Dec 1, 2013; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; Miami Dolphins head coach Joe Philbin during the game against the New York Jets at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Dolphins GM candidate wanted to fire Joe Philbin

On Sunday morning, the Miami Dolphins finally hired their new general manager. The team hired Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ director of player personnel Dennis Hickey to replace Jeff Ireland, likely because he would play by owner Stephen Ross’ rules.

One of the candidates for the Dolphins GM job was New England Patriots director of player personnel Nick Caserio, but he apparently wanted to “clean house” beginning with finding a replacement for head coach Joe Philbin right off of the bat. According to Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald, that idea didn’t sit well with Ross.

Ross is 100 percent behind Philbin — even if the Dolphins players may not be — so the fact that Hickey was willing to work with Philbin likely played in his favor.

It is a big turn off for general managers to not have full control of the football decisions, so Ross’ loyalty to the current head coach may have forced candidates to withdraw from consideration.

While loyalty can be admirable, the Dolphins players may have other thoughts.

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