Earlier this week, the narrative regarding the Dolphins’ G.M. search was that the team would conduct initial interviews with more candidates before starting a second round of interviews.
Then, it shifted, with multiple reports indicating that the Dolphins would go straight to round two.
Now, it has reverted to what it was. Patriots director of player personnel Nick Caserio has completed an interview for the job, the Dolphins announced on Friday afternoon.
The fact that the interview already has ended, only a couple of hours after word that the Dolphins would interview Caserio first emerged, suggests that the wheels were put in motion for this one at least a couple of days ago, if not longer. The Dolphins had to request permission to interview Caserio, the Patriots had to agree, and the logistics needed to be worked out.
We won’t try to identify all of the various potential reasons for multiple reports that the Dolphins were proceeding to round two on Thursday, when it was surely known that Caserio was coming to town for a sit down. Regardless, another candidate has entered the mix — and it could be that whoever leaked the idea that the process was moving to round two was deliberately kept out of the loop.