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...]
While this may have merely been a matter of inoportune timing mixed with media notes provided to the cavlacade of individuals at the NFL Combine, former Cleveland Browns general manager Mike Lombardi was shown on NFL Network, sifting through documents with the Cleveland Browns logo on them.
Daryl Ruiter of 92.3 The Fan tweeted Lombardi’s on-screen arrival which was quickly followed by images tweeted from all corners of the web, mostly consisting of cell-phone shots of television screens.
— Dennis Manoloff (@dmansworld474) February 24, 2014
While we won’t know exactly what Lombardi was thumbing through, it’s safe to say that all of the NFL Draft prep that was done prior to his exit from Berea is now firmly in the hands of Bill Belichick.
Well, that certainly didn’t take long. Multiple reports out of both Cleveland and New England claim former Browns general manager Mike Lombardi will join the New England Patriots’ front office, just days after being shown the door in Berea.
Lombardi will be reuniting with long-time friend in Patriots’ head coach Bill Belichick. Recall, the two worked together with the Browns during Belichick’s first head coaching opportunity in Cleveland from 1991-1995. Lombardi’s role with the Patriots is unclear, though he is believed to be assuming the nebulous role of “personnel executive.” He spent five years working in the media (NFL Network, National Football Post) after being fired by the Oakland Raiders. He was subsequently hired to run the Browns prior to last season to work under Joe Banner pror to being fired earlier this week.
Various members of 92.3 The Fan, including Chris Fedor and Browns beat reporter Daryl Ruiter, were among the first out of Cleveland to report on Lombardi’s next chapter.
(Image via ClevelandBrowns.com)
Per source, the Patriots have granted the Browns permission to interview offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels.
— Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) December 31, 2013
Fans can now add Josh McDaniels to the list of men allegeldy brave enough to take the job of head coach of the Cleveland Browns. Per Albert Breer of the NFL Network, the Browns asked, and have been granted permission to interview the baseball hat-wearing current offensive coordinator of the New England Patriots.
After being named the head coach of the Denver Broncos as the replacement to Mike Shanahan, McDaniels, as you may recall, was the man who managed to instantly cultivate distrust within quarterback Jay Cutler. He eventually traded the Vanderbilt product to Chicago, and ultimately selected (alleged) left-handed quarterback Tim Tebow in the first round of the 2010 NFL Draft. It would also be McDaniels who would also bench and trade wide receiver Brandon Marshall. While with Denver, a 3-9 season (after the team finished 2011 with four straight losses) would lead to his dismissal in early December of 2010.
The Browns’ interest in the Patriots’ play-caller should not come as much of a surprise as general manager Michael Lombardi has long been a fan of New England’s Bill Belichick and the Patriots organization.
A big reason McDaniels returned to New England, having been their offensive coordinator prior to his stint in Denver, was, per Breer, due to the stability within the franchise.
A big reason McDaniels went back to Patriots was to create stability for his family. He has 4 young kids, is paid well, likes New England.
— Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) December 30, 2013
The Patriots, winners of their Week 17 contest, have a bye this weekend. How does this impact the Browns as they look to fill their vacancy? Well, any team wishing to interview the 37-year-old has to do so by the end of Sunday’s wild-card games—the interview window closes soon as the calendar turns to Jan. 6, only opening again if the Patriots make the Super Bowl or once the Pats are eliminated from the postseason. McDaniels cannot accept a head coaching job until that time.
Hey Cleveland, it’s me…Quarterback Controversy: Brian Hoyer’s Maiden Voyage with the Cleveland Browns
The hometown kid is getting the starting nod. One day after saying the decision had not yet been made, Cleveland Browns head coach Rob Chudzinski announced that their starting quarterback this Sunday against the Minnesota Vikings will be one Brian Hoyer. On the cover, a thumb injury sustained by Brandon Weeden a week earlier paved the way for Hoyer to get the nod. Peel back the onion a bit and it becomes a bit more evident that the Browns, currently sitting winless two weeks into the NFL season, were looking to shake things up and this was merely seamless way to do so.