Had Nick Caserio accepted the general manager's job in Miami, he was prepared to work with Dolphins head coach Joe Philbin, according to a source.
Reports out of Miami said on Sunday that one of the reasons Caserio didn't accept the job was that he wanted to replace Philbin with someone else. But Dolphins owner Stephen Ross is a Philbin supporter, and Ross hired Dennis Hickey as GM in part because Hickey was willing to work with Philbin.
That's not exactly how it went down, the source said. Now the Dolphins have what appears to be a bit of an awkward situation on their hands.
Source tells me Nick Caserio was clear w/Dolphins about being willing and prepared to work with Joe Philbin. Dolphins said NC would fire JP.— Tom E. Curran (@tomecurran) January 26, 2014
Think about it. If that was Caserio's plan and Miami still offered job - which they did - how's that sit with Philbin?— Tom E. Curran (@tomecurran) January 26, 2014
If I'm Philbin, I ask Ross why they offered job to a guy who would have fired him. Miami's got a GM and still is rolling over curbs.— Tom E. Curran (@tomecurran) January 26, 2014
Regardless, Caserio had no demand that Philbin be dismissed. Would have worked with him according to source then made chg if necessary.— Tom E. Curran (@tomecurran) January 26, 2014
It appears as though the entire process of hiring of a new general manager in Miami, and the muddled power structure set up in the Dolphins organization, isn't sitting well with the team's players. The Miami Herald reported on Sunday that "several Dolphins players have already privately expressed that they want out of this situation. Real consequences coming."