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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, and a report on the NFL investigation into the case will be released after the Super Bowl.

“The Dolphins certainly have talented players,” Hickey said in a statement, “and I am eager to hit the ground running with our personnel and coaching staffs. We will all work together to construct a team that will make our organization and fans proud.”

Hickey will be introduced at a news conference Tuesday.

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AP Sports Writer Teresa M. Walker in Nashville, Tenn. contributed to this report.

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