The Washington Football Team intends to hire a new general manager and that move could come as soon as Tuesday, according to a source with knowledge of the situation.
For the past week Washington head coach Ron Rivera has been conducting interviews with multiple prospects for the vacant position, and on Monday NFL Network reported that former Panthers GM Marty Hurney became the lead candidate for the job.
There have been a number of candidates for the job – reported by multiple outlets – including personnel executives like Ryan Cowden of the Titans, Martin Mayhew of the 49ers, Nick Polk from Atlanta and JoJo Wooden from the Chargers. Internal candidate Eric Stokes also interviewed for the job while notably Kyle Smith did not.
Hurney’s candidacy was first reported on Monday, but it makes complete sense. He first hired Rivera to be a head coach in 2011 with the Panthers, and after he was fired from Carolina this season, Washington’s head coach spoke glowingly about his old boss.
« As far as Marty Hurney is concerned, I really appreciated working with him. He’s a very hard worker and a very bright man. He knows the game. If you look at what he helped us build in Carolina when he helped us build our run, it’s pretty impressive. He pretty much put a lot of pieces into place, » Rivera said in December.
It remains entirely possible that Hurney joins the front office in a capacity other than GM, and somebody else gets that job.
Fans must remember that Rivera is the de facto football boss – that’s what happens in a « coach-centric approach » – and the hire will be his choice along with team owner Dan Snyder. The plan is to let Rivera focus more on the field, and let the new GM work alongside Rob Rogers, the Senior VP of Football Administration, to handle the football business and evaluation.