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