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Report: Dolphins interviewing Nick Caserio for G.M. job

The Dolphins were reportedly whittling down their list of general manager candidates to a group of finalists this week, but they may not be done adding names to the list.

Adam Schefter of ESPN reports that Patriots director of player personnel Nick Caserio is interviewing with the team on Friday. Caserio, who has turned down other overtures, has been in his current post since 2008 and has been the top man on the personnel front in the front office since Scott Pioli left to join the Chiefs in 2009.

Of course, the Patriots have given coach Bill Belichick a great deal of control over personnel in New England so Caserio has some experience sharing responsibilities. It’s worked out well for New England, something Miami has learned firsthand, and that experience could come in handy in Miami. There have been many reports about the impact that uncertainty about a power structure including coach Joe Philbin and exec Dawn Aponte has had on potential G.M. candidates.

Dolphins assistant G.M. Brian Gaine and Titans exec Lake Dawson are believed to be finalists for the job and Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald reports that the Dolphins are still having discussions with Bucs exec Dennis Hickey. Armando Salguero of the Herald adds that Caserio will be added to the final round or the Dolphins will move on without him after Friday’s discussion.

If Caserio, who also served as an assistant coach in New England before moving into the personnel department, does leave New England, it would add to an offseason of change off the field for the team. Assistant coaches Pepper Johnson, George Godsey and Dante Scarnecchia have all left the team since the end of the regular season.

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71 Responses to “Report: Dolphins interviewing Nick Caserio for G.M. job”
  1. The Great Ted Thompson the Genius says: Jan 24, 2014 12:13 PM

    I’m sure he’s a very nice person but that picture makes him look like one creepy dude. Kind of like he’s using x-ray vision.

  2. nfloracle says: Jan 24, 2014 12:14 PM

    Phew, scary eyes!

  3. dohpey28 says: Jan 24, 2014 12:15 PM

    talk about a deer in the headlights picture…

  4. andyr2120 says: Jan 24, 2014 12:16 PM

    I want to stay on topic, but – that picture! Was that during electroshock therapy or something?

  5. bigjdve says: Jan 24, 2014 12:17 PM

    Belichick has found a new way to spy on teams, have your cronies get hired by that team. It isn’t cheating if they allow you to watch 🙂

  6. silvercrush33 says: Jan 24, 2014 12:18 PM

    Is this guy a Terminator wearing human skin??

  7. rajbais says: Jan 24, 2014 12:19 PM

    Just Grant him the job without interviewing. At least you can be under a legitimate illusion that you’re one step closer to catching the Pats.

    It’s better than not being anywhere near the Pats like you are now.

  8. txfinfan says: Jan 24, 2014 12:20 PM

    The Miami Dolphins would like to report the hiring of…..wait….this just in… LOL bunch of blindfolded dart throwers reporting on this team bahahahahaha

  9. rajbais says: Jan 24, 2014 12:20 PM

    By the way, ex-Belichick guys make good GMs.

    Dimitroff is good in Atlanta and Ozzie Newsome is good in Baltimore.

  10. eatitfanboy says: Jan 24, 2014 12:23 PM

    I realize that Bellichik has done wonders with the players available to him, but have the Patriots really done that great of a job procuring young talent lately?

  11. heisthejuan says: Jan 24, 2014 12:23 PM

    Are Nick’s eyes related to Reche Caldwell?

  12. fartfacekillah says: Jan 24, 2014 12:27 PM

    Looks like the dude from Mad TV who had too much coffee….

  13. wannstache says: Jan 24, 2014 12:30 PM

    He looks like he just got his first look at Steve Ross’ big flapping ears.

  14. thefiesty1 says: Jan 24, 2014 12:32 PM

    They could always hire Jerry Jones. He thinks he’s a General Manager.

  15. ningenito78 says: Jan 24, 2014 12:32 PM

    Holy eyeballs.

  16. grantsbuds says: Jan 24, 2014 12:33 PM

    Weirdo! But SRSLY who cares who Ross hires…he’s a destined lame duck.

    Can’t wait to see snow @ the Super Bowl!

  17. dolphindubs says: Jan 24, 2014 12:33 PM

    He looks like he may have an eye for talent

  18. realnflmaster says: Jan 24, 2014 12:34 PM

    That’s how I would look too if I found out my team gave the Dolphins permission to talk to me

  19. thestrategyexpert says: Jan 24, 2014 12:36 PM

    If they keep turning over new rocks eventually they are going to find something really special that made it worth the effort.

  20. slystone111 says: Jan 24, 2014 12:36 PM

    Wow. Crazy eyes.

  21. natigator says: Jan 24, 2014 12:36 PM

    That dude looks like a serial killer.

