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Titans’ Monti Ossenfort is the latest to interview

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The Giants didn’t just forget to cancel the interview of GM candidate Monti Ossenfort after firing head coach Joe Judge.

Featured over the past year as one of the co-favorites to replace Dave Gettleman due to his close relationship with the judge, Ossenfort’s resume was worth considering on its own. After all, Ossenfort was a finalist in the 2020 Browns GM search – the job went to Andrew Berry, but the competition also included current Vikings GM George Paton – and he was one of four finalists in a search of 15 candidates by the Panthers in 2021. The other three are also part of the Giants squad.

“Monti is a good gatherer of information who gets a lot of respect when he enters college because they know he’s trustworthy,” a league source familiar with Ossenfort told The Post. “He is a very good people manager and talent evaluator. He will sit and listen, but he will have the [guts] make the decision himself and not do it in a disrespectful way to the people who gave him the information.

Setting up day three of double talks led by Giants co-owners John Mara and Steve Tisch and senior director of player personnel Chris Mara must have created an awkward dynamic in Nashville, Tennessee, where the Titans are goodbye. as the top seed in the AFC playoffs.

Monti Ossenfort interviewed for the Giants GM opener on Friday.

Ossenfort on Friday immediately interviewed the person directly above him in the organizational hierarchy, Titans vice president of player personnel Ryan Cowden, who was a candidate for Washington’s 2021 general manager. Titans Jon Robinson made Cowden one of his first big hires in 2016 and then brought in Ossenfort (a former colleague of eight years) in 2020 when Ossenfort’s contract with the Patriots was about to expire. expire and the move could no longer be blocked by Bill Belichick.

“Monti is the guy Jon Robinson has listened to the most for a year and a half,” the source said. “He’s going to have a good relationship with a head coach, whether he knows him or not and whatever his personality type. A general manager who blames a head coach when players are underperforming – or when the one talks about the other – always fails.

Ossenfort spent six seasons as director of college scouting for the Patriots, succeeding Robinson. His tenure overlaps with a slowdown in the Patriots’ draft and development strategy, but tape grinders who’ve been in pieces with Ossenfort praise his keen sense of assessment. The Titans relied on Ossenfort the most for his voice project.

“Monti is a solid scout and comes from a detail background,” another league source said. “No one on the Giants roster has ever picked a player or been a final decider before.”

Ossenfort won’t need introductions to many of the candidates commanding interviews for the other seven NFL head coaching vacancies. The Giants will wait to begin interviews for the judge’s replacement after hiring a general manager, but former Dolphins head coach Brian Flores, Bills offensive coordinator Brian Daboll, Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels and coach Patriots linebacker Jerod Mayo all overlapped in New England with Ossenfort.

While Belichick’s coaching tree is full of duds, his executive tree has yielded more encouraging results, including Robinson, Super Bowl-winning Buccaneers general manager Jason Licht and former Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff. Other recent proteges include Bob Quinn, who was fired by the Lions last season, and Nick Caserio of the Texans, who is set to hire a second head coach in as many seasons.

“He’s qualified on his own,” the first source said. “Monti has that Boston experience to run the bigger market and do his thing.”

Cowden spent most of his 16-year career scouting for the Panthers and earned a promotion to assistant manager when the Panthers’ general manager was…Gettleman. But that association, while not popular with Giants fans, shouldn’t matter as Gettleman’s right-hand man with the Panthers, Brandon Beane, went on to become a successful general manager with the Bills.

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

Titans’ Monti Ossenfort is the latest to interview

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