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    The Chicago Bears announced they have hired Ryan Poles, the Kansas City Chiefs executive director of player personnel, as their new general manager. Poles was at Halas Hall for his second interview Tuesday, and by noon NFL Network and ESPN first reported the Bears were finalizing a contract with the man who will replace Ryan Pace. Poles, 36, has been with the Chiefs for 13 years, working his way up from player personnel assistant to college scouting administrator and coordinator, director of college scouting, assistant director of player personnel and executive director of player personnel this season. He was part of the Chiefs team that won Super Bowl LIV in the 2019 season. The Bears were connected with at least 15 GM candidates and had reported interviewing 13 of them through Monday. Poles first interviewed with the Bears on Friday. It was clear by Monday night how deep the Bears’ interest was when a video of Chairman George McCaskey apparently picking up Poles at O’Hare International Airport surfaced on social media. Poles becomes the seventh general...
    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Vikings have hired Kwesi Adofo-Mensah as their general manager, according to a person with knowledge of the process, taking an innovative turn by bringing in an analytics expert from Cleveland’s front office who once worked on Wall Street. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity on Wednesday because the Vikings had not yet announced the decision. Adofo-Mensah, the vice president of football operations for the Browns for the last two years, was one of two finalists the Vikings identified from an initial pool of eight candidates. The other was Kansas City executive director of player personnel Ryan Poles, who was hired as general manager of the Chicago Bears on Tuesday before he made it to Minnesota for his scheduled visit. Adofo-Mensah was at Vikings headquarters on Tuesday for his second formal interview. He is the first minority hired as a general manager in this cycle. The 40-year-old Adofo-Mensah has an economics degrees from Princeton, where he was a walk-on basketball player, and Stanford. He is a native of New Jersey,...
    Getty ESPN's Adam Schefter reported the Vikings have hired Kwesi Adofo-Mensah as their new general manager. The deal is done. The Minnesota Vikings have their new general manager, Cleveland Browns vice president of football operations Kwesi Adofo-Mensah. “Vikings hired Browns’ VP of football operations Kwesi Adofo-Mensah as their general manager, per source,” ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported on Wednesday morning. The latest Vikings news straight to your inbox! Join the Heavy on Vikings newsletter here! Join Heavy on Vikings! Vikings hired Browns’ VP of football operations Kwesi Adofo-Mensah as their general manager, per source. — Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) January 26, 2022 After the Chicago Bears hired the Vikings’ only other finalist, Kansas City Chiefs vice president of player personnel, Adofo-Mensah was deemed the favorite to become the 10th general manager in franchise history early on Tuesday. Under a new rule, “the Browns will receive a pair of compensatory third-round picks for developing a minority candidate,” Josh Carey reported. The Chiefs will also receive compensatory picks for the Bears hiring of Poles. Also, the Cleveland #Browns will receive...
    CHICAGO (WLS) -- The Chicago Bears have hired Ryan Poles to be their new general manager, a choice that makes history. We have hired Chiefs Executive Director of Player Personnel Ryan Poles as our General Manager.Welcome (back) to Chicago, Ryan! ????⬇️— Chicago Bears (@ChicagoBears) January 26, 2022The team was finalizing the deal earlier Tuesday, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. Poles, 36, currently serves as executive director of player personnel for the Kansas City Chiefs. He will be the first African American to hold the general manager position in the Bears' 101-year history.He replaces Ryan Pace, who was fired along with head coach Matt Nagy after the Bears went 6-11 and missed the playoffs this past season."I am extremely grateful to George, the McCaskey family and the rest of the Bears organization for this opportunity," Poles said. "The Chicago Bears are one of the flagship franchises in the National Football League and are recognized as one of the most prestigious clubs in all of sports. It's an honor for me to join such a well-regarded organization. Together with my family, I'm...
    By: Patrick Damp/KDKA-TV PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – Another Penguins’ front office member is reportedly heading to British Columbia. READ MORE: Wilkinsburg School Board Hires Interim Superintendent For Permanent RoleAccording to a report from our news partners at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, assistant general manager Patrik Allvin will join Jim Rutherford in Vancover. Allvin was a scout for the team who made his way up the ladder with the Penguins, eventually becoming assistant general manager. He also was the team’s interim general manager after Jim Rutherford resigned last year and was interviewed as a candidate to be the full-time general manager. READ MORE: Pennsylvania Senate OKs Bill That Would Kill Local Gun Laws Despite Gov. Wolf's Veto ThreatUltimately, the team chose to hire Ron Hextall as general manager and Brian Burke as President of Hockey Operations. While there has not been a formal announcement by the Canucks, Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman reported that Allvin has accepted Vancouver’s offer. Word is out that Patrik Allvin has accepted the GM job in VAN. Official announcement expected tomorrow, although we will see...
