The Dolphins must have liked what they heard from Patriots director of player personnel Nick Caserio during his two interviews with the club for their general manager opening, because multiple reports Saturday night said Caserio was offered the job.
But not long after that news surfaced, follow-up reports said Caserio was staying put in New England.
Miami moved quickly with Caserio, the eighth person interviewed for the opening. He first met with the team Friday, then was one of three men to get a second interview Saturday, according to the Dolphins.
Caserio, Titans vice president of football operations Lake Dawson, and Buccaneers director of player personnel Dennis Hickey met with team owner Stephen Ross Saturday, while the team’s current assistant GM, Brian Gaine, had his second interview Friday night.
A member of the Patriots organization since 2001, Caserio has held his current position since 2008, though it remains to be seen whether he will get a new job title.
Scott Pioli was the Patriots’ vice president of player personnel when he left for Kansas City in 2009. Bill Belichick is the de facto GM, and has final say over personnel matters.
Caserio’s interviews with the Dolphins mark the first known time he has talked with a team. Though he’s garnered interest in the past, he has turned down the chance to even interview.
Miami is having a difficult time filling its GM opening, which has been vacant since the team and Jeff Ireland “mutually decided” to part ways Jan. 7. The Dolphins have been transparent about the search, announcing the men being interviewed on the team’s website.
But the organization is becoming a bit of a laughingstock, as four candidates declined to interview, one that was considered a front-runner, Cleveland’s Ray Farmer, turned down a second interview.
Part of the problem, apparently, is the structure of the organization. According to the Miami Herald, it is unclear to whom the eventual GM will report and who will report to the GM.