MARC ROSSCURRENT JOB:
Director of College Scouting, New York Giants (2007-Present)AGE:
National Scout, Buffalo Bills (2004-2006)
College Scouting Director, Philadelphia Eagles (2000-2004)
Eastern Regional Scout, Philadelphia Eagles (1997-2000)EXPERIENCE:
Talent Evaluation - 16 Years
Talent Acquisition - 10 Years
Salary Cap Management - NonePANTHER CONNECTIONS:
Was with the Eagles during Head Coach Ron Rivera’s tenure as a linebacker coach (1996-2003). Also there for seven of the years that Sean McDermott was with the Eagles and may have worked directly with McDermott, whose title from 1999-2000 was “Scouting Administrative Coordinator”. ODDS AND ENDS:
Became the youngest person ever named a Director of College Scouting in 2000 with the Eagles (age 27). Has previously interviewed for GM jobs with the Bears, Colts, Raiders and Seahawks.ANALYSIS:
Easily the favorite name on the lips of Huddlers these days, and there are reasons. The Giants have been to two Super Bowls and have been consistent contenders since Ross started running their drafts in 2007. They’ve found their share of stars in the draft and even post draft with guys like Victor Cruz. Throw in that he’s a hot name in the “future GM” discussion around the league and he comes off in interviews as a guy who knows what he’s talking about.
So where’s the downside?
While Ross’ pedigree in personnel evaluation looks great, he has zero experience in cap management. That’s a bit of an issue for a team that’s likely to have a complicated (putting it mildly) cap situation in the years to come. You’d likely also need to bring in a good cap man to work with him. Some might point to Rob Rogers, but it’s fair to remember that Rogers was party to the creation of that ‘complicated’ situation.
Throw in that Ross’ interview history has a Riveraesque tint to it. He’s been a hot candidate for a while now, and despite being interviewed repeatedly, no one’s made him an offer.
Of course, that may now change with Ernie Accorsi being handed the reins of the Panthers GM search. And compared to a guy like Eric DeCosta, the chances of getting him are actually pretty good. The Giants really don’t have anything more they can promote him to, and unlike DeCosta he’s actually accepted interviews in other places.
So yeah, this one’s a real possibility.QUOTABLE:
"He's a veteran personnel guy, and he's been around two or three different clubs, so he's seen how things are done differently at different places. And he's smart. He's a people person, a terrific evaluator, and he's qualified."
- Jerry Reese, General Manager – New York GiantsFURTHER READING:
Giants Team Bio (link
New York Giants Draft History at NFL.com (link
A closer look at Marc Ross of the Giants (link
Giants have select talent in top scout (link
Director of Scouting Marc Ross on (2011) Draft Picks (link