Don’t Necessarily Believe the Media Meme



You will hear plenty about how the Miami Dolphins are a laughing stock, that there new GM Dennis Hickey was someone that no one else wanted or that nobody else was willing to take the job.  It is a constant drum beat from the local media that in turn is repeated by the national media. Before you go screaming about nobody knew Dennis Hickey, take a look at this article from Albert Beer of the NFL network from 2 years ago (January 4, 2012) entitled Opportunities present themselves forhot GM candidates.  Some of  the names on the list  were Nick Caserio, Eric DeCosta, Brian Gaine, Tom Gamble and Dennis Hickey.  Ring some bells? You know who was not on the list? Lake Dawson and Ray Farmer. And what did Breer have to say about Hickey 2 years ago:

“Dennis Hickey, Buccaneers director of player personnel: Promoted this year after serving for six years as the team's college scouting director, Hickey played a big part in turning Tampa Bay's roster over, from an aging group under Jon Gruden to its current state as the league's youngest team. Even though the Bucs are struggling now, there's still a strong base to build around.”

 And since that article the Bucaneers have acquired some talented players.  They drafted good players like running back Doug Martin and linebacker Lavonte David.  Signed free agent wide receiver Vincent Jackson and traded for corner back Darrelle Revis. 

 So before you start screaming about how inept the Fins are (swallowing the spoon fed media meme), remembered they interviewed several candidates, just like they said they would, they narrowed it down, just like they said they would. They got a guy that just 2 years ago was considered a “hot candidate” and seems to be a good evaluator of talent, exactly what owner Steve Ross said the Miami Dolphins were looking for.  I can’t say Hickey was my top choice, but I am willing to give him time to see what he can do.

Carl C. Crowley
@carlccrowley

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  1. Apparently Jason Licht was going to fire Hickey after the draft, so he really had nothing to lose by taking the job. What you basically have here is three chiefs running the show down south while the head honcho lives in NY. Sounds like a healthy way to ruin...I mean run a franchise.

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  2. It has been said that Hickey will have the same power (as Jason Licht) over the scouting staff in Miami and may bring his own people in. I would imagine that Licht does not have the power to fire the Head Coach either. In my humble opinion, Ross living in NYC has been blown way out of proportion.

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  3. Ross is a clown who needs to sell the team to a new owner

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    1. But that is never going to happen. I am sure Redskins fan feel that way about Dan Snyder, and have for years, but it has not happened. Same with the Davis family in Oakland or the Ford family in Detroit. Further that is how the Saints fans felt about Tom Benson for decades and now they love him. Calling a self made billionaire a "clown" is ridiculous in itself, hoping that he will give up and sell the team is a pipe dream that will not happen.

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  4. I wouldn't say he is a clown either, but he has no clue how to run an NFL team. I read somewhere, and I don't know how true it is, that Nick Caserio wanted to clean house. And that is what needs to be done. Get the broom out and sweep it clean. Hire a strong GM, let him hire a head coach he has faith in and can work with, and the rest of the staff from there. The GM is the top guy and he reports only to Ross.
    The Dolphins were on the cusp of a playoff berth. Well within reach. But they came out flat against two pathetic teams and blew it. That wasn't Ireland, that was on Philbin. What has he done in 2 years to deserve not to be replaced? Beaten twice this year by a 6-10 team with a practice squad QB and beaten at home with the playoffs on the line by a team with a pathetic rookie QB.
    You know something is not right when the only guy who wants the GM job here is a guy who knows he's about to be canned from his present job without many other opportunities out there.

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    1. How is "cleaning house" every 2 years going to benefit the franchise, especially in the long run? That seems to be the answer from many Dolfans and has been the pattern of the organization for the past decade, how has that worked? You cannot keep turning over a franchise every 2 years and think you will be successful. You put the emphasis on the last 2 games, how about the fact that the Fins beat Indy, San Diego, Cincinnati, and New England - all playoff teams, shouldn't that be at least considered when evaluating the entire season? If before the season you would have said to most "experts" that the Fins would go through a media made scandal have way through the season and lose your starting left tackle and left guard in the process, most would not have given the Fins a chance to win 4 games, let alone 8. If you would have said they will also lose there starting tight end, starting slot receiver, (your left side of the o line) and one of your starting corners how many wins would have been predicted? Philbin did enough to get more time.

