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Brian Xanders also a GM candidate

The most obvious hole in the Dolphins general manager search so far had been experience. The team had looked away from multiple candidates who had been general managers in the past. Until now.

Brian Xanders, who served as the Denver general manager from 2009-2012, is expected to interview for the Dolphins job, according to ESPN.

Xanders is the Detroit Lions senior personnel director. He joined the club in 2013 after his situation under John Elway in Denver became untenable.

During his tenure as general manager, the Broncos won the AFC West in 2011 and 2012. 

The Broncos had nine starters from Xanders' draft classes, including three Pro Bowl players while Xanders was still on the job: LB Von Miller, WR Demaryius Thomas and OG Zane Beadles. The opening day roster of the 2013 Broncos had 18 starters from the 2008-12 draft classes.

Before joining the Broncos, Xanders worked 14 seasons with the Atlanta Falcons in various scouting, player personnel, and football operations roles. Xanders attended Florida State University.

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who from where?.
lol

Armando,
did all of these also rans learn from there mistakes
or those who forget their past are doooooooooomed 2 repeat it?
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lol

dats aton of folks comin' in and out of camp davie at least, ya'll can't bch 'bout that
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lol

meh, he also drafted Tim tebow in the first round... probably more to do with McDaniels tho

at one point, ALL these guys are "up and comers"....Polian, Parcells, Belichik....they ALL needed that first opportunity.....we dont know if any of them will be good, but its just the process--interview, hire well (gulp), and hope for the best--sounds like thats what we're doing....

don't let xanders leave cheap ross/aponte


The Broncos executed high-producing NFL Draft classes over the last three years, which finished #1 in the NFL in playtime and #2 in games started during 2010-12. There were nine primary starters from those draft classes, including three Pro Bowl players: LB Von Miller, WR Demaryius Thomas and OG Zane Beadles. The opening day roster of the 2013 Broncos had 18/25 starters from the draft classes from 2008-2012. There were also eight other Pro Bowl players who were acquired, signed or extended during his tenure: QB Peyton Manning (FA, 2012), SS Brian Dawkins (UFA, 2009–11), WR Brandon Lloyd (FA, 2009–11), RB Willis McGahee (FA, 2011), CB Champ Bailey (re-signed, 2011), DE Elvis Dumervil (re-signed, 2010), WR Brandon Marshall (re-signed, 2010), and OT Ryan Clady (1st round, 2008).

imfo.xanders is it

Fo those who missed this on last blog


Brian Xanders (born April 10, 1971) is an American football executive and former Florida State football player. He is the former general manager for the Denver Broncos of the National Football League (NFL).

Xanders joined the Lions as senior personnel executive in 2013, following a five-year stint with the Denver Broncos, including the last four seasons as the Broncos’ general manager. For the Detroit Lions, he will assist the player personnel department in college scouting, pro personnel, and scouting systems development.

This season marks his 20th NFL season which includes him serving in a variety of player personnel, scouting, football operations and coaching staff roles during his time at three different teams (Lions, Broncos and Falcons). He has direct experience in player evaluations with the last 16 NFL Draft classes and 12 Free Agency periods.

During his tenure as the Broncos’ general manager, Broncos won the AFC West Division for the last two years (2011-2012), where 55/61 players (90%) were acquired through the draft, free agency or re-signed during his tenure as GM. Denver became only the third team since the 1970 NFL merger to win its division and a playoff game with a new head coach following four wins the previous season.

The Broncos executed high-producing NFL Draft classes over the last three years, which finished #1 in the NFL in playtime and #2 in games started during 2010-12. There were nine primary starters from those draft classes, including three Pro Bowl players: LB Von Miller, WR Demaryius Thomas and OG Zane Beadles. The opening day roster of the 2013 Broncos had 18/25 starters from the draft classes from 2008-2012. There were also eight other Pro Bowl players who were acquired, signed or extended during his tenure: QB Peyton Manning (FA, 2012), SS Brian Dawkins (UFA, 2009–11), WR Brandon Lloyd (FA, 2009–11), RB Willis McGahee (FA, 2011), CB Champ Bailey (re-signed, 2011), DE Elvis Dumervil (re-signed, 2010), WR Brandon Marshall (re-signed, 2010), and OT Ryan Clady (1st round, 2008).

Armando. have u'r source break the lock at camp davie so xanders can't leave
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lol

again...assuming Ross offers a reasonable/competitive salary, ANY of these guys will take the job (with the Tampa obviously in play too)--who among this group has the cred/leverage to say no? The only (huge) issue is whether we choose the right one....

i'll b fkn pixxed if xanders leaves, he needs to b at the sr bowl f;n now!

i thought all the quality candidates wanted to steer clear of our dysfunctional organization?

