Falcons May Pursue Ruskell For GM Job, Again

February 1 – Tampa Bay might have a hard time keeping its coaching staff and front office intact this offseason. Just two days after Tampa Bay managed to keep Monte Kiffin around by signing him to a new three-year contract, a new report has surfaced and suggested the Falcons are again considering the possibility of hiring a general manager. One of the candidates for the job is Bucs director of player personnel Tim Ruskell, who was a strong candidate for the position during the 2002 offseason.

Winning a Super Bowl championship is a difficult task, but Tampa Bay may find the task of keeping its front office and coaching staff together just as laborious this offseason.

According to Sportsline.com, the Atlanta Falcons are again toying with the idea of hiring a general manager, and one of the candidates for the job is Buccaneers director of player personnel Tim Ruskell.

Ruskell, who just completed his second season as Tampa Bay's director of player personnel, has been with the Bucs franchise for 16 seasons.

Ruskell emerged as a candidate for Atlanta's GM job during the 2002 offseason after Tampa Bay general manager Rich McKay, who interviewed for the same job on Feb. 14, 2002, signed a six-year contract extension with the Bucs.

Ruskell interviewed twice for the job last year, but both sides decided to call negotiations off when talks lingered too far into the offseason and too close to the draft.

The Falcons also interviewed former Green Bay GM Ron Wolf, New Orleans GM Randy Mueller, Seattle executive vice president Mike Reinfeldt and Buffalo personnel director Tom Modrak.

If Ruskell were to leave the Tampa Bay organization for the GM job in Atlanta, Bucs director of college scouting Ruston Webster would likely receive strong consideration for a promotion to fill Ruskell's position in the front office.

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