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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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Lets settle this once and for all Ross. Just go ahead and hire Aponte for GM that's what you want to do!

We all know she blows you on those flights to NY, besides she could do no worse than FIRELAND.

On the Draft

1- K.Benjamin WR or the best lineman Available.
2- C.Jones MLB
3- S.Henderson OT
4- B. Linder OG
5- A.Williams RB or Wilder Jr. RB
6- L. Thomas QB
7- C. Santos K

Now I also expect the Dolphins to resign Grimes and to get at least 2 high quality starters on the O-line in Free Agency.

I guess no one will be questioning why Bess was traded anymore.

S.Johnson and Atkinson III are both another pair of late rd RBs that I like in this Draft.

Hopefully our new GM can draft a better QB and RB's than the last idiot.

The FS fullback (Abram ) is the mother lode; he should be a tag team with Wilder. I am with you on the aspect that the Ol with the first round grades are not worth their price compared to the mid and lower ones.

Jeff Matthews (QB Cornell)is an interesting prospect. He is also from our newly acquired OC's Alma mater . He has a lot of sights on him now, with the Shrine Bowel being the first.

'I said O' Lord, stuck in Lodi again'.

Dashi, Logan Thomas might be a steal in sixth n could be converted WR... Also like Benjamin but have feeling Jets swoop in and grab him 18. If Williams fell past 2nd rd I'd be surprised. His injury is only reason his stock fell but hhe led nation with rushing for over 2100 yrds... He'd be steal of draft in 5th

Funny how the Bucs arent interested in Hickey but the Dolphins are. How low have we sunk?

Hickey is a peep shot.

jesus, if Tampa isn't interviewing him, why are we. DOOMED

Come on man, there is a thing called sentence structure and proper punctuation.

Stanford won the Rose Bowl, but I don't think they won a National Champioship. Still a good point though.

This is way beyond funny. Assuming this 'blog baiter' has ever had a piece; he has no idea how that box works.

Games Yards TD INT Rating
16 4135 26 15 90.7
16 3822 23 9 87.0
16 3764 28 14 85.7
16 3913 24 17 81.7
16 3762 24 17 75.9

Second year stats for Peyton, Luck, Brady, Tanny & Eli.

I can't even begin to understand why people would be calling to abandon #17 after two seasons. He was a vastly improved quarterback this season. He's not perfect but I'd love to see how much more he can improve before giving up on him. He's smart, durable, has a bit a speed and he's got a rifle (ahem). His accuracy was better this year and he completed more 40+ passes. Let's see what his ceiling is before we start thinking about the next one. Did anybody see a Miami team that was a quarterback away from the Superbowl? There are more pressing holes to fill.

Also, on Ross. I think he's a going to be a great owner. Yes, he botched the Harbaugh thing but he was trying to make the team better. He's new and he made a mistake. I honestly believe he's someone that desperately wants a winning football team and will spend what he needs to get it. But as Daniel Snyder has proved again and again, it takes a lot more than just opening your wallet to win. There has certainly been worse owners out there. Could you imagine what it would have been like being a Raiders fan during the Al Davis years (may he RIP). I'd rather watch a Real Housewives marathon than the first round of a Oakland draft. Ross is making every effort to get the best people he can but when top candidates don't want to come (Gamble, Harbaugh, Fisher, etc), you can't chase them.

And I like Joe Philbin, too. The end of the season was heartbreaking but the guy represents the organization with class and dignity. He's comes across as intelligent and loyal (perhaps to a fault). I sincerely hope he finds success with the Phins. BTW Belichick had one winning season in his first 6. Let's stick with Joe for a few years. A little bit of consistency wouldn't hurt our reputation within the league. The one thing that drives me nuts about Philbin (as it Sparano) is that in 6 years under two head coaches that were former offensive line coaches, we haven't been able to cobble together much pass protection.

Excited to see who the next GM is. Wish him the best but if we draft another 2nd round QB, I'm going to start cheering for the Bucs.

Phins up.

Well jeff the stats don't lie.
If tanny ever wins a ring for our dolphins will we consider him better than marino????
That is a good question
Hardaway for the heat was a star yet never won a ring for the heat, d wade does it and becomes the demi god of the heat.

Rings determine a lot!!!


Rings are what count the most but if I was drafting a quarterback to build my franchise around and I could choose from a 21 year old Marino, Montana, Elway, Elway, Peyton or Brady, I'd take Marino. He's still the best I've ever watched but yes, that Lombardi trophy would certainly have added to the legend.

Like Tanny. Hope to see him develop. Don't think he's the next Marino but can't see any reason to give up on him yet.

Yeah Dashi
Please educate us on all the go-go pronuctiations with emphasis.
Dashi says a Colombian hermophodite prostitute Alex Mahach gave Dashi an UTI so he's delusional
Dashi is sorry.

Step right up and you too can be the next Miami Dolphins Puppet, ahhhhhhh i mean GM and sit in a room with the brain trust of Aponte, Philbin and other NFL wannabes and as a bonus get to work for the most clueless owner in all professional sports.
Watching the Dolphins tumble and stumble for over a decade now has been a dream come true. Hang in their guys "your close!"

After looking at the previous 127 potential GM candidates, the Fins bring in Jeff Ireland to interview for the GM job. Mando reports he "wowed" Ross. The 128 interviews conducted this month for vacant job appears to be a record in the world of sports. Mr. Ireland laid out his plan for the Fins and Ross according to sources was thrilled. Among the things discussed was Ireland's approach to the draft and his keen eye for selecting injured players, not drafting for highest need in a year where your teams highest need has best talent, and overpaying FAs who cannot tackle. Other sources reported that at one point during the interview Mr. Ireland was asked by Ms. Aponte if his mother was a ho. The NFL says it will look into the matter, but it is highly unlikely Mr. Ross will fire Ms Aponte. Appartently this question has been a staple in a previous interviews according to sources. Most recently on this blog it was reported that Devone Bess would also interview for GM. Sources say that is not going to happen...at least for today.

Step right up and you too can be the next Miami Dolphins Puppet, ahhhhhhh i mean GM and sit in a room with the brain trust of Aponte, Philbin and other NFL wannabes and as a bonus get to work for the most clueless owner in all professional sports.
Watching the Dolphins tumble and stumble for over a decade now has been a dream come true. Hang in their guys "your close!"

Bill Polian!!

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