ALLEN PARK — Brian Xanders, the Lions senior personnel executive, will interview today (Tuesday) with the Miami Dolphins for their vacant general manager job per Tim Twentyman of DetroitLions.com.
Xanders, 42, would be a solid hire for Miami and quite a loss for the Lions who hired him a year ago. He’s not on the front lines, but he’s had an impact on the Lions in his short time in Detroit.
The Lions’ draft class of 2013 (Ezekiel Ansah, Darius Slay, Larry Warford, Sam Martin) was one of the best in years.
Just before the draft in April, Lions general manager Martin Mayhew said of Xanders: “He’s been a great hire for us. He’s really helped us. He has perspective from two different organizations, from Atlanta, from Denver. Sort of a fresh perspective and some fresh energy into our dialogue and he’s done some things with the computer system that we’re building right now. We haven’t launched it officially yet, but we’re getting some progress from that, some output from that. So, he’s doing a really good job for us.”
Xanders had served as the Denver Broncos’ GM for four years before John Elway was named executive vice president. Prior to working with the Broncos he worked 14 seasons for the Atlanta Falcons in a variety of scouting and personnel positions.