The Seattle Seahawks are moving closer to hiring a new General Manager.
The finalists, per Ed Bouchette and Gerry Dulac of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, are Steelers director of business operations Omar Khan and Floyd Reese, the Patriots senior football advisor.
Jason La Canfora of NFL.com confirms that Reese is one of the finalists, and La Canfora points out that Seahawks coach Pete Carroll participated in the interview process.
Per La Canfora, Pat Kirwan (whom we reported would interview with the team today) is being considered for the position of assistant to the head coach.
In our estimation, the selection of Khan would represent a win for Carroll, and the hiring of Reese would constitute a win for CEO Tod Leiweke. Since the new G.M. reportedly will run the draft, hiring Khan would give Carroll considerable sway over the selection process, since Khan is a cap-and-contracts guy with little if any football evaluation experience. Reese, on the other hand, would potentially create a “triangle of authority” in Seattle — a term that actually didn’t work very well for the last team that used it.
Still, the fact that Kirwan hasn’t already been installed as the G.M. or V.P. of player personnel shows that Carroll’s NFL opportunity isn’t unfolding the way many assumed it would, which makes us believe even more strongly that it wasn’t the Seahawks who called Carroll about the possibility of bringing the USC coach to the NFL, but that it was Carroll who called the Seahawks in the hopes of finding a way out before it became too late.