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Source: More GM interviews coming, Ross engaged

The Dolphins search for a general manager is not over in that interviews for new candidates are coming, according to a high ranking team source. After all of the interviews are complete -- there have been seven so far -- then the club will narrow down to finalists and pick the new GM.

And this: Dolphins owner Stephen Ross has been present "and engaged" in every interview so far. And he will be physically present for every future interview, and every part of the process that entails, the source said.

The source spoke on condition of anonymity. The source declined to confirm or deny a CBS Sports report that Ross is in the United Kingdom and will be traveling to China thereafter is accurate. (I am now assuming the report is accurate).

However, that changes no part of this process, as far as the Dolphins are concerned.

The team is currently doing a "deeper dive" and "work behind the scenes" to vet candidates already interviewed and those yet to be interviewed.

During the interviews already completed -- with Lake Dawson, Omar Khan, Ray Farmer, Dennis Hickey, Brian Xanders, Jason Licht, and in-house candidate Brian Gaine -- Ross has been part of the full group of people talking with the candidates.

"He is not on his phone or doesn't step out to take breaks," said the team source who is intimately familiar with the interviews.

The Dolphins are talking to candidates as a group led by Ross, advisor Carl Peterson, Dolphins President and CEO Tom Garfinkel, RSE Ventures CEO Matt Higgins and Dolphins executive vice president of football administration Dawn Aponte.

Candidates are also meeting with Dolphins coach Joe Philbin separately, the source said.

(The team needs the new GM and Philbin to forge a strong bond because last year Philbin and former GM Jeff Ireland were not always on the same page).

The Dolphins, I'm told, are acutely aware of the criticism of their GM hiring process. Senior Bowl practices start this week in Mobile and it is clear a GM will not be named before those end. So there's criticism the process is taking too long.

The team's answer?

The goal is to hire the right man, rather than a right now man.

(I would say I agree with this. Obviously, there are deadlines that have to be met. The Dolphins need to hire a GM in time for the Feb. 18-25 NFL Combine as well as May draft. And the team will obviously have a GM in place before then. But him not being on board this week is not going to affect draft preparations. Most, if not all the candidates the Dolphins are considering will indeed be at the Senior Bowl working for their current teams, anyway. So that institutional knowledge will travel to Miami once the hire is made.)

There is also criticism of Ross being out of the country at times during this process.

It doesn't look good on the surface because it suggests the owner has left the process or become bored by it or has decided he has better things to do. This is a perception the club knows exists. And the pushback on that is that there is no part of the process Ross hasn't been a part of or will be a part of in the future -- in person.

Including, and most notably, making the final decision. 

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it was only 2 short years ago that the Broncos were the worst team in the NFL and down by 13 in the fourth against the mighty Dolphins when the great Tim Tebow led them to victory and the playoffs, now with Manning the Lombardi awaits.

@ Sam I Am : How old are you & how deeply do you know about football ?

American Losers in London!

Funny if they had hired someone the day after they fired Ireland everyone would be screaming that they did not interview enough candidates. Let the process play out, what is the rush. Tampa (the only other team looking for a GM) has not fired one either. They have lost nothing and possibly gained as whoever gets the job has insight into another teams evaluations of the college prospects. Patience people, patience.

Greg Williams,
Denver is where it is because of Payton Manning period.
Other than that they would be what they were before an also ran at 8-8.

This is obviously a story the team pushed out to Mando to rebut claims Ross is an absentee owner. The 'anonymity' of the source is not because the source is speaking out of school -- in fact, he's clearly following the teacher's instructions -- but to deflate any sense of official team propaganda.

That said, I don't disagree with Mando that not having a GM right now is not a big deal.

Holy triple negatives in the last post batman

@SamIam, get off your get rid of Ross kick, he paid over a Billion dollars for the Dolphins he is not going anywhere and overall has been a good owner. He gives the team whatever resources they need to succeed and his instincts on Harbaugh were right on (if not the execution of trying to get him). Would you prefer and owner like Jerry Jones or Daniel Snyder who are the real GM's and making football decisions when they are not qualified to do so???


