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Its GM Shopping Season! Lets take a closer look at the list (The Athletic)


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Really long article, ill post the snipits about the Falcons and list of GMs:

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Atlanta: Smith and Falcons director of college scouting Anthony Robinson have interviewed for the job. Team president Rich McKay, who is leading the search, worked with Smith on the NFL’s competition committee. The Athletic’s Jeff Schultz reported that the team will not conduct additional interviews during the regular season. Also according to Schultz, candidates could include Los Angeles Rams director of college scouting Brad Holmes, Chiefs assistant director of player personnel Ryan Poles and New Orleans Saints director of pro scouting Terry Fontenot. Additional reports have listed Riddick, Chicago Bears assistant director of player personnel Champ Kelly and former Las Vegas Raiders GM Reggie McKenzie, currently of the Miami Dolphins, as potential candidates.

George Paton, Minnesota Vikings vice president of player personnel and assistant GM: Paton interviewed for GM jobs with the Colts (2017), 49ers (2017) and Browns (2020). The Titans (2016) and Chiefs (2017) also pursued him. Paton played defensive back at UCLA and worked in scouting with the Bears and Dolphins before joining the Vikings in 2007.

Scott Fitterer, Seattle Seahawks vice president of football operations: Fitterer interviewed for GM jobs with the Colts (2017), Chiefs (2017), 49ers (2017) and Jets (2019). He began his career with the New York Giants (1998-2000) before joining Seattle as an area scout in 2001. A former quarterback and pitcher for UCLA and LSU, Fitterer pitched in the Toronto Blue Jays’ system.

Trent Kirchner, Seahawks vice president of player personnel: Kirchner interviewed for GM jobs with the Jets (2015), Colts (2017) and 49ers (2017). The Lions (2016) received permission to interview him, but an interview did not take place. Kirchner joined Seattle as assistant pro personnel director in 2010 after eight seasons with Carolina and one with Washington.

Jimmy Raye III, Detroit Lions senior personnel executive: Raye interviewed for GM jobs with the Colts (2017), 49ers (2017), Texans (2018) and Panthers (2018). He played wide receiver for the Rams in 1991, coached with the Chiefs in 1995 and has worked continuously in personnel departments with the Chargers, Colts, Texans and Lions since 1996.

Marc Ross, NFL Network analyst and former Giants executive: Ross interviewed for GM jobs with the Titans (2016), Giants (2018) and Raiders (2019). He is thought to have interviewed with the Chiefs (2017), who did not publicly disclose candidates. Ross spent 11 seasons with the Giants, including five as vice president of player evaluation. Ross began his career in personnel with the Eagles in 1996 before joining the Bills in 2004. A wide receiver and return specialist in college, Ross was named by Princeton to its all-time team of the Ivy League era.

Eliot Wolf, New England Patriots front office consultant: Wolf interviewed for GM jobs with the 49ers (2017), Colts (2017), Panthers (2018) and Packers (2018). The Lions (2016) tried to interview him for their GM job, but the Packers denied permission. Wolf spent 2004-17 with Green Bay, finishing as director of football operations, before spending 2018-19 as assistant GM for the Browns.

Martin Mayhew, San Francisco 49ers vice president of player personnel: Formerly the Lions’ GM from 2008-15, Mayhew interviewed for GM jobs with the Titans (2016), Panthers (2018) and Texans (2019). He was an eight-year starting cornerback who won a Super Bowl with Washington and earned a law degree from Georgetown. Mayhew and Lynch were teammates in Tampa Bay.

Will McClay, Cowboys vice president of player personnel: McClay declined requests to interview for GM jobs with the Colts (2017), 49ers (2017) and Texans (2018). A defensive back at Rice who played and coached in the Arena Football League, McClay has spent his entire NFL career with Dallas, beginning as pro scouting coordinator in 2009.

Duke Tobin, Bengals director of player personnel: The Bengals denied GM interview requests for Tobin from the Lions (2016) and Titans (2016). Tobin declined a chance to interview with the Colts (2017). He played quarterback in the Arena Football League before joining the Bengals in 1999.

