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Patritos Football Daily: New England Interviewing Two Executives



Brandon Hunt is interviewing for the New England Patriots top personnel job (general manager, head of football operations)

The New England Patriots are bringing in some outside front-office options for interviews today. The Patriots GM search (or head of football operations, whichever title is used) seemed stalled yesterday. New England must comply with The Rooney Rule before hiring anyone, but yesterday multiple minority candidates turned down interview requests. With Eliot Wolf occupying the ‘de facto’ role, some candidates did not want to interview for a job they didn’t believe they had a chance to land.

New England is bringing in two candidates today for interviews, It is not clear whether both are interviewing for the top job or whether this will fulfill the requirements of The Rooney Rule: Brandon Hunt and Samir Suleiman.

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Meet the Candidates

Brandon Hunt is the Philadelphia Eagles director of scouting, a position he has held since 2022. He worked for the Pittsburgh Steelers for 14 seasons (2009-2022). Hunt was pro scouting coordinator in Pittsburgh under Kevin Colbert. He was one of six finalists to replace Colbert in 2022. After not landing the job, he opted to join the Eagles. Hunt is interviewing for the top job, so even if this doesn’t put the Patriots in compliance with The Rooney Rule, it gets them closer.

Samir Suleiman worked with Hunt in Pittsburgh. He joined the Carolina Panthers in 2020. Suleiman’s title with the Panthers was director of player negotiations and salary cap manager. When the Panthers hired new general manager Dan Morgan earlier this offseason, Suleiman did not stay with the franchise, leaving him currently unemployed. He interviewed for the GM post that went to Morgan. Unlike Hunt, it is unclear what role Suleiman is interviewing for in New Engalnd. ESPN’s Adam Schefter labeled it only a “football executive job.”

Both candidates coming to Foxboro could receive job offers even if Eliot Wolf gets the top job with the Patriots, as expected. Not many positions in New England would qualify as a promotion for Hunt. Could Eliot Wolf be named head of football operations with Brandon Hunt as the new general manager? Stay tuned.

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Updated look at the New England Patriots depth chart

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Football Fun Fact of the Day

The New England Patriots have selected five quarterbacks in the Round 1 of the NFL Draft. Jim Plunkett (1970) and Drew Bledsoe (1993) were both selected No. 1 overall. They combined to win four AFC Championships and three Super Bowls.

Tony Eason (1983) and Mac Jones (2021) were both drafted No. 15 overall. They have combined to win one AFC Championship.

The fifth is the No. 3 overall pick in 2024, Drake Maye.

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