This is another of your jabs at people who post here that are older, and in many cases more experienced than you. This is the typical attitude of those who believe no QB who played prior to Montana is worthy.
Those of us who actually witnessed IN PERSON the Dolphins at the OB and on TV remember vividly how well coached our team was. Disciplined players playing a man's game like men.
Most of today's players play for themselves, and are self-aggrandizing to the extreme. Witness the chest pounding after a play a 70's guy made routinely, and calmly went back to the huddle.
BTW, only a few ever referred to themselves in the 3rd person.

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?

Posted by: oscar canosa | January 17, 2014 at 06:24 PM

Me, Oscar. QB for the Bears, Colts, a regular comeback kid the great season where a last chance hail Mary would have put the Colts in the Super Bowl.
Need more?

Hey can I apply for the job? I can't do much worse than these candidates.

I knew about Luck, DeCastro, Jmartin but I never took the trouble to find out who Coached them. My bad.

Confirmed. Now that Devone Bess will be available to other teams, he will be interviewed for the open Dolphins General Manager job.

I guess we have to find out who Coaches FSU now.

Posted by: IMAWriter | January 17, 2014 at 07:04 PM

Dashi's also to dense to realize when he's wrong, isn't embarrassed when he is, and makes incredulous statements like he's right 98% of the time.

If this is what future society is becoming, I can not wait until my "checkout date" arrives.

Posted by: Orlando Dolphan | January 17, 2014 at 06:50 PM

C'mon on Orlando. How can it be that on a whole page of post by trolls, yours is the one that gets my blood boiling.

Ireland moving on was the right thing. Philbin and the rest of the group should have probably went with him but it was the right thing.

Dickey on the surface surely doesn't seem like the right guy to replace him but moving on from Ireland was the right thing.

Petron Manning will throw for 450 yards and 4 TDs. Tom Brady will throw for 175 and 2. Broncos 38 - 24.

Don't confuse the game of soccer in the United States to that in England,Spain,Brazil,Argentina,Italy,Mexico,and France. Watch the English Premier League on satellite TV and learn what popular sport is. Only you Yanks play American Football(Canadians try to)Only the Japs play Baseball(In England young girls play it at school) and Basketball is just another derivation of Netball(a girls game) in the UK.If you want a comparative game to the NFL search out British and Australian and New Zealand Rugby,now thats a mans game as much as the NFL is.

oh the irony

Confirmed. Now that Devone Bess will be available to other teams, he will be interviewed for the open Dolphins General Manager job.

Posted by: PasdapipeMon | January 17, 2014 at 07:13 PM


lol. He would probably decline the request.

Rick...you're probably right. The Tampa Bay gig and roster are more attractive!

Ay mon...da future is cleeer. Devone and me ah goin to da big appl to make good on de ninteen pic. Gona cut da no tackle line backers an we is goin to pic a blocker. We then goin to the da davie town mon to chase the evil spirits away. Ya mon da future be lookin good

The Dolphins are set to interview me...next.

Dennis DooHickey huh ?

Why not consider Melvin ThingAmaBob ?

Phins go 5-11 in 2014.

Philbin gets fired, Ross' Tannehope era is officially a failure.

Dawn, go away your no good for meeee

Sign Channing Crowder as LB coach.


Soccer players are girlymen. It takes no athletic skill whatsoever to play. You dont even have to be good at dribbling the ball to be a good soccer player. Like they say just run 2-3 miles in 90 minutes and you should be able to be a proficient Futból player.

Now Brazilian Beach Soccer!! That is a Sport!! The Athletes in that sport are exceptional.

There's 4 teams left in the running for the super Bowl.There are some really qualified, dynamic potential GMs that we can't interview yet. Maybe we're waiting for someone that we have a conviction on.

Who knows, bob s, I surely don't.

FAILBIN FOR GM/HC, next year when he gets fired and the house is cleaned. we will be able to get a respectable GM.

I am very looking forward to the Games this weekend. I have some commitments on them.

As A Sport.

Rugby and Lacrosse have better athletes than Soccer.

At Best a Soccer player is a Kicker in the NFL.

Would never play Basketball Professionally. NBA, or Europe. Or in South America.

And would need to develop Hand Eye Coordination too hit a baseball(the hardest thing to do in all of sports) or the Arm Strength to Throw a Baseball about twice as far as you can kick a Futbol, with about 10 times the Accuracy. Just to be an Average Arm.

Nevermind that it has about zero situational thinking.

I take it back it is harder to drive a car or ride a horse than to play Soccer at a Proffesional level.

I guess they have cut some Night and Early Morning Personnel here. I wonder why, the Dolphins are doing better.

enough with the soccer talk, your right, they are good athletes. I've never seen a fat soccer player. I've seen a lot of fat lazy football players though

police were called to the scene in a Target parking lot because a woman alleged she saw Winslow masturbating in his vehicle.

Posted by: Dashi | January 17, 2014 at 05:18 PM

WOW can't even jerk off in your own car anymore....

Also, you are the Dense one. 98% was 2 years ago. 95% was last year. And this year it is 90%. Dashi has already stated that as fact. But you want me to repeat myself.

