Here are five things to know about Grier:
1. Grier comes from a scouting family: Scouting is in Chris Grier's blood. His father, Bobby, is the director of pro scouting with the Houston Texans. Bobby also worked with coach Bill Belichick and the New England Patriots during their first Super Bowl run. Also Chris Grier’s brother, Michael, is a hockey scout with the Chicago Blackhawks. He is a former player for the Edmonton Oilers, Washington Capitals, Buffalo Sabres and San Jose Sharks. Both Bobby and Michael got championship rings in New England and Chicago, respectively, leaving Chris Grier as the only one among the trio without a title. “[Michael] got a ring last year when they won, so I was pissed,” he said. “I'm hoping to get one down here soon."
2. He got his start in New England: Grier joined the Patriots as an intern in 1994. He moved up as a regional scout and served in that position for five seasons. Grier joined the Dolphins in 2000 and served in various roles for the past 16 years. He was most recently the team’s director of college scouting and spent his entire career in the AFC East.
3. Grier reports directly to Tannenbaum: The Dolphins are working on simplifying their structure, and this was one of the sticking points that led to Hickey’s departure. The old structure from two years ago had both Hickey and former head coach Joe Philbin report directly to owner Stephen Ross. When Tannenbaum arrived in 2015, there were three people reporting directly to Ross, which is confusing. Grier will work under Tannenbaum, and the same will likely be the case for Miami’s next head coach. According to Tannenbaum, the team hasn’t decided if one person will have complete and final say over the 53-man roster.
4. Focus will be on communication: “Dysfunction” is often a word used to describe the Dolphins over the past several years. Even Grier admits as much. Internal squabbles among coaches and executives have often gone public, and Grier aims to put an end to it. He said communicating is the key. “The talk of dysfunction within this organization is over,” Grier said confidently. “We’ll be thorough in our search and create an environment where everyone is on the same page with the same beliefs talking the same language and creating a model of consistent winning for the Miami Dolphins. We will earn your trust back, both on and off the field.”
5. He 'likes' Miami’s QB: One of the major questions facing the Dolphins this offseason is how to approach the future of starting quarterback Ryan Tannehill. He signed a $96 million contract last year and will be in Miami for at least the next season or two. Tannenbaum, Grier and the next head coach must decide if they will be all-in with Tannehill or add competition to the mix for next season. “I like Ryan. He's our guy,” Grier said. “I think yesterday was a great indication of some of the things that we can do. We can win with Ryan. I'm a firm believer in when you build a roster, you build competition. For me, I want competition, not just for Ryan, but for [Ndamukong] Suh, everybody on our roster.”