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SBD/January 13, 2014/Franchises
Dolphins Interview Young, Minority GM Candidates As Ross Seeks "Up-And-Comers"
Published January 13, 2014
OCCUPATIONAL HAZARDS? CBSSPORTS.com's Jason La Canfora reported there has "been chatter among candidates from more established front offices about the exact nature" of the Dolphins GM position, the "nuances of the search itself, and whether or not this is a situation worth further exploring." Sources said that "questions remain" among candidates "about the direction of the franchise." Stephen Ross, Dolphins President & CEO Tom Garfinkel, Vice Chair Matt Higgins, Exec VP/Football Administration Dawn Aponte, and Peterson "are conducting the interviews with general manager candidates" and that Ross, Peterson and Aponte are "leading the questioning" (CBSSPORTS.com, 1/12). In Boston, Ben Volin wrote, "While Ireland's record certainly wasn't anything to write home about, we can't help but think that Ross ... is once again making a big mistake when it comes to building his football organization." The strongest NFL teams "have a front office and coaching staff working in lockstep." But parting ways with Ireland "marks the second time in his brief ownership that Ross has separated the head coach from the GM." Volin: "The Dolphins are going to try to hit a home run with the hire. ... But will any promising young candidate with options want to choose Miami?" Ross has "set up an environment for the circus-like atmosphere to continue" (BOSTON GLOBE, 1/12).