Harris gets interview for job as Seattle GM

Ravens personnel director waiting on Jaguars, too

Pro Football

January 22, 2003|By Brent Jones | Brent Jones,SUN STAFF

Ravens director of pro personnel James Harris will interview for the Seattle Seahawks' general manager job Friday.

Harris, who is still a candidate for the Jacksonville Jaguars' general manager position after interviewing there last week, was at the Ravens' complex yesterday and will leave for Seattle tomorrow.

It will be the third time over the past two years Harris has interviewed to become a team's general manager. Harris was also a finalist with the Chicago Bears in May 2001.

Although there were rumors that Harris would be brought back for a second interview with the Jaguars, he had not been contacted by the team as of last evening.

Ravens director of college scouting Phil Savage turned down the Jaguars' job last week, primarily because the team was offering him $1 million less than that of new coach Jack Del Rio's $1.3 million-a-year salary. The Jaguars are not expected to fill their position until after the Super Bowl.

"You appreciate the interest, that people want to consider you," Harris said. "For the most part, the interviews are serious and you have a realistic shot at doing it. But you can't lose your focus in doing what you have to do with the Ravens."

The Jaguars did introduce former Ravens linebackers coach Mike Smith as their defensive coordinator yesterday. The Ravens are expected to fill Smith's position by early next week, and former Chicago Bears linebacker Mike Singletary is the front-runner. Singletary also interviewed with the Detroit Lions for the same position.

Smith and Del Rio spent three years on the Ravens' coaching staff (1999-2001).

"Jack and I do know each other very well," Smith said during his introductory news conference. "We spent three years in Baltimore and had a good run during the Super Bowl year. When you are on staff together, you spend lots of time working together and talking philosophy and what you expect out of defenses. I think that helped a lot."

Smith will likely be the only change in the Ravens' coaching staff as Cincinnati Bengals coach Marvin Lewis, a former Ravens defensive coordinator, introduced Leslie Frazier as his defensive coordinator yesterday. Ravens secondary coach Donnie Henderson had been in the running for that position.

Meanwhile, Ravens coach Brian Billick leaves for San Diego today, where he will serve as a guest commentator on ABC's pre-game and halftime show for Sunday's Super Bowl.

"I'm interested in going through the whole process, but I'm not ready to give up my day job," Billick said.

Sun staff writer Jamison Hensley contributed to this article.

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