Beane being a secondary prospect and already in house gives him the edge. See loyalty above. All things point to him being our guy.
I agreed with everything you said, except this. However, the reasons I disagree come from assumptions formed beyond the scope of your argument, so the validity of facts that formed my bias are acknowledged to be questionable.
The word on the street: Panthers want a guy with a strong scouting background.
Triple negative: Not hiring Beane does not mean that they are not being loyal to him.
Extensive list of interviews being scheduled: Would we have so many names on our list of candidates to interview and would we have hired Ernie Occorsi (sp?) to retain Beane?
Experience matters: We have a coach with 2 year of experience, young coordinators. Heck, our team President has limited experience in the NFL. Do we really need a rookie GM from Norwood with limited experience in player personnel to be evaluating talent, brokering trades, and working with the cap?
Beane learned what he knows from Marty Hurney, who was fired in October.
Beane scares me to death.