The next big thing: Dolphins

Senior Bowl Week is in full force, and the Miami Dolphins have yet to hire a general manager to replace Jeff Ireland. That is the next big thing on Miami’s agenda as the team heads into a crucial 2014 offseason.

This upcoming year is important for many members of the Dolphins’ organization. Head coach Joe Philbin is on the hot seat after going 15-17 in two seasons. Quarterback Ryan Tannehill also is entering an important third year to determine if he’s the long-term solution. The Dolphins’ decision on their next general manager is an important piece that could help bring the team together and get everyone on the same page.

The Dolphins have interviewed seven candidates so far for their opening. I am hearing Ray Farmer of the Cleveland Browns and former Denver Broncos general manager Brain Xanders are the early favorites. But Miami may continue to bring in additional candidates over the next several days who could change its thinking.

Either way, time is running short for Miami. Following the Senior Bowl, the NFL combine is up next. The Dolphins would be in total dysfunction not to have a GM in place by that time.