    The Vikings interviewed Kwesi Adofo-Mensah for their general manager position and fans took notice of something said to him as he left the interview. Like several other teams out there, the Minnesota Vikings have spent the week trying to nail down the hiring of a new general manager. On Tuesday, hints that they are on the verge of doing just that hit social media. It started with the Bears hiring Ryan Poles from the Chiefs. He was one of Minnesota’s top two candidates for the job, per Adam Schefter. The other candidate, Kwesi Adofo-Mensah from the Browns, was tapped by Ian Rapoport as the Vikings’ expected hire. The probability of that only grew when local FOX 9 reporter Dawn Mitchell posted a video of Adofo-Mensah leaving his interview at Minnesota’s facilities. On his way out the door, someone said something that fans immediately picked up on. “I’ll cancel your flight,” a voice from within the building seemed to say. And Kwesi has left the building… we will have more in the #Vikings GM search live from TCO at 6...
    CHICAGO (AP) — Ryan Poles made the Chicago Bears this time. Poles was hired as Chicago’s general manager on Tuesday, almost 15 years after he signed with the team as an undrafted free agent and then failed to make the final roster. Poles spent the previous 13 seasons in the Chiefs’ front office, the past year as executive director of player personnel under general manager Brett Veach. He was the team’s director of college scouting in 2017 when Kansas City drafted Patrick Mahomes with the No. 10 overall pick — after Chicago took Mitchell Trubisky at No. 2. “The Chicago Bears are one of the flagship franchises in the National Football League and are recognized as one of the most prestigious clubs in all of sports,” Poles said in a release. “It’s an honor for me to join such a well-regarded organization. Together with my family, I’m looking forward to hitting the ground running to help get this organization, its fanbase and the city what they deserve: a winning team and a Super Bowl trophy.” The Bears fired general manager...
    The Chicago Bears are working on a deal to make Ryan Poles, the Kansas City Chiefs executive director of player personnel, their new general manager, a league source confirmed. Poles was at Halas Hall for his second interview Tuesday, and by noon, NFL Network and ESPN reported the Bears were finalizing a contract with the man who will replace Ryan Pace. Poles, 36, has been with the Chiefs for 13 years, working his way up from player personnel assistant to college scouting administrator and coordinator, director of college scouting, assistant director of player personnel and now executive director of player personnel this season. He was part of the Chiefs team that won Super Bowl LIV. Chiefs general manager Brett Veach told The Athletic in August that Poles, who was named to the outlet’s NFL 40 under 40 list, has had “quite an impact in building our roster.” “In our line of work, it’s really important that we turn over every stone, and Ryan is outstanding when it comes to research and details,” Veach said. “He loves...
    Change is in the air. “Black Monday” arrived in the NFL the day after the regular season ended with a flurry of major changes around the league. A week later, the Chicago Bears, Jacksonville Jaguars, Denver Broncos, Minnesota Vikings, New York Giants, Miami Dolphins, Houston Texans and Las Vegas Raiders were searching for new head coaches, and the Bears, Vikings, Giants and Raiders needed new general managers. As a new cycle of firing and hiring proceeds, we’re tracking all of the latest moves. Tuesday The Bears will name Ryan Poles their new general manager, according to multiple reports. Poles, the Kansas City Chiefs executive director of player personnel, was at Halas Hall for his second interview Tuesday, and by noon, NFL Network and ESPN reported the Bears were working on a deal with the man who will replace Ryan Pace. Poles, 36, has been with the Chiefs for 13 years, working his way up from player personnel assistant to college scouting administrator and coordinator, director of college scouting, assistant director of player personnel and now executive...
    The Chicago Bears are finalizing a deal to make Ryan Poles, the Kansas City Chiefs executive director of player personnel, their new general manager, according to multiple reports. Poles was at Halas Hall for his second interview Tuesday, and by noon, NFL Network and ESPN reported the Bears were working on a deal with the man who will replace Ryan Pace. Poles, 36, has been with the Chiefs for 13 years, working his way up from player personnel assistant to college scouting administrator and coordinator, director of college scouting, assistant director of player personnel and now executive director of player personnel this season. He was part of the Chiefs team that won Super Bowl LIV. He was an offensive lineman at Boston College, where he was part of the line that protected quarterback Matt Ryan. He signed as an undrafted free agent with the Bears before working as a recruiting assistant for BC in 2008-09. Poles also was a finalist for the GM jobs with the New York Giants and Minnesota Vikings. He had an interview...
