The Miami Dolphins have named a new general manager, and it isn't Nick Caserio. Dennis Hickey, director of player personnel for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, has instead won the job.
Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald broke the news Sunday, Jan. 26:
Breaking: The Dolphins have hired Dennis Hickey as their new GM— Armando Salguero (@ArmandoSalguero) January 26, 2014
The team later confirmed the move:
Official | Dennis Hickey has been named General Manager.— Miami Dolphins (@MiamiDolphins) January 26, 2014
Caserio looked like a favorite for the job, but ESPN's Adam Schefter reported he turned down the Dolphins' offer:
Like Pats personnel man Nick Cesario, Titans VP Lake Dawson turned down offer today to become Dolphins GM. Dennis Hickey, Omar Khan remain.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) January 26, 2014
Adam H. Beasley of the Miami Herald reported that Caserio may have been trying to use his possible move to Miami as a way to get a better position with the New England Patriots. There may have not been a genuine interest on Caserio's part:
A league source knowledgeable with the Patriots’ dealings said Caserio earned on the low end of the wage scale for his position — and presumably parlayed the Dolphins’ offer into a raise or an outright promotion.
Some around the league question how serious Caserio ever was about actually joining the Dolphins.
Caserio is also the third person to have taken himself out of the running, after Ray Farmer did the same earlier in the week, choosing instead to stay with the Cleveland Browns, per Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports. Lake Dawson was another finalist, but Salguero reported he removed his name from the proverbial hat:
Dolphins had 2 finalists turn down GM job prior to Dennis Hickey accepting. Nick Caserio one. Multiple reports say Lake Dawson other.— Armando Salguero (@ArmandoSalguero) January 26, 2014
The fact that Caserio, Dawson and Farmer all turned down the job may speak to the general perception of where the Dolphins are at the moment. Between the Richie Incognito situation and the massive financial outlay the team made last offseason that ultimately resulted in little production, there's a lot of work to be done.
Salguero chronicled many of the problems plaguing the franchise earlier in the month.
Maybe Hickey is the man who has all the answers for the Dolphins and will make them contenders again. Until that happens, many will cast a skeptical gaze upon the team, with Caserio's actions more evidence of how far the organization has fallen.