It is amazing though with all the good intentions how we still manage to screw it up.

Posted by: Dolfan Rick | January 20, 2014 at 02:44 PM


The never changing constant is Ross leads the way. Now matter who his advisers are. At the end of the day, the finality of decisions are his and his alone.

He may be a real estate genius, but, is the total opposite in the football world. I give that he may listen to solid advice. Problem is, evidence suggests he always goes with his own "uneducated" gut feeling in all things football.

Their an entire Santa's Christmas list to support this. All the way from Tebow Gator Day to now. Much, much to choose from.

Armando,
Fans should be able to trade Owners. We could trade Ross or an Owner to be named later.

Geez, Daytona, take your meds and relax. We got ur poitn the first 30 times u posted it...

All this story clearly tells you is that the new GM with have to work entirely hand in hand finding the exact type of players Joe Philbin wants on this football team. I am sure that is why the new GM has been interviewing with everybody in Miami's front office in front of Stephen Ross & THEN SERPARATELY with Joe Philbin alone.


Funny if they had hired someone the day after they fired Ireland everyone would be screaming that they did not interview enough candidates.


Posted by: Sam | January 20, 2014 at 02:48 PM

Nnnnn....no-no-no. All depends on who that hire was.

@albert, Ross is not a bad owner, he does not mettle in football matter, he spends whatever money they ask for and all he wants to do it win. Picking good people and letting them work is what a good owner does. He did not choose Ireland, did he stick with him too long, yes but in the end Ireland was not a Matt Millen type GM, he was average and produced an average team. With this hire both the coach and GM will be his choices and then he can be judged on his picks. You also have to give it a year or two to play out and see what direction his handpicked GM takes the team.

Ross went to China. Maybe he is looking for a less expensive version of Jeff Ireland there. I hear everything is cheaper there.

Funny if they had hired someone the day after they fired Ireland everyone would be screaming that they did not interview enough candidates.


Posted by: Sam | January 20, 2014 at 02:48 PM

Nnnnn....no-no-no. All depends on who that hire was.

Posted by: Sam I Am | January 20, 2014 at 02:55 PM

Neither you, me or anyone on here (including Mando) are qualified to determine if the hiring of a GM is good or bad. If you think that you know better then the people vetting these candidates then you are fooling yourself.

Ross went to China. Maybe he is looking for a less expensive version of Jeff Ireland there. I hear everything is cheaper there.

Posted by: albert | January 20, 2014 at 02:58 PM

Now that was funny, and maybe true. Does hiring a Chinese GM get them past the Rooney Rule??

Sam, Look at Ross history here with everything he has done from day one. Name ONE thing he did that has worked well. I can't think of any.

Bill Cowher's mom was sympathetic to China's communist beliefs...

That's right Sam

Right now, the future of this franchise hangs in the balance of how well or successfully will Tannehill develop. If he can become Manning or Brady-like, we'll overcome all of Ross' buffoonery.

If not? We'll sink faster than the Titantic going over the Grand Canyons.

Just curious for those who wanted Phibin fired as well as Ireland. I will admit I was and still am on the fence about it. Unless you would have asked right after the Jets game that is.

Anyway who do you think would have been a good candidate to replace him?

And don't say Gruden, Cowher, or Dungy. Their not coming back to the sidelines.

To Sam I Am

You are right about Manning being big part of Denver's success
Here is a artical about Manning meeting with Elway and Xanders.
The fact remains Elway/ Xanders team signed Manning to Denver, that is something that the Dolpnins could not do.


@albert, Ross is not a bad owner, he does not mettle in football matter, he spends whatever money they ask for and all he wants to do it win.

Posted by: Sam | January 20, 2014 at 02:56 PM

He may not be the mettle, say like a Jerry Jones, but his horrendous upper level decision making makes things just as bad or worse.

Money doesn't better bad decision making. But, good decision making backed by money sure does.

Sam, Look at Ross history here with everything he has done from day one. Name ONE thing he did that has worked well. I can't think of any.

