Saturday, January 25, 2014

Four finalists emerge for Dolphins' GM gig

Clockwise from top right:
Nick Caserio (Patriots), Brian Gaine (Dolphins),
Dennis Hickey (Buccaneers), Lake Dawson (Titans)
A long 18 days after parting way with general manager Jeff Ireland following a mediocre six-year stint, the Miami Dolphins appear poised to name his replacement.

The team conducted second interviews with four candidates this weekend—Nick Caserio, Lake Dawson, Brian Gaine and Dennis Hickey—and reportedly hope to name a new GM on Monday.

All four candidates are 43 and younger, with Caserio coming in the youngest at just 38 years of age. None have prior GM experience and only one (Dawson) played in the NFL.

Gaine, 40, is the lone internal candidate among the group, having served as assistant GM under Ireland for the last two seasons. He joined the Dolphins in 2008, coming over from Dallas with Ireland and Bill Parcells. The New York Jets interviewed him for their GM vacancy in 2013.

Dawson, 42, played wide receiver for the Kansas City Chiefs (1994-97), having been drafted by Carl Peterson, who is an adviser to Dolphins owner Stephen Ross and has reportedly been an integral part of the GM search. He worked in the Seahawks' personnel department from 2001-06 before joining the Titans, where he was elevated to his current role as vice president of player personnel in 2012.

Hickey, 43, has spent the past 18 seasons in the Buccaneers' organization, most recently as director of player personnel under GM Mark Dominik. He previously worked for the team as a personnel assistant, college scout and director of college scouting.

Caserio represents the newest candidate to be brought in the mix, having conducted his first interview on Saturday and then a follow-up interview today. He is currently the Patriots' director of player personnel, having served under various titles with the team in 2001. He was Bill Belichick's wide receivers coach in 2007 when Tom Brady threw for 50 touchdowns and Randy Moss caught 23 of them.