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The following quotes are from NFL scouts, coaches and front-office personnel, speaking on the condition of anonymity.

• “I’m impressed by what (Bills president/CEO) Russ Brandon is doing. You look at what happened with Mike Holmgren (in Cleveland) and Hue Jackson (in Cincinnati) — history is not on the side of guys acting as the owner. Anyone who knows (Syracuse head coach) Doug Marrone knows it was a great hire. I love the fit. It was very smart finding someone local. They’ll find a quarterback and move (GM) Buddy Nix out of the way after the draft, and they’ll be on their way.”

• “I’m surprised (Redskins director of player personnel) Morocco Brown is not getting more (GM) interviews. He’s one of the best-kept secrets in Washington. There’s a lot of dead weight in that front office. There is in most places around the league, but it’s especially true in Washington.”

• “The Jets’ (GM) job is not real attractive for a lot of reasons. It’s a bad locker room with a lot of overpaid players at a lot of positions with (crappy) contracts. It’s a complete teardown. The big question (the new GM) is going to have to figure out fast is — does the head coach have any fight left in him? Once the season starts again and you’re stuck in the same situation with the same quarterback and you don’t have enough good players or a capable QB, how much is the head coach going to have left in him? Bringing Rex (Ryan) back for another year may only set back the franchise another year. The GM should be able to make that decision on the front end.”

• “The guy that should be getting all the interviews right now is (Colts offensive coordinator) Bruce Arians. They don’t have a very good roster and to see what he did under those circumstances with a rookie quarterback who was completing (about) 54 percent of his passes? They had the mojo and got on a roll — give (Arians) his due.”

• “With this QB (draft) class (in 2013), (49ers QB) Alex Smith is going to have a market. At the worst, you’re looking at a Matt Hasselbeck — a guy that can carry it while you groom a rookie. It’s not easy to find starters who have won 20 games the last two years (including playoffs). … I’d take him over the guy we’ve got. If you know how to manage him — and I think we have the right guy to do it — (Smith) can win a lot of games for you.”

• “Jon Gruden wants full control. It’s the same as Bill Cowher and Joe Gibbs and Bill Parcells and any established coach worth his salt who is considering coming back. The problem is — there are not a lot of GMs that want to concede that authority. Why do you think Mike Holmgren is backing down and saying he’ll be happy to just coach?”

• “Whoever comes in (as GM) in Carolina is going to want their own head coach. The owner (Jerry Richardson) didn’t want to eat two years on (Ron Rivera‘s) contract. … From everything I hear, (Giants senior pro personnel analyst) Dave Gettlemen is (consultant) Ernie Accorsi‘s guy. Accorsi recommended him for the job in Cleveland when Mike Holmgren took over. (Gettlemen) is not a self-promoter like too many of these (candidates). He’s a meat-and-potatoes, salt-of-the-earth kind of guy. He’ll clean it up fast, and he can work with anyone. You don’t see his name out there a lot or hear about him because he just goes about his business and gets the job done. He’s been a big part of the fabric in the Giants’ front office for a long time. He deserves a shot.”

• “Dick Vermeil recruited Andy Reid to Kansas City. Dick lives in Philadelphia and has tremendous respect for the Hunt family. You have to give (Chiefs chairman/CEO) Clark Hunt credit — he went to Philly and got Dick involved. (Vermeil is) a powerful recruiting piece. I know the resources in Philly were twice what Andy was going to have in Arizona. I was scared for Andy to go there. The Hunt family will spend — look at the money they were paying Scott Pioli. He never has to work again.”

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