The Dolphins’ suddenly decision to interview Patriots director of player personnel Nick Caserio for the still-vacant G.M. position has caused some (like us) to assume that Caserio landed on the Miami radar screen only recently.
That may not be the case.
As one league source with knowledge of the Miami search process explains it to PFT, the Dolphins likely requested permission to interview Caserio from the outset of the search. And Caserio — like several others — politely declined. And Caserio, for some reason, recently has decided to undecline.
If that’s the case, Caserio has a reason for changing his mind. Perhaps he wanted to be a good soldier and not create a distraction while the Patriots were still playing. (That didn’t keep offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels from interviewing for the head-coaching job in Cleveland.) Or perhaps Caserio isn’t being compensated the way he’d like to be, and so he’s looking for a raise from someone else.
It’s also possible that Caserio has simply decided it’s time to leave, even if leaving means staying in the AFC East and directly facing the Patriots twice per year.
Regardless, if it’s accurate that Caserio initially opted not to interview for the job, something caused him to change his mind. And that something could result in Caserio taking over the Dolphins.
Or perhaps staying in New England with some extra dollars in his paycheck.