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By The Associated Press
Sunday, Jan. 26, 2014, 7:15 p.m.
 

MIAMI — In their fitful, laborious search for a general manager, the Dolphins finally found someone to say yes: Dennis Hickey.

The longtime Buccaneers executive accepted the job Sunday, ending a search that lasted almost three weeks.

Hickey's hiring came after the Dolphins were rejected by several candidates. Patriots director of player personnel Nick Caserio and Titans vice president of player personnel Lake Dawson turned down job offers only hours before Miami reached out to Hickey, while 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.

Hickey's task will be to upgrade the roster after Miami collapsed late in the season to blow a playoff berth and finish 8-8. The Dolphins haven't been above .500 since 2008, the longest such stretch in franchise history.

The tumultuous 2013 season included a locker-room bullying scandal that drew national scrutiny; a report on the NFL investigation into the case will be released after the Super Bowl.

Gloves for Manning?

Chances are Peyton Manning will be like most of the fans in the stands at MetLife Stadium and will wear gloves at the Super Bowl.

Manning never wore a glove in Indianapolis but in his two years in Denver he has worn one on either his throwing hand or on both hands 13 times. He has a passer rating of 111.9 in those games.

Barehanded, his QB rating is 108.7.

It's not just a cold-weather option, as many people think, either.

He has worn the glove the past four games, when the temperatures at kickoff have been 58 at Houston, 70 at Oakland, 41 at home against San Diego, and 63 last Sunday in Denver against New England.

“I've experimented with them throughout my career, even when I was in Indy,” Manning said earlier this season. “I never just quite found a pair that I liked, so I finally found a pair that I liked.”

Redskins hire Jordan

The Redskins hired Randy Jordan as running backs coach.

Jordan, 43, spent the past two years as running backs coach at North Carolina. He also has coached running backs at Texas A&M and Nebraska. His only NFL coaching experience came as a special teams assistant with the Oakland Raiders in 2003.

Fox says Prater OK

Broncos coach John Fox said placekicker Matt Prater will be fine for the Super Bowl.

Prater missed practice all week with the flu, and the Broncos kept him away from the rest of the team so he didn't get everyone else sick. He was on the team plane that landed in New Jersey on Sunday, and Fox said Prater was feeling better.

Avoiding blackouts

The NFL can't be 100 percent certain there won't be a repeat Sunday of the blackout that disrupted last year's Super Bowl in New Orleans. But such a 34-minute interruption, or anything like it, could be totally avoided in the future with LED lighting.

In fact, a company named Ephesus Lighting has designed the first such lighting for outdoor stadiums — the lights already are used in a dozen indoor arenas in North America.

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