Director of Player Personnel Ryan Cowden has not been with the Tennessee Titans’ organization very long, but he is already garnering outside attention.
Cowden, who came to Tennessee last year after 16 years in the Carolina Panthers’ front office, is scheduled to interview for the vacant general manager’s job with the Kansas City Chiefs, TitanInsider confirmed. NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport first reported the news and said that the interview would take place today.
Indications are, however, that Cowden – at least in the pre-interview pecking order – does not appear to be frontrunner to land the Chiefs’ GM position. Obviously, that could change in the interview process.
But in-house candidate Brett Veach and ESPN analyst Louis Riddick appear to be the strongest candidates for the position that came open when John Dorsey was unexpectedly fired last week. Both have ties to Chiefs head coach Andy Reid, who is now wielding more power in the Kansas City organization following Dorsey’s departure.
With Dorsey’s departure, Reid sits atop the team’s hierarchy in personnel decisions, and will have a strong say in the hiring of a new general manager. Veach obviously has the edge of having worked with Reid currently in Kansas City. Veach also was once Reid’s personal assistant when Reid was head coach of the Philadelphia Eagles. Riddick worked in the Eagles’ front office as well when Reid was head coach there.
Cowden came to the Titans last year to be Jon Robinson’s right-hand man and oversaw both the college and pro scouting departments upon his arrival.