Does Miami Dolphins' Hire Of New GM Prove Dysfunction Of Team Or End It?

By Danny Williams
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The Miami Dolphins have finally hired their GM, but not before getting denied one more time. In a week that made Stephen Ross and the Dolphins seem like a fat girl before prom, Miami has been denied by four out of five men of whom they offered the GM position.

Put a band-aid on those feelings, because they don’t matter anymore. The Dolphins hired the Tampa Bay Buccaneers director of player personnel Dennis Hickey to become the general manager of the team. Hickey, who wasn’t perceived to be a finalist until the Dolphins were turned down by a fourth candidate, was universally viewed as the least attractive candidate in the Dolphins’ search.

Hickey was never even interviewed for the open position of GM with the Buccaneers, the team he had been with for almost two decades. Hickey was essentially the Dolphins’ fifth choice for GM. Is his hire a reason for fans to finally exhale, or another reason for them to bash the franchise?

The Dolphins had who they thought were their three finalists in Miami on Friday night, Lake Dawson, Nick Caserio and Brian Gaine. However, none of these three men filled the open position.

Caserio used Dolphins’ owner Stephen Ross to get a raise, which had to hurt the billionaire’s feelings, and Dawson flat out denied the team. This all coming in the same week that both Ray Farmer and Jason Licht said no to the Dolphins; Licht actually became the GM of Hickey’s old team, Tampa Bay.

Gaine is assumed to retain his current position of assistant GM after failing to land the promotion.

Hickey seems like a desperation hire to the naked eye, but really, Ross was said to be knocked off his feet by Hickey’s first interview, an interview that many people were surprised that Hickey was able to land.

In Tampa Bay, Hickey helped bring in big name free agents such as Vincent Jackson and Dashon Goldson. He was instrumental in the draft process, holding the position of director of college scouting for six years until 2011.

Hickey helped bring in Mike Williams, a fourth round pick who has become a solid starting receiver, and LeGarrette Blount, a talented running back who went undrafted after punching a player in the face during his senior year at University of Oregon.

The Buccaneers hit on most of their first round picks while Hickey was in town, including all-pro Gerald McCoy and Doug “the Muscle Hamster” Martin, who spent 2013 on Injured Reserve with a torn Labrum.

The Dolphins were looking for three key qualities in their new GM — the ability to spot talent, draft efficiently and lure free agents. With everything said, does Hickey’s hire prove the media-fueled dysfunction within the organization, or does it finally end it?

Danny Williams is an NFL writer. Reach him at Follow him on Twitter @DannyWeeumzNFL

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