Dolphins, GM Hickey make statement

The Miami Dolphins finally announced the hiring of new general manager Dennis Hickey this evening. Word got out on the hire earlier this morning after two candidates -- Nick Caserio of New England and Lake Dawson of Tennessee -- turned down the job in the past 24 hours.

Both Hickey and Dolphins owner Stephen Ross made a statement on the hire.

“I am excited that Dennis Hickey is our new General Manager,” Ross said. “When we started the search, I outlined qualities that I was looking for in this position. These included a collaborative team-first person who can work with [coach] Joe [Philbin], demonstrated player evaluation expertise, and someone who is open-minded and creative. Dennis fit all of these criteria and I'm looking forward to having him get started.”

Added Hickey: “Miami is a great franchise with a historic tradition and passionate fans. The opportunity to work with Stephen Ross, Joe Philbin and the entire Dolphins organization to build a team that wins on a consistent basis is exciting.”

The Dolphins made a point to mention in the release that both Hickey and Philbin will report directly to Ross, with none above the other. Miami’s questionable structure has been a hot topic in NFL circles since the firing of former GM Jeff Ireland.