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Dennis Hickey “definitely out,” Chris Grier likely in

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As Black Monday approaches, plenty of people are saying plenty of things about potential vacancies. In response to our item from Friday regarding the future of Dolphins G.M. Dennis Hickey, a league source with knowledge of the dynamics in the Miami front office told PFT that Hickey is “definitely out.”

The source also said that director of college scouting Chris Grier will be elevated into the G.M. position.

It’s unclear whether the promotion of Grier would occur quickly or after a formal search process. Because Grier is a minority candidate, he can be elevated into the job without further interviews under the Rooney Rule.

The Friday report was softened a bit by a source who said that discussions will continue over the next few days, and that nothing had been finalized. Still, if the move wasn’t looming, there would be nothing to discuss into early next week. And there would be no urgency to end the discussions within the next few days.

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41 Responses to “Dennis Hickey “definitely out,” Chris Grier likely in”
  1. kellyh3034 says: Jan 2, 2016 5:35 AM

    It’s about time for Grier. I hope he does well.

  2. cebert44 says: Jan 2, 2016 6:09 AM

    Parcells passed on Breese. How did that work out???

    Been downhill since

  3. fracdj says: Jan 2, 2016 6:15 AM

    HAHAHA..What a joke. Tannebum fires Hickey and promotes one of Hickey’s staff to be his puppet. The Phins are doomed until, just like the Jets figured out, they get rid of Tannebum. Ross won’t do that because he is a DOOOOOOOOO FUUUUUSSSSSSSS.
    It becomes harder and harder to like this team.Please have enough common sense to bring legitimate competition, not Matt Moore standing next to you, competition for Tannehill next year.
    This is like groundhog’s day, the movie.

  4. thepopefromtv says: Jan 2, 2016 6:17 AM

    Hickey’s management over 2 years boils down to this:

    Jarvis Landry and Juwuan James, clear starters, great players; Davante Parker and Jay Ajayi, look decent in their few opportunities, still largely unproven; Kenny Stills, Greg Jennings and Jordan Cameron, all busts, a waste of money and a 3rd round draft pick (for Stills); large contracts for Suh and Tannehill, form your own opinions on those; offensive line as bad as it ever has been this past decade; Jenkins is the only talented linebacker on the team.

    I sure hope Grier is getting this position because of the talent that he scouted and Hickey passed on, because in 15 draft picks and 3 high profile free agent signings, we still don’t have much talent.

  5. drtharrison says: Jan 2, 2016 6:40 AM

    Well, his dad was in the New England front office 15 years ago. I guess that helps. But…

    Nice legitimate search process Tannebaum. No outside candidates, not even to interview. How about, just for the heck of it, Scott Pioli, his old boss? Vincent Newsome or Joe Hortiz from Baltimore? Scott Fitterer or any on the staff in Seattle?

    Nah… that would make too much sense.

    I just hope Grier guy has a clue. Tannebaum hasn’t proved it to me that he has one yet.

  6. 6ball says: Jan 2, 2016 7:59 AM

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    This isn’t Tannenbaum’s first time at the rodeo. He’s got a disengaged absentee owner. He just hand picked his GM, and soon he’ll pick his coach. He’ll control all the information coming from Miami to NY and it’s doubtful Ross will get the straight skinny.

    Q. Who has more overall power over football operations, Belichick in New England or Tannenbaum in Miami?

    A. Tannenbaum in Miami
    .

  7. nnagi says: Jan 2, 2016 8:18 AM

    So of you’re black, you can get promoted immediately, but if you’re white they make you jump through hoops, what a joke… teams should be allowed to hire whoever they want without being hindered by the stupid Rooney rule

  8. igotgamenj says: Jan 2, 2016 8:57 AM

    Lets get it straight people Chris Grier has been in the NFL for 20 years and with the Miami Dolphins organization for 15 years as the director of college scouting. He started with the Patriots in 94 (not his father) and worked for Bill Parcells. This year he was a candidate for the Jets GM position. It is about time Miami is hiring someone within the organization. Also Parcells did not pass on Drew Brees* Nick Saban was Miami coach at that time.

