ESPN has been all over the merry-go-round of NFL head coaches and general managers over the past 48 hours. Not long after the Browns were given the “nah, I’m good” by Bill Cowher, Lerner Inc. turned in the direction of Scott Pioli. Fans of the Browns have mixed feelings about another New England guy, but he’s obviously not a secret by any means – especially with the Kansas City Chiefs looking his way as well.
Chris Mortensen apparently feels that the NFL also really digs the Baltimore Ravens as both their Director of Pro Personel (George Kokinis) and Director of College Scouting (Eric DeCosta) are also on the Chiefs’ short list along with email extraordinaire Phil Savage.
With all of the openings in the NFL, Randy Lerner will have his work cut out for him if he plans on bringing in a top-tier prospect to fill both vacant rolls. What we do have going for us is that the new GM could also bring in his own guys to fill the coaching spots while other teams would have to contend with head coaches already in place – or vice-versa. What we do not have going for us is the fact that Cleveland was essentially the laughing stock of other league front offices this season. The lack of communication, the Copperfield of an owner (until the Winslow situation), and the severe lack of perceived player discipline all cannot sit well with those interviewing to come here.
Here’s to hoping that the history of the franchise and the hunger of the fan base/players for success mean something. This is like a bad after school special…