What the Tennessee Titans have been able to accomplish over the past six seasons since GM Jon Robinson was hired is a testament to the collective vision of the owners, the General Manager and the staff he put together in Nashville. The Titans’ front office has been a clear strength of the franchise, which is why NFL teams suddenly taking interest in some of the team’s highest ranking officials should come as no surprise. Two of Robinson’s highest ranking front office executives, Ryan Cowden and Monte Ossenfort, were brought in by the New York Giants to interview for the newly vacant GM position on Friday.
Giants GM interviews …— Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) January 14, 2022
• Today: Titans VP Ryan Cowden, Titans DPP Monti Ossenfort.
• Tomorrow: Ravens DPP Joe Hortiz.
• Early next week: 49ers ass't GM Adam Peters, 49ers DPP Ran Carthon.
(Joe Schoen, Adrian Wilson, Quentin Harris, Ryan Poles already interviewed.)
After serving 16 seasons with various roles in the Carolina Panthers’ front office, Cowden joined the Titans’ front office six seasons ago as the Director of Player Personnel. In 2018, he was promoted to his current role as the team’s Vice President of Player Personnel. Cowden’s fingerprints are all over the Titans’ draft classes since his arrival. Not only does he assist the team in NFL Draft preparation, but Cowden also contributes in free agent evaluations. By being Robinson’s right-hand man, it should come as no surprise that teams are sniffing around with front office jobs opening up around the league.
Titans Director of Player Personnel Monte Ossenfort is another hot name to watch this offseason. Ossenfort completed his interview with Giants on Friday as well. Like Cowden, Ossenfort’s resume is nothing to scoff at. Ossenfort joined the Titans’ front office in 2020 after spending 15 years with the New England Patriots, where he served as director of college scouting for six of those seasons.
New York is not the only team that is courting Ossenfort. The Minnesota Vikings have also submitted a request to the Titans to bring him in for an interview. Ossenfort grew up in Luvurne, Minnesota and attended college at the University of Minnesota-Morris, where he started at quarterback for two seasons. Ossenfort’s career in professional football began in 2001, when he served as an intern for the Vikings training camp.
Titans’ director of player personnel, Monte Ossenfort, also on #Vikings list. Finalist for the Panthers job last year. Has 14 years with Patriots before joining the Titans in 2020.— Kevin Brown (@KevinBrownNFL) January 13, 2022
Titans fans should not anticipate both of these executives to be retained Ossenfort is the most likely of the two to land a GM job in the near future. However, this is not necessarily a bad thing. By hiring these two valuable members of the Titans front office, Robinson has proven that he knows how to get the right people working alongside of him. No doubt he will be just as successful bringing in new talent in the front office as he is with players on the football field.
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