  9. murraysons says: Jan 2, 2016 8:57 AM

    All of us in New England hear the name Grier and alternate between laughing and crying. Good luck fins

  10. edahlb says: Jan 2, 2016 8:58 AM

    Why bother with a puppet GM? Tabby is the de facto GM.

  11. drtharrison says: Jan 2, 2016 9:06 AM

    thepopefromtv says:

    Hickey’s management over 2 years boils down to this:

    Jarvis Landry and Juwuan James, clear starters, great players; Davante Parker and Jay Ajayi, look decent in their few opportunities, still largely unproven; Kenny Stills, Greg Jennings and Jordan Cameron, all busts, a waste of money and a 3rd round draft pick (for Stills); large contracts for Suh and Tannehill, form your own opinions on those; offensive line as bad as it ever has been this past decade; Jenkins is the only talented linebacker on the team.

    Let’s think about this. How many were before Tannebaum, and after?

    The clear starters were before Tannebaum. The rest, and I mean THE REST of this very good list, were things that happened while Tannebaum was here.

    I still shake my head in disbelief. Ross will never learn.

  12. doggeatdogg says: Jan 2, 2016 9:20 AM

    The east is a struggling division except for one team whose classless fans can’t seem to enjoy their good fortunes and be grateful. Your snarky comments on every team beckons bad karma. At least Dolphins fans know they have a full dumpster fire in effect and are laughing about it. If this was happening up north they would be committing suicide by now.

  13. fishyinalittledishy says: Jan 2, 2016 9:21 AM

    I don’t care what happens anymore during the offseason who comes in who doesn’t come in. It doesn’t matter what he’s done were he’s from what he hasn’t done. This might be end of season blues after another frustrating year talking but you can do all the scouting, sign whoever you want, hire whoever at the end of the day you don’t what you have until it’s all is tested in game situations on a consistent basis. I refuse to build my hopes up anymore during the offseason.

  14. igotgamenj says: Jan 2, 2016 9:34 AM

    murraysons says:

    All of us in New England hear the name Grier and alternate between laughing and crying. Good luck fins

    You do realize Grier called former Michigan coach Lloyd Carr about Tom Brady, who said he received ONE call from an NFL team that was from Grier. Grier played a role in helping the Patriots draft their greatest player

  15. matth3w420 says: Jan 2, 2016 9:36 AM

    Clean the stench from top to bottom. I don’t care if Grier has been here fifteen years, we have stunk for 15 years. Wipe everyone out, start all over including Tennenbum.

    If you always do what you’ve always done, you’ll always get what you’ve always got.

  16. jvw1982 says: Jan 2, 2016 9:48 AM

    All of us in New England hear the name Grier and alternate between laughing and crying. Good luck fins

    ****************************************

    Typical ungrateful patriot fan, you forget he was apart of the huge drafts you had in the mid 90’s that got you guys like Malloy, Law, Ted Johnson, McGinness, Bledsoe, Curtis Martin, Bruschi and he’s the one that wouldn’t let Parcells shop for the groceries when he picked Terry Glenn over some bum Parcells wanted….his problem was Kraft getting involved with personnel decisions, just think if that rift didn’t happen Belichick and Brady would be doing this for some other club….you should be kissing the ground Grier walks on ……..

  17. destructicus says: Jan 2, 2016 10:03 AM

    I could be the next GM for the Dolphins. There is exactly one answer to truly fixing this team:

    Overhaul the O-line next year with as much talent as you can draft/afford. If that doesn’t get this team to the playoffs at least we now have the O-line to protect the quarterback we’ll draft to replace the talented QB we squandered by making him the most sacked NFL player ever.

    Yes, there are holes in secondary, and at linebacker, and Wake needs a replacement. But if we can protect the quarterback we can score points and keep a potentially weak defense off the field.

    A sub-par rested defense is still better than a talented defense who is gassed.

