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Source: Hickey 'hit one out of the park'

When one NFL source floated Dennis Hickey's name to me as a Dolphins general manager candidate Thursday, I dismissed it.

Hickey doesn't seem like a hot commodity. He's something of a career Tampa Bay Buccaneers worker drone. And, after all, his own organization that is conducting a general manager search as are the Dolphins have not interviewed their own guy.

Then on Friday Hickey's name came up again and it turns out not only is he a candidate but a very, very serious candidate, another source familiar with the process said Friday.

I'm told the Hickey interview was among the longest the Dolphins have conducted during the search that has already included interviews for seven candidates. Brian Xanders had a two-day, 11-hour interview earlier this week and Hickey was not far behind him. And I'm told Hickey "hit one out of the park," with Dolphins owner Stephen Ross.

I'm told by league sources that even if Hickey isn't hired in Miami, he is actually so well regarded by the Bucs that he may be asked to remain under the new general manager once that candidate is chosen.

As you know, I've previously reported that Ray Farmer, Lake Dawson and Xanders opened eyes for the Dolphins owner. I would now add Hickey among that company of top tier candidates.

The Dolphins have yet to interview Marc Ross of the Giants or Lionel Vital of the Falcons. But there is now some sentiment among those conducting the Dolphins search that the strength of candidates is already beyond initial expectations. So this search is nearing its end.

The Dolphins will soon whittle the field to perhaps two candidates and then pick their man.

So, yes, the Dolphins are so far very pleased with their search. Yes, they believe they have identified nearly a handful of potential hires.

And, yes, Dennis Hickey is improbably among the top of the group.

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Having hired a lot of guys and gals over the years, it is good when someone shines in an interview but shining in an interview is a good predictor of being someone who is articulate and merchandises himself well but is not a particularly good predictor of future performance. Past performance, intelligence, integrity, detailed technical knowledge, leadership history and dedication/intensity are far better predictors.

Lane Kiffin hit it out of the ball park when he interviewed for the Univ of Tenn, the Oakland raiders and for USC. How did that work out. There are those who have the gift of gab but just don't perform.

MANDO:IN TRYING TO SELF PROMOTE URSELF, U THROW THE
TEAM UNDER THE BUS. UR A TRAITOR,BY WRITING ABOUT THE
DOLFINS& BESS, UR MAKING A BAD SITUATION WORST. IT'S A
SHAME THAT U UNDERMINE THE TEAM UR SUPPOSE TO COVER,
JUST TO PROMOTE UR NAME. IT'S ENOUGH THE CRITICISM OF
ESPN & PROFOOTBALL TALK (THE REALLY HATE ANYTHING MIAMI
U HAD TO ADD FUEL TO THE FIRE. UR DESPICABLE, BESIDES
BEEN AN INEPT REPORTER. WHAT PISSES ME OFF IS JUST LIKE
SNOWDEN UR GOING TO DEFEND THE RIGHT OF THE PUBLIC TO
KNOW. SUCH HIPOCRITES. SNOWDEN DID FOR MONEY WHICH MAKE
HIM A TRAITOR. U DID FOR SELF PROMOTION AT THE WORST TI
ME EVER. TELL WHAT THAT MAKES U ?

I think I just sharted!

Everybody says Ross doesn't know anything about football, but it shouldn't matter. As long as he hires someone who does should be the main concern. As far as negative comments from some of the players, why should anyone care what a bunch of quitters say with the way they played the last two games. They're all far over-paid based on their performance.

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