Xanders would be awesome - if the Dolphins are looking for a personnel type of guy, his track record speaks for itself. Look at how many injuries Denver has endured this year and their depth is just fantastic. His drafts were great - they've got 2 guys starting who were drafted in the 5th round. That says something about this guy. And we all know it was McD who wanted Tebow, but they also took Demaryius Thomas in the 1st round before Tebow and he is a knockout WR. Decker and Beatles also came from that draft, as well as Walton who was a starter before injuries derailed his starting job.

Julius Thomas (4th) and Virgil Green (7th) were both late round picks the next year and are good players, in addition to Miller, Moore, Franklin and Irving who are all starters from the 2011 draft. Last year Treveathan and Jackson were both late round guys who now start/play significant minutes. You've got to appreciate what Xanders did from 09-12, especially with the late round picks and depth in addition to hitting on all first rounders except Tebow. Then again, Tebow filled the seats and even won them a playoff game with a really good D, a great o-line, and tons of surrounding talent.

I think of all the guys, Xanders made me the most excited when I heard he interviewed.

ross don't fk this ^ again

actually, once you put aside the rumors/speculation about the Dolphins front office structure, most GMs would probably love to work for an owner like Ross--as we've seen, Ross is loyal probably to a fault, so the new GM should have plenty of rope and quite a few years to get things in order--plus he's coming into a weak structure, where Philbin appears to be on the hot seat....so a new GM, if good and saavy, could take control of the heirarchy fairly quickly with good decisions (draft, etc)--Ross has shown he wont fire guys quickly, so what GM wouldnt like that environment?


Xanders has an impressive Wiki page, for sure.

I wonder what happened in Denver, doesn't seem like you'd let that guy get away?

Will he also bow to me and lick my toes?

agree jsm.....geez, who would want to be GM of the Dolphins, live with their family in Miami, get paid a few mill/year, take over a young roster with some talent that was 8-8 and in the playoff hunt till the end....bump elbows with Marino, Shula and LeBron? Yeah, who would want that job?

Rdubs,

Comprehensive stats. Nice job.

c'mon ross, sounds like a very intriguing prospect! imho, this guy sounds like the real deal and get kubiak as the OC (former qb coach), and were good.........

sure Dawn....but if he's bowing, he's in a better position to lick.....hey, invite him over!

Mark,

I think the Tebow pick was all McDaniels.

Anybody know much about Xanders? Sounds good. How come he was let go in Denver? Power struggle? Elway wanted his own structure?

He drafted Toronto native Orlando Franklin? Ok, I'm sold!

Chad Henne > Tannehill

Yeah, Tebow pick did smell of McDaniels ... yeah, I'd take this guy...

Toe jam > 2 watt

yesterday I said I prefer Farmer. Now Xander is at top my list. I have a feeling I will be wishy wash until the GM is chosen.

McAdoo interviewing today SURPRISE!! I wouldn be shocked if he isnt our OC by the end of the week...BOO


I would have so much more respect for Philbin if he went out on a ledge and picked up Shan-da-man or Lazar Beam! I just dont see Philbin stepping outside of his comfort zone

tannehill the future hahah funny

John Schneider? He's done well for both the 49ers and Seahawks.

Tim Tebow has been allowed to start 3/4 of one season. In that season, he took a 1-4 team to 9-7 (going 8-3) and then went 1-1 in the playoffs, including a defeat of the vaunted Steelers, in which he threw for 316 yards.

Remind me what the Fins' playoff record is in the past 15 years again.

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Just pick somebody already!

Philbin may be setting himself up for failure with going with a first time OC. he already has one loser at DC. Now, an inexperienced rook. May be his downfall...

My understanding is that McDaniels was give most of the control while HC in Denver, which obviously proved to be a mistake. So is Xanders seen as a guy who wouldn't have a lot of control here and just work in tandem with Philbin. Anyone know if he has any connection to Philbin at all? I know they've both been with different organizations but do we need these guys to have ties for this to be successful?

