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Talent men on playoff teams might be up next

The news that the Dolphins have more interviews on deck for their general manager vacancy was interesting considering they've already interviewed seven candidates, but it shouldn't surprise people that know owner Stephen Ross.

When the team needed to fill the CEO and President job that Tom Garfinkel eventually landed, the process included interviews for 15 candidates.


Obviously, there are a lot more CEO types in the world than there are NFL personnel men worthy of a general manager job. So if the Dolphins are planning more interviews it stands to reason they need to expand the field from which they harvest candidates.

And although I am only speculating here (at least I tell you when I am) I would think if the Dolphins have more candidates in mind and they are doing this search systematically, then the candidates that are next must come from teams that participated in Championship Weekend,  or the two conference championships.

So we're talking talent men from the Seahawks, 49ers, Patriots and Broncos.

(You as a fan better hope).

If the Dolphins can find worthy GM candidates in Tampa Bay (Dennis Hickey), Cleveland (Ray Farmer) and other struggling teams, surely the teams at the top of the NFL might have someone.

Let me share those names and some background on the men.

Nick Caserio, New England Patriots: What better way to hurt an opponent than to take their people, right? And as neither Tom Brady (QB upgrade) nor Bill Belichick (head coach upgrade) are available to the Dolphins, maybe looking at their top personnel department person is one way to do it. Caserio is only 38 and has a background in both coaching and personnel. He sat under Scott Pioli until the KC Chiefs snatched Pioli. He obviously sits under Belichick, who has final say over the Pats personnel decisions. Maybe he learned something under those guys.

Joel Patten, San Francisco 49ers: He just completed his first season as the director of player personnel. He was formerly the director of college scouting and he played in both the NFL (eight years) and USFL (three years). He sits under GM Trent Balke. The 49ers, as you know, have one of the most talented and complete rosters in the NFL. And while Balke, a Bill Parcells disciple, gets a majority of the credit, perhaps the Dolphins figure Patten is worthy of talking to.

Eric Mangini, San Francisco 49ers: I know, I know, I've floated the name and a source dismissed it. But since this is just speculation, and Ross loves Mangini, and executive vice president of football administration Dawn Aponte loves Mangini, and the Dolphins cannot be counted on to see that Mangini is not really a GM type but a coach type, then I'm throwing his name in here. I've witnessed too many years of the Dolphins doing Dolphins things to completely dismiss this. (By the way, if you hear the Dolphins are indeed interviewing Mangini, you know the apocalypse has come. The abomination of desolation is here. Don't pack a bag. Run for the hills immediately).  

Scott McCloughan, Seattle: Well, not happening. He should be interviewed because, after all, he was the San Francisco GM before Balke. So he has experience. He already helped build a talented roster. And he's doing the same in Seattle under John Schneider. But McCloughan didn't like the Dolphins set-up so he asked the 'Hawks to decline his interview request. And they did. He is one of at least four candidates that have decided the Dolphins situation is not for them. And that's that, barring a stunning change of mind.

Tom Heckert Jr., Denver Broncos: He cut his teeth in the Dolphins organization under Don Shula and Jimmy Johnson. He was the director of Pro Personnel when he left the franchise in 2000. He went to Philadelphia and helped Andy Reid build a winner there and although he was the GM in title starting in 2006, the final say went to Reid. Heckert left to become the GM in Cleveland and picked some good players such as Joe Haden, Josh Gordon, T.J. Ward and others. But he also had a hand in picking Brandon Weeden and Trent Richardson in the first round. Heckert is nonetheless a very good talent man. He did have a DUI arrest in Denver in 2013 for which he served a club suspension.

Matt Russell, Denver Broncos: He's the team's Director of Player Personnel. And while Heckert reportedly blew a .162 on the breathalyzer test, Russell puffed out a .242, or about three times the legal limit when he too was arrested for DUI last year. (Separate instances). Obviously, the Broncos have a good roster and Russell was part of that. Not only has he been the player personnel man since 2012, but was the Director of college scouting for three years prior to that.

All these men have playoff pedigrees this year. All are part of successful teams now.

