Vikings placed 8 interview requests with GM Search
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Minnesota Vikings contacted and requested eight candidates for interviews for the open general manager position. The job is arguably the most coveted opening in the market, not only for the position of general manager, but also for the main training position.
According to reports, an internal committee, led by COO Andrew Miller, is being formed, and the committee will be part of the interview process. The panel will feature a few EVPs across the business/football aspects, including respected hats expert Rob Brzezinski, both of whom are co-directors advising players.
The Wilves have given extensive research and they are expected to take their time in making the decision, and there is a possibility that Minnesota will not formally appoint a general manager until the end of next week at the earliest. All eight candidates are expected to give interviews via Zoom starting Monday, January 17th.
Kwesi Adofu Mensah
Kwesi Adafo-Mensah was hired by Cleveland Browns general manager Andrew Berry after being robbed from the San Francisco 49ers in May 2020. Adofo-Mensah, 32, has an Ivy League background with work experience as a commodity trader and portfolio manager at Wall Street.
During his time in San Francisco, Adofo Mensah’s primary role was as Director of Football Research and Development implementing analytical methods for in-game strategy and player ratings. Adafo-Mensah did an interview for the Carolina Panthers last season and was actually asked to give an interview to the Chicago Bears.
Mensah is a well-educated business executive who holds a BA in Economics from Princeton University and a MA in Economics from Stanford University. He does not have a footballing background compared to the other candidates, but he is a former athlete who played basketball during his time at Princeton.
Philadelphia Eagles, Personnel Manager
Brandon Brown, 33, is currently in his fifth season with the Philadelphia Eagles and seventh season in the league. Brown was promoted from professional scouting manager during the 2021 season. Prior to taking the job at Philadelphia, Brown spent two seasons with the Indianapolis Colts as an assistant scout and advanced scout.
As player staff manager, Brown oversees the Philadelphia Professional Scout Division and collaborates on the college’s scouting side with Ian Cunningham. Since working in the Philadelphia front office, he’s helped them build a Super Bowl-winning roster and learn under the esteemed General Manager Howie Roseman.
Brown has a background in football. He played a defensive role at Fordham University during his undergraduate studies. He realized that he wasn’t talented enough to play professionally. Once graduating from Fordham, Brown earned a law degree from Barry University – Dwayne O. Anders College of Law with the hope of eventually landing an NFL front desk one day.
Brown is expected to give an interview to Minnesota sometime next week, who is the hot favorite for the job, according to KSTP’s Darren Wolfson.
Cleveland Browns, Vice President of Personnel
Cook, 37, started as an assistant scout for the Indianapolis Colts (2011-2012), then worked as a Green Bay Packers Pro Scout scout (2012-2015) before being promoted to his current position as the Cleveland Browns assistant manager for Pro Scouting in 2016. What may Less known is that Cook is known to be the right-hand man of Cleveland Browns general manager Andrew Perry.
Cook’s duties as VP of Player Personnel include gathering and organizing information from all scouts on the team and their exploratory tools for current General Manager Andrew Berry. This will primarily help the NFL Draft and unoccupied free agents.
Glenn Cook is a former Miami Hurricanes Linebacker and has been in the NFL front office since 2011. He played in Miami from 2004-2008 and actually had a short stint as a minor MLB player for the Chicago Cubs. Cook has already finished his interview with the Chicago Bears and will be interviewing in Minnesota sometime next week.
Kansas City Chiefs, Executive Director of Player Personnel
Bowles, 36, is a former Boston College offensive lineman who was part of the Kansas City Chiefs for 13 years. He is currently the Executive Director of Players’ Staff, and plays an important role in formulating team strategy, serving as Brett Fitch’s current General Manager. He worked with three different General Managers (Scott Bewley, John Dorsey, and Brett Leach) in Kansas City.
The Poles had a big role in overhauling the leaders’ offensive line this past season. He participated in the selections for Creed Humphrey (91.4 PFF Grade) and Trey Smith (72.1 PFF Grade). The Poles were also involved in signing free all-Pro guard Joe Thony, trading for the Baltimore Pro Bowl team with Orlando Brown Jr. to complete an overhaul of the offensive line.
Another thing to note, during his playing days at Boston College, the Poles blocked Matt Ryan of the Atlanta Falcons. He’s currently scheduled to give an interview to the Minnesota Vikings next week and he’s already given an interview with the New York Giants. In his most recent season, he was the runner-up for the general manager position at the Carolina Panthers, and should be a finalist for the New York Giants job.
