CHARLOTTE, NC – The Carolina Panthers hope Scott Fitterer will do for them what he helped the Seattle Seahawks do after the 2013 season.
Win a Super Bowl.
Seattle’s 47-year-old vice president of football operations was offered the Panthers’ daily management job on Thursday, the team announced.
He was picked over three other finalists, Kansas City Chiefs Assistant Director of Staff Ryan Poles (35), San Francisco 49ers Vice President of Staff Adam Peters (41) and Tennessee Titans Vice President of Staff Monti Ossenfort (42).
Fitterer was a late addition to the search, but according to sources, he quickly impressed the search panel.
Carolina interviewed a total of 15 candidates to replace Marty Hurney, who was fired with two games left in a 5-11 season 2020. Among these were two internal candidates, director of player negotiations and payroll manager Samir Suleiman and director of player staff Pat Stewart.
Each of the finalists fits the job description of being relatively young with a strong scout background to work in collaboration with head coach Matt Rhule to identify talent. Owner David Tepper was also looking for a general manager who was data driven.
Rhule wants final decisions on the list of 53 men, according to sources familiar with the rent, similar to what Andy Reid has with Kansas City and Bill Belichick has with the New England Patriots.
However, Hall of Fame NFL Director Bill Polian did not warn against making too much of it.
“It’s very, very, very overrated,” said Polian, who helped Indianapolis win a Super Bowl during the 2006 season and built a Buffalo list that went to four straight Super Bowls in the early 1990s. erne. “An effort between the GM and the head coach and coaching staff is to get the best 53 players, and if anything, it is almost always decided in favor of the head coach. He has to go and play.
“I only had two situations in my entire career, and in both cases it went as the head coach wanted it to go. ”
Fitterer has been with Seattle since 2001, originally as an area scout. He moved up the chain to his current position, where he has worked closely with general manager John Schneider to make the Seahawks a multi-year playoff team.
Fitterer has been interviewing in several general manager jobs around the league the last few years. In his first four years as director of college scouting, he selected 13 players who eventually became starters.
Fitterer was a two-sport athlete in college, playing quarterback and pitching at UCLA and LSU. He spent three years in the Toronto Blue Jays minor league system before turning to football as a part-time scout for the 1998 New York Giants.