Titans’ Monti Ossenfort newest to interview


The Giants didn’t merely overlook to cancel general-manager candidate Monti Ossenfort’s interview after firing head coach Joe Judge. 

Cast over the previous 12 months as one of many co-favorites to interchange Dave Gettleman due to his tight relationship with Judge, Ossenfort’s résumé warranted consideration by itself benefit. After all, Ossenfort was a finalist within the Browns’ GM search in 2020 — the job went to Andrew Berry, however the competitors additionally included now-Vikings GM George Paton — and he was certainly one of 4 finalists in a 15-candidate search by the Panthers in 2021. The different three are a part of the Giants’ discipline as properly. 

“Monti is a good information-gatherer who has a lot of respect when he walks into a college because they know he is trustworthy,” a league supply conversant in Ossenfort instructed The Post. “He is a very good manager of people and talent evaluator. He will sit and listen, but he will have the [guts] to make the decision himself and not do it in a disrespectful way to the people who gave him the information.” 

The set-up for the third day of double-interviews performed by Giants co-owners John Mara and Steve Tisch and senior director of participant personnel Chris Mara will need to have created a clumsy dynamic in Nashville, Tenn., the place the Titans are on a bye as the highest seed within the AFC playoffs. 

Monti OssenfortMonti Ossenfort interviewed for the Giants’ GM opening Friday. Tennesseetitans.com

Ossenfort interviewed Friday instantly after the particular person straight above him on the organizational hierarchy, Titans vp of participant personnel Ryan Cowden, who was up for the Washington GM job in 2021. Titans GM Jon Robinson made Cowden certainly one of his first massive hires in 2016 and later introduced in Ossenfort (a former eight-year colleague) in 2020, when Ossenfort’s contract with the Patriots was about to run out and the transfer not could possibly be blocked by Bill Belichick. 

“Monti is the guy Jon Robinson listens to the most over the last year and a half,” the supply stated. “He’s going to have a good relationship with a head coach regardless of whether he knows him or not and regardless of what type of personality they are. A GM who blames things on a head coach when players are underperforming — or when one is talking about the other — always fails.” 

Ossenfort spent six seasons because the Patriots’ director of faculty scouting, succeeding Robinson. His tenure overlaps with a downturn within the Patriots’ draft-and-develop technique, however these tape-grinders who’ve been within the rooms with Ossenfort converse extremely of his analysis acumen. The Titans have relied most on Ossenfort for his draft voice. 

“Monti is a solid scout and he comes from the details background,” one other league supply stated. “No one on the Giants’ list has ever picked a player or been a final decision-maker before.” 

Ossenfort received’t want introductions to lots of the candidates commanding interviews for the NFL’s different seven head-coaching vacancies. The Giants will wait to start interviews for Judge’s substitute till after hiring a GM, however former Dolphins head coach Brian Flores, Bills offensive coordinator Brian Daboll, Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels and Patriots linebackers coach Jerod Mayo all overlapped in New England with Ossenfort. 

While Belichick’s teaching tree is stuffed with head-coaching misses, his government tree has spurned extra encouraging outcomes, together with Robinson, Super Bowl-winning Buccaneers basic supervisor Jason Licht and former Falcons basic supervisor Thomas Dimitroff. Other current protégés embrace Bob Quinn, who was fired by the Lions final season, and the Texans’ Nick Caserio, who’s about to rent a second head coach in as many seasons in cost. 

“He’s qualified on his own,” the primary supply stated. “Monti has that Boston background to handle the bigger market and do his thing.” 

Cowden spent most of his profession (16 years) in scouting for the Panthers and earned a promotion to assistant director when the Panthers’ GM was … Gettleman. But that affiliation, whereas not in style with Giants followers, should not have any bearing as a result of Gettleman’s right-hand adviser with the Panthers, Brandon Beane, has change into a profitable GM with the Bills. 

The Giants will interview Ravens director of scouting Joe Hortiz on Saturday and the 49ers’ duo of assistant GM Adam Peters and director of participant personnel Ran Carthon on Monday. 

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