Prospective Falcosn general manager candidate Chris Mara withdrew his name from consideration in a statement released by the Giants earlier today:
“I have withdrawn my name from consideration for the position of general manager for the Atlanta Falcons. I want to thank (Falcons owner) Arthur Blank for his interest in me, and we had a very good discussion earlier this week in Atlanta. However, I am no longer a candidate for the position.”
Mara is the second candidate to formally remove his name from consideration. Last week, Chris Polian of the Colts declined to sit for an interview. However, Mara did at least interview for the position, having sat down with the Falcons earlier this week on Tuesday.
ESPN reports that the Falcons may have found a replacement candidate in New Orleans Saints director of college scouting Rick Reiprish. Reiprish, 57, has extensive personnel experience, first joining the Saints in 2004. Prior to that he served five years as the Jacksonville Jaguars director of player personnel after four years as their director of college scouting. Prior to that he worked as a scout with the Seattle Seahawks (1984-94). He also worked with BLESTO (1979-82) and the Kansas City Chiefs (1982-84) as a scout. Prior to that he worked as an assistant coach at North Alabam (1978), Eastern Tennessee (1977), and Austin Peay (1973-76).