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Source: Hickey was not long for the Bucs

The Dolphins will undoubtedly tell you they got their man when they formally introduce Dennis Hickey as their new general manager.

But that will illustrate the adage of one man's trash being another man's treasure because a source close to new Tampa Bay general manager Jason Licht tells me Licht was going to fire Hickey from his job as the Tampa Bay director of player personnel.

Hickey was with the Bucs 18 seasons, the last three as the director of player personnel. But he was not a candidate when Tampa Bay conducted a general manager search earlier this month and while he might have been retained through the May draft by the Bucs had he not gotten the Miami job, Hickey was headed out the door.

This, by the way, is not to cast aspersions on Hickey. The NFL is about networking and comfort level. It is common for a new GM or coach to clean house of the former things and bring in his own people once he's hired.

Licht apparently planned to do this.

Now the question is how much Hickey will do that in Miami now that he's running the personnel department?  


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Licht should have been our GM.

"Now the question (cleaning house) is how much Hickey will do that in Miami now that he's running the personnel department"?

C'mon Mando, unless Ross gave the new guy a wink and a nod, he has zero power.

Great we have a Bucs reject ... when will Ross wake up to the fact that unless he tells Philibust and Aponte they report the GM we will never get a real NFL personnel man in here.

well here's to 3 more years of bad to mediocore drafts and FA moves

So what the franchise has is a person that nobody wanted, in a job that nobody wanted!!!!!!

Aponte is getting a promotion and Hickey will be reporting to her. That is why everyone said no.

Yeah that figures. Hickey was on the scrap heap in a matter of weeks.

So a 4-12 team didn't want him after his 15-33 stint as pro director of personnel against Irelands 22-26 record in the same period... and this is progress.

Its like cutting Thill and signing Brandon Weedon.

This looks like the year is being set up to fail so we get the first overall pick in 2015, I get it now.

Who would that be ?

3 of the 4 finalists indicated they were not interested in this great opportunity, and the winner was someomne Tampa was getting ready to fire. Tampa has not exactly been a winning organization as of late, which makes me wonder what Hickey's accomplishments aee.

Marcus Mariota. The quest for his services begins now. I feel so stupid that I've been a critic of Ross, he has had this plan for years.

Great comments from SIGNAL and Marco we got exactly what Ross deseves because he is a Laughing stock as a NFL owner.Just go back to real estate and SELL

Doesn't matter how much better a GM/talent evaluator Ireland may be compared to Hickey. Working relationships within the Dolphins were dead which made Ireland worthless. That makes Hickey a better GM, for Miami, than Ireland. This holds true until Hickey falls out of favor and ends up blamed and/or outnumbered, whether he's at fault or not.

Looks like to scumbags have arrived on this blog early tonight, time to fly.

Posted by: Marco | January 26, 2014 at 03:14 PM

Wow! You managed to stay off the blog for a whole 15 minutes!

6 - 10, best case. Hopefully we bomb. Failbin, Aponte-gy et al out, new QB. Hell, perhaps even Ross sells!

Looks like to scumbags have arrived on this blog early tonight, time to fly.

Posted by: Marco | January 26, 2014 at 03:14 PM

Wow! You managed to stay off the blog for a whole 15 minutes!

Posted by: What a Wonderful Life | January 26, 2014 at 03:41 PM

Its a different blog. Did you miss me darling ?

My sources are never wrong. They are within the Dolphins organization. The deal is done. Caserio is spending the evening in Miami to work out details of the contract. I am told Shula was contacted as a John Carroll alum.

Posted by: Marco | January 25, 2014 at 10:23 PM

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My sources are never wrong. I stand by my statement. Caserio accepted the position and is awaiting contract details. If he declines then my sources were correct.

Posted by: Marco | January 25, 2014 at 10:28 PM

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Oh, man. I missed that one. Marco claims to have "sources" within the organization?? Who? The freakng janitor?

What a freaking rube. Thanks for exposing him.

Hickey an 18 year whipping boy on the worst franchise in the NFL.

Ok Gruden got them a Superbowl because he was a great HC, but before or after the sucked badly. Ireland was bad, but on paper is much better than Hickey.

7th pick out of 8. I'll bet Gaines phone is ringing off the hook with offers now. I guess with all the GM jobs being filled now Ireland and Gaine are on the scrap heap. Ireland will go to the Bears in his old job.

I can picture Marco on his little pink toy phone calling his "sources" (in reality a stuffed teddy bear across the room) within the Dolphins organization.

This is just too funny.

Mr. Salguero, Your coverage of Dawn Aponte in my veiw is typical male chauvinism and is sickening. For you to even make a point about her being in power and influencing Mr ross should have nothing to do with her gender. You have dicredited her not as a person but as a female. All men in that business are jockying for power. You seem to have a problem with her because she is a woman.