    Ross… I’m waiting for your call.

  18. countmahdrof says: Jan 2, 2016 10:16 AM

    Since the left affirmed with Rachael Dolezal that race is merely a matter of internal perception, then couldn’t any candidate with white skin claim they are black, and thereby satisfy the racist Rooney Rule?

  19. phinsfanjoz says: Jan 2, 2016 10:25 AM

    Hickey seems the least culpable in the raging inferno that has become the Dolphins, so I’m actually a little disappointed to see him go if this happens. Maybe his record hasn’t been perfect, but Jeff Ireland was awful, so.

    Realistically, the only thing I think is going to fix the Miami Dolphins is Stephen Ross selling the team to an engaged, football oriented owner. Steve Ross is a NYC-based, real-estate guy who thought a ton of celebrities was going to make the football product somehow better or more relevant.

    These days, I struggle to think of a less competent owner of an NFL franchise than Steve Ross.

    Well, maybe Jed York for running Jim Harbaugh out of San Francisco and replacing him with Jim Tomsula…maybe.

    But Ross hasn’t got a clue. Truly has no idea. It has been painful to watch the clumsiness come out of his office. When he goes, that’s when the team might start performing again.

  20. vin904 says: Jan 2, 2016 10:27 AM

    Tannehill is not the answer! He can be a decent game manager, but that only does us good with a top 5 defense and a top 5 running game. We have neither. Tannehill will not win us games on his own. He is not worth his contract. He has no pocket awareness and can’t throw the long ball. He doesn’t know how to read defenses and make adjustments. Also we’ve just had terrible coaching in Miami. Not excited about this team and not looking forward to next year if you look at who our opponents are

  21. harrisonhits2 says: Jan 2, 2016 10:43 AM

    Promoting from within a train wreck organization isn’t likely to improve the situation.

    Sounds like another 2-3 years of dysfunction in Miami before the rinse, repeat cycle occurs again

  22. harrisonhits2 says: Jan 2, 2016 10:47 AM

    They could always hire Miko Grimes, she seems to know more of what’s going on with the Fins players than Dolphins management does

    lolz

  23. mattcro0172 says: Jan 2, 2016 10:58 AM

    Embarrassing some Pats fans have so little recollection of history. Grier overall did a nice job brining in decent talent. The problem during the Pete Carroll years was horrible offensive coaching and even worse wide receivers. Remember Glenn was hurt half the time.

  24. nightryder10 says: Jan 2, 2016 11:10 AM

    Until Ross sells, it’s likely not going to matter much.

    However as a longshot, they could hire a Shula (Mike) to break the curse of the Pork-Faced Satan and see if they can reclaim their soul.

  25. harrisonhits2 says: Jan 2, 2016 11:41 AM

    I believe it was actually Bobby Grier not Chris Grier who was the Pats personnel man people are referring to.

  26. bassplucker says: Jan 2, 2016 11:50 AM

    I would be very wary of elevating a scouting director – no matter how accomplushed – to GM. There is so much more involved. My Bears did that with Phil Emery… 3 yrs later he was out and his successor is a year into cleaning up the mess he made of their roster with at least a couple more yrs yet to go.

  27. ocalarob says: Jan 2, 2016 12:38 PM

    get gruden or sean payton, we need a coach who is run orientated

  28. bsizemore68 says: Jan 2, 2016 12:40 PM

    I think we should try to win on Sunday with our backups, we need to keep our draft board position, and even hope to move up. If we don’t move down that will be more important then a win for 2016, we got to give the new coach a high pick. Bill

  29. ocalarob says: Jan 2, 2016 12:41 PM

    get offensive line help abig fast back and run the damn ball

  30. ocalarob says: Jan 2, 2016 12:43 PM

    I was afraid of Tannehill when he admitted he didn’t know the afc from the nfc

  31. ocalarob says: Jan 2, 2016 12:47 PM

    bsizemore68…… I don’t think it matters who we play, the pats are 13-2 and need this win to secure home field thru-out, we will finish 5-11 no doubt

  32. xpensivewinos says: Jan 2, 2016 12:55 PM

    Ross continues to prove he’s one of the most pathetic and incompetent owners in NFL history.

