DAVIE, Fla. – The Miami Dolphins have named Chris Grier their new general manager.
He replaces Dennis Hickey, who was fired Saturday night.
"I want to thank (owner) Stephen Ross and Mike Tannenbaum for this tremendous opportunity," Grier said. "I love this organization and feel I am the right man for this job."
Grier finished his 16th season with the Dolphins and ninth as the team's director of college scouting. He joined the team after spending the previous five years with the New England Patriots.
"South Florida is very important to me and my family," Grier told reporters at a Monday news conference. "My beautiful wife, Paige, and our two sons love it here. They are in the community. We love interacting with fans. To me, this is home. I want to be a part of winning a championship with the Miami Dolphins."
Grier is the son of Bobby Grier, the former vice president of player personnel in New England. His father is currently the associate director of pro scouting for the Houston Texans.
"The talk of dysfunction in this organization is over," Grier said. "We will be thorough in our search and create an environment where everyone is on the same page, with the same beliefs, talking the same language and creating a model of consistent winning for the Miami Dolphins. We will earn your trust back both on and off the field."
Grier said he will be involved in the hiring of a new coach along with Tannenbaum and Ross.
"It is a collaborative effort," he said.
Grier said he has faith in the play of quarterback Ryan Tannehill and believes the team can be successful with him behind center.
"I like Ryan. He's our guy," Grier said. "I think (Sunday's win against New England) is a great indication of some of the things that we can do. ... We can win with Ryan. We can do a lot of things to help him get better."
Grier said his goal is to "leave no stone unturned and keep working" to improve the roster and get the Dolphins back to the Super Bowl.