    The Chicago Bears have reportedly found their new general manager, with Chiefs executive Ryan Poles landing the job.  For the Chicago Bears, the search for Ryan Pace’s replacement has officially come to a close. After another rough season for the team, ending without a trip to the postseason, Pace was fired from his role as general manager. According to NFL insider Adam Schefter, the Bears have decided to go with Kansas City Chiefs Assistant Director of Player Personnel Ryan Poles for the role. Bears are finalizing a deal to hire Chiefs’ Assistant Director of Player Personnel Ryan Poles as their next general manager, per league sources. — Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) January 25, 2022 Bears hire Ryan Poles as new general manager If Poles’ name sounds familiar to Bears fans, he actually signed with the team as an undrafted free agent out of Boston College in 2008. His playing days never took off, but Poles really made a name for himself off the field. Poles joined the Kansas City front office in 2009 as a player personnel assistant. He’s continued to work...
    Getty Saints secondary coach Kris Richard reacts on the sideline. Three days after the retirement of Keith Butler, the Pittsburgh Steelers‘ search for his replacement is ramping up. NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reported on January 24 that the team has put in a request to interview Saints secondary coach Kris Richard. Richard had a short-lived playing career in the NFL before he took up coaching. He went from a brief stint in the college ranks at USC to the Seattle Seahawks in 2015. He joined the Seahawks as secondary coach before being promoted to replace Dan Quinn as defensive coordinator. In 2015, Seattle had the league’s top-ranked defense, but the team saw those rankings drop with each season. Richard spent two seasons with the Cowboys before he landed in New Orleans. The #Steelers have requested to interview #Saints DBs coach Kris Richard for their vacant defensive coordinator opening, source said. The former #Seahawks DC gets another chance after impressing in New Orleans. — Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) January 25, 2022 Hey, if it doesn’t work out for Richard in...
    Change is in the air. “Black Monday” arrived in the NFL the day after the regular season ended with a flurry of major changes around the league. A week later, the Chicago Bears, Jacksonville Jaguars, Denver Broncos, Minnesota Vikings, New York Giants, Miami Dolphins, Houston Texans and Las Vegas Raiders were searching for new head coaches, and the Bears, Vikings, Giants and Raiders needed new general managers. As a new cycle of firing and hiring proceeds, we’re tracking all of the latest moves. Monday The Bears are interested in speaking again with the Tennessee Titans’ Monti Ossenfort and the New England Patriots’ Eliot Wolf, NFL Network reported. The scoop: Ossenfort and Wolf would join the Chiefs’ Ryan Poles as GM candidates to receive second interviews. Ossenfort, the Titans director of player personnel, has been in Tennessee for two seasons after spending 14 years in the Patriots scouting department. Wolf has been a Patriots senior consultant for two years and was previously the Cleveland Browns assistant general manager for two years. Before that, he spent...
    Change is in the air. “Black Monday” arrived in the NFL the day after the regular season ended with a flurry of major changes around the league. A week later, the Chicago Bears, Jacksonville Jaguars, Denver Broncos, Minnesota Vikings, New York Giants, Miami Dolphins, Houston Texans and Las Vegas Raiders were searching for new head coaches, and the Bears, Vikings, Giants and Raiders needed new general managers. As a new cycle of firing and hiring proceeds, we’re tracking all of the latest moves. Monday The Bears will request second interviews with Jim Caldwell and Dan Quinn, NFL Network reported. The scoop: Caldwell and Quinn — two of the more experienced possibilities for the Bears — join Indianapolis Colts defensive coordinator Matt Eberflus as the only candidates reported to be asked for second interviews. The Bears have interviewed 10 coaching candidates with another, New Orleans Saints defensive coordinator Dennis Allen, set to have his first interview Tuesday. Caldwell was head coach of the Colts for three seasons and the Detroit Lions for four seasons, going 62-50...
    Getty Chariman George McCaskey of the Chicago Bears is currently helping select the team's next head coach and general manager. It has been two weeks since the Chicago Bears fired head coach Matt Nagy and general manager Ryan Pace on Jan. 10, after the team finished with a record at or below .500 for the third straight season. The Bears have been interviewing potential replacements since parting ways with Pace and Nagy, and a five-member search committee consisting of Bears Chairman George McCaskey team President Ted Phillips, Hall of Fame ex-Colts executive Bill Polian, Bears director of player engagement Lamar “Soup” Campbell and Bears Senior VP for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, Tanesha Wade, will select the team’s next head coach and GM. According to NFL Network insider Mike Garafolo, one GM-head coach combination has drawn the interest of Polian, in particular: Colts defensive coordinator Matt Eberflus and Colts Director of College Scouting Morocco Brown. Current Kansas City Chiefs Executive Director of Player Personnel, Ryan Poles, has also impressed in Chicago. There's a lot of talk Bill Polian was...
