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Browns Haven’t Officially Hired Eric Mangini, but He’s Allegedly Assembling a Staff
by November 30, 1999 @ 12:00 am (Category : Uncategorized )

Jan 5th 2009 5:20PM by Ryan Wilson (author feed)
Filed under: Browns, Jets, AFC North, NFL Fans, NFL CoachingYesterday I mentioned that while Browns owner Randy Lerner waited for Patriots vice president Scott Pioli to make up his mind about the GM job, Eric Mangini was emerging as the unofficial favorite to replace Romeo Crennel.

Still no word on Pioli’s plans — he’s scheduled to meet with the Chiefs this week — but they might not matter as far as Lerner’s concerned; National Football Post’s Mike Lombardi is hearing things: “I hear - and keep hearing - it is Eric Mangini’s job in Cleveland, and he is already assembling a staff.”

You know, if true, I think that’s a solid move for the Browns. Not splashy, but solid. Mangini got run out of New York after missing the playoffs two of the last three seasons. Part of the problem, apparently, was that he was meticulous in his preparation, but couldn’t motivate Kris Jenkins to eat a cheeseburger.

Sound familiar? Bill Belichick was a mediocre NFL head coach during a five-year stint in Cleveland in the mid-’90s, known as much for his winning personality as for being responsible for running Bernie Kosar out of town.

Five years later he re-emerged in New England, and now sports three Super Bowl rings and has people calling him genius (just like Jim Zorn but the exact opposite).Continue Reading

As Scott Pioli Keeps Browns Waiting, They Could Turn to Eric Mangini
by @ 12:00 am (Category : Uncategorized )

Jan 4th 2009 10:35AM by Ryan Wilson (author feed)
Filed under: Browns, Chiefs, Patriots, AFC East, AFC North, NFL Fans, NFL Coaching
Patriots vice president Scott Pioli is taking his sweet time getting back to the Browns about that GM job. Despite reports that Pioli had to make a decision last Thursday or the deal was off, the Browns are still interested in the guy who played a very big role in assembling those New England rosters that won three Super Bowls earlier this decade.

So now Cleveland waits. Pioli still has to meet with the Chiefs, and depending on how it plays out, Browns owner Randy Lerner could opt to hire a head coach and worry about finding a general manager later. According to the ’s Mary Kay Cabot, Eric Mangini is the early favorite, although other names are also in the mix. Two other head coaching candidates — fired Broncos coach Mike Shanahan and Titans defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz — are on the backburner for now. Shanahan was contacted by the Browns, but told them he will be on vacation with his family for the next two weeks and will not interview during that time, a source said.

If the Browns haven’t hired a coach by then, they might still reach out to him. If the Browns haven’t hired a coach by then, their fans will have already burned down the city.Continue Reading

Apparently, Scott Pioli Has Until End of Day to Accept Browns’ GM Job
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Jan 1st 2009 10:45AM by Ryan Wilson (author feed)
Filed under: Browns, Patriots, AFC East, AFC North, NFL Fans, NFL Coaching, NFL RumorsA year ago, the Browns, having just missed the playoffs with a 10-win season, headed into the new year with high hopes for the future. They had young, emerging stars at quarterback, wide receiver and tight end, and head coach Romeo Crennel was about to sign a contract extension for his role in the organization’s turnaround.

Apparently, six months of unwatchable football is all it took to undo all that. Last Sunday, general manager Phil Savage had to turn in his Blackberry, and a day later, Crennel was kindly asked to do the same.

Now, the team has two front-office vacancies, and owner Randy Lerner wasted very little time interviewing Patriots vice president Scott Pioli to replace Savage. The two met yesterday and according to the , Pioli must decide today if he’s going to take the job. The issue: Pioli’s demands are so ridiculously high that the Browns aren’t sure he’s serious about leaving the Patriots.Continue Reading

Good News, Scott Pioli: Rich McKay Isn’t Interested in Browns’ GM Job
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Jan 1st 2009 7:15PM by Ryan Wilson (author feed)
Filed under: Browns, Falcons, AFC North, NFC South, NFL Fans, NFL Coaching, NFL RumorsLast offseason, Falcons owner Arthur Blank stripped Rich McKay of his general manager duties, although he retained the title of team president. Thomas Dimitroff took over as GM, had a lot to do with bringing Matt Ryan to Atlanta, and some eight months later, the Falcons are headed to the postseason. Along with the Dolphins and Lions, it’s easily one of the most amazing stories of 2008.

