Thursday, January 9, 2014
Big Blue Morning: Ross is big in Florida
By Dan Graziano ESPN.com
Marc Ross, who is the New York Giants' VP of Player Evaluation, in charge of their drafts and the top lieutenant to GM Jerry Reese, is reportedly being sought by teams in Florida as a GM candidate. The Buccaneers and the Dolphins have both reached out to ask permission to interview Ross for their GM vacancies, according to reports.
Remains to be seen, of course, whether he gets offered the jobs or whether he'd take one if offered. The Dolphins' GM job comes with a fair amount of backroom politics these days. But Ross always seems to be a name that comes up, and there aren't many of these jobs in the world, so if things move along, Reese could be looking for someone new to run the Giants' draft.
That may not, quite honestly, be a bad thing for the organization. Nothing against Ross in particular, but owner John Mara made it clear in his postseason news conference that he's not happy with the way recent drafts have worked out for the Giants. They've taken some chances on some guys in the middle rounds who haven't developed, and it's left their roster thin in key spots. Whether Ross stays or leaves, there are likely to be some changes in the Giants' personnel department this offseason, and the team is likely to examine potentially different ways of evaluating players.
In case you missed it Wednesday night, there's also a new name in the mix for offensive coordinator, as Packers quarterbacks coach Ben McAdoo is set to interview for that job Saturday. He'd fit the description of someone with a fresh voice and new ideas, as opposed to a former Giants offensive assistant like Mike Sullivan. We talked Wednesday on NFL Insiders about whether Eli Manning would respond well to a new system at this late stage of his career, and Chris Mortensen and I agreed that he likely would be energized by it. Interesting to see which direction the Giants go with this, and how much they plan to change their offensive system for 2014 and beyond.