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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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That NFC championship game yesterday help set back the league 20 years ... just awful qb play all around...

What worries me if it's true is what came out yesterday, that many Dolphins Players think the Coaching staff is poor that they didn't give them enough teaching.

The one thing I will say Sam I Am and JT is Dawn shouldn't be pointing her finger at anything.

It's one thing for her to take a person's side when the craps hits the fan and another when it comes to her say in all things football.

She's an accountant not a football coach. I do wonder a little now if it was here insistence on contracts maybe that gave Ireland a bad name with players.

Still like I said she does a good job with the cap. The list of GM candidates looks good and we should be able to field a good one.

The question remains is Joe Philbin a quality NFL coach?? We'll find out soon enough.

Ryan tannehill is an elite qb just look at these playoff games ,,,,stick that in your pipe

Who ever gets this new GM job is only going to be a glorified scout for Joe Philbin. MAKE NO MISTAKE THIS IS JOE PHILBIN'S TEAM & THE INCUMBENT GM WILL KNOW THAT COMING IN ! Furthermore Joe Philbin & the entire organization will be on the hot seat after the 2014 season if they don't make the playoffs. Stephen Ross has already specified that the new GM MUST work cohesively with Joe Philbin, meaning Joe Philbin is going to be a major factor in the personnel process. That said if Joe Philbin doesn't have a keen eye for talent & doesn't see eye to eye with the new GM, we will be no better than we were last year & be back to square one.

It is wonderful to consider little Chihuahuas wearing tiny ballerina dresses and prancing on their hind legs.

@ fin4life : It's not your expense it's his because it's his business not yours. This is a business & anyone with any common sense knows he will make much more money off of it when the team starts selling post season tickets & the teams merchandise start selling.

Posted by: hollywood-Rick | January 20, 2014 at 04:34 PM

While your right I meant at our expense collectively, the fans forced to sit through this 2nd rate operation! I also wonder why Ross has been so inflexible in his stance when he not only had a Stadium with close to 20,000 empty seats from week-to-week but in his attempt to keep public interest was buying these empty seats to lift local blackouts. I'd imagine as in any business he has projections/estimates of potential earnings/profitability were he must be grossly falling behind his potential bottom line.

I understand he didn't achieve his postion in the World by finding it at the bottom of a Cracker Jack box but he seems to run this business with a sense of trepidation/fear with an overall lack of vision which scares me more than if he had an agenda like the 70's Culverhouse Family when there inept Administration of the Bucs was in large part due to blatantly underpaying to increase they're profitability. I could at least respect that but this is faaaaar worse!!

Where is Mouthy Moron to tell us this is a non story?

Nobody in their tight mind who wants a future in football, would work for thus clown under the conditions stipulated. The only option Ross has it to make Philbin GM/HC like Bill Bellichik in New England.
That way, next year he only has one person to fire.
Really, who is going to take the GM job stuck with an underachieving coach of questionable talent and motivational skill?
Ross, you already wasted a another season, don't ruin any more lives put it all on Joe.

Hey Mark B,

You can start at the Meadowlands. Go be a JETS fan, loser.

Or finally reach one hundred yards passing in the 4th q like Kaepernick?

Or throw for one touchdown like Wilson?

I'm confident Tannehill can do all those things...

Posted by: Mark in Toronto | January 20, 2014 at 04:42 PM

I agree especially when it comes to Kaep who I think Tannehill rivals from an athletic point of view. With regards to the head scratching regarding the use of DJ, I felt he showed his value in the 1st game Vs. the Pats and thyen was shelved for the remainder of the Yr?? I look at the roster and while I agree that Ireland exausted every opportunity I still see untapped potential and you have to blame Philbin for that! I think any G.M. candidate interviewed sees this more than we do and expects to have more Organizational control past the 2014 Season and at this point I wonder if this hasn't somehow become a sticking point in inking someone?

I have to agree. The way both those quarterbacks stand in the pocket going through progressions, sliding to to find the lanes and throwing pinpoint accurate passes to tight windows are amazing. I mean really, looking at their stats from the last 2 playoff games, they carried their teams.

The people here are too convinced that firing everybody would have solved Miami's problems for good, but hiring ANY new GM OR Head Coach is ALWAYS a 50/50 proposition.

Posted by: hollywood-Rick

With respect, there's a big difference in being convinced that cleaning house will fix the problems and that not firing everyone will prolong the problems and delay the solutions. I think most of us in the fire-everyone-camp believe the latter is true.

Everything in sports is really a 50/50 proposition. Success and failure is determined a series of inches (and as we've often witnessed in the NFL, just one inch. There are countless unknowns. But one of the few 'knows' is that Philbin is simply not qualified for the job. He is not a player developer, he not a play caller, he is not a motivator, he can't even properly and unbiasedly assess his own staff, much less the strengths and weaknesses of his players. After 3 years we have enough evidence to see his a glorified game planner and administrator.

