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Sept 12, 2011; Englewood, CO, USA; Denver Broncos general manager Brian Xanders on the sidelines before the start of the game against the Oakland Raiders at Sports Authority Field. The Raiders defeated the Broncos 23-20. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

Brian Xanders Won't Be Leaving Detroit Lions for Miami Dolphins' GM Job

Sept 12, 2011; Englewood, CO, USA; Denver Broncos general manager Brian Xanders on the sidelines before the start of the game against the Oakland Raiders at Sports Authority Field. The Raiders defeated the Broncos 23-20. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

Sept 12, 2011; Englewood, CO, USA; Denver Broncos general manager Brian Xanders on the sidelines before the start of the game against the Oakland Raiders at Sports Authority Field. The Raiders defeated the Broncos 23-20. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

Detroit Lions personnel executive Brian Xanders has been an NFL general manager before and there is a very good chance he will be one again in the future. After interviewing with the Miami Dolphins, Xanders will have to wait for his next opportunity in the GM chair.

The Dolphins interviewed a pool of six candidates, including Xanders, and have whittled that down to a three-man list of finalists that does not include Xanders.

The Dolphins have notified finalists for their GM opening, according to a report Wednesday.

Cleveland assistant general manager Ray Farmer, Miami assistant general manager Brian Gaine and Tampa Bay director of player personnel Dennis Hickey appear to be on the short list, CBS Sports reported.

Detroit senior personnel executive Brian Xanders, Pittsburgh director of football administration Omar Khan and Tennessee vice president of football operations Lake Dawson have reportedly been ruled out.

Ray Farmer reportedly took himself out of the running earlier today.

Xanders is credited with changing the ways the Lions collect data and scout players – changes that apparently provided immediate dividends. In addition to acquiring future building blocks in the 2013 NFL Draft in the form of guys like Ziggy Ansah and Larry Warford, the Lions also got immediate contributions from Darius Slay, Devin Taylor and Sam Martin. Perhaps even more impressive, the Lions appear to have struck gold with undrafted free agents LaAdrian Waddle and Joseph Fauria.

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