Tuesday, February 11, 2014
Ray Farmer talks Dolphins GM job
By James Walker
The Cleveland Browns and Miami Dolphins have a lot in common this offseason. Both teams are making changes to their internal structure and have a perception of being dysfunctional franchises.
In a surprise move, Cleveland overhauled its front office by firing general manager Mike Lombardi and phasing out CEO Joe Banner. Browns assistant general manager Ray Farmer was promoted Tuesday to general manager.
Farmer's name should be very familiar to Dolphins fans. Last month he was a favorite to get Miami's GM job. Farmer impressed Dolphins owner Stephen Ross and quickly moved to the top of the list.
However, Farmer suddenly took his name out of consideration when he was selected as a finalist. The job eventually went to Dennis Hickey, who wasn’t Miami’s top choice.
On Tuesday, Farmer briefly addressed why he backed out of the running in Miami.
“That job was not right for Ray Farmer,” he told the Cleveland media.
It is an interesting statement. Multiple GM candidates felt the same way in terms of Miami’s structure. Nick Caserio of the New England Patriots and Lake Dawson of the Tennessee Titans turned down offers from the Dolphins, mostly because they had no say on the future of head coach Joe Philbin. Both the head coach and general manager are on equal footing in Miami and will report directly to the owner.
What's interesting is Cleveland owner Jimmy Haslam said Tuesday that Farmer and head coach Mike Pettine will report directly to Haslam, similar to Miami's structure. Were there other factors involved that scared Farmer away from Miami?
Farmer said he was not promised Cleveland’s GM opening when he took his name out the running in Miami. But Farmer made it clear Tuesday that he’s much more confident in the Browns’ organization than the Dolphins.
Time will tell if Farmer's inclination is correct, because both teams have issues to work through.