Minnesota Vikings interview Brandon Brown, Ryan Poles for GM position

Owner Zygi Wilf of the Minnesota Vikings looks on during the NFC Wild Card Playoff game against the New Orleans Saints at the Mercedes Benz Superdome on January 05, 2020 in New Orleans, Louisiana.  ((Photo by Jonathan Bachman/Getty Images))

The Minnesota Vikings confirmed on Tuesday that they held an initial interview with Brandon Brown for the open general manager position after the team parted ways with Rick Spielman last week.

Brown is the fifth candidate to hold an initial interview with the Vikings. The others are Monti Ossenfort, John Spytek, Catherine Raiche and Kwesi Adofo-Mensah. It’s believed that Raiche is the first woman in NFL history to interview for a general manager position. She would be the second GM in the history of pro football.

Brown is currently the director of player personnel for the Philadelphia Eagles and just finished his fifth season there. He started with Philadelphia in 2017 as the assistant director of pro scouting. He started in the NFL in 2012 as an intern with the New York Jets, and spent two seasons with the Indianapolis Colts before starting with the Eagles.


The Vikings announced Tuesday night they finished a preliminary interview with Ryan Poles for the general manager position. Poles is the sixth candidate to talk with the Vikings' management group since Sunday. He's in his first season as the executive director of player personnel for the Kansas City Chiefs, which advanced to the AFC Divisional Playoffs after beating the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday.

Poles has been with the Chiefs for his entire NFL career, which started in 2009 as a player personnel assistant. Poles has served in multiple scouting roles with the Chiefs before being promoted to the assistant director of player personnel in 2018. 

The Vikings are expected to conduct initial interviews with as many as eight candidates.


The Vikings' management group is looking to have a general manager in place to have input on the next head coach, but the team is already putting together its interview list.

According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, the Vikings have requested to interview Dallas defensive coordinator Dan Quinn, and Tampa Bay defensive coordinator Todd Bowles. According to Ian Rapoport with NFL Network, the Vikings have requested to interview L.A Rams defensive coordinator Raheem Morris, and Dallas offensive coordinator Kellen Moore.