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Dolphins' GM search is now on

The Sports Brothers | 1/16/2014, 9 a.m.

Before the search for the new Miami Dolphins general manager got underway, owner Stephen Ross felt it was necessary to clear up the confusion on what exactly the new GM's role would be within the franchise. There were reports that the GM would essentially be powerless, leading to execs around the league to steer people away from the job whom were otherwise interested. Yes you read right. People in power in the NFL would steer their friends and colleagues away from even interviewing for the job here in South Florida. Why? Because they felt the position was a figurehead. In addition to that, they felt the Miami Dolphins front office was a group of unstable, backstabbing opportunists who were divided into cliques and factions.  To add, the Fritz Pollard Alliance Association, which monitors the hiring of minorities in football, was rumored not to be satisfied with the clarity of the position and recommended that minority candidates not interview with the Miami Dolphins. Subsequently, the Miami Dolphins and Ross released a statement to clarify what the position would entail.

"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 at which we will look closely during the process. This individual also must be a person with integrity who is open-minded and creative."

After that clarification, the Pollard Alliance Association gave its blessing for candidates to move forward and move forward they have. As of Sunday afternoon, the Miami Dolphins have interviewed three African American candidates and one of Honduran and Indian descent. These candidates are either a sign that Ross and the Miami Dolphins are serious about diversifying their administration, or a great example of how to use the Rooney Rule.(which mandates that National Football League teams interview minority candidates for head coaching and senior football operation jobs).

The search is on, and more than likely a new person of personnel power will be on hand later this week.

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