Senior Bowl practices will begin Monday afternoon in Mobile, Alabama. However, the Miami Dolphins have yet to hire a general manager to lead their personnel department.
Should this be a concern for Miami?
The Senior Bowl is an important part of the evaluation process for NFL general managers and scouts. It’s the only time teams get to watch top draft prospects practice on a daily basis, which is a simulation of the grind college players will face at the next level. It’s also a chance to personnel types to watch top college players face off against one another in a game and practice situation.
There is a good chance Miami’s next general manager is currently in Mobile working for another organization. But the Dolphins would have been smarter to make their decision before the Senior Bowl so the new GM and coaching staff could all be on the same page. There certainly will be a longer transition period in Miami.
The latest I’m hearing is Cleveland Browns assistant general manager Ray Farmer and former Denver Broncos general manager are two of the favorites at this stage. But it remains to be seen if Miami will interview more candidates in the coming days and weeks.
Miami parted ways with former general manager Jeff Ireland after six seasons in charge. The Dolphins completed five consecutive non-winning seasons under Ireland in 2013.