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The Minnesota Vikings revealed two finalists for their vacant general manager job on Friday — Chiefs executive director of player personnel Ryan Poles and Browns VP of Football Operations Kwesi Adofo-Mensah.
Both candidates are relatively young, as Poles is 36 years old and Adofo-Mensah is 40 years old. Poles is the traditional candidate, having a scouting heritage. Adofo-Mensah is process-oriented.
The former general manager Rick Spielman’s successor will face many difficult decisions, beginning with the position of head coach. MinnesotaMike Zimmer, the head coach, was also fired after the season. They missed the playoffs and were severely underperformed despite a strong roster.
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Poles hails from the Chiefs, one of the most successful NFL organizations. He’s a Boston College grad who also played college football and blocked for quarterback Matt Ryan.
Minnesota has had a problem with their o-line for a while. Bringing in a GM that can quickly fill that void would make a lot more sense. Poles assisted in the overhaul of the Chiefs’ offensive line last offseason by signing Joe Thuney and trading Orlando Brown. Trey Smith and Creed Humphrey were also drafted by KC.
Adofo-Mensah is a trusted voice in the front office in Cleveland, and has an analytical background. Just last offseason, he interviewed for the Panthers general manger job.