Dolphins: Hickey, Philbin report directly to owner Ross

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The Miami Dolphins made it official, announcing former Tampa Bay Buccaneers executive Dennis Hickey as their new general manager.

They said he will report directly to owner Stephen Ross. Dolphins coach Joe Philbin will also report directly to Ross.

“I am excited that Dennis Hickey is our new General Manager,” Ross said in a statement. “When we started the search, I outlined qualities that I was looking for in this position. These included a collaborative team-first person who can work with Joe, demonstrated player evaluation expertise, and someone who is open-minded and creative. Dennis fit all of these criteria and I'm looking forward to having him get started.”

Hickey accepted the job after New England Patriots executive Nick Caserio and Tennessee Titans executive turned down the job.

Added Hickey: “Miami is a great franchise with a historic tradition and passionate fans. The opportunity to work with Stephen Ross, Joe Philbin and the entire Dolphins organization to build a team that wins on a consistent basis is exciting. The Dolphins certainly have talented players and I am eager to hit the ground running with our personnel and coaching staffs. We will all work together to construct a team that will make our organization and fans proud. I would like want to thank the Buccaneers organization and Glazer family for the past 18 years. I have been fortunate to have had the opportunity to work with and learn from a number of quality coaches, personnel staffs and General Managers during my time in Tampa Bay and I am thankful for the opportunities and experiences that they provided for me and my family.”

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