Even More on Mike Holmgren, Other Candidates

Holmgren Czar RedESPN’s Adam Schefter spent much of his Sunday morning documenting the situation in Berea, Ohio as the Browns look to figure out this whole front office issue that has plagued them for the last 10 seasons.  Former Seahawk coach Mike Holmgren continues to be the name that tops the rumored list of one Randy Lerner, but there is still plenty to figure out if and when a decision is made.

The OBR’s John Taylor not only discusses the potential addition of Holmgren, but also lists a few others that Lerner may turn to if Moustache Mike opts to avoid the Browns situation like the plague that it may be.  Those wondering when a decision will be made may have to wait, however.  Lerner has reportedly set a soft target date of late November.  But instead of rushing into a decision, most can agree that it would be best to get this one right.

Whomever steps into the role of the new “football czar” will have a laundry list of items which to address.  The first will be to hire a general manager.  Oddly enough, the Browns allegedly still have one of those by name, though he is no longer “actively involved” with the team.  In fact, Schefter reported that the Browns confiscated George Kokinis’ cell phone upon his dismissal from the compound.  Another fun fact was that the Browns were allegedly so startled with Kokinis’ perceived distance from the team that they recommended counseling.  Queue the circus music…

Upon hiring a GM, the next item of discussion will be the head coach.  Taylor reports that replacing Eric Mangini is not a dealbreaker for Lerner, and it will be left in the hands of those in charge of operations – though is not a guaranteed move by any means in regard to Holmgren.  Browns fans that would like to see Mangini relieved of his duties will be rooting for Atlanta GM Rich McKay to get the job.

McKay was reportedly considered for the GM role for thisseason, but wanted nothing to do with working for Mangini.  While not likely to land the job, McKay comes along with the following:

If McKay were offered the job and did accept, however, [a league] source said that “the first [very bad word] thing he would do — before he unpacked any boxes — would be to fire that [another very bad word] Mangini.”

Taylor continues to report on who Mike Holmgren prefers under center for the Browns, showing that the former coach has at least looked into his potential employer.  Consider him the opposite of Bobby Valentine, folks.  No word on what he would do with the contract situation of Joshua Cribbs, though one can imagine that this too will be a hot topic.

Needless to say, there is bound to be more chatter for the next few weeks.  Once a “voice” is named, the talk with then continue from there as to the future GM and head coach.  Browns fans may not see many wins, but there is never a dull moment in Berea.  For better or worse.

  • S-Dub

    Imagine if we still had the mouths of K2 and BE in the locker room!!!! Man would that be great to listen to over and over and over and over again on ESPN. Que the Train Wreck sound.

  • Eli

    Not that it effects cap space, but PKing actually made a decent point in his article this morning. Were the Browns to fire Mangini, they’d be on the hook for something like $32 million a year in fired administrative staff contracts.

    Yes, this proves that Lerner is a moron. But saying so doesn’t help the Browns get any better. What a miserable situation!

  • Titus Pullo

    Maybe this is all Mangini’s grand plan: he hired Kokinis away from Baltimore which weakened the Ravens as they actually, you know, let him do his job. Now they don’t have his skills.

    A few more of these moves, a couple more ex-Jets, and about 10 years worth of “improvements” and we should have something. Because never forget: It’s a “process” and Mangini has “a plan.”

  • Mallalubba

    If Parcells were brought in, would Mangini, then, have a shimmer of hope?

  • Clown Baby

    I like the cut of this McKay guy’s jib.

  • bobby

    Can I just ask for someone to come in here and make the browns competitive again? Can anyone come in and make Sunday afternoons fun, and not a painful and embarrassing disaster?

  • http://waitingfornextyear.com Denny

    BAD WORDS!!!

  • oribiasi

    @ bobby — if you have the right attitude, watching the warriors you love helplessly lose each and every game can be enjoyable. Just ask the French.

  • Chris

    @ Oribiasi – that comparison is null and void until the Browns start off playing the game, then forfeit around halftime when they’re getting blown out.

  • bobby

    Baby steps right? I dont want to ask for a SB right away. I’d just like to see the browns play solid football week in and week out. If they lose, so be it, but when we are saying the browns will cover the spread if… then its real bad.

  • ben

    Mangini will continue his show of good decision making skills by announcing the starting QB on Wednesday.

    Stay the course, my man. Stay the course.

  • feel

    Do over! Fire Mangini and start from scratch…. who is going to want to walk into this mess?

  • Harv 21

    Waiting for any indication that Holmgren would even consider Cleveland.

    Viva La Man-Hol!

  • Brad in ATL

    Lerner sure lives up to the saying “a fool and his money are soon parted”.

  • Harv 21

    Hey, maybe you editors maybe give us a little side by side photo comparison of Mangini’s face at a recent press conference with Wedgie’s expression, circa late August ’09. Have a feeling they might be separated at birth.

  • Clown Baby

    @ Ben:

    That’s why you are here and not coaching in the NFL. BY NOT NAMING A STARTING QB THE BROWNS WILL HAVE A STRATEGIC ADVANTAGE AGAINST THE RAVENS! Can you imagine trying to scheme a defense to contain DA and BQ? That’s a job I wouldn’t want.

  • http://clevesportsflow.blogspot.com Ryan

    We can only hope that whoever the new Czar is will demand the stipulation of not taking the job unless Mangini is fired immediately. Wouldn’t that be great? One press conference to announce both moves. Genious!

  • Pat18970

    So many problems that can’t be fixed.
    I say we bring Art Modell back and let him move the team again.

    Better to wipe the slate clean and start all over with another expansion team.

    Browns 3.0.

    Any takers?

  • http://waitingfornextyear.com DP Diesel

    @#16 Clown Baby:

    Step 1: put defense on field
    Step 2: ???
    Step 3: PROFIT

  • JackGonzo

    I for one welcome our new walrus overlord…

    OBSERVE!!!…yakety sacks…and Jimmy Clausen


    For real, Holmgren would be good for Quinn who I think is a more of a west coast type QB anyways

  • TampaBrett

    Lets get Vick and make this more of a crazy mess

  • browntown

    @#2 It’s still a lot of money, but it’s not $32 million a year. More like $32 million total

  • crazycav

    Fire that Mangini and hire that McKay.

  • http://aol.com williecarp

    They obviously have no case whatsover against Kokinas!

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