The Miami Dolphins will begin the process of interviewing potential new GMs later today. While the team has said they will release a full list of candidates to replace Jeff Ireland once the interview schedule is set, some of the names are already starting to leak. Yesterday, the first name to come to the surface was the New York Giants' Marc Ross. Since then, six more names have been reported as well.
Later today, Omar Kahn, the Director of Football & Business Administration for the Pittsburgh Steelers, is expected to be in Miami. Kahn has been with the Steelers since 2001, starting as the team's Football Administration Coordinator before being promoted to his current position in 2011.
Also expected to be interviewed are the Tennessee Titans' Lake Dawson, Cleveland Browns' Ray Farmer, Jason Licht of the Arizona Cardinals, the Baltimore Ravens' Eric DeCosta, and the Dolphins' Brian Gaine. No specifics on when those particular interviews will take place has been reported.
Dawson had a four-year career as an NFL wide receiver, playing all of them for the Kansas City Chiefs after being their 1994 third round draft choice. He spent two years as a part of the Indianapolis Colts organization, trying to rebound from injuries, but ultimately was forced to retire. He then joined the Seattle Seahawks as a scout before moving to the Tennessee Titans in 2006. He was initially hired by the Titans as their Director of Pro Scouting and was promoted into the Vice President of Player Personnel position in 2012. According to the Tennessean, the Dolphins have received permission to speak with Dawson, who was a candidate for the St. Louis Rams' General Manager position last year. He's also been granted permission to speak with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers this year.
Farmer has also been granted permission to speak with the Dolphins, in this case by the Browns, according to Cleveland.com. Farmer joined the Browns in 2013 as their Assistant General Manager after seven years with the Kansas City Chiefs as the Director of Player Personnel. He previously served as a scout for the Atlanta Falcons (2002-2006) after four years as a recruiter and Academic Coordinator for Duke. He played linebacker for the Philadelphia Eagles from 1996-1998.
The Cardinals' Licht is currently the Vice President of Player Peronnel, a title he earned in 2013 being hired in 2012 as the Director of Player Personnel. Prior to this stint with Arizona, Lict spent the 2009 to 2012 seasons with the New England Patriots as their Director of Player Personnel. In 2008, Licht was a pro player executive with the Cardinals. From 2003 to 2007, Licht worked with the Philadelphia Eagles, starting as the Assistant Director of Player Personnel and being promoted in 2006 to Vice President of Player Personnel. His first stint with the Patriots was from 1999 as a college scout to 2002 when he was the Assistant Director of Player Personnel. He spent 1998 with the Carolina Panthers scouting staff and worked for National Football Scouting in 1997. He started his NFL career with the Dolphins from 1995 to 1996 where he was a college and pro scouting assistant and an offensive assistant/quality control coach.
The most recent addition to the potential cadidates list, from a report by Adam Beasley of the Miami Herald, is Ravens Assisatnt GM DeCosta, who has been named the team's replacement for Ozzie Newsome, whenever Newsome retires. DeCosta has spent his entire career in the Ravens organization, starting in 1996 as an entry level assistant. He has worked as an area scout, Director of College Scouting, Director of Player Personnel, and, now, Assistant Generla Manager, a position he assumed in 2012.
The Dolphins are also set to interview their own Assistant General Manager Gaine, who has been with the team for the past six years. He was promoted to Assistant General Manager for the Dolphins in 2012 after being the Director of Pro Scouting. He was the Dallas Cowboys' Assistant Director of Pro Scouting from 2005-2007, and was in the New York Jets front office from 1999 to 2004. Gaine played tight end at the University of Maine and spent the 1996 season on the Jets' practice squad, the 1997 season with the New York Giants' practice squad, and the 1998 offseason with the Kansas City Chiefs.
The team has not had free-reign however on who to interview. Fox Sports' Jay Glazer has reported that the New Orleans Saints have denied the Dolphins permission to speak with Director of Player Personnel Ryan Pace.[UPDATE:]
Ravens asst GM Eric DeCosta has no interest in the Miami job. He's the GM-in-waiting at one of the best franchises in football.— Peter King (@SI_PeterKing) January 10, 2014
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