A little more than one week after mutually agreeing to part ways with General Manager Jeff Ireland, the Miami Dolphins met with their sixth candidate to replace him.
Brian Xanders, senior personnel executive with the Detroit Lions, interviewed with owner Steve Ross today and joins Brian Gaine, Omar Khan, Ray Farmer, Jason Licht and Lake Dawson as potential successors to Ireland in the front office. He is the first one with previous GM experience on his resume, as he held that title with the Denver Broncos from 2009-12 following one year as assistant general manager.
In terms of proven success, it doesn’t get much better than the back-to-back AFC West titles the Broncos won in 2011 and 2012 under Xanders’ watch with 90 percent of the players acquired either through the draft, free agency or re-signings. He wore many hats with the Broncos, supervising the college scouting and pro scouting departments, labor operations/salary cap, equipment, medical, video, football systems and the turf operations departments.
During his time running the football operations in Denver, the Broncos produced three Pro Bowl players form their draft classes – linebacker Von Miller, wide receiver Demaryius Thomas and offensive guard Zane Beadles, and added eight more through free agency, trades and extensions. Denver’s draft choices from 2010-12 finished tops in the NFL in playing time and second in games started.
Prior to going to Denver, Xanders spent 14 seasons with the Atlanta Falcons in their player personnel department and was part of the defensive coaching staff on the 1998 team that secured the franchise’s first Super Bowl berth in Super Bowl XXXIII, which was held at Sun Life Stadium. He has also served on the NFL College Advisory, Combine Selection and Statistics Committee.
Xanders was a linebacker at Florida State University from 1989-92 and won four bowl games with the Seminoles going 42-7 during that span playing for Bobby Bowden.