I have already started to contact every womans rights organizatoin i can find. I am also going to call for a boycott of your publicatoin. This is so typical of a man so insecure about having to deal with a woman of power. You should bee ashamed of yourself.

I will do everything to make sure you are accountable for your Narrow minded discrimintating veiws on this matter. Your editor should also be held accountable and will.

This is not the last you will hear about this.

Oh, man. I missed that one. Marco claims to have "sources" within the organization?? Who? The freakng janitor?

What a freaking rube. Thanks for exposing him.

Posted by: Marco = Fraud | January 26, 2014 at 03:47 PM

You we're the one posting in my name, how clever you are. Look there is no point in attacking me, focus on what is actually happening to our franchise you A--hole.

Go on use my name, its a great honor to have you want to be me, I don't blame you.

Hickey was getting fired. FROM TAMPA! LMAO!!

Nope. If someone posted using your name it sure as hell wasn't me.

I'm not buying it, anyway. You are one of these rubes trying desperately to sound "in the know" so it would follow you would claim to have mysterious "sources."

Either way, you're a dolt.

Posted by: Marco = Fraud | January 26, 2014 at 03:50 PM

Was Daddy bad to you as a child ? Did uncle Bob play with you a bit too hard ? Look don't blame me for the Dolphins being in the toilet. I know you are looking for a scapegoat darling, but aim your guns a bit higher than me. Im flattered but Ross deserves you more at this time, darling girl.

This is not the last you will hear about this.
Posted by: A womans point of veiw | January 26, 2014 at 03:50 PM



Posted by: Marco = Fraud | January 26, 2014 at 03:53 PM

Ok you are upset I attack Ross DawnJoe and Thill, you support them I don't and never will. Talk to someone that agrees with you, good luck finding that special person you sweet little princess.

Let's see if anyone is actually dumb enough to think "a womans point of view" was written by a woman.

Knowing this blog, I'm betting a few will.

This is from Brent Grimes' wife:

"Yall wanted Ireland gone so bad, only to still be upset about his replacement? U gotta laugh to keep from crying at this point."

Everyone that wanted Ireland gone feels stupid now. Ross just hired a reject from the miserable Bucs. Wow how is bad is next year going to be? We are going into uncharted waters. We are going to now feel the pain of the Lions, Bills, Browns, and Raider fans. As bad as you all thought this was, the dolphins were a mediocre 500 team and at least we could always dream that we can make the playoffs. Total misery awaits... to be continued....

Marco has a lot of nerve coming on here after his MORONIC made up stories last night on Caserio.


Your calling the Tampa Bay Bucs the WORST FRANCHISE IN THE NFL????? Haven't you been paying attention lately? On a list of 8 this franchise got the 8th!

Now I see a problem with signing FAs such as Grimes, Soliai, etc. Hopefully they've not been paying attention to this gong show! Free agents from other teams? If you throw enough money at them they'll sign with anybody. But that does what to the cap?

Everyone that wanted Ireland gone feels stupid now.
Posted by: Orlando Dolphan | January 26, 2014 at 03:57 PM


Total misery awaits...

Posted by: Orlando Dolphan | January 26, 2014 at 03:57 PM


"Total misery?"

Maybe for you, pal, but some of us really don't attach that level of importance to it and try to have a LITTLE more going on in life than that.

Seriously, if a football team affects your emotional state to that level you really might want to disconnect a bit.

How do you tell a self made billionaire he’s making terrible business decisions? Frustrating time to be a Dolphins fan. If based off of everything that came out regarding the team last season, he not only decided to keep Philbin and Aponte, but actually give them more power, I have to wonder who is ACTUALLY behind this man’s real estate company, maybe let that man make the decisions. All I can hope for at this point is that the least interesting man in the world, Joe Philbin again coaches his way out of a job, and that based on the epic failure in finding a top 50 GM this year will force Ross to clean house. The fact that Ross can find “football minds” to get together to investigate a bullying locker room scandal, yet feels the need to make his own decision in the GM search is mind blowing. It pains me to say this as a life long Dolphins fan, but if and when we are terrible next season, and the growing feeling that the team doesnt respect this coaching staff becomes louder and louder, then perhaps Ross will stop rewarding mediocrity and a QUALIFIED GM candidate will get the proper control required to make the OBVIOUS changes that must be made here. Until then, 10-6 talent will go 6-10 due to Coaching/Leadership deficiencies!

Getting an ominous feeling from all the turndowns of the GM position and then a hiring of someone whose track record in Tampa does not exactly shine. More long futile seasons in the future I fear.

