Friday, January 24, 2014

Nick Caserio the latest Dolphins GM candidate

While it seemed like the Dolphins' field of candidates for the general manager spot had narrowed (either by the team's doing or from candidates withdrawing or taking gigs elsewhere), a new candidate emerged Friday.

Reports indicate New England Patriots director of player personnel Nick Caserio will interview for the Dolphins' GM opening they was recently believed to be between in-house assistant GM Brian Gaine and Titans exec Lake Dawson.

A Bill Belichick disciple, Caserio played college football at John Carroll before joining the Patriots in 2001m working under various assistant and scouting titles. He worked in the personnel department from 2004-06 and served as wide receivers coach during Tom Brady's 50-touchdown season in 2007 before moving into his current position.

It's unclear how much interest there is on either side, but Caserio would be a huge get for Stephen Ross after a GM search marred by uninterested candidates, others backing up, questions of power structure and even a report that Ross repeatedly called one candidate by the wrong name in an interview.

Caserio, 38, has an impressive track record with one of the best organizations in sports and has learned under quite possibly the best head coach in NFL history. Hiring him Miami would certainly bring a level of respect that has been lacking during the Ross era.

The Dolphins reportedly hope to have a new GM hired by Monday, which gives Caserio a late start considering Gaine and Dawson have already had multiple interviews.