Panthers request interviews with Chiefs front office executives Ryan Poles, Brandt Tilis

Charles Goldman
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Kansas City Chiefs OC Eric Bieniemy isn’t the only member of the organization getting interview requests.

According to reports from NFL Network insiders Ian Rapoport and Peter Schrager, the Carolina Panthers have requested interviews with two Chiefs front-office executives for their GM vacancy.

Rapoport says the Panthers have requested to interview Assistant Director of Player Personnel Ryan Poles. The former offensive lineman for the Boston College Golden Eagles has climbed the ladder through the Chiefs’ personnel department over the past 111 years, starting off as a Scouting Assistant and working his way up to becoming the College Scouting Coordinator for the team. He eventually earned promotions to the Director of College Scouting and now the position he holds today.

Poles has played a big part in building the Chiefs’ roster through the NFL draft and undrafted free agency over the years, so he’s certainly deserving of the opportunity.

Poles is not the only front office executive that the Panthers have an interest in. According to Schrager, they’ve also requested an interview with Chiefs Director of Football Administration Brandt Tilis for the GM vacancy.

If Tilis sounds familiar that’s because he’s one half of the salary-cap duo along with Chris Shea, that helped orchestrate the incredible work structuring the monster contracts in Kansas City, such as the half-billion-dollar deal with Patrick Mahomes. He’s not so much a personnel evaluator as he is a money-man, so that could be appealing to a team like the Panthers that appears set to give HC Matt Rhule roster control.

These types of things are to be expected when you have a winning team. Thankfully, the Chiefs have a number of in-house candidates who they can promote to help offset the loss if either Poles or Tilis were to be hired for the GM job in Carolina.

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