Maybe 2013 will go down in Browns history as a strange outlier. Maybe we’ll all laugh about it as the trial by fire (of a thousand suns?) that Jimmy Haslam needed in order to figure out how to run a football team and be the kind of team owner he always envisioned becoming. After reading his latest Q&A with the media from the NFL meetings in Orlando, I’m starting to see the possibility that Jimmy Haslam can be the owner we all hoped he would be when he secured ownership of the team from the Lerner family. [Read more...]
One thing that has been abundantly clear from Mike Holmgren’s time with the Browns is that until the team starts winning, there are fans who will doubt everything he does or doesn’t do. In fact many have wondered, what, exactly, it is that he does do for the Browns. When Mike Holmgren had a chance to talk to Tony Rizzo and Aaron Goldhammer from The Really Big Show on ESPN Cleveland today, he mentioned that people mistake his job for the role that Bill Parcells played in Miami.
“The job sometimes gets confused I think because coach Parcells went into Miami just a few years before I took this job.” Holmgren said. “I’ve talked to Bill about what he did there and he was football and personnel. He didn’t coach the team you’ll remember, but he was involved with the personnel even though he had a general manager and all those things.” [Read more...]
While the false alarm was raging via Tony Grossi a few weeks back, the Browns have now officially traded front office capologist Dawn Aponte to the Miami Dolphins. In exchange, the Browns received Matt Thomas. Earlier this week, he was introduced as the VP of Football Administration – the role previously held by Aponte.
Per the team:
Thomas joins the club after spending the past 12 seasons with the Dolphins (1998-09), including 2009 as Vice President – General Counsel and Football Administration. During his tenure with the team he held numerous football administrative functions, which included assisting with the management of the salary cap, player contract negotiations, football budgeting and acting as a liaison with the NFL Management Council on salary cap compliance and other labor and legal matters. Thomas is a graduate of the University of Denver, University of South Dakota School of Law and the New York University School of Law.
In return, Aponte accepted the position of Senior Vice President of Football Operations with the Miami Dolphins. Most fans will remember her for her role in the Joshua Cribbs contract debate. However, there is no doubt that she is held in high regard throughout the league having spent a good chunk of her career in higher level roles, taking yet another with Bill Parcells and the Dolphins
With that said, Mike Holmgren’s presidential cabinet continues to take shape.
He didn’t play last season and rookie center Alex Mack took his jersey number, but former Browns outside linebacker Willie McGinest – now 39-years old - is entertaining the idea of coming back to the NFL if given the right situation. McGinest, in a report from the Boston Herald, has yet to turn in his retirement papers despite taking a year off of the field.
“I took the time this year to heal and train and get stronger and get better,” said McGinest. “You never know – I definitely want to do some commentating. I’m going to weigh my options and see what happens.”