Posted by: albert | January 20, 2014 at 03:00 PM

He fired Sparano and has now rid himself of all of the Parcells people (except Aponte). He also has given whatever money was necessary to make the team better (he spent the most of any NFL team over the offseason). He is learning to be an NFL owner and he has a $1B investment to protect, don't you think that he wants to make it work?? He is a fan just like the rest of us, give it some time. You can judge him after this hire as then he will be responsible for both the coach and GM hires.

People don't realize that the personalities & ideas of the new GM needs to mesh perfectly with Joe Philbin for this hire to be successful. Every dumb moron & his mother just want to hire the person that was involved with the most successful drafts, but that would only work if the new GM picked the exact head coach he needs that share his views. The bottom line is anytime a team hired a new GM OR head coach if they work together well the team wins & if they don't they lose. Miami has a pretty good talent base, but we are missing premier talent & their was a definite disconnect between Ireland & Philbin & that's why Ireland had to be fired.


The fact remains Elway/ Xanders team signed Manning to Denver, that is something that the Dolpnins could not do.

Posted by: Greg Williams | January 20, 2014 at 03:05 PM


Hell, the Elway/Bugs Bunny team could have signed Manning in lieu of Ross/Ireland.

Man I don't why Peyton didn't want to throw to Hartline, Bess, and Legedu Naanee.

He may not be the mettle, say like a Jerry Jones, but his horrendous upper level decision making makes things just as bad or worse.

Money doesn't better bad decision making. But, good decision making backed by money sure does.

Posted by: Sam I Am | January 20, 2014 at 03:06 PM

What upper level decisions??? If anything his lack of firing Ireland two years ago is about the only upper level decision he has made. He has not replaced anyone except the coach, no one in upper management.

To Sam I Am
You are right about Manning being big part of Denver's success
Here is a artical about Manning meeting with Elway and Xanders.
The fact remains Elway/ Xanders team signed Manning to Denver, that is something that the Dolpnins could not do.
http://latino.foxnews.com/latino/sports/2012/03/19/peyton-manning-is-negotiating-to-join-denver-broncos/


Man I don't why Peyton didn't want to throw to Hartline, Bess, and Legedu Naanee.

Posted by: Dolfan Rick | January 20, 2014 at 03:08 PM


lmao!

It is taking so long for a several potential reasons

1) Committee model with an outside advisor is time consuming and wasting
2) Ross has no idea who to hire bc there is no Parcells and he doesn't know much about FB. His buddy is helping which means his buddy has too much leverage in the process.
3) Aponte and Philbin need to issue a rubber stamp of approval and that will be tough bc most top flight GMs would want to bring their own staff and in the case of Aponte not want to deal with her power broker status
4) Ross is clearly trying to affix all the blame for the Fins on Ireland and protect Philbin. So he wants to be 110% sure the next GM can not only make the Fins successful but Philbin. It would be a colossal embarrassment for Ross to have to fire Joe and likely Dawn in a year. He wants a Philbin fan. Good luck with that.
5) The NFL report is an turd bomb floating over head and perhaps the candidates are stalling as well bc they are not sure how far the mess went.

Greg Williams,

Manning did not come here because it is widely known around the league that the Dolphins under Ross and his organization is set up to fail. I have read this in several different sources.

I think Peyton went to the team with the best online, being Denver.

Look, there 1.4 billion Chineese in China. In a few weeks the Fins mangement team will narrow down the candidate to only 50, 60 thousand. We should have the talent evaluator/GM by he start of the combine. Until then Joe, Dawn, the crew chief overseeing the JRS concession stands will have done their due deligence. Who knows they may be asking these candidates, The Magnificant Seven who they would draft, what thet see as the Fins weaknesses and strenghts, what free agenta are worth pursuing. Dawn is taking copius notes, and in the end they wont need a GM to come in and stir the pot!

Ross thought he would be drinking and partying with the Estefan's and Fergie while dancing on the orange carpet after wins while Bill Parcells ran the football team.
Oppsie!
He got Parcelled, this is why the Patriots were delighted to part with the constant quitter who by the way has never won a postseason game without Belechick running the defense.

