One of the most underrated moves of the 2013 season wasn’t a free agent signing or draft pick. The move occurred in the front office with the hiring of Brian Xanders.
Xanders came to the Lions after serving as the Denver Broncos general manager. The entire reason for bringing Xanders into the fold was to change the way the scouting department operates.
Xanders hiring had an immediate effect. The Detroit Lions had one of their best drafts in recent memory in 2013 and many credit Xanders’ influence as the reason.
Now the Lions may be losing that valuable resource.
According to Chris Mortenson of ESPN, Brian Xanders could be taking his talents to south beach.
Brian Xanders will be latest to interview for Dolphins GM job, per sources. He is Lions senior personnel director; Broncos GM 2009-12
— Chris Mortensen (@mortreport) January 14, 2014
With all of the focus on the head coach postion, the loss of Brian Xanders would be a huge one for the Lions.
With Brian Xanders guidance, the Lions had one of their best drafts in recent memory. Prior to Xanders arrival the Detroit Lions have had some questionable high draft picks that have either failed to meet expectations or been plagued with discipline problems.
Xanders was supposed to help the Lions avoid those players by changing the way the Lions evaluated personnel. It is hard to imagine that his mission was accomplished in just one season.