Why not talk to them?



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Who will be taking LSD tonight?

Here is what I would do to get this team to the playoffs this year. Concentrate on the Offensive Line and RB position and bring back most of your players. Resign Grimes, Clemmons, and Solia on defense and let Starks and Carroll walk. Replace Starks position with a lower FA (Tony McDaniel) and draft a DT in the first 3 rounds.

On offense I would only bring in two FA, Brandon Albert and one more OL (Michael Oher RT or Mack at Center). Then build through the draft. Here is my draft that focuses on the OL and RB position (I am sure will change before the draft comes):

1st round: Taylor Lewan OT or Zach Martin (LG)
2nd round: Tre Mason RB
3rd round: Daquan Jones, DT
4th round: Jeremy Hill ( big strong RB)

That offseason ensures that you address your biggest needs on offense, OL and RB.

I agree the dolphins truly need OL. WR is a strength we don't need another guy who will be playing behind Wallace gibson hartline and maybe even Matthews. Sounds very dion Jordan to me. My pick is OL in the first round specifically Zack Martin, but thats just me.
Somebody posted about not getting Tate i will disagree because Tate could thrive while sharing snaps with miller. Tate can get us short yardage and is a pretty decent blocker compared to Thomas.
Not to mention miller can continue to develop along with Gilisslee.

Orlando Dolphan,

Kelvin Benjamin is just a wish. He is the type of receiver we need for Tannehill. Having said yhat, I realize we have other glaring needs. Just like last year's draft, we drafted a player (moved up even) for the STRONGEST, DEEPEST UNIT ON THE TEAM). Although I like Jordan and believe he can help us a lot, it was a poor decision at the time. We needed O-Line. Period. Still do. Whether some of you bloggers liked him, or not, losing Incognito really hurt, especially in the last 2 games. I don't know about other's opinions, but I like mean and dirty O-Lineman. If they like to drink and party and fight in their off-time, I am fine with that. The alternative is an O-Lineman that runs home to whine to Mom when things aren't going his way. Jeeeeeeez, what a waste of a pick, time, effort, etc. This guy (everyone knows who I'm talking about!) will never play another down of pro football. He sucked that bad. Ireland's lack of vision on the O-Line cost him his job.

orlando those guys are gone when u have us taking them

Posted by: stillhardcoredolphinsfan | January 21, 2014 at 06:45 PM

I hear you. I love that kid and that type of receiver but they are forced to take an OL with that first pick. I would also love to see them take Eric Ebron the TE from NC as I think that he will be the next Rob Gronkowski. However, that would probably be irresponsible. They cannot continue to neglect the OL or TH's career will be over after this year. They need a couple of OL in FA and one or two top draft picks.

As a retired Soldier and leader of Soldiers, my beloved hometown team continues to disappoint me. The Dolphins’ leadership has yet again continue to prove they are inept to make a decision. They’ve chosen to interview a seventh GM candidate (Dennis Hickey) who isn’t being considered by the team he’s currently a member of, which might be a sign. Of the candidates they’ve interviewed, there are a couple who should have been offered the job by now; however, after observing the inept ability to recognize talent, if I were Ray Farmer, Lake Dawson, Omar Khan, or Brian Xanders I’d tell the Dolphins to take me off their list of potential candidates. Leaders lead, make decisive decisions and aren’t afraid to include people base on the content of their character, experience and proven ability to manage and recognize TRUE talent; therefore, resulting in a team built to win. Being a Dolphins fan for all of my 50 years which includes the entire existence of the franchise, the history of the Dolphins is apparently clear this team has been afraid of engaging in diversity. Many may not agree; however, you can’t change the history, it is what it is.

The current head coach and QB (Tannehill) have demonstrated they are not equipped with the highest or superior quality of football knowledge to lead this team into the future. While Mr. Ireland made some bad personnel decisions I can’t help but believe Philbin was a part of the decision to release some of the quality players they had, also much of the blame lies with the Philbin and QB who lost winnable games. The Dolphins would be ill served if they don’t seek out and draft a QB, oh, that takes a GM that knows talent which the Dolphins appear positioned to miss out on yet again.