    It is critically important to have an awareness of where you stack up with your competition, especially when competing for the same job — or in the Miami Dolphins’ case, prospective coaches. One-fourth of the teams in the league are searching for a new coach, and according to numerous people with insight on this NFL job market, the Dolphins have what is viewed as a “middle of the pack” opening when it comes to the eight vacant head coaching positions. To be clear, there are pros and cons to the New York Giants, Minnesota Vikings, Las Vegas Raiders, Jacksonville Jaguars, Houston Texans, Denver Broncos and Dolphins’ head coach openings. Some of teams (Broncos) might come with an unstable ownership or leadership group situation. A handful (Texans, Raiders and Vikings) feature expensive, but top-shelf quarterbacks. Others (Jaguars, Dolphins, Bears) possess young quarterbacks who have upside, but need some refining. A few (Giants, Raiders, Bears and Vikings) will come with new general managers. Some (Dolphins, Jaguars, Broncos) feature GM’s that will likely be on the hot seat...
    Buffalo Bills offensive coordinator Brian Daboll is getting a second interview for the vacant New York Giants head coaching job before some candidates have gotten a chance for a first meeting. The Giants confirmed on Monday that Daboll will meet with co-owners John Mara and Steve Tisch and new general manager Joe Schoen on Tuesday at the team’s headquarters in the Meadowlands sports complex. Daboll was first interviewed on a video call on Friday, hours after Schoen, the former Bills assistant general manager, was hired to replace the retired Dave Gettleman. The Bills have won the past two AFC East titles behind the play of quarterback Josh Allen and Daboll’s high-powered offense. They have had the misfortunate to run into Patrick Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs the past two postseasons, dropping a 42-36 overtime decision Sunday in the divisional round. They lost the AFC title game 38-24 last season. Schoen and ownership also interviewed Bills defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier and Bengals defensive coordinator Lou Anarumo over the weekend. Dallas defensive coordinator Dan Quinn was scheduled to be interviewed Monday...
    Getty The Vikings await a second meeting with GM candidate Ryan Poles, who has a second interview with the Chicago Bears as well. The Minnesota Vikings narrowing their list of general manager candidates down to two may be all but a formality. After interviewing eight executives for the position, the Vikings extended second interview requests to Kansas City Chiefs vice president of player personnel Ryan Poles and Cleveland Browns vice president of football operations Kwesi Adofo-Mensah on Friday, January 21. Both candidates will talk again with Minnesota this week. However, a recent report from Purple Insider Matthew Coller revealed that the Vikings have already wrapped up the position for Poles. But whether Poles takes it remains to be seen. The latest Vikings news straight to your inbox! Join the Heavy on Vikings newsletter here! Join Heavy on Vikings! Poles Awaiting Offer With BearsFew details of other candidate interviews have leaked to the public besides the Vikings’ meeting with Poles on Wednesday, January 19. NFL insider Aaron Wilson reported that Poles “had an impressive interview with Minnesota Vikings,...
    Getty Chairman George McCaskey of the Chicago Bears is part of the team's five-member search committee to find the next GM and head coach. The Chicago Bears are in the midst of what has been a thorough search for a new head coach and general manager. The Bears have been linked to 15 general manager candidates and have put in a request to interview Ryan Poles, the current Kansas City Chiefs executive director of player personnel, a second time. While casting a wide net can be a good thing, a league insider is reporting that Chicago’s broad approach rubbed one GM candidate the wrong way. That’s what Matt Miller, former NFL Draft analyst and current ESPN insider, said on Chicago’s 670 The Score, while Michael Lombardi, a former NFL scout and GM, also shared some eye-opening information about the Bears’ current search for a general manager. ALL the latest Bears news straight to your inbox! Subscribe to the Heavy on Bears newsletter here! Join Heavy on Bears! GM Candidate: It’s Hard to Know How Serious They’re Taking...
    The Giants believe in another Joe now. Buffalo Bills assistant GM Joe Schoen – pronounced “Shane” – was announced on Friday as the franchise’s next general manager. Schoen received the news back in Buffalo, where his Bills were preparing for Sunday’s road Divisional playoff game against the Kansas City Chiefs. But he’s a Giant now. “It is an honor to accept the position of general manager of the New York Giants,” Schoen, 42, a first-time GM, said in a statement released by the team. “I want to thank John Mara and Steve Tisch and their families for this tremendous opportunity. And obviously I am grateful to [Bills GM] Brandon [Beane] and the Bills for the experience I have had in Buffalo.” Schoen was the favorite for the job the whole way, though, the team’s brass found finalists Ryan Poles (Chiefs) and Adam Peters (49ers) impressive, too. Schoen was the first of nine candidates to interview for the Giants’ vacancy originally, and he was the first to visit the Giants’ facility Tuesday in this week’s...
