In their fitful, laborious search for a general manager, the Miami Dolphins finally found someone to say yes: Dennis Hickey.
The longtime Tampa Bay Buccaneers executive accepted the job Sunday, ending a search that lasted nearly three weeks.
Hickey’s hiring came after the Dolphins were rejected by several candidates. New England Patriots director of player personnel Nick Caserio and Tennessee Titans vice president of player personnel Lake Dawson turned down job offers only hours before Miami reached out to Hickey, while Cleveland Browns assistant general manager Ray Farmer withdrew from consideration Thursday.
Several others declined invitations to interview as a replacement for Jeff Ireland, whose six-year stint as general manager ended Jan. 7 when he and owner Stephen Ross agreed to part ways.
Hickey has been with the Buccaneers for 18 seasons, including the past three as director of player personnel. He was their director of college scouting for six years.
Super Bowl going green
The National Football League is hoping its first outdoor, cold-weather Super Bowl is also its greenest.
Since the mid-1990s, the league has been trying to gradually reduce the carbon footprint left behind by the Big Game. For next Sunday’s game at MetLife Stadium, it has undertaken a host of initiatives.
Thousands of trees have been planted to offset carbon emissions, and the league sponsored recycling events that collected several tons of used computers, cellphones and other gadgets.
On game day, about seven or eight tons of food waste will be composted at MetLife Stadium, and unused food will be donated to food pantries. Generators on-site and at New York’s Super Bowl Boulevard at Times Square will be powered by a biodiesel fuel mix processed from cooking oil waste.
Redskins hire RB coach
The Washington Redskins have hired Randy Jordan as running backs coach.
The 43-year-old Jordan spent the last two years as running backs coach at North Carolina. He also has coached running backs at Texas A&M.