Titans eye McKenzie for GM

Packers pro personnel chief interviewed with Texans last year

Green Bay Packers director of pro personnel Reggie McKenzie is a candidate to become general manager of the Tennessee Titans. The Titans on Wednesday were granted permission by the Packers to interview McKenzie, according to reports.

Tennessee is seeking a replacement for Floyd Reese, who recently resigned because wasn't going to be offered a new deal. Rich Snead, the team's director of player personnel, has been appointed to oversee scouting and personnel until the spot is filled.

McKenzie, who turns 44 on Feb. 8, has been with the Packers since 1994, when he began as a pro personnel assistant under former general manager Ron Wolf. He was promoted to director of pro personnel in 1997. McKenzie interviewed with the Houston Texans last off-season, but the Texans went with Denver's Rick Smith to be their GM.

The Titans reportedly also have asked to meet with Charles Bailey, Jacksonville's director of pro personnel.

Titans coach Jeff Fisher has said that he does not want to take on two roles. He said he believes a coach with such power over personnel has too much room to fall in or out of love with a player too easily, something he said "happens all the time" in such situations.

"I believe it's important to work with someone you can agree with or you can agree to disagree with," he said. "Because I think if you put those decision-making responsibilities on one person's shoulders, then I think you're not afforded the checks and balances which are required to make good decisions."

It won't be hard, Fisher said, for him to align with a new general manager, but with the title of executive vice president, he likely will have a say in who is hired.

"There is going to be a lot of discussion required about the type of players that we want," he said. "But clubs right now around the league all want the same kind of players. They want players with high character that are good athletes that are going to be productive.

"As far as fitting them into the system, I think that's overrated. We know exactly the type of players that we (the coaching staff and the scouting department) need for what it is we're doing."

Snead is likely to be the lone in-house candidate for the position, but as a Reese protege, he appears an unlikely successor.

McKenzie oversees Green Bay's scouting of all pro leagues, including the NFL, Canadian Football League, NFL Europe, and Arena Football, as well as other pro leagues. He works closely with general manager Ted Thompson and John Dorsey, Green Bay's director of college scouting. McKenzie, a University of Tennessee graduate, played seven seasons as a linebacker in the NFL with three teams between 1985-92.

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