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Titans hire a former GM as regional scout

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Regional scouts are often young guys on the rise. The Titans just hired a guy moving the other direction.

Former Seahawks General Manager and Bears director of player personnel Tim Ruskell was hired by the Titans as a scout. He’ll cover the South for Tennessee, according to Jim Wyatt of the Tennesseean.

Ruskell worked with Titans GM Ruston Webster as well as COO Mike Reinfeldt in the past, so it’s as simple as familiarity. But it’s rare for a guy who once pulled all the switches to occupy a regional scout job.

Ruskell, who got his NFL start under Rich McKay in Tampa Bay, was last in Chicago, and was interim GM there after Jerry Angelo was fired.

In what illustrates the circuitous nature of the personnel world, he was let go in Chicago when the Bears hired Phil Emery as GM to replace Angelo. In 2004, Ruskell hired Emery to head up college scouting for the Falcons, hiring Emery away from the Bears.

Ruskell has more than 20 years experience in the NFL.

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5 Responses to “Titans hire a former GM as regional scout”
  1. illiniftw says: Jul 17, 2012 7:12 PM

    How do these guys keep getting jobs??

  2. nyyjetsknicks says: Jul 17, 2012 7:14 PM

    Working in flow over states. Good luck with that…

  3. thegreatgabbert says: Jul 17, 2012 9:53 PM

    That’s like going from covering an NFL team to covering high school sports.

  4. johnnybuc says: Jul 18, 2012 8:37 AM

    Ruskell always seemed to be riding someone else’s coattails. First McKay then Angelo.What has he ever done on his own, besides take the Seahawks to mediocrity? It’ll be the same with the Titans. This NFL Good Ole Boy network is ridiculous!

  5. thevza says: Jul 18, 2012 2:03 PM

    Ruskell reminds me of that old guy from Office Space who couldn’t clearly identify his job role or what it was that he did every day. Just riding the system, collecting paychecks….

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