Scout­ing, per­son­nel guru Allen named Dol­phins’ as­sis­tant GM

Sun Sentinel Palm Beach Edition - - NFL PLAYOFFS - By Omar Kelly South Flor­ida Sun Sen­tinel On Twit­ter @omarkelly

The Mi­ami Dol­phins have hired Marvin Allen as the team’s as­sis­tant gen­eral man­ager, putting him in a po­si­tion where he’ll be sec­ond in com­mand of the scout­ing and per­son­nel depart­ment, ac­cord­ing to a league source.

Allen, a for­mer Tu­lane tail­back who played five sea­sons with the New Eng­land Pa­tri­ots, rush­ing for 378 yards and two touch­downs on 94 car­ries, was hand-picked by gen­eral man­ager Chris Grier, who was named the top foot­ball ex­ec­u­tive by owner Steve Ross on Dec. 31.

ESPN was the first to re­port Allen’s hir­ing.

Be­fore join­ing the Dol­phins, Allen spent one year as a na­tional scout for the Buf­falo Bills. Be­fore that, he spent four years as the di­rec­tor of col­lege scout­ing for the Kansas City Chiefs.

The 25-year vet­eran of the NFL scout­ing com­mu­nity has also served as a na­tional scout for the At­lanta Fal­cons.

Allen, who is 53, spent the early part of his ca­reer with the Pa­tri­ots, where he was an area scout from 1993-2008.

That’s where he de­vel­oped a re­la­tion­ship with Grier, who worked in the Pa­tri­ots scout­ing depart­ment from 1994-2000.

Grier, Allen and Brian Flores, ex­pected to be­come the Dol­phins’ next head coach when the Pa­tri­ots’ post­sea­son ends, all worked un­der Scott Pi­oli dur­ing their time to­gether in New Eng­land.

Flores worked in New Eng­land’s scout­ing depart­ment from 2004-2007 be­fore be­com­ing the a spe­cial team’s as­sis­tant.

Allen fol­lowed Pi­oli to Kansas City when Pi­oli, who is now the as­sis­tant gen­eral man­ager for the Fal­cons, was the top ex­ec­u­tive with the Chiefs.

The Dol­phins pre­vi­ously didn’t have an as­sis­tant gen­eral man­ager be­cause Grier served as the sec­ond in com­mand while Mike Tan­nen­baum held the role of vice pres­i­dent of foot­ball op­er­a­tions. Tan­nen­baum was re­moved from the foot­ball side of the or­ga­ni­za­tion after the 2018 sea­son ended.

Allen’s hire in­di­cates that more changes could be com­ing to Mi­ami’s front of­fice this off­sea­son.

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