Monday, December 18, 2017
Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Dolphins part with general manager Hickey

MIAMI — The Dolphins didn't wait for the end of the season to begin their latest organizational shake-up.

The departure of general manager Dennis Hickey after two years in Miami was announced Saturday on the eve of the season finale against New England. The move is part of an anticipated restructuring that will include a coaching search.

The Dolphins went 8-8 last year and are 5-10 this season, in part because of unproductive draft choices and other unsuccessful personnel moves during Hickey's tenure.

In statements released by the team, Hickey and executive vice president of football operations Mike Tannenbaum both said the decision for the GM to leave was mutual.

Tannenbaum has been with Miami for only one year and will be retained, but the Dolphins are likely to hire their ninth head coach since 2004.

Interim coach Dan Campbell will be interviewed but isn't expected to return in 2016. Director of college scouting Chris Grier, with the Dolphins for 16 seasons, is the leading candidate to succeed Hickey. Tannenbaum is likely to take on a more active role in personnel decisions. Miami hasn't had a winning season since 2008.

Eagles interview Staley for coaching vacancy

The Eagles interviewed running backs coach Duce Staley for their vacant coaching position created when Chip Kelly was fired Tuesday.

Staley interviewed Friday. He played seven seasons for the Eagles (1997-2003) and rushed for 1,000 yards three times. Staley, 40, was born in Tampa but moved to South Carolina where he starred in high school and in college for the Gamecocks.

Staley was an assistant on Andy Reid's staff for two seasons and under Kelly the past three. He was a fan favorite in Philadelphia and finished his career playing parts of three seasons with the Steelers.

Kelly was let go with one game left after going 6-9 following two 10-6 seasons.

RACE TO NO. 1 PICK: The Titans and Browns, both 3-12, have the inside track to the No. 1 overall pick in April's draft. Cleveland beat Tennessee 28-14 in Week 2, but head-to-head isn't the tiebreaker to determine draft order. Instead, opponents' strength of schedule is used, with the edge to the team playing weaker competition. Playing in the AFC South where only Houston has as many as eight wins gives the Titans the tiebreaker over the Browns if both lose Sunday and finish 4-12. If both win, then San Diego, Dallas and San Francisco — all 4-11 going into today's games — come into play.

PACKERS: Defensive tackle B.J. Raji was upgraded to probable for today's game against the Vikings. He missed last week's game with a concussion.

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