Greg Williams,

Manning did not come here because it is widely known around the league that the Dolphins under Ross and his organization is set up to fail. I have read this in several different sources.

Posted by: albert | January 20, 2014 at 03:10 PM

Sources with agendas. If Tannehill turns into a stud then guess what the Miami model of franchise building would be held up as the norm by those same sources. Bottom line is if you have a great QB you are a great GM in most people's eyes when in reality alot of if a QB turns out to be a stud is really not up to the GM, they only pick and hope.

People don't realize that the personalities & ideas of the new GM needs to mesh perfectly with Joe Philbin for this hire to be successful. Every dumb moron & his mother just want to hire the person that was involved with the most successful drafts, but that would only work if the new GM picked the exact head coach he needs that share his views. The bottom line is anytime a team hired a new GM OR head coach if they work together well the team wins & if they don't they lose. Miami has a pretty good talent base, but we are missing premier talent & their was a definite disconnect between Ireland & Philbin & that's why Ireland had to be fired.


The NFL report is an turd bomb floating over head and perhaps the candidates are stalling as well bc they are not sure how far the mess went.

Posted by: Ary Vandelay |


hmmmm
maybe no draft pix in 2014?

Anarchy, or if you want to be charitable, entropy.
As said above, the info in Mando's post was purposefully leaked to soothe an angry and ever-dwindling fan base.
Ross is clueless & easily conned.
Being allowed to move to LA is his only hope.


Posted by: Sam | January 20, 2014 at 03:09 PM

Short list for you Sam:

Tebow Day

Minority ownership circus(Not about fairness, horse and pony show)

Sparano hire and fire bungle

Keeping Ireland well past expiration date


On and on, my man. The latest saga on the ongoing circus only now continues. Doesn't matter whether you want to recognize it or not.

It's just like gravity. It doesn't give a damn what you think or feel about it.

The same defense that gave up 505 yards and created zero turnovers yesterday? Awesome..

why does ross have to be involved? it was my understanding Dawn Aponte could handle the GM search.

Interesting thought given Philbin is interviewing candidates separate. What happens if Ross and Dawn dont like Philbins first or second choice? Do they override Philbin and Philbin then decides to give limited playtime?

The funny thing is that in the Jets game with Miami leading 7-0 Tannehill missed a wide open Wallace on a deep pass that would of been a TD by about two feet. If he hits that pass, with the way the Jets offense was playing, they probably win that game go into the playoffs and maybe even beat Cincy and then lose to Denver. If that had happened everyone would of been retained and even hailed for the success. That is the difference between success and failure in the NFL sometimes, TWO FEET.

Posted by: greg z. | January 20, 2014 at 03:18 PM

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I thought it was Carl Peterson??

(I would say I agree with this. Obviously, there are deadlines that have to be met. The Dolphins need to hire a GM in time for the Feb. 18-25 NFL Combine as well as May draft. And the team will obviously have a GM in place before then. But him not being on board this week is not going to affect draft preparations. Most, if not all the candidates the Dolphins are considering will indeed be at the Senior Bowl working for their current teams, anyway. So that institutional knowledge will travel to Miami once the hire is made.)

I shared this opinion earlier. Agreed. No need to rush just to have a GM at The Acorn Bowl. Most those guys are already in attendance. Even better the new GM will know how 2 draft boards are being set up. Ours and the team he is coming from.

Sam, When Ross fires Sporano he should of fired Ireland. Instead he chose to keep him. BAD DECISION. Now he fires Ireland and keeps Philbin. ANOTHER BAD DECISION. There is a reason why competent experienced top of the line GM's don't want to come here. There is a reason why top competent coaches don't want to come here. There is a reason why we have to overpay players for them to come here. It's a four letter word. ROSS!