Yet!! You keep throwing out your eerroneous opinion. (Pardon my Stutter) Like you are holier than thou.

I would ask for the integrity of your word but I won't know which one of you is answering. What do you go by know?

I feel the same way, Dashi, I don't understand soccer and all that kicking around. However, I once saw a Map of the plays that had been going on in a Soccer match and to me the x and o's here paled in comparison to that.

Wally, you can in Daytona.

For some of this guys that bag of life is too big for them to carry and soon or later the bag wins a la Devone Bess

ya, like the tampa bay creamsicles.those teams were funny bad.maybe we can dig up that coach who was in favor of his teams "execution".at least that team was fun in a follies kind of way.this fin org is just sad and pathetic

You, apparently, are going down in %s, Dashi. Perk up, perk up!

Fire Turner - hire Munchak

sam wiesch i think,lets get that guy to coach if were gonna suck id rather they be sucky and funny


I wonder why they don't use hockey plays or hockey formations in soccer. You have more players and more athletes. You can actually do a couple more things. Set up flanks. Overload one side of the field. The flying V with soccer players. They're a bunch of Ducks anyway.

And just like you have offsides in hockey you have offsides in soccer.

I understand the concept of Soccer. I understand its purpose. And how the original Soccer games were played to the Death by the Indians.

But like they said. You have 90 minutes. And most games end up 0-0. 90 Minutes and they can't even score a point. Most coaches in any real professional sport would have gotten fired for such incompetence.

is he still alive??any way in order to turn this thing around try this.one put joe robbies name back on the stadium.two,if your steven ross anything you want to do,do the opposite

R.Wilson and Kaeperenick wouldn't have made it to the Major Leagues. Yet, they are extrodinary Football players.

Dashi we much rather hear about Lacy for the millionth billionth time. Then at least you would be close to right about something. Ok?

Anyone knows why dashee catches the bus?

If he owned a car he would have to change his name to crashee.

last years draft def costed us and ireland his job just a few better moves we prob been a playoff team without so many questions theres a whole list of things he did wrong people forget we still had 19.8 mil in cap space so we could of kept long and bush which i think that and making the obv choice of eric winsston who played well in AZ over the older clabo might of made us 11-5 or maybe take the divsion especially if on top of those moves he used all them draft picks better

something tells me jordan would of fell to us if not we have wake and a real up and commer vernon and derrick shelby looks solid but no w 19 mill left we let long go pass on winston trade up and pass on a pro bowl LT .... think of htis we could of kept long signed winston and drafted chance warmack ........ then draft eddie lacey then jordan reed.... we paid 6 mill to patterson for 4 games even tho he had 4 ints




Posted by: IMAWriter | January 17, 2014 at 07:04 PM

Imawriter. Yes, Dashi was referring to the older fans. What is the first thing older fans say to Dashi. You young guys don't know squat. That is a big misconceived notion. Not everyone is the same.

On that post I was telling MCC that I wasn't including him in that group. Again, I know the words I used. I said "Most". I didn't say all. So if you think you are with the majority and not the exception. Not my fault.

Posters who I discuss Football on the regular with know that I am not referring to them. And some of them are older posters.

I show respect. Now I also expect respect. Like any normal person would like.

And last but not least. I know someone else use to refer to himself in the 3rd person. I understand why that Home-O is mad. What Dashi doesn't get is why "Other" people are mad. I know Home didn't have any fans.

Posted by: mark | January 17, 2014 at 09:14 PM

which pro bowl left tackle did we pass on?

I feel they should expand the search until they find exactly what they are looking for. Ross and his team will start doing 2nd interviews soon.

The fact is, there is no "Star" GM who has all the answers for Miami. Instead getting someone with a wealth of experience and a background (like this one above) where the Dolphins can see exactly what the guy has done. There are always rumors about an exec having his hands in this draft pick but not that one. Or having stood on the table screaming for this guy or that. But from what I've seen there is a ton of grey area about what the truth really is.

We'll know soon enough. There is no huge hurry, every one of these guys will be at the events that are coming up whether they are with Miami then or not. Those who believe themselves to be true candidates to be hired will know that and act accordingly.

I'd say my next Friday we'll have our man...

Sam, You made a Funny. Now use it as a Sign in name.

Bla bla bla wha ahe wha shut the f ,,,, up you whiners

Mangini will run this team just watch

We will turn this mess around

Another penis incident with the jets this time Winslow

Ha ha ha this is very weird

If you wonder why we have such lame and embarrassing politicians...................................... just look at the voters.

Posted by: Abe | January 17, 2014 at 09:03 PM

Somebody bronze this one.

Bess Had Another Previously Unreported Run-in With The Law: 10 Months Ago

"According to a Broward Sheriff’s Office report, during that previous incident Bess was screaming, “Hide the guns,” “Where is my weed,” and “I want to get in the end zone; throw me the football.”

This is the real kicker for me:

“I want to get in the end zone; throw me the football.”

Bess had only 1 td in 2012. That makes this funny, but, at the same time not funny.

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