Kevin Abrams, Giants vice president of football operations and assistant GM: Abrams interviewed for GM jobs with the Lions (2016) and Giants (2018). A former salary-cap analyst with the NFL Management Council, Abrams joined the Giants in 1999 and has stayed ever since, mostly as assistant GM.

Trey Brown, former Eagles college scouting director: Brown interviewed for GM jobs with the Bills (2017) and Raiders (2019). A cornerback at UCLA who went to camp with the Bears in 2008, Brown worked in scouting for the Patriots (2010-12) and Eagles (2013-18) before two stints with minor-league teams, including most recently as director of player personnel for the XFL’s St. Louis BattleHawks.

Nick Caserio, Patriots director of player personnel: New England denied permission when the Texans (2018) tried to interview Caserio for their GM job. Caserio declined the 49ers (2017) when they sought to interview him. A quarterback at John Carroll who threw passes to Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels, Caserio has worked mostly in scouting with New England since joining the organization in 2001. He was also an offensive assistant (2002) and wide receivers coach (2007).

Lake Dawson, Bills assistant director of college scouting: Dawson interviewed for GM jobs with the Bears (2015) and Panthers (2018). A wide receiver at Notre Dame who spent 1994-97 as a player with the Chiefs, Dawson spent six seasons in personnel with the Seahawks before joining the Titans as director of player personnel in 2007. He spent nine seasons with Tennessee and one as a national scout with the Browns before joining the Bills in 2017.

Monti Ossenfort, Titans director of player personnel: Ossenfort interviewed for the GM job with the Browns (2020). The Patriots blocked him from interviewing for the GM job with the Texans (2019). Ossenfort spent 15 seasons with New England, including six as college scouting director.

Louis Riddick, ESPN analyst: Riddick interviewed for GM jobs with the 49ers (2017) and Giants (2018). He denied reports the Chiefs (2017) sought to interview him. Riddick played six seasons in the NFL as a safety and then transitioned to scouting roles with Washington (2001-07) and Philadelphia (2008-13). ESPN named him to its “Monday Night Football” crew this season.

Ryan Cowden, Titans vice president of player personnel: Cowden interviewed for the GM job with the Chiefs (2017). He entered the NFL in 2000 as a scouting assistant with Carolina and advanced to assistant director of college scouting over a 16-year run with the team. He joined the Titans in 2016 as player personnel director.

Ed Dodds, Colts assistant GM: Dodds, who declined an opportunity to interview for the GM job with the Browns (2020), joined the Colts in 2017 after 10 seasons in personnel with the Seahawks. He worked in personnel with the Raiders before that following three seasons as a quality control student coach at Texas A&M-Kingsville.

Terry Fontenot, Saints vice president and assistant GM of pro personnel: Fontenot interviewed for the GM job with the Jets (2019). A safety at Tulane, Fontenot has spent 18 seasons with the Saints, mostly in pro personnel. He attended the Stanford Business School’s Executive Education NFL-Stanford Program for Managers in 2012.

Champ Kelly, Bears assistant director of player personnel: Kelly interviewed for the GM job with the Jets (2019). A wide receiver and defensive back at Kentucky, Kelly majored in computer science and earned an MBA before working at IBM as a software engineer. He coached in the United Indoor Football League and spent 2007-14 with the Broncos, mostly as assistant pro personnel director. The Bears hired him in 2015.

Terry McDonough, Cardinals senior personnel executive: McDonough interviewed for the GM job with the 49ers (2017). He entered NFL scouting with the 49ers in 1989 and jumped to the World League before joining the Bill Belichick-coached Browns as an area scout in 1992. McDonough followed the franchise to Baltimore, rose to player personnel director during a 10-year stint with the Jaguars and joined the Cardinals in 2013.

Chris Polian, former Jaguars director of player personnel: Polian interviewed for the GM job with the Titans (2016). He was the Colts’ GM from 2009-11, spent a year with the Falcons and then joined the Jaguars in 2013, staying until before this season. Polian entered scouting with the Panthers in 1994 and joined the Colts in 1998, rising from pro personnel director to GM with Indy.