All this story clearly tells you is that the new GM with have to work entirely hand in hand finding the exact type of players Joe Philbin wants on this football team. I am sure that is why the new GM has been interviewing with everybody in Miami's front office in front of Stephen Ross & THEN SERPARATELY with Joe Philbin alone.People don't realize that the personalities & ideas of the new GM needs to mesh perfectly with Joe Philbin for this hire to be successful. Every dumb moron & his mother just want to hire the person that was involved with the most successful drafts, but that would only work if the new GM picked the exact head coach he needs that share his views. The bottom line is anytime a team hired a new GM OR head coach if they work together well the team wins & if they don't they lose. Miami has a pretty good talent base, but we are missing premier talent & their was a definite disconnect between Ireland & Philbin & that's why Ireland had to be fired.

Tebow Day

Minority ownership circus(Not about fairness, horse and pony show)

Sparano hire and fire bungle

Keeping Ireland well past expiration date


On and on, my man. The latest saga on the ongoing circus only now continues. Doesn't matter whether you want to recognize it or not.

It's just like gravity. It doesn't give a damn what you think or feel about it.

Posted by: Sam I Am | January 20, 2014 at 03:16 PM

And if they would of won against the Jets or Tannehill had become a stud this year none of that would of mattered in the least. You are playing the result my man. lets say he had gotten Harbaugh no matter how he handled it, would you still be complaining. NO.

Or one knee, which equals two feet.

Hollywood Rick...to your point exactly. That is why the GM usually hires the head coach so they are aligned and on the same page from the get go. Perhaps this is why Ireland, if reports are true, wanted McCoy over Philbin. Just saying...


If that had happened everyone would of been retained and even hailed for the success.

Posted by: Sam | January 20, 2014 at 03:18 PM


Get over it Sam, it did not happen. If, if were a fifth we'ld all be drunk right now.

Sam the best thing that happen was losing to the Jets, it was a blessing had they won Ireland and Sherman would have been back only to be fired next season.
Why Philbin has not been fired is beyond belief, this team failed to show for games 15 & 16, he is a LOSER!

Sam, When Ross fires Sporano he should of fired Ireland. Instead he chose to keep him. BAD DECISION. Now he fires Ireland and keeps Philbin. ANOTHER BAD DECISION. There is a reason why competent experienced top of the line GM's don't want to come here. There is a reason why top competent coaches don't want to come here. There is a reason why we have to overpay players for them to come here. It's a four letter word. ROSS!

Posted by: albert | January 20, 2014 at 03:21 PM

We did not overpay for Wallace, he was offered MORE money by Minnesota and chose Miami, so that argument goes out the window, tell me one F/A that turned down coming to Miami for less money.

Who are all these competent GM's that have turned down the interview and who deems them competent, the same people who deemed Parcell's competent?? All this is OPINION, none of us, including Mando have any idea who would be the best choice for a GM, that is why you interview and take your time.

Sam, are you DASHI?

DASHI loves playing the IF GAME in his posts too.

How can you base FACTS on IF? lmao

It is easy to sya we should draft this guy or pick this Free Agent. We need to get a GM that has the experience, savvy and personality to get Blockbuster Trades done. All I know that the Manning to Denver was huge.

Posted by: albert | January 20, 2014 at 03:21 PM

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I'm not buying that one Albert. Specifically on the players.

Grimes wanted to play here. Gibson wanted to play here. Keller wanted to play here and Bush, Fasano and Long wanted to stay here.

Grimes has already said he wants to come back.

Sam the best thing that happen was losing to the Jets, it was a blessing had they won Ireland and Sherman would have been back only to be fired next season.
Why Philbin has not been fired is beyond belief, this team failed to show for games 15 & 16, he is a LOSER!

Posted by: Tony Sparano | January 20, 2014 at 03:24 PM

I agree losing did rid us of an average GM in Ireland with the hope of bringing in a better GM, but if you fired Philbin after 2 years who would you bring in that you KNOW is better and do not say Gruden, Cowher or Dungy, they will never coach in the NFL again. Please tell me who is better that was available.

Sam, If the Germans had won the war we would all be F**d
If, If, If,.. You can't make opinions on IF.

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