Good luck fellow Dolphin fans.

It will take 3-4 years to clean up Ireland's mess. To acquire enough talent to really compete. And Ross cant leave 30 million in cap space. Using only 70% of your resources wont cut it in the pro game.

T.Mason will be an average RB in the NFL.

If he becomes anything special, all of you can say Dashi Sucks!! And add this to the other 5 things "Dashi" is wrong about. Mason has flaws. Big flaws. And being a small RB isn't one of them.


All of us wanting K.Benjamin, do not want or need a WR. It is just K.Benjamin has a Skill set you can't teach and that we desperately need. Benjamin is 6'6" has a Huge Wingspan and a 40" Vertical to get higher than anybody not named Megatron in the NFL.

And to ectoplasm.

I'm not saying don't draft a TE in the First. What I am saying is if you draft a TE in the first you better be sure the guy is a potential pro bowler every year.

MLB, TE, and S. Are positions that if you draft in the first round they better be Great to Special from the start. These are 3 positions everyone in the NFL knows you don't draft early unless they are special.

Look it up. Look at the first round of the past Twenty years!! MLB, TE and S are rarely drafted in the first. And the ones that are drafted are almost all surefire starters from Day 1.

Maybe with the new rookie cap, you start to see an upswing in those 3 positions drafted in the first. But looking at the Past 20 Drafts. You only draft a TE early if he has V.Davis ability or the guy is a J.Shockey type.


If this draft is weak in uber-talent, then you know what that means, uh?

5-11 Eh?.Which teams are going to lose to the barbies 5 different times Eh?

We obviously need o-lineman but if they were to handle the right way in free agency, the #1 pick could be left open in case a stud falls to 19.

If we were to sign Albert for example and a decent guard in free agency we could look for a RT and another guard rds 2 to 5.

It would be nice at 19 to be able to grab a big WR or a hard hitting safety or ILB.

If you decide to go LT at 19, resigning Mckinnie for insurance might be a good idea. It would probably be a good idea either way.

If this draft is weak in uber-talent, then you know what that means, uh?

Posted by: oscar canosa | January 21, 2014 at 07:06 PM


That you will be painting clown faces on coconuts for tourists?

Mason is benefiting from being the last RB to have a good performance at the end of the year. Plus, he is small and runs hard. He is a sympathetic figure and everyone loves a mighty mouse.


Zach Martin will be there in the first round. Lewan maybe not. As for the other picks the only that I worry not being there is Mason. He will probably go early in the second round, I actually cannot see him dropping all the way to 19th but for some reason RBs have been going later lately. I am hoping that he slips, if not use that same type of philosophy. Take An OL with the fist pick and then take a RB early if not Systrunk, Hyde, or someone else.

and everyone loves a mighty mouse.
Posted by: Dashi | January 21, 2014 at 07:10 PM

Do you love Tinkerbell?

We could have had Kuechly, we could have had Vaccaro, we could have had Jimmy Graham. We coulda been contenders.

Drop acid and then watch both Dolphins vs. Bills games.

You'll probably sob uncontrollably.

I watched The Dolphins vs. Bears game on MNF in 2002 on LSD.

I can still see trails from Ricky Williams running for 200 yards.

The person who has never heard Hendrix on LSD is missing out.

So many losers in this world who never partied.

Passing moral judgements on those who have, or those who do.

In reality, they're losers...social idiots.

I just realized that at 62, I'm dangerously close to never seeing the Dolphins become a force in the NFL again.

With no QB, no O Line, no linebackers, no running back....

Geez, this could be another 5 years just to get the talent right.

And with Bozo the owner backing weak coaching like Philbin, it could be even longer.

oscar @ 7:06

Weak in uber-talent?
That's putting it mildly.


This draft is loaded with good Skill position talent early.

The RB position just isn't one of them.

If you want a Blue-Chip RB wait til the 2015 Draft. 2015 Draft already has 3 potential First RD RBs. I doubt 1 RB gets drafted in the first this year.

