Lions interview Jeff Ireland for G.M. opening

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The Lions have completed another interview with a General Manager candidate.

Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reports that Saints assistant G.M. of college personnel Jeff Ireland interviewed with the team on Friday. Ireland has also interviewed with the Panthers this week.

Ireland was the Dolphins General Manager from 2008-2013 and has been working in the Saints front office since 2015. He’s been on hand for the drafting of players like wide receiver Michael Thomas, running back Alvin Kamara, defensive end Trey Hendrickson, and cornerback Marshon Lattimore over that period.

Ireland is the last known candidate for the Lions job to interview with the team. Unless they expand the search, they may now move onto a second round of talks or directly to hiring someone.

The Lions have also interviewed their vice president of player personnel Kyle O’Brien, director of player personnel Lance Newmark, and director of pro scouting Rob Lohman. The other outside candidates are Saints assistant G.M. of pro personnel Terry Fontenot, Rams director of college scouting Brad Holmes, Vikings assistant G.M. George Paton, former Falcons G.M. Thomas Dimitroff, former Chiefs G.M. Scott Pioli, and ESPN analyst Louis Riddick.

8 responses to “Lions interview Jeff Ireland for G.M. opening

  1. I think the Lions end up hiring Colbert out of Pitt. Former Lion, been on a year to year deal w the Steelers and Omar Khan is ready to take over in Pitt. Perfect timing to return to Detroit. Then they ink Saleh and at least on paper the Lions look like they’re going in the right direction.

  2. He’s been on hand for the drafting of those players but did he have the say so to pick them?

  3. Brad Holmes will be the Lions GM & Marvin Lewis will be Lions HC. I’m not saying those are the best moves to make, I’m just making a prediction.

  4. “Didn’t Ireland fail with the Miami Dolphins?
    Why bring him back?”

    Just like any job you can improve and do better with more opportunities. As a Lions fan I would be skeptical of the hire but if you look into what Ireland has done with his time with the Saints you’ll see he’s had a lot of input in what they’ve done. SI has a good article regarding the Saints 2017 draft and the role he played in that.

    Some do better the second time around, some do worse, some don’t get a second chance. But Ireland has clearly put in enough work and influence to get interviewed and it be justified.

  5. Somehow… it just feels like the Lions are going to blow this… again.

    Justifiable Pessimism.

    So very tired of the… ‘I’ve been brought here to help turn this franchise around’ press conferences.

    Nauseated by the soon to come false confidence statement by Ownership ‘we found the right person for the job’.

    I say please spare us the hoopla and formality, cease insulting our intelligence… and somebody… anybody… finally just get the job done.

    It’s hit the point of being embarrassingly pathetic to claim and advertise hope. It’s time to prove that hope is justified.


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