Sheldon White, Michigan State executive director of player personnel and recruiting: White interviewed for the GM job with the Lions (2016). A cornerback at Miami (Ohio), he played six years in the NFL with the Giants, Lions and Bengals before joining the Lions’ scouting department in 1997. He rose to pro personnel director and vice president of pro personnel with Detroit, briefly serving as interim GM in 2015 before leaving for Michigan State.

Former GMs working in other roles

Some of the most successful GMs, including Ron Wolf and Bill Polian, got second chances in the role. The potential candidates listed below have all been GMs over the past decade and worked in the NFL in the past few seasons. They are ordered by how recently they held the GM title. Again, this is not a list of recommended candidates. These are all former GMs.

Marty Hurney, former Panthers GM: Hurney was the Panthers’ GM from 2002-2012 and again from 2017 until this week. Hurney was a newspaper reporter covering the Washington Football Team in the late 1980s when the team hired him in a public-relations role. He jumped into personnel as assistant GM with the San Diego Chargers (1990-1997) before joining the Panthers and advancing into the GM role. Hurney was instrumental in hiring current Washington coach Ron Rivera as the Panthers’ head coach.

Dave Caldwell, former Jaguars GM: Caldwell was the Jaguars’ GM from 2013 until this season, with Tom Coughlin assuming control from January 2017 until December 2019. He entered scouting with Carolina and advanced during stints with the Colts and Falcons before taking the Jacksonville job. Indy was denied permission to speak with Caldwell about its GM opening in 2017.

Bob Quinn, former Lions GM: Quinn was the Lions’ GM from 2016 until this season. He previously spent his entire NFL career with New England, beginning in 2000.

Thomas Dimitroff, former Falcons GM: The Falcons had a 109-88 record and made a Super Bowl appearance when Dimitroff was their GM from 2008 until earlier this season. He worked in scouting with Kansas City (1993), Detroit (1994-97) and Cleveland (1998-2001) before rising to become the Patriots’ college scouting director during a six-year run with New England.

John Dorsey, former Chiefs and Browns GM: Dorsey held back-to-back GM jobs with Kansas City (2013-16) and Cleveland (2017-19) after spending nearly all the previous two decades with the Packers following a playing career with Green Bay. He reportedly is working as a consultant with the Philadelphia Eagles.

Mike Maccagnan, former Jets GM: Maccagnan was GM for the Jets from 2015-19 following 15 years with the Texans focused on college scouting. Maccagnan started in NFL scouting with Washington in 1990, worked in the World League and the CFL, then returned to Washington, working mostly as a pro scout before joining the Texans.

Brian Gaine, Bills senior personnel adviser: Gaine was GM of the Texans from 2018-19. He interviewed for the GM job with the Bears (2015) and Bills (2017). A tight end at Maine, Gaine went to camp with the Jets, Giants and Chiefs before entering scouting with the Jets in 1999. He rose to pro scouting director with the Cowboys, assistant GM with the Dolphins and player personnel director with the Texans before Houston made him its GM.

Reggie McKenzie, Dolphins senior personnel executive: McKenzie joined the Dolphins in 2019 after seven seasons as the Raiders’ GM. A linebacker with the Raiders in 1980s, McKenzie spent 18 seasons with the Packers in various scouting roles.

Rick Smith, former Texans GM: Smith was the Texans’ GM from 2006-17 after spending 2000-05 with the Broncos as pro personnel director. A safety at Purdue, Smith spent most of the 1990s coaching, including 1996-99 with the Broncos as assistant secondary coach.

Jerry Reese, former Giants GM: Reese joined the Giants as a college scout in 1994 and worked his way up to the GM role in 2007. He has not worked in the league since his firing following the 2017 season.

Doug Whaley, former Bills GM: Whaley interviewed for the GM job with the Packers (2018). He entered scouting with the Seahawks in 1996, spent 11 seasons with the Steelers and then joined the Bills in 2010, eventually becoming their GM from 2013 until April 2017. He was most recently senior vice president of football operations for the XFL.