    Change is in the air. “Black Monday” arrived in the NFL the day after the regular season ended with a flurry of major changes around the league. A week later, the Chicago Bears, Jacksonville Jaguars, Denver Broncos, Minnesota Vikings, New York Giants, Miami Dolphins and Houston Texans were searching for new head coaches, and the Bears, Vikings, Giants and Las Vegas Raiders needed new general managers. As a new cycle of firing and hiring proceeds, we’re tracking all of the latest moves. Saturday The Chicago Bears have scheduled a second interview with GM candidate Ryan Poles, according to ESPN. The scoop: Poles, the Kansas City Chiefs executive director of player personnel, is the first GM candidate known to be scheduled for a second Bears interview. He has been in high demand this month, making it to the second round of interviews with the New York Giants and the Minnesota Vikings. The Giants hired Joe Schoen. The Vikings are set to interview Poles on Wednesday, one day after the Bears’ scheduled meeting, according to NFL Network. He...
    Getty Dan Quinn recently garnered comparison to Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin amid the Vikings search for a new head coach. What are the Minnesota Vikings looking for in their next head coach? Think of the one that got away. ESPN insider Jeremy Fowler recently spoke on the Vikings’ search for a new head coach, revealing a top candidate for the job has garnered an intriguing comparison to Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin, formerly the Vikings’ defensive coordinator.Vikings High on Cowboys CoordinatorCovering the head-coach hiring buzz around the NFL, Fowler spoke extensively on the Vikings’ search, noting that the team has been searching for a head coach with Tomlin traits. The 49-year-old Steelers coach has had a long run of success in Pittsburgh, including a Super Bowl win to cap the 2008 season. He’s known for balancing a no-nonsense approach to his coaching while also being personable with his players. Fowler likened Dallas Cowboys defensive coordinator and former Atlanta Falcons head coach Dan Quinn to Tomlin, saying he’s high on the Vikings’ list “if not at...
    Change is in the air. “Black Monday” arrived in the NFL the day after the regular season ended with a flurry of major changes around the league. A week later, the Chicago Bears, Jacksonville Jaguars, Denver Broncos, Minnesota Vikings, New York Giants, Miami Dolphins and Houston Texans were searching for new head coaches, and the Bears, Vikings, Giants and Las Vegas Raiders needed new general managers. As a new cycle of firing and hiring proceeds, we’re tracking all of the latest moves. Friday The New York Giants have hired Joe Schoen to be their general manager, the team announced. The scoop: The Bears interviewed Schoen, the Buffalo Bills assistant general manager, for their vacancy Sunday. Now he’s off the market after the Giants chose him over finalists Adam Peters and Ryan Poles. Schoen has been in his current role for five seasons and also worked with the Miami Dolphins and Carolina Panthers. He will now dive into hiring a new head coach, with Bills coordinators — and Bears candidates — Brian Daboll and Leslie Frazier potential...
    LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) — The Chicago Bears interviewed 1985 championship team member Leslie Frazier for their head coaching vacancy Friday and Kansas City Chiefs executive director of player personnel Ryan Poles for their general manager job. Frazier, a cornerback on Chicago’s only Super Bowl-winning team, coached Minnesota to a 21-32-1 record from 2010 to 2013. He has spent the past four years as the Buffalo Bills’ defensive coordinator. Poles has spent 13 seasons in the Chiefs’ front office, the past year in his current role under general manager Brett Veach. He was the team’s director of college scouting in 2017 when Kansas City drafted Patrick Mahomes with the No. 10 overall pick — after Chicago took Mitchell Trubisky at No. 2. The Bears fired general manager Ryan Pace and coach Matt Nagy after going 6-11. Chicago has interviewed several former head coaches to replace Nagy, including Doug Pederson, Brian Flores and Jim Caldwell, as well as Green Bay Packers offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett, Bills offensive coordinator Brian Daboll, Indianapolis Colts defensive coordinator Matt Eberflus and Tampa Bay Buccaneers offensive...
