Tennessee Titans front desk staff begin interviews with GM

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As expected, interest in serving members of the Tennessee Titans personnel is on the rise.

Director of player personnel Monti Ossenfort will speak to the Minnesota Vikings this weekend, according to to an ESPN.com report Friday. The Vikings are looking for a new general manager, and their choice will secure the hiring of a head coach.

Minnesota fired general manager Rick Spielman and coach Mike Zimmer after going 8-9 in 2021 and making playoff appearances the past four seasons.

Osenfort, 43 years old, has already interviewed with the New York Giants as part of looking for this team also for a new general manager.

The Giants, who fired general manager Dave Gettleman and coach Joe Judge after a 4-13 campaign, also interviewed Tennessee vice president of player personnel Ryan Cowden. Both interviews took place on Friday. Cowden and Ossenfort were the fifth and sixth candidates to meet with franchise officials, respectively.

Ossenfort will be one of the first to speak to the Vikings. He is a Minnesota native and played quarterback at the University of Minnesota-Morris (an NCAA Division III program), where he was a starter for two years. His first experience in the NFL was as a training camp intern with the Vikings in 2001.

Most of his professional experience came with the New England Patriots. He served in several roles over 14 seasons with them, including director of college scouting, national and regional scouting. He also spent time with the Houston Texans.

Tennessee hired him in 2020, when Cowden was promoted from director of player personnel to his current role. Cowden, 43, has been with the franchise since 2018.

The Titans set an NFL single-season record with 91 players used in the just-concluded regular season. That, combined with them finishing 12-5 and earning the No. 1 seed in the AFC playoffs, helped make Cowden and Ossenfort prominent candidates for this year’s general manager positions. Each interviewed for the general manager jobs available in recent years without success.

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