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Falcons GM talks up Bucs GM candidate Vital

ST. PETERSBURG — Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff would hate to lose another top front office executive to another NFL team — much less one in the NFC South — but he said the Bucs would be wise to hire Lionel Vital.

Atlanta promoted Vital, 50, to director of player personnel last season. He interviewed Saturday for the Bucs' GM position; a second interview is scheduled today. At least two other candidates will also interview again. If Vital is hired, he would join Rams GM Les Snead and Jaguars GM David Caldwell as Dimitroff disciples groomed in the system he brought to Atlanta from the Patriots.

Other Bucs GM candidates include Titans vice president of player personnel Lake Dawson, Redskins director of pro personnel Morocco Brown and, Giants VP of player evaluation Marc Ross.

Vital has been an integral part of many Falcons decisions, Dimitroff said.

"I don't want to lose another guy," Dimitroff said. "… But I really believe Lionel is a great candidate for that job."

Titans tab Whisenhunt

NASHVILLE — The Titans hired San Diego offensive coordinator Ken Whisenhunt as coach, with an official announcement expected today.

Whisenhunt, 51, the coach in Arizona when the Cardinals won their lone NFC title in 2008 and nearly won Super Bowl XLIII against Pittsburgh, will be introduced today at a news conference.

Brent case: At the start of the trial for former Cowboys defensive tackle Josh Brent, his lawyers said Brent wasn't drunk, as police contend, when Brent wrecked his Mercedes in a crash that killed teammate Jerry Brown in December 2012.

Information from Times wires was used in this report.

Falcons GM talks up Bucs GM candidate Vital 01/13/14 [Last modified: Monday, January 13, 2014 10:16pm]
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