Thus far, Tennessee Titans controlling owner Amy Adams Strunk, president Steve Underwood and the rest of he search committee have interviewed six outside candidate for their vacant general manager’s job.
Let’s take a capsule look at the interviewed candidates from the outside as well as an in-house hopeful as well.
Chris Ballard, director of football operations, Kansas City Chiefs
Ballard comes in with fine credentials having been the right-hand man to general manager John Dorsey in the Chiefs front office. It was Ballard, who has been given credit for encouraging the Chiefs to take a chance on standout rookie cornerback Marcus Peters, who has turned into a star in his first season with nine interceptions.
Blake Beddingfield, director of college scouting, Tennessee Titans
Still has yet to interview as the in-house candidate, but his credentials say he deserves a serious look, despite the Titans misfortunes in recent years. He has spent 17 years in the organization working his way up through the scouting department, so his training dates back to the Floyd Reese/Jeff Fisher era. His most recent promotion was to oversee college scouting, where he was one of the key people in determining that Marcus Mariota possessed the necessary traits to make a quick transition from Oregon’s spread offense to an NFL pocket passer. Also, had the lead role in the assessment of drafting running back Chris Johnson back in 2008.
Martin Mayhew, former Lions general manager
Mayhew, who was fired by the Lions in mid-season this year, helped to clean up the mess left behind by Matt Millen in Detroit, which resulted in a winless season in 2008. Among the players drafted on his watch included quarterback Matthew Stafford, Ndamukong Suh, Nick Fairley, Louis Delmas, Brandon Pettigrew and the Titans own Sammie Lee Hill.
Chris Polian, director of pro personnel, Jacksonville Jaguars
Polian is the son of Hall of Fame executive Bill Polian, and his brother, Dennis, is the on the Titans staff as director of football administration. Chris Polian has general manager experience, serving as the Colts GM for three seasons from 2009-11. During that time, his best draft selection was 2011 first-round Anthony Castonzo, who is currently the Colts left tackle.
Marc Ross, vice president of player evaluation, New York Giants
During Ross’ time with the Giants, he has hit on a couple of high profile players who made an immediate impact on the team’s fortunes. Tops on that list, of course, is standout receiver Odell Beckham, chosen 12th overall in the 2014 draft. Ross was also a big part of the draft team when pass rusher Jason Pierre-Paul was chosen in 2010.
Jon Robinson, director of player personnel, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Robinson has spent the past two seasons in Tampa, and obviously had a hand in the Bucs’ selection of Jameis Winston first overall last year. But he also has roots in the Patriots organization, where he served as director of college scouting for five seasons before heading to Tampa. Among the finds he had a hand in with New England included Rob Gronkowski, Devin McCourty and Julian Edelman.
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Ted Sundquist, former Broncos general manager
Sundquist was the Broncos general manager from 2002-07 and worked a number of years in the organization prior to that. However, he has been out of the NFL since parting ways with the Broncos nine years ago, though he has interviewed for a couple of other GM positions since that time. On his watch, the Broncos made the trade in 2006 to move up in the draft to select quarterback Jay Cutler.