While We’re Waiting… Gerut one of the good guys

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Former Indian Jody Gerut. Good for him- “Gerut’s compassion for this particular issue led him to an industry that, fairly or not, is not always known for compassion. He never set out to become an agent; in fact, his goal was to start a consulting firm. But he quickly discovered that the best way to work with players was to represent them, and he joined Wasserman last fall.

“My life’s work,” he says, “has become the reduction of athlete bankruptcy down to zero percent. As much as I want to be an agent that pushes the market appropriately, I also want my identity to be the anti-bankruptcy agent.”

His goal is to better educate today’s athletes, particularly those in Latin America, about life after sports, and this means educating himself as well. He’s considering a position on an advisory board for a nonprofit dealing with athlete bankruptcy, and he’s also studying up on franchising — a popular investment for current and former athletes — so that he’ll be able to provide proper counsel to clients considering that course.” [Castrovince/MLB.com]

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Q and A with Kyrie Irving (keep scrolling)- “How would you assess year two? Kyrie Irving: It’s been definitely a learning experience, regardless of my finger injury, and my face. It’s been going pretty well, just learning on the fly, becoming a leader on this team. It’s a process.” [Aldridge/NBA.com]

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“Until told otherwise, I’ll believe this was about Kelly’s trepidation about the difficulty of building a consistent winner in Cleveland (which is on the verge of hiring its seventh coach in 13 years), or rebuilding one in Philadelphia. We’ll see. But good for Kelly in not taking the $6 million a year (or more) in Cleveland or Buffalo if his heart wasn’t in it. That’s an honest decision to make now.

And as for those who believe Kelly has blown his last shot to coach in the NFL, that’s ridiculous. Sure, he’s going to have to convince an owner and GM, someday, he finally wants the gig and is all-in. But he’s 49, he’s the most intelligent offensive innovator in the college game, and smart people like Tony Dungy (who has a son in the Oregon program) swear by him. “The level of detail in their program is incredible,” Dungy said over the weekend, “and his teams will out-pace, out-hustle and out-think you.” When Kelly’s ready, the NFL will be.” [King/SI]

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“By Sunday, the Browns had soured on Kelly pursuit and declared that they would “reboot” their coaching search — a fitting metaphor for a franchise always facing a blue screen of death. The Eagles hit the elliptical runner to burn off that nine-hour lunch and began pursuing coaches who don’t prompt an all-points-bulletin before every meeting. Kelly returns to Oregon with more name recognition than ever, which will boost recruiting, which will make his program even more successful, which will further increase his profile and NFL demand. Everybody wins, especially those who work on commission.

Not every team strikes suddenly like the Bills, lingers over dessert like the Eagles, or hits CTRL-ALT-DEL the moment one thing goes wrong like the Browns. Phil Emery and the Bears are acting like an actual organization, conducting multiple interviews for what is essentially an upper-management position in a corporation.” [Tanier/Sports on Earth]

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“In Roby’s mind, Ohio State, not Alabama, should be playing Notre Dame this evening for the national championship. Instead, he can take solace in a 12-0 record, a top-3 final ranking and knowing he played an integral role in all of it.

Now he becomes one of the most seasoned members of the defense. The Ohio State secondary will feature three players who have been in the program four seasons – Roby, Christian Bryant and CJ Barnett. The odds-on favorite to start opposite Roby, replacing Travis Howard, is rising junior Doran Grant.” [Rowland/Eleven Warriors]

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“And the hot rumor of the moment involves none other than Sacramento Kings center DeMarcus Cousins, who may be the best all-around big man in the game at the tender age of 22. Kings GM Geoff Petrie said last week the Kings aren’t looking to trade Cousins. Kings coach Keith Smart played along, saying Cousins is too young, large and talented to simply “put on the curbside.”

Now NBC Radio in Boston is reporting the Celtics may be nearing a deal for that very man. According to the report, Celtics such as forwards Jeff Green and Jared Sullinger, and guard Courtney Lee, “are among the players who could be packaged in an offer for Cousins.”

Sullinger, by the way, is the rookie from Ohio State who the Celtics drafted with the No. 20 overall pick. He’s averaging 5.5 points and 5.5 rebounds coming off the bench behind Kevin Garnett.” [Amico/FSO]

  • Harv 21

    “Not every team strikes suddenly like the Bills, lingers over dessert like the Eagles, or hits CTRL-ALT-DEL the moment one thing goes wrong like the Browns.”

    That’s very clever writing, as is the refernce to the Browns “blue screen of death.” Too bad it’s not accurate. You cannot make a strong argument that the Browns were too impatient with any coaching hire or attempted hire. The problem is that they have yet to make the right one.

  • boomhauertjs

    I would say the Mangini hire was very impatient. No one else had even contacted him for an interview.

