My final 4 candidates for the next GM of the Tennessee Titans


If Ruston Webster gets the boot, which is no guarantee, the Tennessee Titans need a smart shortlist of candidates to fill his job. While the much maligned Webster hasn’t done a terrible job, in fact he did get Marcus Mariota, Taylor Lewan, Brian Orakpo, Derrick Morgan (re-signed), Jurrell Casey (extended before free agency), and Avery Williamson.

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That list of players is a pretty great collection of talent at very important positions. However, some big swings and misses along with the horrible development of the skill positions on this team may end up with Webster in the unemployment line.

After looking over a bunch of names this is my “final four”.

1. Scott Fitterer, Seattle Seahawks

Since his promotion to director of college scouting, Fitterer has turned this franchise around. Look at the players he has been a part of drafting:

-K.J. Wright LB

-Richard Sherman CB

-Byron Maxwell CB

-Malcolm Smith LB

-Doug Baldwin WR

-Bruce Irvin EDGE

-Bobby Wagner LB

-Russell Wilson QB

-Tharold Simon CB

-Luke Willson TE

-Frank Clark DE

-Tyler Lockett WR/KR

-Thomas Rawls RB

That is a staggering amount of talent in five years.

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  • 2. Jerry Reese, New York Giants

    You, may not know this but Reese is from a small town in Tennessee so if he is fired from the Giants you can bet that there will be some interest in coming to Nashville. You may have forgotten in the last two years when players like Victor Cruz, JPP, and others have had terrible injuries that have doomed seasons, but Reese is an outstanding GM.

    If you think that Eli Manning isn’t a great quarterback, then you essentially credit Reese as being the architect of two Super Bowl winning defenses. He has been outstanding in his time in New York and he knows exactly how to build around a quarterback, he is boarderline the perfect candidate.

    3. Kyle O’Brien, Jacksonville Jaguars

    O’Brien has been the director of college scouting for Jacksonville for three years and he has brought some great pieces to their team, including three very good young receivers and a QB who is putting up some big stats. While the results aren’t showing in the win-loss column, there is a difference in that team. That is why he is the perfect person to steal. With him comes inside knowledge of the team and it steals some of their confidence away while they are still young.

    Also, he has a heck of a pedigree. He was a part of the Kansas City Chiefs when Andy Reid came in and rebuilt that team into a winner. Before that he was with the dynastic Patriots through all of their Super Bowls.

    4. Phil Kreidler, Pittsburgh Steelers

    This is more of the veteran hire for the Titans. If you want someone who screams stability over boom or bust, Kreidler makes a lot of sense. He has been a scout with the Steelers for 23 years and has been a part of the complete rebuild of that team.

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    The constant depth of talent and smart coaching decisions are sure to be clear staples of his job as GM whenever he eventually leaves. In his time as head of college scouting, he has drafted Ryan Shazier, Stephon Tuitt, Martavius Bryant, and Bud Dupree, in just the last two years. That is now a huge part of the young core of players that will be veterans by the time the team has to build around a new QB.

    In fact, in the draft before that may have lofted him to his new job he could help build around a current quarterback by adding LeVeon Bell and Markus Wheaton in the second and third round. That’s right, a GM who can finally add an elite running back and a very good wide receiver in the middle rounds.

    Any of these four would be great hires, even if you don’t know their names yet. While candidates from the New England Patriots, Arizona Cardinals, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Carolina Panthers, and Denver Broncos were considered, these were the clear winner in my opinion.