The Miami Dolphins Issue Statement On GM Position

This evening Stephen Ross issued a statement as the team starts to search for their new general manager and as follows,

“We will begin interviewing candidates for the General Manager position tomorrow. It will be a thorough process with the goal of bringing the best person to help us build a team that will be a consistent winner. Carl Peterson will serve as an advisor to me on this search. Carl and I have had a business relationship for almost 30 years dating back to the USFL and I have tremendous respect for his experience and judgment on team building and football operations. He will advise me on the search but he will not have a role with the Dolphins after the process is over.

The new General Manager will have autonomous responsibility for the 53 man roster and selecting players during the draft and will report to me. First and foremost, this person must have a passion for the game and demonstrated player evaluation expertise. They will need to be a person who is a collaborative team player that puts the organization first. Regardless of reporting structure, the relationship between the General Manager and Coach Philbin must be one of trust, respect, and collaboration, and this will be an area we will look closely at during the process. This individual also must be a person with integrity who is open-minded and creative. 

Our media relations department will update you on the list of candidates when interviews are finalized. Once the process is complete, I will make the final decision on who to hire.

Coach Philbin and his staff are continuing their offseason activities while conducting interviews for the offensive coordinator position. We are also working on our draft preparation, including our upcoming trip to the Senior Bowl as well as all of the other aspects of player evaluation and procurement. At the end of this process, we will be a stronger organization with people working together to build a Championship team.”

This clears up alot of confusion that there might have been regarding the position. First, the position entails that they will have complete control over the 53 man roster and will not have to report to anyone but Ross. There has been speculation that the future general manager would have to report to some sort of football czar or even Dawn Aponte who is in charge as of now.

Second, Stephen Ross will not give the general manager the authority to hire and fire the coaching staff. That is Joe Philbins responsibility, this could be troublesome because many believe the general manager should have complete authority and this has been a problem when Jeff Ireland was the general manager. Hopefully Ross learned from his mistakes.

The canidates that the Dolphins have asked to interview according to Jason LaCanfora of CBS Sports is the Pittsburgh Steelers director of adminstration Omar Khan (PIT), Brian Gaine who would be promoted to general manager from within, the Atlanta Falcons director of player personnel Lionel Vital,  Marc Ross who is the vice president of player evaluation of the New York Giants,  Ray Farmer, who is the assistant general manager of the Cleveland Browns , vice president of player personnel of the Tennessee Titans Lake Dawson , and the Arizona Cardinals vice president of player personnel Jason Licht.