On the heels, of what’s been reported as an amicable split between Doug Williams and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. General Manager Mark Dominik has started the process of finding Williams’ replacement, reports Charlie Campbell of PewterReport.com. Through unnamed sources Campbell suggest one such rumored candidate for the vacated Director of Pro Personnel position is George Kokinis.
Kokinis, who has 18 years of experience in the NFL, 13 with the Ravens and six as their director of pro personnel, before serving as the general manager for the Cleveland Browns for less than one year, before being dismissed halfway through the tumulchous 2009 season when the Browns started out 1-7.
Reports out of Cleveland at the time of Kokinis dismissal, were that Browns head coach Eric Mangini reportedly quickly became disenchanted with Kokinis as Cleveland endured a losing season. Even though Kokinis had assurances in writing, that he was the Browns top authority on football matters. Kokinis’ actual input in the makeup and direction of the team were never clearly identified. As Mangini, in effect, served as his own personnel director, and dominated personnel decisions according to Cleveland.com sports columnist Tony Crossi.
While Dominik and the Bucs might have their sights set on Kokinis as the teams next director of pro personnel. There not the only suitors for his services. Both Chris Mortensen of ESPN.com and Jamison Hensley of the Baltimore Sun are reporting that when Kokinis returns to football, it’ll likely be in the Ravens personnel department.