Irsay is a thoughtful decision-maker and careful planner. He no doubt has someone in mind, and the likelihood of the process taking time suggests his candidate or candidates could be with playoff teams. The NFL’s anti-tampering policy specifically defines rules protecting the rights of employer clubs while providing outside advancement opportunities for their employees.
His candidates could include promising personnel executives like John Dorsey, Green Bay’s director of college scouting, or Reggie McKenzie, the Packers’ director of football operations. Irsay could be looking at Eric DeCosta, Baltimore’s director of player personnel, or Jason Licht, New England’s director of pro personnel.