Ossenfort interviewed Friday immediately after the person directly above him on the organizational hierarchy, Titans vice president of player personnel Ryan Cowden, who was up for the Washington GM job in 2021. Titans GM Jon Robinson made Cowden one of his first big hires in 2016 and later brought in Ossenfort (a former eight-year colleague) in 2020, when Ossenfort’s contract with the Patriots was about to expire and the move no longer could be blocked by Bill Belichick.
“Monti is the guy Jon Robinson listens to the most over the last year and a half,” the source said. “He’s going to have a good relationship with a head coach regardless of whether he knows him or not and regardless of what type of personality they are. A GM who blames things on a head coach when players are underperforming — or when one is talking about the other — always fails.”
Ossenfort spent six seasons as the Patriots’ director of college scouting, succeeding Robinson. His tenure overlaps with a downturn in the Patriots’ draft-and-develop strategy, but those tape-grinders who have been in the rooms with Ossenfort speak highly of his evaluation acumen. The Titans have relied most on Ossenfort for his draft voice.
who is about to hire a second head coach in as many seasons in charge.
“He’s qualified on his own,” the first source said. “Monti has that Boston background to handle the bigger market and do his thing.”
Cowden spent most of his career (16 years) in scouting for the Panthers and earned a promotion to assistant director when the Panthers’ GM was … Gettleman. But that association, while not popular with Giants fans, should have no bearing because Gettleman’s right-hand adviser with the Panthers, Brandon Beane, has become a successful GM with the Bills.
The Giants will interview Ravens director of scouting Joe Hortiz on Saturday and the 49ers’ duo of assistant GM Adam Peters and director of player personnel Ran Carthon on Monday.