The Miami Dolphins will not be hiring Detroit Lions senior personnel executive Brian Xanders for their general manager position.
Xanders interviewed for the position last week, but was notified on Wednesday he wouldn’t be among the finalists interviewing for the job this weekend.
“First of all it’s an honor and a privilege to work in the NFL and it’s a compliment and a privilege to even interview for a general manager’s job,” Xanders told Detroitlions.com on Friday. “I appreciate the opportunity to interview, but I’m glad to be back here working with Martin (Mayhew) and Tom (Lewand) and coach (Jim) Caldwell to help keep building this and win a Super Bowl.”
Hired by Detroit last offseason after four years as the Denver Broncos general manager, Xanders helped install an in-house database to better track scouting information and has become a trusted resource for Mayhew.
The Lions had one of their best draft classes in recent memory last year with the additions of Ziggy Ansah,
“I think it’s a collaboration of a lot of people,” Xanders said. “Thousands of hours of work from a lot of people. It’s scouts, coaches and everyone working together and Martin Mayhew pulling all those ideas and thoughts together and pulling off the card for the organization. There’s a lot of trust built and a lot of hard work put into it.”
Xanders was in Mobile, Ala. this week, along with the front office, coaching staff and scouting department, helping to evaluate talent at the Senior Bowl.
They'll quickly get to work on the underclassmen that have declared for the draft and could make up most of the first 10 picks.
“It’s very organized,” Xanders said of the draft process in Detroit. “It’s very open for ideas. You always want the scouts conviction and the coaches conviction and you work towards a common goal in picking the right player for the organization.”
The Lions can’t simply live off the laurels of last year’s successful draft, however, if they want to turn this organization into a consistent winner. Good teams are built through the draft and it takes more than one.
“We hope to do it every year,” Xanders said. “Every team wants to have a great draft. Once you put multiple classes on top of each other and they are all contributing and starting, that’s when you really start to see a solid team and a core being built in that locker room.”
Xanders won’t be running his own team next season, but he said being back in Detroit and working for Mayhew is all right by him.
“Martin is great to work for,” he said. “He’s helped me out a lot. I’ve learned a lot from him. So to me, it’s a tight relationship.”