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New Dolphins GM Chris Grier vows ‘talk of dysfunction’ within organization is over

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The Miami Dolphins formally announce the hiring of new general manager Chris Grier at their training facility in Davie, Florida. Video by Charles Trainor Jr. / Miami Herald Staff.
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The Miami Dolphins formally announce the hiring of new general manager Chris Grier at their training facility in Davie, Florida. Video by Charles Trainor Jr. / Miami Herald Staff.

The Dolphins will have the eighth pick in April’s NFL Draft — the same spot they used to select Ryan Tannehill four years ago — and they will have a new top personnel man to advise vice president/football operations Mike Tannenbaum.

Chris Grier — a 16-year Dolphins employee — was introduced as the team’s new general manager Monday and didn’t sugarcoat.

“The past decade has been unacceptable for this organization,” he said. “We will earn your trust back, both on and off the field. … The talk of dysfunction within the organization is over.”

He declined to elaborate on his dysfunction comment because “I don’t want to talk ill of people at this time.”

Grier, the Dolphins’ director of college scouting for the past nine years, said the defense (which finished 25th in the league) can be fixed in one offseason.

He also said quarterback Tannehill “is our guy. We can win with Ryan. We’ve moving on with him.” But he also said “I want competition, not just for Ryan, but … everybody.”

Grier, who will be involved in the coaching search, will report to Tannenbaum, who said it hasn’t been determined who will have control of the 53-man roster.

The Dolphins believed there was a good chance Grier would have landed a GM job with another team if Miami hadn’t promoted him. He said he interviewed with the Jets and another undisclosed team for their GM jobs last offseason.

Grier started his NFL career with the Patriots as an intern in 1994, then worked as a regional scout for them until joining the Dolphins in 2000.

Grier — who thanked Bill Parcells, Nick Saban, Bill Belichick and Pete Carroll as people who have helped “shape” him — is the son of Bobby Grier, a longtime NFL personnel man who is now the Texans’ associate director of pro scouting.


▪ Before embarking on this coaching search, Tannenbaum said he received input from Parcells, who spoke to owner Stephen Ross before Dan Campbell was promoted to interim coach.

▪ Tannenbaum, assessing the 6-10 season: “We were too inconsistent. Being 1-5 in the division is completely unacceptable. We have to figure out a way to win in the AFC East. But with that said, there are a lot of good young players. We have as many players under 24 as any other team in the league and that’s why I really believe that our future is bright.

“We looked fast and tough [Sunday against New England] and there were other games we didn’t have it, for whatever reason. Why is that? Is it how we train? Is it the heat? We’re going to look at everything.

“Our first-quarter scoring differential — how would you explain? It’s hard to play balanced football when you’re being outscored by [49] points in the first quarter. It’s hard. It puts pressure on your offensive tackles. It puts pressure on your defensive secondary.”

▪ The Dolphins asked permission to speak to three AFC East assistants (Patriots coordinators Josh McDaniels and Matt Patricia and Bills assistant head coach Anthony Lynn) and Tannenbaum said all coaches interviewed will be asked “theirs assessments on everything. We’re going to come out of this — and I have in the past — better for it. We’re going to learn a ton.

“We’re going to hear things we don’t want to hear. But that’s really, frankly, the only way we’re going to get better. That includes their assessment of our quarterback. And, you know, how do we win our division? What do you see as our perceived strengths? What are our weaknesses?”

▪ Among players who could be in play with Miami’s eighth overall pick: UF cornerback Vernon Hargreaves, defensive ends Shaq Lawson (Clemson), DeForest Buckner (Oregon) and Robert Nkemdiche (Mississippi) and UCLA linebacker Myles Jack.

The Dolphins signed receiver/cornerback Tyler Davis, the German Football League’s MVP last season.