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Issues With Power Structure Cited For Farmer Withdrawing From Dolphins' GM Hunt
Published January 24, 2014
WHAT'S TAKING SO LONG? ESPN's Adam Schefter said it is "hard to imagine that there could be a search that's gone on longer than the Browns' head coaching search, but we have that in Miami with the general manager search." It is "hard to imagine that a search for one general manager can take this long, but this seems to be something that sometimes happens" with the Dolphins ("SportsCenter," ESPN, 1/24). In Miami, Armando Salguero asked, "Is the Dolphins' reputation around the NFL so soiled that even people working for the Browns -- the Browns! -- don't want more money, more power, and a chance to run the Dolphins front office? Somebody wake me, because this is a nightmare" (MIAMIHERALD.com, 1/23).
XX's & O's: In Ft. Lauderdale, Omar Kelly reports at this week's Senior Bowl, the question surrounding the Dolphins "wasn't who will get the vacant general manager job," but rather it "centered" on Aponte. One exec asked Wednesday, "Is a woman really running the show down there?" That question has "been echoed by men employed by four NFL teams this week." Kelly asks, "But should we need that question answered?" If Aponte "were a man ... would her status in the power structure be an issue? Would her role in the interview process be anyone's business?" Ross has "already gone on record saying the new GM will report to him, and only him to end speculation that any candidate would directly report to Aponte," but that "hasn't [stopped] some people from thinking Aponte's role, status and influence are issues" (South Florida SUN-SENTINEL, 1/24).