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Bears might look at Giants exec Marc Ross for GM job

Marc Ross New York Giants Director College Scouting: An All-Ivy League receiver Ross is his fifth seaswith Giants. At age

Marc Ross, New York Giants Director of College Scouting: An All-Ivy League receiver, Ross is in his fifth season with the Giants. At the age of 27, he was the league’s youngest college scouting director when he was with the Philadelphia Eagles.

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Updated: February 10, 2012 9:01AM

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — As his players cele-
brated their 24-2 victory Sunday against the Atlanta Falcons at MetLife Stadium, New York Giants general manager Jerry Reese reflected on the job security of men in his position.

Asked whether he could recall four GM positions
being open at the same time, Reese told the Sun-Times: ‘‘Not off the top of my head, but that’s the way this business is. It’s a tough business. It’s a ‘show me’ business, and you don’t get any passes. You have to do it every year.’’

Longtime Bears GM Jerry Angelo learned that lesson the hard way, as a break of a tiny bone in quarterback Jay Cutler’s right hand doomed a promising season and
resulted in Angelo’s ouster.

Now the Bears are looking for Angelo’s replacement, and Reese highlighted one of the Giants’ personnel lieutenants, college-scouting director Marc Ross. Ross already has been interviewed by the Indianapolis Colts, and he might be one of the candidates for the Bears’ vacancy.

‘‘He’s a veteran personnel guy and has been around two or three different clubs, so he’s seen how things are done differently at different places,’’ Reese said. ‘‘And he’s smart. He’s a people person, a terrific evaluator, and he’s qualified.’’

Ross is wrapping up his fifth season as the Giants’ director of college scouting. Around the NFL, the Giants are respected for their player evaluation, consistently capitalizing on the draft to build their roster.

Jason Pierre-Paul was a surprise selection with the 15th pick of the 2010 draft, but he already has established himself as one the NFL’s best defensive ends.

The Giants also have unearthed diamonds in the rough, such as receiver Victor Cruz, who was undrafted out of Massachusetts in 2010. Cruz had 82 catches for 1,536 yards and nine touchdowns this season.

While the St. Louis Rams and Colts already have conducted or lined up interviews for their GM jobs, the Bears methodically are evaluating the pool of candidates. Several NFL sources said the Bears have been putting together their list by consulting numerous people around the league.

Now that the Atlanta Falcons are out of the playoffs, player personnel director Les Snead is expected to
interview with the Colts and Rams this week. Snead also is thought to be under consideration by the Bears.

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