The Miami Dolphins GM search seemed to be down to two names once Cleveland Browns well-respected exec Ray Farmer declined the Dolphins interest yesterday, and only Tennessee Titans exec Lake Dawson and internal candidate Brian Gaine, who is currently the team’s assistant GM, received callback interviews (so master-drafted Brian Xander of the Detroit Lions has also been crossed off of the Dolphins list). It’s been extremely difficult to get a read on the Dolphins GM search, but it seemed like Stephen Ross was closing in on Dawson with Gaine as a Plan B.
Now, though, it is even more difficult to get a read on the Dolphins coaching search, as ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports that New England Patriots director of pro personnel Nick Caserio is interviewing with the Dolphins today. It’s a sudden and surprising move, since Caserio has never shown interest in other teams before. He’s viewed as a front office member who is extremely loyal to the Patriots and Bill Belichick, thus it would be quite a shock to see him lead the front office of a rival organization.
Ultimately, I think Caserio is just interviewing with the Dolphins in an effort to take a look at the job, but this is definitely a situation to monitor closely. While Dawson looks like the most likely “top” exec for the Dolphins job, hiring Caserio would be a massive coup. Dawson is very good, but getting Caserio would hurt the Patriots and give the Dolphins one of the league’s youngest and brightest minds. Seriously, Caserio is one of the best. I doubt he leaves, but this is worth watching.