Carolina Panthers GM search: All quiet, and that's okay.

Streeter Lecka

Everything has gone quiet following a flurry of activity over the weekend, including the retention of Ron Rivera and new names emerging in the GM race -- and that's just fine. It's important to remember that this is all part of the process, and that bringing in a new general manager is a completely different beast than finding a a head coach, where timeliness is vital.

Here is what we know so far:

- It's reported New York Giants director of college scouting Marc Ross is meeting with Jerry Richardson this afternoon, and it's rumored that it's his second interview with the organization. Rumors swirling over the weekend indicated that he met with the team on Saturday. Multiple interviews typically mean a team is drawing closer to a hiring, but that is speculation. What we do know is that Ross is the only person so far from outside of the organization who has met with the team twice, if rumors are to be believed.

- Ross's coworker in New York, Dave Gettleman is regarded as the front-runner by many. Pro Football Weekly echoed this sentiment, and conveyed some nice words from a source:

"He's a meat-and-potatoes, salt-of-the-earth kind of guy. He'll clean it up fast, and he can work with anyone. You don't see his name out there a lot or hear about him because he just goes about his business and gets the job done. He's been a big part of the fabric in the Giants' front office for a long time. He deserves a shot."

- Despite being called a 'person of interest' the Tennessee Titans have yet to receive a formal request to interview Lake Dawson. Unless something changes soon, it's reasonable to count him out of the race.

- George Paton (tragically pronounced 'Payton') on the other hand, will be interviewed and the Minnesota Vikings have received an interview request. There's no word when Paton will be arriving in Charlotte.

- CFL general manager Jim Popp could conceivably drop by any time. He spends the off-season in North Carolina, but there is no indication he's interviewed for the job yet. Due to proximity, and the fact the Panthers don't need to request Montreal to interview him -- this one is in the dark.

- Interim general manager Brandon Beane may not have a multi-team resume, but he worked well with Ron Rivera to patch together the remainder of the 2012 season. Given that he is an in-house option, there's no telling where the two sides are. Those with knowledge of the situation continually emphasize that he's very much part of the conversation, but it would still be somewhat of a surprise if he remained Carolina's general manager.

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