New England Patriots, Scout Adviser
Wolff, 39, is currently in his second season as a scouting advisor for the New England Patriots and is the son of former Green Bay Packers general manager Ron Wolfe. Prior to joining New England, Wolff spent two seasons as assistant general manager of John Dorsey in Cleveland. Prior to that, he spent 14 seasons in Green Bay working in the personnel department.
During his tenure under John Dorsey as Assistant General Manager, Wolff was involved in draft picks for Baker Mayfield, Denzel Ward, Nick Chubb and Grady Williams, which arguably built the Cleveland Browns as a contender going forward. He’s even helped bring in talents like Tyrod Taylor, Carlos Hyde, Jarvis Landry, and Odell Beckham Jr. During his short time in Cleveland.
Since joining New England as an exploratory consultant, he has helped select lands such as Mac Jones, Kyle Duger, Ramondry Stephenson, and Michael Unino. Belichick has had nothing but praise since Wolff arrived in March 2020 and relied heavily on him for recruitment.
Sure, he was able to help me in terms of ‘Take a look at this. This is how we did it. It might be something we’ve tried, and we don’t want to do it that way, so it might be something, “No, I haven’t really looked at it that way, that’s a very good idea.” It’s good to generate new ideas like this. “
Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Vice President of Personnel
John Spitek is entering his 18th NFL season and sixth season with the Buccaneers and was recently promoted to Vice President of Player Personnel ahead of the 2021 season. In his current role, Spytek oversees the day-to-day operations of the college and professional scouting division. He is also responsible for managing free agency setup and talent assessment throughout the NFL and other professional leagues.
Spytek is working closely with highly respected General Manager Jason Licht regarding the NFL draft, major acquisitions for free agent moves, and other employee decisions. During the 2020 season, Spytek played a significant role in the acquisitions of Tom Brady, Rob Gronkowski, Leonard Fournette and Antonio Brown in Tampa Bay.
Spytek played a major role during the NFL Draft and had talents like Vita Vea, Sean Murphy-Bunting, Chris Godwin, Devin White, Tristian Wirfs, and Antoine Winfield Jr. During his 18 year career, Spytek has worked with many notable personalities. CEOs and level coaches such as Gary Kubik, Andy Reed, Mike Holmgren, Tom Heckert, John Harbaugh and John Elway.
Another interesting note about Spytek is that he and his wife Kristen co-founded the National CMV Foundation to educate families about congenital CMV, the virus that killed their 21-month-old daughter, Evelyn, in 2014. He is expected to be interviewed with Minnesota at the time. What next week via zoom.
Tennessee Titans, Personnel Manager
Osenfurt, 43, is currently the players’ staff manager with the #1 seed Tennessee Titans. Prior to joining Tennessee State, he spent 14 seasons with the New England Patriots as an area explorer, national scout, and assistant college scouting manager. Osenfurt has a history in Minnesota. He was Minnesota quarterback Morris during his college days, having him train at a Vikings training camp in 2001.
During his time in New England, Ossenfurt helped find many “diamonds in the rough” such as Joe Thony, J.C. Jackson, David Andrews, Chuck Mason and Tree Flowers. He’s also been part of six Super Bowl wins as a New England executive, and has the most experience and accolades of all the nominees.
Ossenfurt has been a hot commodity. He was one of four GM finalists for the Carolina Panthers that opened last season, but was passed over in favor of Scott Fitterer. The Giants also requested an interview with Ossenfort for their general manager opening this week, and Minnesota is expected to interview them sometime next week via Zoom.
Philadelphia Eagles, Vice President of Football Operations
Raîche, 33, is in her third season with the Philadelphia Eagles and during the 2021 season was promoted to vice president of football operations after Andrew Perry departed to take over as general manager of the Cleveland Browns. Prior to her promotion, Reich held the position of Football Operations and Players Coordinator in 2019. In her current role, she is involved in all areas of football and player operations, including professional and collegiate scouting, contract management, football research and players/staff development.
Prior to joining Howie Roseman in Philadelphia, she worked for the CFL in the front office with the Toronto Argonauts and Montreal Alouettes. She served as the assistant general manager of the Alouettes, becoming the only woman in the CFL to hold this position. She’s continued to break barriers ever since, and it’s only a matter of time until she gets a job as an NFL general manager.
Raîche is the first female executive in NFL history to be asked to interview for an open general manager position. She would become the second female general manager in NFL history. Susan Tuss Spencer earned this honor after taking over as general manager of the Philadelphia Eagles in 1983 after being promoted by her father, Leonard Tuss. Raîche will likely be interviewing the Minnesota Vikings next week via Zoom.