  • mgbode

    the article is talking about keeping them though

  • Vindictive_Pat

    I have a soft spot for Jody Gerut. He was the best player on the team when I worked as in intern in the front office for the High-A Salem Avalanche. He seemed like a good guy. The job sucked miserably, though and paid next to nothing. My cousin was fired as the GM because it rained a ton that summer and nobody wanted to come out and watch the team in the rain. I decided that sports management was not the career for me after that summer.

  • mgbode

    interesting. let’s go through them.

    ’99/’00 Palmer – The entire organization was hurriedly/sloppily put together and the FO gave him little help with players. But, the time had definitely come to part ways by the end despite it only being 2 seasons.

    ’01-’04 Butch – He quit on us, not the other way around.

    ’05-’08 – Switched to a 3-4 when we had a decent 4-3 going. In the end, one of our biggest mistakes as we never got the LBers to run it. Romeo was given a pretty long leash but it didn’t work out.

    ’09/’10 – ah, here is where the real churning has begun. Really, Lerner quit on Mangini after 2009 when he brought in Holmgren. Mangini should have been let go right away or Lerner should have just hired a strong GM.

    ’11//12 – and again, here we are. just 2 years and switching back from the 3-4 to the 4-3. clearing the decks and putting a new team in place. yes, the sale of the Browns resulted in it, but if Randy knew in 2010 that he was going to sell the team (and I think he did), then he should have just hired a strong GM, a strong business guy to clean up that side of things, and let Mangini sink or swim in the interim as the HC.

    ’13-?? – I really hope that whoever we hire is good enough to last 6+ seasons. It has been a long time since we had a guy that did that for the Browns (Coach Sam)

  • @TheDeePagel

    I admit was a bit on the fence between Te’o and Milliner last night – both would be who I would have chosen from for the Browns #1 pick if they were available…

    But…

    Last night Te’o faced the closest thing he has seen to an NFL caliber front in Alabama and he was destroyed. Completely taken out of the game. And when he had a chance to make a play – he whiffed more times than I can count.

    Meanwhile, Notre Dame challenged Milliner over and over when Bama let him cover 1-on-1. Every time he won the battle. He covered the Irish speed receivers, and he covered their taller tight ends…..it didn’t matter.

    I know it’s one game – but it convinced me for sure, that Milliner is our guy.

    Haden and Milliner in coverage? Freeing up Ward to come up in run support? With our D-Line a year older and wiser?

    Top-5 defense next year.

  • mgbode

    Milliner did not win the battle every time. He won more often than not though, which is very impressive considering he was guarding the much bigger Eiffert most of the night (best TE in college football and a likely 1st round pick himself).

    Moore is my first choice (DE – A&M), but Milliner is a close 2nd. Hopefully, one of them is still there when we pick.

  • @TheDeePagel

    While the article does talk about keeping….I still agree with your point.

    Mangini was hired on January 7th.

    Shurmur was hired on January 13th.

    Both were not heavily sought after guys…..where we needed to hurry up to sign them before someone else did.

    Although I am disappointed on missing out on Kelly – a longer extensive search and interview process could be a bit refreshing.

  • @TheDeePagel

    Not to nit-pick…but which time was he beat?

  • mgbode

    There were at least 3 completed passes in his direction (I think there were a couple more but I distinctly remember the 3 because I was watching him). One deep middle earlier in the game. He was there in coverage on all of them (the other 2 were sideline routes – one on a really good throw by Golson), but so were Patterson/Skrine against Boldin,etc. this year. If the guy catches the ball, then you were beat.

    And again, Milliner played a very good game. I will be very happy to see him in Brown & Orange if that is the direction we go.

  • mgbode

    but, just think of it. you could have been running to get Haslam his sweet tea while he paced waiting for Chip to call back.

  • Vindictive_Pat

    Crud, what was I thinking??

  • MrCleaveland

    Where is our Saban Watch post???? I need to be awash in mindless speculation! I am ready to agree with or disagree with any idiotic rumor that comes down the pike. I want insider leaks, innuendo, and conspiracy theories.

  • Vindictive_Pat

    I don’t see Milliner making it to the Browns unless they trade up or Detroit trades down. The Lions’ most glaring need (by far) is at cornerback. I don’t see how they can pass on Milliner.

  • Harv 21

    yeah? Well I wanna know why the Browns have completely failed to respond to your demand for the Saban Watch Post. Even I’ve already commented on it.

  • mgbode

    well, their most glaring need last offseason was CB. So, they let a starter go and didn’t replace him. even if it was Eric Wright. I’m not betting on the Lions doing the obvious thing.

  • MrCleaveland

    I heard there was a lot of secret activity going on at the Flying J on I-59/20 near Tuscaloosa this morning.

  • Vindictive_Pat

    They tried to replace him with Bill Bentley… I think he was a 2nd round choice for them, but he was injured for much of the year. When he did play and was healthy I thought he looked decent. He’s not enough though… they need more help there. Detroit used their first round pick on Reiff last year as OL was another glaring need for them, but I’d be shocked to see them go OL again in the first round this year.