A drunk monkey with a bag of darts would do better than Acorn boy.

Posted by: signal | January 26, 2014 at 04:00 PM

Sorry, ok second worse. Now the circle is complete.

The OC should have gone to Cam Cameron and Wannstache should be the new DC, perfect.

Just watch, Marco/Margo will now desperately claim it was SOMEONE ELSE posting that made up crap. He's been exposed.

WOW! Just as I posted a couple days ago, Caserio was here only to SPY!

Now ROSS hires a GM that was in all effects, going to be fired, even before the new season began.

My fellow dolfans, enjoy the fall, we seem to be descending into a BOTTOMLESS PIT. I have great feeling we haven't even began to see the worst of it yet.

You'll know it's finally over when Roger Goodell himself, steps in to RELEIVE ROSS of OWNERSHIP. In the end, nto only will it be bad for dolfans itself, it will also prove disastrous to the NFL SHEILD as a whole.

Ireland had this team at 8-6 last year and poised to make the playoffs with the talent he put on the field. He found nuggets like Clay, Hartline, Mathews, Vernon, Reshad Jones, Jimmy Wilson, Nolan Carroll in the later rounds. Also found Wake and Grimes. He also brought in pro bowlers like Jake Long and Pouncey. He did not bring one 1st round bust in his 6 years of drafting.

I am not saying that he was great because though I say that they were a playoff caliber team last year (if not for Philbin), this team is not close to a championship caliber roster. Ask yourselves this, if Rex Ryan would have been the HC of the dolphins would they had made the playoffs with this roster last year, the answer is yes. This team is not in the playoffs because of Joe Philbin's inability to get his team ready to beat two teams with lesser talent, two bad teams that blew the fins out when it counted the most.

Now you got what you wanted. Hickey a career grunt that was going to be released by one of the most putrid teams in the NFL, a team that won 4 games. That garbage team did not even bother to interview him for a GM position. Are you kidding me, 18 years and they did not even give him a chance at an interview. This guy has to be really bad.

Just watch, Marco/Margo will now desperately claim it was SOMEONE ELSE posting that made up crap. He's been exposed.

Posted by: Game Over | January 26, 2014 at 04:06 PM

God your pathetic. Typical woman, never happy even when you have the last word. Easy darling easy, go to bed now and sleep it of my love.

Ross will own the team as long as he wants to own it. There's not going to be any "intervention" by Roger Goodell or anyone else.

Did they intervene when Al Davis was cash poor and running the Raiders like a popcorn stand? Has anyone ever told Mike Brown to step down as Bengals owner despite his decades long habit of being the league's biggest cheapskate?

Not happening.

The only way Ross won't own the team is if/when HE decides not to.

I don't feel stupid that I wanted Ireland gone. I feel stupid that I thought a graduate billionaire from the Univ. of Michigan had the sense to come out of the rain. My standards for Ross doing the right thing were extremely low. He still disappointed me! I don't believe that going out on a limb and saying that this billionaire is the worst owner in the NFL, is an incorrect statement. But if anyone can come up with another name, I will stand corrected!

Posted by: Orlando Dolphan | January 26, 2014 at 03:57 PM

Ireland deserves to be gone, without a doubt. It's only terrible we that we would fair far better with a CRACK ADDITED CHIMPANZEE as an owner.

At some point, in the not so distant future, I can so see the NFL itself having to come in to rectify our ownership situation. I can so see... see it.... see it!

Hickey was smart.
He knew the new Bucs regime was going to clean house and didn't want anyone from the previous regime (regardless of their merit).

Gaine wasn't smart.
There wasn't a regime change but his link to Ireland and the Parcells coaching tree spelled doom for him.
Will Hickey let a guy that wanted his job stick around or will he give him the axe? We'll see.

Gaine needs to find a new job within the Parcells coaching tree.

Aponte should take the job with the league. That will eliminate all traces of the Parcells infection.

I asked the same question when the Bucs didn't interview Hickey for their GM opening? This is a JARFU. You've heard the military terms SNAFU or FUBAR? Thats the state of Dolphinland. Dawnhoejoe must be laughing their collective ass off.

Al Davis' daughter (whatever her name is) is probably a worse owner. They still have the least resources to work with, too. And Mike Brown remains a slug despite a couple of better years recently--but you watch, they'll go down again because of their cheapness. Oh, and the guy in Jacksonville is probably eyeing a relocation to London.

I'd put Ross at 29th. Not exactly a ringing endorsement.

DONT GO TO THE GAMES!!!!!Only way we will get our point across..

