The Miami Dolphins did not look far to find the man they wanted to replace former general manager Dennis Hickey. The team announced today they had officially promoted Director of College Scouting Chris Grier to the General Manager position. Hickey and the Dolphins agreed to part ways last week after Hickey sat down with Executive Vice President Mike Tannenbaum and the two discussed Hickey's future role with the franchise.
According to the team, Grier will oversee the draft and personnel departments, reporting directly to Tannenbaum.
"I want to thank Stephen Ross and Mike Tannenbaum for this tremendous opportunity," said Grier via a team press release. "I love this organization and feel I am the right man for this job. South Florida is very important to me and my family and I look forward to working with our personnel and coaching staff to add talent to the roster."
"I am really proud that Chris will lead our player personnel at both the college and pro level," added Tannenbaum. "Chris is a passionate personnel executive that is highly respected throughout the NFL. His experience within the organization, background and approach to building a team made him the unquestioned choice to be our next General Manager."
Grier has been with the Dolphins for 16 seasons, the last nine as the team's Director of College Scouting. He was previously an area scout from 2000-02 and was promoted to the National Scout/Assistant Director of College Scouting in 2003. Prior to joining the Dolphins, he spent five years in the personnel department of the New England Patriots, starting as an intern in 1994. He then served as a regional scout starting in 1995, where he remained until his move to the Dolphins
Grier is the son of Bobby Grier, the former Vice President-Player Personnel with the New England Patriots who currently is the Associate Director of Pro Scouting with the Houston Texans. Chris' brother, Michael, played for the Edmonton Oilers, Washington Capitals, San Jose Sharks and Buffalo Sabres of the National Hockey League. He is currently a personnel scout with the Chicago Blackhawks.