  • Harv 21

    Here’s my point: while Manginilovers will always cry “those aging vets and bad draft choices were on the rise when they pulled the plug!” most fans think every hire to date was a mistake, despite the imperfect circumstances each faced. And while it wasn’t the article’s focus, I agree with the comments above: some of the hires were too quick and most were the result of the Lerner Lurch, a.k.a. “just get a new Magic Man so they’ll leave me alone.”

  • Harv 21

    poorly worded comment by me – I meant someone they hired and subsequently fired, not the hiring process.

  • mgbode

    Dwight Bentley was their 3rd round selection. In fact, he was considered a lower round guy but moved up late in the process.

    Drafting a 3rd round CB to fill your biggest need is not a great idea. And, as much as I like Ryan Broyles, Casey Hayward was considered the 2nd best CB by alot of people and was still on the board in the 2nd round (6INTs for GB as a rookie this year and good coverage skills).

  • Vindictive_Pat

    Still though, we don’t know what Detroit’s board looked like. They might have really liked Bentley and knew they would get him in the 3rd. They might have John Hughes’d him.

  • mgbode

    You know, I like it. Hey Detroit. Bentley looked great. He and Delmas were injured. That was the only reason your pass D looked bad. They’ll be healthy next year. We promise. Just look at DQ for us :)

  • Harv 21

    Documentary idea for the NFL Network: best gopher jobs in league history.
    Chuck Noll runs Paul Brown’s plays to the huddle, polisher of Jerry Jones’s glasses, Haslam’s sweet tea fetcher, Rex Ryan’s … ya know, never mind.

  • mgbode

    now, we just need Nick to convince AJ to pull a Bernie and get himself included in the supplemental draft (after all the teams ahead of us who need a QB draft one in the regular draft).

    sounds awful Sabany, no? Sabanish?

  • mgbode

    really hoping that Lerner was the problem. it’s always easiest if the problem is the guy that is gone now.

  • @TheDeePagel

    I don’t mean this in a snotty way…..but I feel like we were watching two different games.

  • The_Real_Shamrock

    Only thing better then Cousins going to the Cavaliers is if he goes to the C’s!

  • The_Real_Shamrock

    Um Te’o didn’t have much help but yes he did have probably his worst tackling game of the season. Still he’d be a great addition. But so would Millner to bad we can’t be greedy and get both.

  • @TheDeePagel

    I remember the deep middle play to Daniels that you are referring to. From what I saw Milliner’s safety help was late getting over. Milliner was supposed to play underneath, with the help over the top, and Lester (I believe) went for the pick and was late. Maybe I’m wrong, but I don’t consider that “beating” Milliner.

  • mgbode

    no worries. I was keying on him and being overly critical as I want him to be the Browns pick. my opinion though is that whatever the coverage, anytime your guy catches the ball, then you were beat. different degrees on it, of course. He was right with his guy but they did manage to catch passes against him.

    really picking nits with this tangent though. you seem like you are giving him an A+ game and I’m grading it an A-.

  • @TheDeePagel

    Okay gotcha – the grading clears it up – I was misunderstanding what you meant – my perception of your grade would have been like a C-/D+…..I’ll take A- and agree completely.

  • MrCleaveland

    Just got a call from a friend of mine. He swears he saw Saban’s agent at Hopkins.

  • mgbode

    and I believe Haslam just put in building permits to erect an Archibald’s and a Kozy’s in Berea

  • porckchopexpress

    Haslam’s sweet tea fetcher is definetly a “sweet” gig. Especially compared to Lerner’s underling whose job was to make Lerner look decisive, commanding, and less mincy by comparision. Imagine having to watch endless Back to the Future outtakes of Crispin Glover in order to stay in character every day.

    Lerner got he idea from Mike Brown who stole it from Jerry Jones. Its the billionaire fat girlfriend theory. If you are rich enough you simply buy someone to exhibit a more off putting version of your worst trait thereby making yourself look better by comparision.

    Word has it that Mike Brown saw guy pull a quarter out of the Jerry’s Kids donation box in order to make a phone call. Brown hired him on the spot.

    And of course the granddaddy of them all Papa Jerry. The story goes (available only to ESPN IN-IN-IN-INsiders) that Jones purchased the remains of Ted Bundy and carts him around using the statest of the art animitronics (think if James Camereon directed Weekend at Bernies). Apparently there was nobody living that could make Jerry seem like less of soulless reprehensible monkey turd

  • MrCleaveland

    There’s a report that the Alabama athletic department has asked for an emergency meeting of the Board of Trustees. This is that report. Spread the word.

  • Harv 21

    hmm, learned in my bartending days a simpler version of same concept: family-size friend of hot girl.

    I’ve noticed the past few years that Jerry Jones looks remarkably life like, despite the stark absence of an animating soul. My takeaway: like who am I to knock what works.