    EAGAN, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Vikings have targeted two finalists for their general manager job: Cleveland vice president of football operations Kwesi Adofo-Mensah and Kansas City executive director of player personnel Ryan Poles. According to a person with knowledge of the process, speaking Friday to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the team was not announcing the requests, the Vikings have invited both Adofo-Mensah and Poles for a second interview. READ MORE: Minnesota Weather: Rounds Of Light Snow Expected Over The WeekendThe Vikings conducted initial meetings with Adofo-Mensah (Monday) and Poles (Tuesday) in their first round of virtual interviews with eight candidates for the opening created Jan. 10 when Rick Spielman was fired after 16 years with the organization. Owner and president Mark Wilf said the Vikings would seek a diverse set of candidates for the job, and both Adofo-Mensah and Poles are Black. The 40-year-old Adofo-Mensah has degrees from Princeton and Stanford and worked as Wall Street trader before entering the NFL in 2013 with San Francisco in research and development. After seven seasons with the...
    EAGAN, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Vikings have targeted two finalists for their general manager job: Cleveland vice president of football operations Kwesi Adofo-Mensah and Kansas City executive director of player personnel Ryan Poles. According to a person with knowledge of the process, speaking Friday to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the team was not announcing the requests, the Vikings have invited both Adofo-Mensah and Poles for a second interview. The Vikings conducted initial meetings with Adofo-Mensah (Monday) and Poles (Tuesday) in their first round of virtual interviews with eight candidates for the opening created Jan. 10 when Rick Spielman was fired after 16 years with the organization. Owner and president Mark Wilf said the Vikings would seek a diverse set of candidates for the job, and both Adofo-Mensah and Poles are Black. The 40-year-old Adofo-Mensah has degrees from Princeton and Stanford and worked as Wall Street trader before entering the NFL in 2013 with San Francisco in research and development. After seven seasons with the 49ers, Adofo-Mensah was hired by the Browns in 2020. ...
    Getty Former Minnesota Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer (left) and general manager Rick Spielman (right). (Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images) The former Minnesota Vikings brain trust of general manager Rick Spielman and head coach Mike Zimmer have been quiet since they were fired on January 10. Zimmer has not been linked to any coaching vacancies and neither has Spielman for general manager openings. While Zimmer and Spielman were foundational figures of the Vikings’ reemergence of the past decade, the relationship grew sour in the Kirk Cousins era and was severed at some point this season. Deion Sanders said recently that Spielman and Zimmer hadn’t spoken in months during the 2021 season. Spielman recently appeared on the  Move the Sticks podcast, calling out the difficulties of adapting during the Zimmer era. The latest Vikings news straight to your inbox! Join the Heavy on Vikings newsletter here! Join Heavy on Vikings! Spielman Calls Out Zimmer’s StubbornnessWhile Spielman worked with many coaches in his 16 years as a Vikings executive, his tenure as general manager was almost exclusively with Zimmer aside...
    The Minnesota Vikings revealed two finalists for their vacant general manager job on Friday — Chiefs executive director of player personnel Ryan Poles and Browns VP of Football Operations Kwesi Adofo-Mensah. Both candidates are relatively young, as Poles is 36 years old and Adofo-Mensah is 40 years old. Poles would be the more traditional route, as he has a scouting background. Adofo-Mensah has a process-oriented background, meanwhile. The #Vikings are requesting second interviews with #Chiefs executive director of player personnel Ryan Poles and #Browns VP of Football Operations Kwesi Adofo-Mensah for their GM job, per sources. As of now, those are the two finalists. — Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) January 21, 2022 Whoever does take over for former general manager Rick Spielman will have a number of tough decisions to make, starting with the head coaching position. Minnesota parted ways with head coach Mike Zimmer after the season as well, in which they missed the playoffs and severely under-performed despite what on the surface looks like a strong roster. Who should Vikings hire as next general manager?Poles comes from one of the more successful...
    Getty The Vikings' finalists for general manager were revealed on Friday, January 21. After interviewing eight different candidates, the Minnesota Vikings have found two finalists for the team’s general manager position. “The #Vikings are requesting second interviews with #Chiefs executive director of player personnel Ryan Poles and #Browns VP of Football Operations Kwesi Adofo-Mensah for their GM job, per sources. As of now, those are the two finalists,” NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero reported Friday.  Poles, a former college football player who emphasizes scouting, has been with the Kansas City Chiefs since 2009 and was among the lead decision-makers in scouting and drafting Patrick Mahomes. Adofo-Mensah, a former commodities trader with an Ivy League background, made a career change in 2013, taking on research and development for the San Francisco 49ers and building a team that made a 2018 Super Bowl run without a superstar quarterback. “The Vikings wanted to interview a host of candidates with different backgrounds, and that’s certainly reflected in their two finalists for the GM job,” ESPN’s Courtney Cronin tweeted. “Ryan Poles’ strengths on the...
