If you stick with logic, the Buffalo Bills might very well not need to interview anyone else for their general manager vacancy beyond Carolina Panthers assistant GM Brandon Beane.
There wouldn't be another candidate more closely aligned with the thinking of the man revamping the football operation, Sean McDermott, so it made perfect sense for the Bills to seek permission from the Panthers to interview Beane the day after firing Doug Whaley.
McDermott and Beane not only worked together for the past six years while McDermott was the Panthers' defensive coordinator, but they also literally traveled together during the postseason interview circuit when McDermott was being considered for NFL head-coaching jobs and Beane was being courted for GM openings.
They have shared their visions and perspectives of how to build a successful NFL team, talking about all that they have learned through the years from mentors such as Andy Reid (who gave McDermott his first NFL job in Philadelphia) and Marty Hurney and Dave Gettleman (the two GMs for whom Beane worked in Carolina).
The Panthers hired Beane in 1998 for a spot in their communications department before he eventually impressed Hurney enough to move into football operations and player-personnel work. In 19 years, he has made an impressive mark on the NFL, with numerous current and former league executives targeting him as a rising star.
There are other strong and sensible candidates.
Brett Veach, co-director of player personnel for the Kansas City Chiefs, has a strong McDermott connection from their time together with Reid in Philadelphia. Eliot Wolf, director of football operations for the Green Bay Packers and son of former Packers GM and Hall-of-Famer Ron Wolf, is regarded as one of the sharpest young player-personnel minds in the game. Chris Polian, director of player personnel for the Jacksonville Jaguars and son of former Bills GM and HOFer Bill Polian, brings a wealth of knowledge and experience learning from one of the all-time best in the business.
Yet, none registers quite as high on the logic meter as Beane.
McDermott intends to keep the "one-voice" approach, which, while Whaley was around, was perceived as much of a convenient way to keep the lame-duck GM hidden from public view as it was a new way of doing business at One Bills Drive.
With Beane – or anyone else who gets the job – there will be an understanding that having McDermott speak for the club allows a clear and consistent message to be delivered. That's the way McDermott saw Reid do it and that's the way he's going to continue to do it.