On to throwing teh next set of darts on the dartboard and pray something sticks, which is all we can do at this point

I can foresee some problems with this new hierarchy like Phibin not playing or teaching the Players this new guy drafts, as he did with Ireland. Maybe not if they both get along and are on more or less the same page.

fin4life or anyone else here:

Can you tell me why respected names like Tom Cahill, Mario DeRogatis, Craig Dennison, and Jerry Santori haven't been mentioned at ALL as potential GM candidates??

Inexcusable in my book!

@ fin4life : Granted Stephen Ross doesn't know a damn thing about running a football team, but he really is trying to win. So all we can do is hope that they hire a GM that has a great scouting eye & that works real well with Joe Philbin & the front office executives. If their is harmony & cohesiveness throughout this organization they will have a good chance to improve into a championship caliber team & if they don't we won't be any better off than we were with Jeff Ireland.

I can foresee some problems with this new hierarchy like Phibin not playing or teaching the Players this new guy drafts, as he did with Ireland. Maybe not if they both get along and are on more or less the same page.

Posted by: oscar canosa | January 20, 2014 at 05:03 PM


Oh, for crissakes.

Philbin will be coaching for his JOB next season and will put whoever he feels is the best player on the field. It's beyond ludicrous to think otherwise regardless of how you view him as a coach.

Posted by: Greg Williams | January 20, 2014 at 02:33 PM

good read...I like his resume



Marc from nj, why do you all yourself a loser?? Chin up, dude!

Why can't we all just get along and support OUR football team this team will start winning with one ryan tannehill at the helm we must start with our offensive line we must be physical and stout then add a true power back a banger ,then you will see a difference

I am what I am a lonesome loser

@ T.O.FinFan : Joe Philbin has only been here 2 years NOT 3 & not everyone is convinced that Joe Philbin is unqualified as you say. I for one think he's a very good head coach, but I will take the 1 year wait & see approach before making a definitive decision on him. I love how the team bought into his system, worked their tails off & improved under him. But I am also discouraged by the way they played against the Jets in that last game. The Buffalo game I expected that they were gonna get their butts kicked, matter of fact I told everybody it would happen, but they had no excuse for their performance against the Jets.

Call me. 867-5309

Our receivers are fine but we need a tight end a real tight end

That NFC championship game yesterday help set back the league 20 years ... just awful qb play all around...

Posted by: Mark in Toronto | January 20, 2014 at 04:44 PM

More like throw-back Football. While the game has gone pass happy with the rules shifts in the last decade it's also obvious that teams with superior pass talent have brocken the Cardinal rule of winning Championships starting in the trenches. This is how the 49ers, Seahawks and Panthers have closed the gap with sub-par talent from a passing prospective.

By the way if the Seattle faithful were still B-I-T-C-H-I-N-G from the way the refs jobbed them in S.B. XL they can zip it from now on and never mention it again! While true Kaep lost this game when playing in the pocket it's also true that I sat through this game. jaw wide open! Watching the way that the refs JOBBED the 49ers yesterday! It was one of the worst pieces of officiating from start to finish I've ever seen!

The personal foul on Carlos Rodgers right before the half on the 4th down T.O. by Seattle which by yesterdays standards was a love tap shove which is usually a non-call anyway which takes the ball from the 44 Yd. line with 28 ticks and all 3 T.O.'s to moving them back inside the 30.

The running into the kicker play which set up the go ahead TD that was clearly a roughing call. (Did you see the Hawks bench LTAO after that one?!

A couple of non-calls the TV gave Wilson the benefit of the doubt on as well with a couple of intentional grounding calls were to me he was in the pocket!!

A few blatant P.I. non-calls!

The Bowman play were I didn't need the replay to have seen Bowman clearly with the ball. (By the way could have done without the 15 or so replays of the injury)
In a play that took what seemed like an eternity to unpile and saw RB Lynch dive on top of real late!

I felt the 49ers were jobbed hard!! I had no dog in that fight but from the 2nd Qrt. on watching them play the Seahawks and the refs as well was hoping they'd stick it to Seattle!!

What area code

You are right. My bad. (I guess I'm still angry after last Season)(I don't forgive easily) We'll see.

Honey boo boo, where are ya child?

Need a GM for Free Agents. You could take "BPA" in this upcoming year's NFL Draft from Kiper or McShay or 80% of the true Dolphin fans with a clue and do better than Ireland has done for the past 6 years... I'm not even joking.

So Ross is engaged and went to China to look for a GM. He will bring back PhilDawn Mao as the new GM. Its perfect because the new GM will bring in players such as Ruo-jian (sharp as sword),,Shou (defender),,Hong-Li(possessor of great strength) and Philbin would not be able to say anything.

Sherman should fight Crabtree on pay per view


Never underestimate the mind of a self made billionaire. We are both in agreement there without a doubt. I have no doubts Ross wants to win and win big. He wants to be the talk of the town. If he does turn this franchise around and wins a VL Trophy or two he will be crowned king of Miami. I just dont think running a team by committee works well. But we'll see. And yes, I do think Philbin is indeed coaching for his job.

