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Dolphins made a late run at Licht before Bucs hired him

Jason Licht

The Dolphins are proceeding deliberately in their search for a General Manager, but apparently went into hurry up mode for a moment.

According to Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network, the Dolphins “made a late attempt to hire” new Buccaneers G.M. Jason Licht once they found out about Tampa Bay’s interest.

If true, it adds another embarrassing layer to a process which has reportedly turned off a number of prospective candidates.

If Licht was someone they were interested in hiring, it shouldn’t have taken interest from another to spark the process. The fact they haven’t otherwise made a choice with Licht off the table underscores how much of a mess it has been.

The Dolphins didn’t send their coaching staff to Mobile for the Senior Bowl, and they don’t have a General Manager, and don’t seem to be in a hurry to get one hired.

It’s the personnel equivalent of the Browns coaching search, and it’s not a good look for either of them.

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16 Responses to “Dolphins made a late run at Licht before Bucs hired him”
  1. ttommytom says: Jan 22, 2014 10:58 AM

    Poor decisions start at the very top and run downhill.

    Who owns these Browns and Dolphins?

    Oh yeah…

  2. PeterKingLovesCoqAVin says: Jan 22, 2014 11:02 AM

    If it doesn’t make sense to you, there’s a reason for that: it’s not true.

  3. floratiotime says: Jan 22, 2014 11:07 AM

    McDonalds offered him a manager spot too. he was all set to take it over the Dolphins offer till the Browns moved in and saved him.

  4. thelastpieceofcheese says: Jan 22, 2014 11:11 AM

    The fact is that Licht’s agent created that rumor to extort more money from the bucs.

  5. txfinfan says: Jan 22, 2014 11:13 AM

    Wow. The title makes a STATEMENT and then you get into the article to find that it is based on Ian Rapoport says he was “told” (by who??). It goes on to say “If true”….ok….does anyone check a source? I’ve seen better journalistic reporting from middle schoolers. If it is true – report it and site YOUR sources. If it is not, then quit trying to peddle it as true so you can continue to make the organization look bad. If you have nothing better to do now that Bill Belichick’s boots are no longer available for licking just stick with things you can prove. From all your previous reporting via Miami Herald sources, he wasn’t even high on their list of “top” candidates. smh

  6. thestrategyexpert says: Jan 22, 2014 11:14 AM

    Well maybe both teams are going to hire somebody that is still competing for the SB. It doesn’t matter how long it takes, they could wait until the night before the draft and if they get the right GM then that’s going to be a lot better than hiring a poor GM today. They made this mistake with Ireland and let him screw things up for YEARS. They need to be careful and make sure they get it right regardless of how long it takes. Same with CLE’s HC search.

    The difference in value between having a great football person for one of those jobs is worth endlessly more than the timing advantage that a weaker football person gains from having the job earlier. That’s fairly irrelevant to the better football person.

  7. davefdaniel says: Jan 22, 2014 11:14 AM

    Speculation as usual. Just how the Dolphins missed out on Matt Flynn. There is decisions behind the scenes that ‘analysts’ dont see. Don’t get me wrong, the Dolphins have horrid luck but lets see how this plays out before the bashing. Just stating the facts is always nice.

  8. vusnu says: Jan 22, 2014 11:16 AM

    The press was saying the same thing about the Eagles head coaching search last year. Let’s wait until the Fat Lady sings before rendering judgment.

  9. thewizardofbs says: Jan 22, 2014 11:16 AM

    The coach was overheard telling the owner ” This is another fine mess you’ve got us into, Ollie!”

    The owner just raised his eyebrows and rubbed the top of his head, with a vacant look on his face.

  10. thegregwitul says: Jan 22, 2014 12:03 PM

    The Miami Dolphins are a joke.

  11. therooneyskilledwebster says: Jan 22, 2014 12:07 PM

    No one wants to work for this sorry excuse of an organization. Don Shula must be rolling over in his grave.

  12. getitrightflorio says: Jan 22, 2014 12:12 PM

    The Circus does not end for my dolphins. We are becoming the laughing stock of the AFC

  13. officialgame says: Jan 22, 2014 12:37 PM

    This is a team that doesn’t feel the need to send their coaching staff to the senior bowel so how important is having a GM in place? Who is running the Dolphins organization anyway?

  14. bobl242 says: Jan 22, 2014 12:51 PM

    therooneyskilledwebster says:
    Jan 22, 2014 12:07 PM
    No one wants to work for this sorry excuse of an organization. Don Shula must be rolling over in his grave.

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    Don’t think so since Don Shula is still alive.

  15. cheapglazers says: Jan 22, 2014 2:50 PM

    Mimicking the Bucs is a great idea! You should also see what the Lions, Browns and Jaguars are up too! #winning

  16. dolfan72 says: Jan 23, 2014 7:58 AM

    It’s too bad we can’t fire Stephen Ross!

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