More importantly, can he put a God damn OL together?......

another story coming out of the NY Post today is stating that tonight is the rubber match of the EAR Wrestling Championship between Obama vs Ross. If Ross wins it's a given he'll be investigated by the IRS

Mark,


I agree, I dont want a first time OC who has never called a play. We already have an OC for a coach that doesnt call plays. I see alot of wasted timeouts LOL

lol

Sorry Tebow, didn't know you were ont his blog... how's she doing? I'd be willing to meet her if you're still a virgin and you are just friends???

http://www.ibtimes.com/tim-tebows-girlfriend-who-gods-quarterback-dating-photos-382178

Doesn't get any more pathetic than when somebody posts a pretty brain dead thought on one blog, then transfers it to a new blog.

At least i gave you guys a nice new logo your stuck with for the next 5 years.
I got the idea from the USFL Boston Breakers and combined it with a sperm whale.

Only thing about the OC, what if McAdoo is that. Good? Seems a lot of teams wanted/want him. I think Cleveland even interviewed him for their HC job. I honestly don't care who they hire, just get it right.

"Brian Xanders is expected to interview for the job, according to ESPN."

Is expected to interview?

Oh yeah, and that hot girl you're had your eye on is expected to call you tomorrow? Right?

finfan....oh, its gets alot more pathetic than that....its early

benz,

Sad but true.

Really would like to see Shanahan brought in.

If the new GM can get us a franchise QB he's done his job. If he cant he wont succeed.

Here's a headline:

Aliens are expected to land their flying saucer on the field in the middle of Dolphins Stadium and lead the Phins out of their losing ways by sharing ancient alien technology.

This is how ridiculous this situation has become.

Any of the names being floated are better than Ireland at identifying talent.

And to THINK, some people here cautioned bloggers to be wary what you wish for.

Yea a better GM! Look at this guys record & put it up to Jeff Ireland and continue to tell me Ireland was average.

PUHHHHHLEASE! Not only was Ireland bottom 3rd in the NFL he was always looked down upon in many circles.

By losing Ireland the Phins get better in 2ways. Talent acquisition & image. Win Win situation.

Detroit Lions ‏@DetroitLionsNFL 7m

After one of the best #Lions draft classes in recent memory, Brian Xanders will interview for vacant GM job in Miami. http://bit.ly/19s2sqZ

Any of the names being floated are better than Ireland at identifying talent.


Posted by: LOL | January 14, 2014 at 10:57 AM


Ireland, the worst GM ever.

I didn't know that Philbin almost quit after being told he had to do something with Sherman?

Heck, Mickey Mouse would be an upgrade to Ireland.

Randy Mueller
Rick Spielman
Jeff Ireland

Next?

This is from a Denver Bronco Blog from May, 2012 regarding Xander's credentials:

** Draft 2010: The Broncos made a splash in the first round of the draft by making two trades down and two trades up and ultimately winding up with wide receiver Demaryius Thomas at No. 22 and quarterback Tim Tebow at No. 25. The Broncos also drafted starters Zane Beadles, J.D. Walton and Eric Decker in the second day of the draft"
Sign the guy immediately. This one draft is better than most of JI's combined drafts. If you watch the game, these players are the real deal, play with heart and make plays. Even Tim Tebow, a Josh McDaniels move.

Is the Philbin almost quit rumor another Salguero story?

I didn't know that Philbin almost quit after being told he had to do something with Sherman?

Posted by: The Noble King Ethelwulf | January 14, 2014 at 11:00 AM

Too bad he didn't. Him & his entire staff are part of the problem. Ross is so dumb he insists on firing Sherman but, nothing about Turner?

How about our D coordinator who is an absolute doofus?

As much as I've been on the Fireland bandwagon, he did bring in FA talent this year. Yes, that is an indictment of his drafting but, there is no excuse for everyone he brought in to regress here than last year.

This coaching staff is clueless how to utilize players.

Sadly, until Ross is gone we'll continue to be stuck in this ridiculous pattern of coach, GM firings & searches every other year.

They come & go together! Hopefully the new GM will convince Ross at seasons end that Philbin & his staff stink & help us move on.

So Ireland failed to build a team for Spporano. Then he was retained to build a team for Philbin. He failed.

No, a new GM will build a team for Philbin & next year for potentially someone else?

Ross is a friggin joke. Period.

Tannebust got Sherman and Ireland fired lol

yeah, whoever's idea it was to draft Tebow can get a pass....every GM/coach/evaluator has a few nicks or more on their draft record--we know this better than anybody....many felt Tebow wouldnt be a good NFL QB but opinions were certainly mixed--hard to argue with the guys college success--have certainly been much worse late 1st round draft picks--non issue....

Where does this Philbin almost quitting report come from? I haven't come across the story. Was this reported?

Tebow > Tannehill

Will the new OC use the Go/Go Go snap count?

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