    The love child of Woody Allen and Droopy Dog is going to continue to destroy the franchise.

    It’s difficult to fathom because he’s so wealthy and so successful in another area, but Ross is an absolute incompetent imbecile as an NFL owner.

    Tannenbaum is the latest to take advantage of it.

    What top-shelf quality coach is going to come to Miami with Tannenbaum and a first time GM selecting the players? Tannenbaum will find a coach he has a relationship with (since he was an agent), but that doesn’t mean he’s the best coach available to help fix the team.

    The Dolphins are absolutely doomed until Ross sells the team. Anyone who spends money to go to the games or supports the team in any way should have their head examined.

  33. Patskrieg says: Jan 2, 2016 12:58 PM

    Just whatever you do, keep Mike Tannenbaum at the controls and keep Stephen Ross signing the checks. With those two minds collaborating this team will keep up the unquestioned success it has had in the 21st century.

    Also props to Dolphins fans. I could’ve sworn you all said Hickey was the messiah when he was hired. Thanks for being honest (as you do often are) that you knew the guy that was just fired was the real problem all along and that the next guy will fix everything. Phins up!

  34. trollkiller55 says: Jan 2, 2016 3:34 PM

    nnagi says:
    Jan 2, 2016 8:18 AM
    So of you’re black, you can get promoted immediately, but if you’re white they make you jump through hoops, what a joke… teams should be allowed to hire whoever they want without being hindered by the stupid Rooney rule
    _____________________________________________

    to point out the blindingly obvious, Dan Campbell is white.

    But then facts matter little to people whose idea of getting dressed up for Saturday night means wearing white sheets

  35. chrisallen3285 says: Jan 2, 2016 4:47 PM

    What a joke this franchise is. Ever since Stephen Ross bought the team they’ve been a complete joke. Dennis Hickey is not the problem. The real problem is the owner who doesn’t have a damn clue.

  36. xpensivewinos says: Jan 2, 2016 5:12 PM

    What a joke this franchise is. Ever since Stephen Ross bought the team they’ve been a complete joke. Dennis Hickey is not the problem. The real problem is the owner who doesn’t have a damn clue.
    ———————————————————
    They were trending in the wrong direction for years under Huizinga, but they’ve driven straight off a cliff at breakneck speed under Ross.

    Marino made them fun to watch for a number of years, but the truth is, other than their dominant run from the very early ’70’s up thru their last Super Bowl win against the Vikings in early ’74, this organization has been largely irrelevant.

  37. YouCryin?PatsMustBeDoingTheirJob says: Jan 2, 2016 5:35 PM

    Miami Dolphins…….Perennial laughingstocks

  38. pftmaniac says: Jan 2, 2016 5:44 PM

    What do you expect from the second best “pro” team in Miami? “The U” has a higher payroll than the Dolphins.

  39. spfripp says: Jan 2, 2016 6:39 PM

    This team makes bad decisions every chance it gets. Ross, if you really want to make fans happy, sell the team. This team is in worse shape than the 2007 team. Not because of the talent of the team but because the people who are running things are so bad at it, there is no hope for the future. But it is okay, at least it gives me a little more time to spend with my family.

  40. bizzmoneyb says: Jan 2, 2016 7:24 PM

    Hickey did a decent job and I don’t think deserves to be fired, but unfortunately he will fall to Tannenbaums axe. im really nervous about him being in total control of this franchises future. he will probably just hire one of his buddies, Mangini or Mora Jr, and i DO NOT WANT EITHER.

  41. fanofpft says: Jan 2, 2016 9:28 PM

    Tannenbaum’s scape goat. Who’s next? Finally had someone who could hit on the draft. But with so many holes to fill. I find it unlikely any early picks this draft will be used for anything but trading down for more picks.

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