Posted 27 October 2012 - 12:21 PM
Should be able to get the profile for Marc Ross up this weekend, but let me give you a quick preview for where my thinking is headed on this topic.
I know if you took a vote amongst Huddle members right this moment, Marc Ross would be the likely favorite.
He wouldn't get my vote, and I'll tell you why.
Ross has never been anything but a scouting guy. Looking over his resume', I see nothing to make me confident he'll be a great administrator. Is it possible he might be? Sure, but there's nothing in his background to inspire confidence that he will.
Kevin Abrams is a different story.
Abrams has been the Giants Assistant GM for 11 seasons and worked as their salary cap manager for three years prior to that. He's got experience with the administrative side of things as well as looking at talent evaluation with GM Jerry Reese. Ross is only in his fifth year as Giants Director of Scouting. Before that he was a scout. Plenty of experience as an evaluator, but that's pretty much it.
Aaahhh, but here's the kicker.
There is at the very least the potential that if you hire Abrams, you also get Ross.
The Panthers currently have no one serving as Director of Player Personnel or (obviously) Assistant GM. Abrams might be able to convince Richardson to create one of those positions and offer it to Ross as an enticement to bring him over too, thus effectively remaking the entire Panther personnel machine.
Of course, things like contract status and the willingness of the Giants to give permission for interviews factor in here. And there is the very real possibility that if the Giants lose Abrams, they might offer their already-existing Assistant GM position to Ross.
But if the Panthers were able to acquire both Abrams and Ross, that might just be a dream scenario.
That is, unless you don't like Canadians. Abrams is from Toronto.