Wednesday, January 26, 2022

The Chicago Bears interviewed Kwesi Adofo-Mensah for a CEO vacancy. Here’s what you need to know about the Cleveland Browns vice president of football operations.

The Chicago Bears contacted at least 11 general manager candidates and nine coach candidates for interviews. While they are being interviewed, we look at each potential employee.

Next up is Kwesi Adofo-Mensah, who interviewed the Bears at the GM opening on Thursday.

<знак класса="hl_orange">Kwesi Adofo-Mensah

Age: 40

Title: Cleveland Browns, vice president of football operations.

Experience

Browns general manager Andrew Berry hired Adofo-Mensah to his current position in 2020. Prior to this, Adofo-Mensah spent seven seasons with the San Francisco 49ers, rising from football research and development manager to director of the same department. He was part of the staff that helped bring the 49ers to Super Bowl LIV. Last year, he was interviewed for the position of general manager of the Carolina Panthers.

You must know

According to Cleveland.com, Adofo-Mensah holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from Princeton and a master’s degree in economics from Stanford. Brown’s profile says he worked on Wall Street as a commodities trader and portfolio manager before joining the 49ers.

Association with bears

Adofo-Mensah was with the 49ers at a later time when Vic Fangio was working as defensive coordinator in San Francisco. Fangio was the Bears’ defensive coordinator from 2015 to 2018.

What was said

Berry spoke to The Athletic about their profile of Adofo-Mensah under 40.

“No. 1, it’s his general cognitive ability,” Berry said of what made him want to bring Adofo-Mensah to Cleveland.

“No. 2, and perhaps just as important, it’s just people skills. You could see how he was able to build relationships between different groups during his time in San Francisco in a role that can be very challenging, because that you have to be able to not only develop (analytical) ideas but also communicate them and get people to buy in. And another thing was just his breadth of understanding of sports and football operations. , you could tell he understood team building, people, relationships and management skills at a much higher level.”

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