INDIANAPOLIS –Jimmy Raye III's first week on the job as the Colts' interim general manager comes during one of the most vital weeks of the offseason for the personnel department.
The Senior Bowl, easily the most talent-rich college all-star game each year, is taking place this week in Mobile, Alabama.
In Indianapolis, the Colts are without a permanent general manager.
While Jim Irsay evaluates the future direction of his football team, he's entrusted Raye to spearhead the scouting efforts down in Mobile.
Raye, Chuck Pagano and several members of the Colts coaching and personnel staff will travel to Mobile on Monday.
"Jimmy Raye and I talked (Saturday) afternoon about the time these guys are leaving for the Senior Bowl on Monday and that sort of thing and some issues we have with the team," Irsay said over the weekend, after he fired general manager Ryan Grigson.
Irsay is going to be patient with his next step of hiring a general manager.
Raye is definitely a candidate.
"Jimmy will interview for the general manager job," Irsay said on Saturday.
Interviewing for a general manager position is something that will not be foreign to Raye.
Over the past handful of years, Raye has interviewed for several GM openings. Raye even had an interview with the 49ers earlier this month.
The Colts have a good idea of what the in-house candidate could potentially bring in a full-time capacity.
Raye, who played collegiately at San Diego State and had a short stint in the NFL, has a long history around the game of football.
Before coming to Indianapolis in 2013 as the team's Vice President of Football Opertaions, Raye spent 17 years with the San Diego Chargers.
As San Diego's Director of Player Personnel from 2008-2012, Raye led the team's pro and college scouting departments.
Prior to ascending to that role, Raye was the Chargers' Director of College Scouting from 2000-07.
Raye's father, Jimmy Raye II, coached in the NFL from 1977-2013, serving as an offensive coordinator for 14 years.
This week will be a bustling one for Raye and Irsay.
Following Saturday's move, Irsay reminded those that no immediate timetable will impact his next hiring of the team's general manager.
"With Jimmy, (we) have an excellent pool to look at and interview," Irsay said.
"I know we have a lot to offer when it comes to, 'Hey, do you want to come to Indianapolis and win a World Championship?' I know that, so I'm confident that we will find the exact direction that we need to take in these coming weeks."
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