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    2. Who said anything about cleaning house every two years? The Dolphins haven't wiped the slate clean since 2008 when Huizenga hired Parcells. At least Huizenga had the right idea. He wasn't a football man and neither is Ross. Ross is trying to match a coach with a GM, then a GM with a coach, a last resort GM mind you. I keep hearing Hickey was good at this, impressive at that. If so, why wouldn't his employer of 18 years even give him so much as a token interview for the job? Anyway, I never said clean house every two years. It's been six years since the Dolphins got the broom out and swept it clean.
      Yes I put the emphasis on the last 2 games because those were the 2 that counted the most. With the playoffs on the line and two below mediocre teams left you wipe out all the good you did by pissing those 2 games away. Philbin did not have this team ready, there was no emotion and he was outcoached. He has no excuses for losing either of those games.

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    3. The Dolphins have had 7 Head Coaches in 13 seasons including interim HC's, 5 if you don't count interim HC's. They are on General Manager #6 I believe during that same time. That is averaging right about every 2 years. I look at any time you change either your HC (and staff) and/or your GM and scouting dept as cleaning house. Now that may not be "wiping it clean", but it is constant turnover. Constant change of philosophies, strategies, and systems. Constant upheaval will NEVER lead to success.

      Now contrary to popular belief, each game has the same value. There are 16 of them. A win in week one counts as much as a win in week 17. The Fins were a .500 club all season. What was more shocking was that after all the injuries, all the controversy, that they still were in it until the last week of the season. Were the last 2 weeks disappointing, HELL YES, but how is starting all over again going to get the team any closer to winning a Champion?

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  5. The Dolphins have had their share of Superstar head office people/coaches (Nick Saban, Bill Parcells and Jimmy Johnson) and all have failed. Parcells being responsible for Jeff Ireland and Tony Sporano. Jimmy Johnson set us up with Dave Whinestadt (misspelling intended) who then helped Marino out the door 2 years early. So when we start to complain just remember the past. It wasn't mush better if at all. Give Mr. Hickey a chance. If it doesn't work...Ross will clean house!

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  6. It's not like he had a contentious interview with a draft prospect... Wait!
    I feel good now that The Dolphins swooped in and got a valued guy to be in charge of player assessment, coveted by many teams from a successful organization! #NOT #SMH

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    1. Nobody wanted Tom Brady on draft day, but looking back at it now, every team would draft him #1. That 1 simple accident turned an entire franchise around and changed Belichek from a great Defensive Coordinator into possibly the greatest Head Coach of all time. Sometimes you don't know what you have until you do. Go back and check out the article from 2012 of Hot Gm candidates. One of them was Reggie McKenzie, said he was the "hottest" candidate on the list. Soon after he got the GM job in Oakland. He got to "clean house", pick his own HC and since then has gone 8-24. Oakland got the hot GM candidate that EVERY team coveted. How has that worked out?

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    2. For what I read, Hickey is Ireland 2.0, same problems with players, the guy asked a Rhodes scholar why he abandoned his team to study? How stupid is that?
      How about having everybody on the same time table? The Dolphins keeps on overlapping people. Drafting is not an exact science, I know that, Brady fell on Belicheat's lap otherwise he would still be another grumpy, rude, failed, Browns head coach.
      How about start from the scratch with some young guy that learned from a winning and respectable organization how to do things?
      List the franchises and ask yourself: Is that a respectable and successful organization? Find a guy there!
      Not just successful, NE is the prime example as KC learned. You can't just go and hire Pioli if Brady is staying in Foxborough...

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  7. Draft interviews are not like regular job interviews. They are sometimes wanting to see how someone reacts. And if your are bothered by personnel guy asking you a question, wait until some wide receiver gets in your head all day by calling you a quitter. So, I don't feel like it is a stupid question.
    I agree it would make more sense to change both Coach/GM simultaneously, but you can make an argument that a team has talent, but is poorly coached and vice versa in many cases. It was one of the reasons that I argued about keeping Philbin and Ireland in a previous blog post. (I was unaware of the conflict between them.) I believe Hickey is only 43. He has worked for several GM's. He worked for Rich McKay, who won a Super Bowl in Tampa, and draftied a ton of talent (Warren Sapp, Derrick Brooks, Warrick Dunn to name a few.) He worked forBruce Allen, current GM of the Redskins, though I don't think that is anything to brag about. And then most recently Mark Dominick, which they did draft some talent, record was not there however. So there was some success. Hickey wasn't my first choice, probably wasn't even my second, but I am willing to give him a chance to see what he can do. Maybe our luck will begin to change.

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