The Miami Dolphins are leaving no stone unturned in their search for a new GM. Owner Stephen Ross and his advisers interviewed five candidates over the weekend and have also been rumored to have interest in at least six more, including the newest addition to the mix in Detroit Lions Senior Personnel Director Brian Xanders.
Xanders if the first candidate the Dolphins have been linked to who has previous GM experience, but hiring Ray Farmer is still believed to be a strong possibility at this moment in time.
While Dolphins fans can certainly appreciate Miami’s intent of conducting a thorough hunt, many are undoubtedly getting antsy as next week’s Senior Bowl looms. The Senior Bowl serves as an excellent opportunity for NFL executives and scouts to evaluate draft hopefuls in pads against top-notch competition before the parade of workouts in spandex ensue.
Jan. 25 is the day of the actual All-Star game, but the week of practice, which begins on Monday Jan. 20, leading up to the Senior Bowl is believed to be more valued by scouts. So, should Miami have a GM in place by then? According to sources who spoke with the NFL Network’s Jeff Darlington, the Dolphins are in no rush.
Ross and the Dolphins will reportedly take their time with this decision, hoping to get such a crucial hire to the franchise’s success right. But there is a difference between talking one’s time and not rushing to a verdict.
Miami didn’t conduct any interviews for the vacancy on Monday. The team has ample time to finish the interview process before the festivities in Mobile, Ala. begin next week, so why would they waste a day that could have brought them closer to doing so? And once the interviews are complete, their decision shouldn’t take entirely too long to be agreed upon and revealed. With all of the information in hand, wouldn’t the Dolphins just be over-thinking the hire by prolonging a resolution?
Then again, maybe criticizing the Dolphins in this instance is over-dramatizing something that really isn’t that big of a deal. The team’s next GM will shape what the roster will look like for years into the foreseeable future. Five years from now, nobody is going to remember or care about whether or not he attended the 2014 Senior Bowl. He’ll be judged by numerous signings and draft picks that in all likelihood won’t be altered by his presence or lack thereof in Mobile next week.
Regardless, the Dolphins will have scouts in attendance during each practice, and the team’s next GM could also be present out of obligation to his current employer. While it would be ideal to have both parties together, on the same page and with the same vision in mind, the Dolphins will still be able to evaluate everything that transpires and collaborate at a later date.
It’s very easy for Dolphins fans to become concerned with everything the team does. Five consecutive years without a playoff berth and 13 years without a playoff win tend to induce some disbelief. But at the end of the day, Miami is either going to hire a competent GM who will assemble a talented team or it won’t.
The Dolphins need to get this right. And if taking their time is needed to do so, so be it.
Cody Strahm is a Miami Dolphins contributor for Rant Sports. Follow him on Twitter @CodyJStrahm.