    The New York Giants have found a new general manager. Joe Schoen, the current Buffalo Bills assistant general manager, was named the new Giants general manager on Friday. He will replace Dave Gettleman, who retired at the end of the 2021 season. CLICK HERE FOR MORE SPORTS COVERAGE ON FOXNEWS.COM Buffalo Bills owner Terry Pegula (left) walks with assistant general manager Joe Schoen on Aug. 8, 2019 in Orchard Park, New York. (Brett Carlsen/Getty Images) "We are pleased and proud to name Joe as our general manager," Giants co-owner John Mara said in a statement. "Throughout our search, Joe impressed us with his ability to communicate a progressive and comprehensive vision for our team.  His philosophy and collaborative approach to building a roster and coaching staff align with what we were looking for in a general manager." Schoen had been the assistant GM in Buffalo for the last five seasons. He had a helping hand in reshaping the organization and taking it from a team that barely made the playoffs into a conference title contender. The Bills made the...
    EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — The New York Giants have hired Buffalo Bills assistant general manager Joe Schoen as their new general manager. Co-owners John Mara and Steve Tisch made the announcement Friday, a little more than a week after a starting a search in which they interviewed nine candidates in the first round and gave three a second interview. “Throughout our search, Joe impressed us with his ability to communicate a progressive and comprehensive vision for our team,” Mara said. “His philosophy and collaborative approach to building a roster and coaching staff align with what we were looking for in a general manager.” Schoen got the nod over San Francisco 49ers assistant general manager Adam Peters and Kansas City’s executive director of player personnel Ryan Poles. Schoen faces a major rebuilding process. The Giants have made the playoffs once since winning the Super Bowl in February 2012. They have had five straight double-digit losing seasons, including a 4-13 record this past season. His first job will be to find a coach to replace Joe Judge, who was fired last...
    EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (CBSNewYork) – The New York Giants have made it official, hiring Joe Schoen as their new general manager. Schoen spent the last five season as the assistant general manager of the Buffalo Bills. READ MORE: Comedian, Actor Louie Anderson Dies At 68“We are pleased and proud to name Joe as our general manager,” said Giants president John Mara. “Throughout our search, Joe impressed us with his ability to communicate a progressive and comprehensive vision for our team.  His philosophy and collaborative approach to building a roster and coaching staff align with what we were looking for in a general manager.” “Joe is the kind of exceptional leader we sought to oversee our football operations,” said chairman Steve Tisch. “We will do whatever it takes to support Joe’s vision and strategic plan for success. We are excited to begin this next chapter with Joe as our general manager.” READ MORE: Christina Darling Arrested After Allegedly Spitting On Children In Brooklyn, Making Antisemitic RemarksSchoen was the first of nine candidates interviewed for the position. “Steve and I were both...
    Getty The New York Giants find their new GM. The New York Giants have found their guy. According to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport and Mike Garafolo, the organization has identified Buffalo Bills assistant general manager Joe Schoen as their next GM and both parties are currently in the midst of finalizing a deal. The #Giants have identified #Bills assistant GM Joe Schoen as their next GM, per me and @MikeGarafolo. They will begin working on a deal. The right-hand man to Buffalo GM Brandon Beane is ready to run his own place. He’ll do it at NYG. — Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) January 21, 2022 More to come… The latest Giants news straight to your inbox! Subscribe to the Heavy on Giants newsletter here! Sign up for the Heavy on Giants Newsletter! READ NEXT Giants Linked to Canadian Football League Standout, Work Out 4 Players Giants Considered a Top Trade Option for 3-Time Pro Bowl QB Top College Coach Eyeing Giants Job, Says Team’s Super Bowl Champion Russell Wilson Exploring Trade Options, Giants Floated in Record-Setting Deal...
    LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — The Dodgers filled a position that has been vacant since 2018 on Tuesday, when they promoted Brandon Gomes to General Manager. OAKLAND, CA – April 5: Manager Dave Roberts #30 and Assistant General Manager Brandon Gomes of the Los Angeles Dodgers on the field before the game against the Oakland Athletics at RingCentral Coliseum on April 5, 2021 in Oakland, California. The Dodgers defeated the Athletics 10-3. (Photo by Michael Zagaris/Oakland Athletics/Getty Images) READ MORE: Dodgers Legend Gil Hodges Inducted Into Baseball Hall Of FameGomes joined the team’s front office in 2017 following a brief professional career spent in between the Major Leagues and the minors. He will be the first person to fill the role since the departure of Farhan Zaidi, who left the organization to join the San Francisco Giants as President of Baseball Operations in 2018. Zaidi acted as GM for the Dodgers since 2014. Gomes told Spectrum SportsNet LA on Tuesday that he was, “Really appreciative and grateful for the opportunity.” Gomes was initially hired into the player development department as...
    LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) — The Chicago Bears interviewed Tampa Bay Buccaneers offensive coordinator Byron Leftwich and longtime NFL executive Reggie McKenzie for their coach and general manager jobs on Thursday. Tampa Bay has set franchise records for points and touchdowns in each of Leftwich’s three seasons as offensive coordinator — with Jameis Winston at quarterback the first year and Tom Brady the past two. The Buccaneers won the Super Bowl last season after Brady arrived from New England. Leftwich, a former NFL quarterback, got his first coaching job in the league in 2016 as an assistant on Bruce Arians’ staff with Arizona. He spent three years with the Cardinals before joining Arians in Tampa Bay. McKenzie, a senior personnel executive with the Miami Dolphins the past three seasons, spent 18 years in Green Bay’s front office and had a hand in two Super Bowl championships. He was the Packers’ director of football operations from 2008 to 2011 and was the Oakland Raiders’ general manager from 2012 to 2018. McKenzie drafted current Bears star pass rusher Khalil Mack with the...
    EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (CBSNewYork) — The New York Giants held their third in-person interview for their general manager position Thursday. San Francisco 49ers assistant general manager Adam Peters was at the training facility, meeting with Giants owners and front office personnel. READ MORE: Seward Park High School Cheerleading Squad Raises Enough Money For Trip To NationalsAs CBS2’s Otis Livingston reports, there are no more general manager interviews on the schedule for the Giants at this time. READ MORE: Reaves, Fox Score 2 Each As Rangers Beat Maple LeafsThe three finalists, for now, are Peters, Buffalo Bills assistant general manager Joe Schoen and Kansas City Chiefs executive director of player personnel Ryan Poles. MORE NEWS: Nets Hold Off Wizards' Rally, Beat WashingtonThere could be a decision before the weekend.
    Another Los Angeles Chargers season ended without a playoff appearance, and that marks the seventh time they’ve failed to qualify for the postseason in GM Tom Telesco’s nine years. But hey, there’s nothing to worry about, he said. "I don’t think a lot about job security," Telesco told reporters. CLICK HERE FOR MORE SPORTS COVERAGE ON FOXNEWS.COM Los Angeles Chargers General Manager Tom Telesco at the podium during the NFL Scouting Combine on March 2, 2017 at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, IN. (Zach Bolinger/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images) And it might indeed to be silly for the Chargers to make a move at this point. After all, they came within one boneheaded decision from coach Brandon Staley to get back to the playoffs this year. It came in the regular-season’s final game, when Staley called a timeout in overtime during a game that was tied vs. the Los Angeles Raiders. Had the game ended in a tie, both the Chargers and Raiders would have qualified for a playoff spot. The Raiders admittedly were content to let the clock...
    EAGAN, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Vikings completed their first round of general manager interviews Thursday by meeting with Cleveland vice president of player personnel Glenn Cook and New England scouting consultant Eliot Wolf. Philadelphia defensive coordinator Jonathan Gannon also interviewed for head coach. Wolf and Cook became the seventh and eighth external candidates to interview with the Vikings for the general manager vacancy created when Rick Spielman was fired after 16 seasons with the team. Spielman had the general manager title with full authority over the roster for 10 seasons. The Vikings are concurrently searching for a head coach after firing Mike Zimmer at the conclusion of his eighth season. The team requested interviews with eight people and has now met with four of those candidates. Wolf, the son of former Green Bay general manager Ron Wolf, just finished his second season with the Patriots. He spent 14 seasons in various personnel roles with the Packers, but he was passed over for the general manager job there in 2018 when Brian Gutekunst was promoted. Wolf then spent two...
    EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — The New York Giants seemingly have finished their interviews for a general manager, meeting with San Francisco 49ers assistant GM Adam Peters on Thursday. Peters was the third candidate to have a second interview for the job that opened when Dave Gettleman retired a day after the Giants finished a 4-13 season. New York, which has not made the playoffs since 2016, also had two interviews with Buffalo Bills assistant general manager Joe Schoen and Kansas City’s executive director of player personnel Ryan Poles. There was no immediate indication when the Giants planned to announce their new general manager. His first job will be to hire a new coach. Joe Judge was fired the day after Gettleman retired. Judge had a 10-23 record in two seasons. Peters met with co-owners Steve Tisch and John Mara, along with Mara’s brother Chris, the senior vice president of player personnel, at the team’s headquarters. He also got a tour of the facility and met other members of the front office. Peters, 42, is finishing his first season as...