    Run Jonathan Martin! Run far, far away

  22. patriots123456 says: Jan 24, 2014 12:36 PM

    By the time the season starts next year, all that will be left in Foxboro will be Bill, Brady and the Cheerleaders..

  23. joez2433 says: Jan 24, 2014 12:36 PM

    Whens the last time the Patriots have hit on a draft pick?

    The answer is nobody since 2008.

  24. skippernuts says: Jan 24, 2014 12:37 PM

    I can feel him staring into my soul.

  25. flash1283 says: Jan 24, 2014 12:41 PM

    It doesn’t matter who they bring in. They are a SECOND place team at best again next season.

  26. jeffm916 says: Jan 24, 2014 12:43 PM

    WOW!!!!! We just found Waldo

  27. thegreatgabbert says: Jan 24, 2014 12:44 PM

    Well, no one will be able to lie to him at least.

  28. thegreatgabbert says: Jan 24, 2014 12:45 PM

    Nick could make a lot more money going on the road as The Mighty All Seeing Caserio.

  29. parasolmonster says: Jan 24, 2014 12:49 PM

    He looks surprised by the news.

  30. bahoto34 says: Jan 24, 2014 12:52 PM

    it’s beaker from the muppets

  31. mintberrycrunch1 says: Jan 24, 2014 12:52 PM

    His glaring googly eyes make me want to check his backyard for dead bodies.

  32. 69finfan says: Jan 24, 2014 12:54 PM

    As a longtime Fin fan I have to laugh at some of these comments, pretty funny stuff. I think I’m going to apply for the GM position, I can’t be any worse than some of these other “warm bodies”.

  33. tv426 says: Jan 24, 2014 12:58 PM

    I think Mr. Incredible just found LaserBeam!

  34. rob471773 says: Jan 24, 2014 12:58 PM

    joez2433 says:

    Jan 24, 2014 12:36 PM
    Whens the last time the Patriots have hit on a draft pick?

    The answer is nobody since 2008.

    How about Vollmer, Edelman, Hernandez, Spikes, Gronkowski, McCourty, Ridley, Vereen, Solder, Dennard, Hightower, Chandler Jones and the jury is still out on Dobson and Jamie Collins.

    They’ve had there fair share of whiffs like any other team, but the list above is a pretty impressive list of core guys.

  35. peymax1693 says: Jan 24, 2014 1:01 PM

    I’m surprised took credit for that ghastly photo.

    BTW, are we sure that isn’t Chris Tucker in disguise?

  36. dannyabramowitz says: Jan 24, 2014 1:01 PM

    Marty Feldman for GM!

  37. patriots123456 says: Jan 24, 2014 1:01 PM

    joez2433 says:
    Jan 24, 2014 12:36 PM
    Whens the last time the Patriots have hit on a draft pick?

    The answer is nobody since 2008.

    Actually they had either 13 or 14 Rookies starting this year. So they were mostly draft picks, or undrafted players. I think they were second in the league in amount of rookies starting. They are doing something right to get to the AFC Champioship with that many rookies…

  38. thegreatgabbert says: Jan 24, 2014 1:04 PM

    After face to face meetings in his office, all the Dolphin players surprisingly agreed to 90% pay reductions. It was the strangest thing.

  39. thelastpieceofcheese says: Jan 24, 2014 1:07 PM

    UPDATE: Caserio declined the interview.

  40. nyninerfan says: Jan 24, 2014 1:08 PM

    Dude looks like he’s not allowed within a thousand feet of a school.

  41. shaggytoodle says: Jan 24, 2014 1:11 PM

    He looks like he is someone, that would never blink.

  42. ez4u2sa says: Jan 24, 2014 1:11 PM

    Not much different than the Josh McDaniels decision. Why leave one of the best jobs in the NFL to go to an unstable situation best? Besides, Miami is years away from contending for the AFC East title. Caserio is not going to change that.

  43. rpmcanes says: Jan 24, 2014 1:13 PM

    Whens the last time the Patriots have hit on a draft pick?

    The answer is nobody since 2008.

    I think that’s the year Pioli left. Losing him was huge.

  44. lesterclan says: Jan 24, 2014 1:18 PM

    That picture looks like it was his official Dolphins picture after attending his first meeting as GM…

    No offense, but I don’t think ANYBODY thinks the Patriots draft well or have much talent…it is that the coaches get the most out of the talent they have. That is a scenario the Dolphins do not have with their current coaching staff.

  45. phinfan says: Jan 24, 2014 1:18 PM

    I think he just starred into my soul.

  46. hehateme2 says: Jan 24, 2014 1:22 PM

    Stay away Dolphins! The pats haven’t drafted worth a lick in a long time based on the crazy amount of picks they’ve had.

    Plus, this guy looks like a menace.

