While the center of speculation right now is focused on Joe Philbin, not many have been mentioning anything regarding the job status of general manager Dennis Hickey.
That's probably because no one really knows for sure. Hickey is stuck in a delicate situation. He hasn't done terrible in his first year on the job, delivering players such as Ja'Wuan James and Jarvis Landry in his first draft. Billy Turner, Walt Aikens, Terrence Fede and Jordan Tripp were some of this other picks that have shown promise in limited action this season.
In terms of free agency, Hickey brought in numerous veterans with risky injury history and as we all know, that has backfired on him since basically all of them are or have been injured at some point this season. That, of course, has directly impacted the play on the field.
With that said, David Hyde of the Sun-Sentinel is reporting that Stephen Ross will likely target Tom Gamble, who is currently the Vice President of Personnel for the Philadelphia Eagles. Previously, Gamble had worked in San Francisco with Harbaugh and was also on the staff of the New York Jets when Mike Tannebaum, advisor for Ross, was the general manager. Hyde reports that Gamble and Harbaugh have a lot of respect for each other and would be a package deal.
Ross reached out to Gamble last season to interview him and he had agreed to the interview before pulling out due to family concerns and the failing of health of his father. Now, with those issues settled, we could see Ross make another run at him.
If Ross isn't able to land Harbaugh or someone who would want a lot of power such as Bill Cowher or Jon Gruden, it's likely that he will keep Hickey to lead the next coaching search and give him another few years to prove that he's the right man for the job,
This story was written by Matthew Cannata. Follow him on Twitter: @PhinManiacs
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