It looks like Ireland got the last laugh after all. Hickey is going to make everyone wish they had the Jeff Ireland days back. Hickey is going to be a puppet of Dawn Aponte. Dawn Aponte was angling for this type of hire. That is why she put Phiblin and Ireland against each other. This is why she worked on kissing Ross' butt all year and then convinced him to build a structure just for her. Seven guys turned this job down. Seven guys that are looking to be promoted wanted no part of this franchise.

Like it or not Dawn Aponte is now running the show. This team will be built in Dawn Aponte's image, whatever that is.


Even Ted Wells gave up on the Dolphins. When will the investigation resume ? The NFL may well still find Philbin responsible and ask for his sacking. Here's hoping guys.

Dear Mr. Salguero

I wish we had promoted from within the company.
Someone Motivated. Someone Intelligent. Someone who loves Football....Someone like Dawn Aponte.

Dawn Aponte to me has the skill set (M.I.L.F.) to take this franchise to new heights.

Mr. Salguero, as a man can you honestly say Dawn Aponte isn't Motivated, Intelligent or Loves Football?

In a male dominated sport/entertainment like the NFL Dawn Aponte like a Cougar has killed (Jeff Ireland) and thrilled (M.I.L.F.)(Steven Ross) to survive.

I'd be one proud Dolphin fan if we had hired Dawn Aponte or any M.I.L.F. or Cougar for that matter as an NFL G.M.


Soiled :)

Posted by: A womans point of veiw | January 26, 2014 at 03:50 PM

I have no idea where the guys who post on this site came up with the opinion that Dawn Aponte had the power to fire people other than those under her direction of administration and control of the salary cap. Many posters often believe everything they read without thought. Unless someone has a direct source and is quoting there should be questions raised as to accuracy. My assumption is that she is expected to work along with Philbin and the new GM at acquiring the best personnel under the salary cap rules which she administrates to.

Like it or not Dawn Aponte is now running the show. This team will be built in Dawn Aponte's image, whatever that is.

Posted by: Orlando Dolphan | January 26, 2014 at 04:17 PM

Correct. Maybe we get the first female coach? Now for the douche that thought I was talking about female players... no darling, thats not what Im saying. However I've met a few German chicks that could play OLB better than Wheeler.

Anyone poopooing Hickey because he wasn't going to be kept by the new Tampa regime doesn't listen to Bucs sport radio or Tampa media or live in the Tampa area.

Their problems have been discussed and the blame for their under-achieving is due to two head coaches that weren't fit to be HC (Morris and Schiano) and some of their assistants.

Hickey and Dominick have picked many good players in the draft and have had many do well on other teams. THEY DIDN'T PICK THE COACHES!

I get no satisfaction in that for weeks I've been saying something stinks. Not only do I get no satisfaction but I'm totally disappointed that I'm right for a change. My problem now centers around who, with all things being equal (money), would want to play for this franchise? The only ray of hope is that drafted rookies HAVE TO sign. Unless Goodell changes the rules because of sympathy towards our draft choices.

Posted by: promichael | January 26, 2014 at 04:22 PM

We are not attacking her for being a woman. We are attacking her for helping to destroy this franchise by causing devision.

You are no Philbin fan, I gather from your post. Now you seem fixed on supporting DawnJoe, even though this is the over riding reason that potential GM's won't come here.

I find it funny how everyone calls the Bucs rejects. Their record was terrible because of coaching-not for lack of talent. If they are rejects then what are we?? Since they did beat us. Revis, Martin, Vincent Jackson, McCoy, Claiborne, David, Goldson, Foster...Someone had to put that talent together. Was it Domenik the figure head or was it the man behind the scenes Hickey? You don't last anywhere for 18 years without being good at what you do. This notion that they were going to fire him after the draft is a clue as to how good he might be. If he was so terrible and going to be fired, then why not right away with the exodus of the coach and GM? Is it possible they wanted to pick his brain for one more draft?? Possibly.

But, with all the pessimism on here from fans, most of you assume you know these candidates based off what you read. Instead, why not educate yourself as to what he has done in Tampa. Is he the answer?? Time will tell. But damn people!! Give the guy a chance. Pleasing some of you is like trying to understand women-it will never happen. And, to those who say why didn't Tampa want him to be GM? Again, they knew they were going to fire him AFTER the draft. They apparently liked his scouting abilities.

Posted by: Pele's Bastard Son | January 26, 2014 at 04:28 PM

Everyone then deserves a chance, but the guy was the 7th bride Ross went down on one knee for. You can see where we are a little concerned no ?

Im out off here. Doppelganger Troll, feel free to use my name now darling. x

Lets hope Hickey surprises us (and himself). We can do nothing other then wait to see what the NFL players think about this organization. Out.....

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