Monday, January 13, 2014
News, notes on Dolphins' GM search
By James Walker
MIAMI -- The Miami Dolphins are deep into their search for their next general manager. Miami began interviews on Friday and had five prospective candidates interview so far.
A summary of the GM search:
- I’m hearing a lot of momentum behind the scenes favoring Cleveland Browns assistant general manager Ray Farmer in Miami. Farmer interviewed on Saturday, and he may be emerging as the early favorite among candidates who already interviewed. Carl Peterson, who is helping Dolphins owner Stephen Ross in this process, also worked with Farmer in the past, which carries additional weight.
- Farmer has been a good team player at every career stop. That is a valuable asset to Miami’s decision-makers, because getting along with Dolphins Vice President of Football Administration Dawn Aponte and coach Joe Philbin is an essential part of the evaluation. I’m hearing the Dolphins are not looking for a “czar” who wants all the power. Ideally, they’d like a good talent evaluator.
- I also was told before the interview process that Tom Gamble of the Philadelphia Eagles is a name to watch because he’s a favorite of Ross. The Dolphins just requested to interview Gamble but have yet to talk to him. That’s expected to happen soon.
- From everything I'm hearing, do not expect Omar Khan of the Pittsburgh Steelers to get the job, despite Khan interviewing Friday. Khan is well-respected around the league for his work with the salary cap. But Aponte manages the cap with the Dolphins and has done a good job. Khan’s biggest strength is not needed in Miami.
The Dolphins will continue interviews this week. There will be a new batch of candidates, and with that comes the possibility for change. But this is what I’m hearing about the Dolphins' GM search as of Monday.