This Draft has way better talent than last years draft. Last years draft was weak!! 3 LTs in the first 4 picks. 1 QB drafted in the first. 2 WRs and only one of them should've been a first. The 5th best WR this year would've been #1 last year.

This years draft has some good talent early like 2012 and has good depth like 2013.

Oscar, it's the QB professor Eh?. A QB can make any pan handler on the street corner or under the bridge
look like a Jimmy Graham Eh.?


Will be an upgrade to who we have now regardless of the position.

56 sacks Teller.


Ha ha ha ha

No one even told the Phins internally they had to find out from ESPN Deportes.

When was Aaron Rogers Picked Eh?


It is true that I have changed my handle on this blog over time but I do not post under more than 1 name on the same blog on the same day.
Furthermore I have used no handle other than this one ever since the start of FA last year when I was the only one that refused to fall for the hype.

Well, homer Jimmy Cefalo said we needed a new QB, 2 new RB's, and 4 new OL. He said none of the RB's could run or block. YIKES!

Oscar, I just read earlier that you had 30 patients today,those were 30 Dolphins fans Eh?


Hehehe @ 7:24

I've made no secret of the fact that this blog is better when we lose.
Let's face it: if we didn't come here to complain then why come here?

You must be a small person. Cause every time Dashi makes a comment about a small person you get super über duper offended. Like someone just punched your mother.

Hate to break it to you. 98% of Professional Athletes in American Sports are bigger than the Average person.

You wouldn't want a 6'0" 270lb LT protecting the blind side of a franchise QB. Then why do you want a 5'6" WR or RB?

Parcells was half right with his formula.Give me 53 guys that are bigger and stronger than the competition and I bet I can crush them. But also make mine Faster and Smarter.

Dashi believes in the 4 S's of Scouting


In no particular order. The player just has to possess these 4 qualities.

You know which GM thinks the same way. B.Xanders.

ETF IS.....................
17 AND 0 UP YOUR....





3 AND 13 NEXT SEASON.......


Soccer players aren't professional athletes in America. Those guys are just weekend warriors collecting a check.

ETF = PRICEMASTER not those other losers.

Just check the punctuation and sentence structure. It's strictly long Island Catholic grammer school circa 1970.

I like Sammy Watkins Period

I was at a Dolphins game in 1984 in the Orange Bowl (versus Houston) when I was tripping on acid.

I remember the details of that game vastly better than nearly any other.

Great post as usual Dashi! I trust your judgment on Rb talent. I remember that you were adamant about Lacy and you were right. The guy just looked awesome in college, he runs hard and has great vision. The future will tell with him.

You are right about TEs, MLBs, and Safety. However, I think there are 3 potential star TEs in this draft, Eric Ebron, Jace Amaro, and Serafin. Too bad that we have such a great need at OL.

Some body remarked here on my comment that I hit Miami's streets at age 15, that there were Tigers and Lions and Bears roaming around at that time. Hell, that's nothing, I saw infinitely much more than that.

Scott McCloughan does not like the Dolphins set up so he passes on even interviewing. The same is reported to be the case for Gamble. DeCosta is, wisely not leaving the Ravens to work for/with DawnJoeRoss.

As Barry Jackson has reported recently, the Dolphins are perceived to be a organization without a plan or a solid/desirable structure in place. Also, players are stating that most of the the coaches cannot teach anything to help the players improve and that Philbin is simply not matched up to be a head coach except for being able to work out a schedule.

Top GM talent will (and has) avoid(ed) even interviewing for the Dolphin GM position due to structure and being stuck with Aponte and Philbin.

The same happened when Ross kept Ireland and saw top head coaches avoid Miami and he settle for Philbin.

The Dolphins do have an image problem. And slick PR releases about finding the right GM are superficial attempts to avoid the real issue of the organizations structure and reputation.

Nearly every reporter has negative stories about the Dolphins and their problems.

Top GM talent would LOVE to come to Miami to fix everything. But if the problems are Philbin, Aponte and/or Tannehill, then why risk one's future career in a no-win situation.

The Dolphins have issues in talent evaluation, coaching and players. It's a big fix. One has to be able to fix all the moving parts, not just one or two guards.