Rick--don't forget that this blog is kind of an isolated little bubble of people OBSESSED with the team and it doesn't really represent any kind of plurality of the greater fan base.

Outside this bubble there isn't even remotely the same level of animosity towards Philbin...let alone howls for him to be sent to the guillotine. That kind of thinking just festers here and they tend to reinforce each other's endless cynicism and rage despite much of it just being mindless.

I agree with you that Philbin has certainly earned at least this year (hopefully with an OL that isn't as abysmal as last year's) to get a solid program going.

A lot of these guys here would change coaches every two years if they were running a team---and they would be drafting first all the time as a result!

Philbin wants his type of players year 3 is a huge year for him I believe we see a way different team in 2014 so don't let the door hit you in the ars time to win baby

Jenny @ 5:19, LOL.

Mark B.
If you are looking for a new team SEATTLE is the name.

From a reasonable point of view, of course. But I have reason to believe that Philbin is unbalanced.

Brian gaine will be our gm and mangini will be vp

Honey boo boo, where are ya child?

Posted by: Mama June | January 20, 2014 at 05:21 PM

Who you is?

we are not the worst team in the league..

there are 18 teams worse than us. including the superbowl champ ravens, a few more plays and we are 11-5, maybe a first down or two in a game, a block picked up on play they may have scored a td, a rb that can break a tackle and get a first down to keep a possession. Tannehill make some great throws and a little pocket stability may be a 3 or 4 win difference.

Jenny Jenny who do I turn to


Plus the report that Players do not trust him or his staff.

Not an agreeable combination for a good recipe.

The year of the dolphin 2014

We have a ton of cap room again

Cut Matt Moore waste of time and money

2014 will be a hot seat year for everybody. Joe Philbin, Dawn Aponte, Ryan Tannehill, the new GM & ABSOLUTELY EVERYBODY will be on the hot seat to make the playoffs next year !

What? I guess Dawn Aponte will be at the Senior Bowl. She's the real GM anyway.

Sign Branden Albert and micheal ohre drat some big strong guards and away we go

There are two guys that I really like going into this draft for our defense. Daquan Bowers DT from Penn State and Chris Borland from Wisconsin. I would not mind seeing the dolphins take Borland with the 2nd round pick and Bowers with the 3rd round pick. We need to upgrade the LB position and we know that at least one of the DTs is leaving. Dolphins insider Omar Kelley is reporting from the Senior Bowl that both have his attention.

He reports that Bowers has a low center of gravity and that OL are having a tough time moving him. Chris Borland reminds Omar of Zach Thomas. Borland is a LB from Wisconsin that I like a lot.

Sure, that amount in cap room is gaining interest from year to year, I guess. For the Economists here, if Jerry Jones mantains he feels comfortable with being mediocre, that can only mean 2 things, if the Team become Good or Poor, he will lose $$$. Gimme a hand here, I know little about $$.

Posted by: Oscar | January 20, 2014 at 05:22 PM


In they're 1st order of business will be a pilgramige to Tibet to meet with Buddist Monks to learn/profess more unity in the Locker Room.

2nd every player will be issued a copy of the art of war and must write an essay to be read by each in the 1st week of OTA's!

Posted by: Orlando Dolphan | January 20, 2014 at 05:42 PM

Sorry, I meant to say Daquan Jones (not Bowers).

Outside this bubble there isn't even remotely the same level of animosity towards Philbin...let alone howls for him to be sent to the guillotine. That kind of thinking just festers here and they tend to reinforce each other's endless cynicism and rage despite much of it just being mindless.

Posted by: The Dan Snyder of Blogs | January 20, 2014 at 05:26 PM

The view that this team is being run into the ground and requires a true restructure were all involved are cut loose is one held widely on local sports radio (the sentiment there is universal and some NFL insider guests believe the team a joke!)

To local TV Sports! Were former team players have called out the Coach and his iffy in-game management!

Lo peor que puede hacer una persona u organización es procrastinar, no tomar una decisión, no existe el hombre perfecto, ni la decisión completamente correcta. Pensé que Ross era un buen dueño para los dolphins, pero ahora lo dudo, la toma de decisiones es atípica, lenta, lo que genera dudas y vacíos que repercuten finalmente en la parte deportiva. Creo que no ha entendido que no es una empresa financiera asentada en NY, es un equipo de la NFL que tiene tiempos y necesidades diferentes.
Saludos Mando, siempre es interesante tu punto de vista sobre los dolphins

Chris Borland reminds Omar of Zach Thomas. Borland is a LB from Wisconsin that I like a lot.

Posted by: Orlando Dolphan | January 20, 2014 at 05:42 PM

I saw him play and the physical part aside also an impact guy who seems to be in on every tackle, great call here!

I haven't heard a single ex player or sane person in the media calling for Philbin to be fired. Not one.

You guys ARE in a weird little bubble here where you convince each other that this is how most folks feel.

It isn't.

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