Trent Baalke, Jaguars interim GM: Baalke joined the Jaguars as their director of player personnel this season. His scouting career began with the Jets in 1998, continued with Washington and included six seasons as the 49ers’ GM. Baalke was with San Francisco from 2005-16. The 49ers were 51-44-1 with Baalke as GM.

Scot McCloughan, former 49ers and Washington GM: McCloughan was GM for the 49ers (2008-09) and Washington (2015-16) during a career that began with the Packers in 1994. He also had two stints with the Seahawks. McCloughan has consulted for teams in recent seasons.

Ryan Grigson, Browns senior football adviser: Grigson has worked in a senior advisory role with Cleveland twice and Seattle once since his five-year run as the Colts’ GM ended after the 2016 season. A tackle and tight end at Purdue, Grigson scouted with the Rams and became the Eagles’ director of player personnel before going 49-31 with the Colts.

Ruston Webster, Falcons interim GM: Webster was the Titans’ GM for four seasons before joining the Falcons in 2016. He spent nearly two decades with the Buccaneers before, during and after the Tony Dungy era. He was also vice president of player personnel with Seattle (2006-09).

Ray Farmer, Rams consultant: Farmer interviewed for the GM job with the Texans (2019). A safety at Duke who spent three seasons as a player with the Eagles, Farmer was the Browns’ GM from 2014-15. He worked previously with the Falcons from 2002-05 and as the Chiefs’ pro personnel director from 2006-12. He was the Browns’ assistant GM in 2013.

Dennis Hickey, Bills senior college scout: Hickey was the Dolphins’ GM from 2014-15. A safety at Tulsa, he spent nearly two decades in personnel with Tampa Bay beginning in 1996.

John Idzik, Jaguars special assistant to the GM: Idzik was the Jets’ GM from 2013-14. A wide receiver at Duke, Idzik worked for the Buccaneers for a decade beginning in 1993 before joining the Cardinals and then the Seahawks.

Phil Emery, Falcons national scout: Emery was the Bears’ GM from 2012-14. He scouted for the Bears, Falcons and Chiefs before Chicago hired him as GM. He also spent nearly two decades as a college coach.

J**** Ireland, Saints assistant GM and college scouting director: Ireland was the Dolphins’ GM from 2008-13, spent a season with Seattle as a draft consultant and then joined the Saints in 2015. A kicker at Baylor, Ireland coached special teams at North Texas in the early 1990s, scouted for the Chiefs and rose through the ranks with the Cowboys from 2001-07 before becoming the Dolphins’ GM.

Brian Xanders, Rams senior personnel executive: Xanders spent 14 seasons with the Falcons (1994-2007) and later became the Broncos’ GM until John Elway asserted greater control over personnel. Xanders served as a senior personnel executive with the Lions (2013-16) before joining the Rams.

Scott Pioli, former Falcons assistant GM: Pioli spent five seasons with the Falcons after a four-year run as the Chiefs’ GM (2009-12). He spent 2000-08 with New England after stints in the 1990s with the Ravens, Jets and Browns. Belichick hired him for his first job with Cleveland in 1992.

Mike Tannenbaum, former Dolphins executive vice president of football operations: Tannenbaum held the GM title with the Jets (2006-12) and had similar authority with the Dolphins more recently. He currently works as an analyst for ESPN and was instrumental in founding The 33rd Team, which bills itself as an NFL/NCAA think tank featuring former front-office and coaching personnel.

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4 hours ago, RYNE said:

I still want Riddick, I want someone with fresh eyes. I don’t want some cast off who failed elsewhere. I want someone new getting their shot. 

There seem to be quite a few guys that fit that mold.  And by the way, does it have to be a guy?  It seems like there should be female candidates that have the talent to find talent.  

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6 hours ago, RYNE said:

I still want Riddick, I want someone with fresh eyes. I don’t want some cast off who failed elsewhere. I want someone new getting their shot. 

I was not on his wagon when this started but he has won me over after reading up on him and some other candidates. Perfect off-season would be hiring Riddick and either Arthur Smith or Daboll imo

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