  47. lesterclan says: Jan 24, 2014 1:23 PM

    Alright, I’m going to leave this thread…that picture is freaking me out!!

  48. knucklebucket says: Jan 24, 2014 1:25 PM

    joez2433 says:
    Jan 24, 2014 12:36 PM
    Whens the last time the Patriots have hit on a draft pick?

    The answer is nobody since 2008.


    Gronkowski, Hernandez (has talent but turned out to be alleged murderer), Ridley, Vereen, Collins, Jones, Edelman (7th rd pick with 105 catches this year), Cannon to name a few. Yeah, no talent there.

  49. nicofthenorthstar says: Jan 24, 2014 1:25 PM

    They better be careful. You get this guy in the office and fall under the spell of that gaze; next thing you know you’ve left your family, given away all your earthly possessions, and have a cup of magic kool aid in your hand. Not to mention offered him a job with the corner office.

  50. nicofthenorthstar says: Jan 24, 2014 1:29 PM

    Best comments section in some time. Nice work!

  51. tre747 says: Jan 24, 2014 1:38 PM

    Stare into my eyes …. Count backwards from ten …. You are getting sleepy …. Very sleepy …. Now repeat after me …. I will not beat the Patriots

  52. schmitty2 says: Jan 24, 2014 1:42 PM

    It looks like someone showed him a picture of Lauren Tannehill.

  53. sod61 says: Jan 24, 2014 1:45 PM

    Don’t let him leave Miami without a contract.

  54. dubblelznhell says: Jan 24, 2014 1:46 PM

    The pats do well with nobody’s because they know what the opposing team is doing via their eye in the sky, Ernie Adams and whoever is taping signals and audible calls at their practices.

  55. tre747 says: Jan 24, 2014 1:50 PM

    All jokes aside Caserio would be the best option. He is in the front office of a team that had a major scandal, played w/o both star TEs for half a season, also with rookie & no-name receivers, a bland defense and yet the squad finished with a 10 win season.

    I personally can’t think of a better resume amongst any of the candidates thus far. Therefore, if you add in the desire of most students to out duel their teacher, this could magical for Miami.

  56. jw1991 says: Jan 24, 2014 1:52 PM

    so this is how the pats spy, they only hire people in their front office with x ray vision…no cameras needed.

  57. jdphx says: Jan 24, 2014 1:58 PM

    Hey…. none of these potential candidates looks like
    Rob Ryan…

  58. patsfan2001 says: Jan 24, 2014 2:03 PM

    Since 2008
    Ryan Allen

    72 24

    Yeah… terrible drafts.

    as of the Broncos’ game, 2nd youngest team in the NFL

  59. phinagain says: Jan 24, 2014 2:15 PM

    Good work by Armando, there. After they interview Caserio, they’ll either make him a finalist or not. I thought that was kind of how the process typically works.

    Wasn’t Ray Farmer supposed to be the leading candidate, ‘Mando?

  60. torturedraiderfan says: Jan 24, 2014 2:33 PM

    dolphindubs says:
    Jan 24, 2014 12:33 PM
    He looks like he may have an eye for talent

    A lot of really funny comments but this one gets special props. I was drinking coffee when I read it and it made the coffee go up my nose. Outstanding.

  61. dalcow4 says: Jan 24, 2014 2:55 PM

    I’m guessing he hypnotized his way into the Dolphins GM search.

  62. thegreatgabbert says: Jan 24, 2014 3:01 PM

    After the picture was taken Nick pulled his shirt over his head and walked off shouting “I am the Great Caserio!”.

  63. deltaoracle says: Jan 24, 2014 3:29 PM

    I’m told that I had the exact same expression the time that a couple of the Cowboys’ cheerleaders passed within three feet of me at an airport.

  64. broncostevenp says: Jan 24, 2014 3:45 PM

    It’s obvious that this guy can SEE good player once he lays EYES on him!


  65. nlyton says: Jan 24, 2014 3:59 PM

    It’s Paul from The Wonder Years.

  66. phinfan says: Jan 24, 2014 5:04 PM


    Sticko Suave!!!!

  67. All-American Voltron says: Jan 24, 2014 5:09 PM

    Looks like he’s going through the Ludovico technique …

  68. bert1913 says: Jan 24, 2014 7:32 PM

    why did they use his drivers license photo?

  69. wyrdawg says: Jan 24, 2014 10:56 PM


  70. dolfan72 says: Jan 25, 2014 12:17 PM

    I hope he looks this scary when he gets to be the one to FIRE JOE PHILBIN!

  71. hairpie2 says: Jan 25, 2014 5:47 PM

    Well, thanks for coming in Nick… as you know we still have several candidates we’d like to…


    But, we wont be interviewing them…. you can start Monday.

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