Exactly four weeks from the day Phil Savage was shown the way out, the Cleveland Browns have officially announced the hiring of George Kokins as their general manager.
Per Browns media relations:
The Cleveland Browns today announced the hiring of George Kokinis as the club’s general manager. Kokinis returns to the club where he started his NFL career with a total of 18 years of front office experience, including the last 13 years with the Baltimore Ravens and the last six as the club’s director of pro personnel.
“The Browns are excited to bring George back to Cleveland where he began his NFL career,” said Browns owner Randy Lerner. “He is a tireless worker that has spent his entire career evaluating talent and knows the type of player it takes to be successful in this league and in our division.”
“I would like to thank Randy Lerner for the extraordinary opportunity,” said Kokinis. “Cleveland is a football town and I look forward to working alongside Eric Mangini and the rest of the organization.”
So, there you have it. Your Cleveland Browns are now in the hands of two men that have a lot in common. Both Kokinis and Mangini have the Cleveland ties. They are grateful that Randy Lerner has given them the opportunity to take the reigns. And they both now have a fan base that is near their collective witts end when it comes to losing and being the proverbial laughing stock of not only the AFC North, but the NFL in general. Perhaps Wallgate was just the start of the new era. But as many of you all have already stated, as long as it brings in a winning franchise, have at it.
Not surprising, this hire comes just two days after the release of TJ McCreight. We’ll get a chance to see Kokinis’ highly regarded eye for acquiring talent in the relative near term given the NFL Draft is less than three months away.
Welcome to the Kokinis/Mangini era, folks. You may want to buckle up.