I bet very few People here have had the guts(or the neccesity) to swallow a hard hallucinogenic.

Better to pick someone from a winning team then the Bucs or Browns only makes sense, the Dolphins need to make a good decision here why take somebody from the browns ?


Good post Sigh! I said many of the same things earlier. Top GM's are turning this job down as the Dolphins are viewed as a dysfunctional organization. This is no longer the Wayne Hyzinga Dolphins where big names like Parcells, Jimmy Johnson, and Nick Saban are looking at this as a great job. Now we have to settle for the Joe Philbins of the world and are struggling to land a nediocre type GM. We cannot dream of guys like Polian, Gamble, Pioli, or McCloughan.

Does anyone really care who is right or wrong on here? It's an opinion blog.

Dashe can say he's 100% right 150% of the time and no one should care, definitely not as much as some people seem to.

That said........I'm right even when I'm wrong.

what's really funny is the vikings took the Dolphins LB coach. He didn't have a lot to work with but it's not like he earned a OC position

if Dan Marino wasn't such a selfish pri*k JJ would of brought the Dolphins a championship

I remember the Wrigley owners(yes those of the chewing gum), would not let the Chicago Cubs become a good Team and destined them to mediocrity forever in their Time. Jerry Jones and Snyder = in these Times. Why on Earth would they want to that, being them business men, if it appears obvious that the best Teams garner the most $$$? Anybody?

8-8 is the example of mediocrity.

with all these new rule changes the NFL is becoming sexy

8-8 is the example of mediocrity.

Nobody really wants to touch my question above, not even with a 10' pole. Why? Because all eight posters here, besides myself, work for The Miami Herald and everybody knows that Ross has a double-edged influence in that newspaper. One of those influences is well known, the other, you will probably never know.

What gives you that impression Beacon? I mean other then the atrocious spelling and grammar?

Not easy to tell someone's educational background from a few random football opinions.

#1 Dolphin Fan in Montreal, First let's talk about Gamble, First and foremost his father, who lives in Phillie has cancer, Gamble want to stay close by and take care of him. That is why he moved back to Phillie last year. He's only been that a year and the only reason why he moved was to be with his dad. Secondly he also refused to interview for the Tampa Bay job which was just filled. Philbin has the contractual right to hire his staff, like most NFL coaches and he did. He has the right to hire his OC. DaCosta is rumored to be in line for the GM position in Baltimore when Ozzie retires. If I had that opportunity I wouldn't god rither. He also did not interview for Tampa Bay. People don't interview for their own reasons, the Fins have 7 people who thought it was a good job. UNDERSTAND

Posted by: jmike | January 21, 2014 at 04:06 PM

Ok, so because you put the word "UNDERSTAND" in caps makes you smart now? LOL!! Please...First of all, I already know about the story with Gamble's father having cancer, but he never told the media that he wouldn't consider a GM job with another team because of it. How the f*** would you know?? He called you up and told you I guess? He clearly said he didn't like the structure of the front office and the fact the GM has no saying in the selection of the new OC. So FACT is nobody knows if that's true or not. Here's another FACT for you. Everybody in the NFL knows Ross has no clue what he's doing. It first started when he tried to get Harbaugh to Miami but "forgot" he still had a coach in place. How did that make him look??? He tried to force Ireland on Fisher, that didn't work. It took him 5 bloody years to realize his GM sucked lemons. He finally gets rid of him but now he went from being obsessed with Ireland to being obsessed with Philbin. So now Ross is trying to hire a GM but has to make sure the guy approves Philbin. Those 7 guys he interviewed, only Xander has GM experience. So what does that tell you??? Stop trying to think you know it all, FACT is Miami has sucked a** ever since Ross came along and until they can win at least 9 games, nothing changes. Fans like myself have every right to question what Ross does, because everything he's done so far has NOT worked, including Philbin. UNDERSTAND.

My money is on in house candidate Gaines

Isn't it weird that FIRE ROSS and ape-tamer always show up at yhe same time? Weird, really, really weird......

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