Despite McKay having no say in personnel matters this season, he was Atlanta’s general manager from 2003-2007, and earned a Super Bowl ring during his nine-year stint with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in that same role.

And now, the newly GM-less Browns are interested in talking to McKay. According to FOXSports.com’s Jay Glazer, however, McKay is quite content with his current set-up. … [D]espite reports that the Cleveland Browns will interview … McKay, FOXSports.com has learned that McKay has rebuffed Cleveland’s overture. McKay is slated to fly to Phoenix with the Falcons and not New York to meet with Browns owner Randy Lerner.

There were talks between the two sides, but McKay informed them he is happy where he is and did not want to interview for the job or consider it until after the rest of the candidates had run their course in Cleveland. After surviving (figuratively, not in the dog-fighting sense) the Michael Vick melodrama, I’m guessing McKay wants to enjoy Atlanta’s resurgence. Whatever the reason, this is good news for Patriots vice president Scott Pioli.Continue Reading

The Zebra Report Finale: 2008 Version
by @ 12:00 am (Category : Uncategorized )

Dec 31st 2008 3:45PM by Matt Snyder (author feed)
Filed under: Bears, Browns, Dolphins, Jets, Lions, Packers, Steelers, Texans, AFC East, AFC North, AFC South, NFC North, NFL Referees

Before I go getting all sentimental, we have a few plays to check out for this week.

1. The Bears got jobbed on a spot in their game on a third down. It appeared it should have been about a yard and a half or even two yards to gain for a first down. The spot ended up being about a half yard short of the line to gain. I have no problem with the officials, because in fast motion it appeared the receiver wasn’t touched before rolling forward for just over a yard. Plus, due to positioning circumstances, they’d be in a huge hurry to get the exact line. Those are tough. My problem, however, lies in the replay rules. The Bears were not allowed to challenge the spot because the Texans didn’t gain a first down.Continue Reading

Crennel Wouldn’t Mind Staying In Cleveland As an Assistant to New Coach
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Dec 30th 2008 10:18AM by Sportz Assassin (author feed)
Filed under: Browns, AFC North, NFL CoachingJust because he’s not going to be the head coach anymore doesn’t mean that Romeo Crennel’s time with the Cleveland Browns is up. He told the that he would consider staying on with the team if the new head coach asks him to. “You’d have to be careful about how it would be looked on by the new people coming in,” he said. “They don’t want anyone looking over their shoulder, particularly someone who was here before. Even though the position might not be one they’re directly in charge of, human nature gets into this thing a little bit. If that’s their perception, whether it’s right or wrong, it might impact their judgment or impact the way they do things.”This could actually happen if Scott Pioli takes the vacant general manager position with the Browns. Crennel has a great relationship with Pioli from their time together with the New England Patriots. Another factor could be that the Browns are interested in recently fired Jets coach Eric Mangini. Crennel and Mangini have remained close friends from their days in New England.

The Jets May Be Willing to Alter Their Stance on Tannenbaum if It Will Get Them Cowher
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Dec 30th 2008 6:00PM by Will Brinson (author feed)
Filed under: Browns, Jets, NFL Coaching, NFL RumorsThe New York Jets are in a precarious position right now, primarily because they were brave enough to fire Eric Mangini instead of releasing their 40 year old gunslinging quarterback. And now, they’re trying to make a splash by signing Bill Cowher.

Problem is that it’s widely believed Cowher wants nothing to do with the current Jets GM, Mike Tannenbaum, presuming he’s interested in the job for realsies. Which may have the Jets reconsidering their stance on not dumping Tannenbaum, at least according to MORTSCOOP.
A high-ranking Jets official told ESPN senior NFL analyst Chris Mortensen that the team is still planning to speak to Cowher about its vacant head coaching job. No time or place for the interview has been set, but the official says the Jets would be willing to do “whatever is necessary” to land Cowher if he is truly interested in taking the job.

Cowher plans to speak publicly for the first time about the Jets’ opening and other coaching opportunities during CBS’ wild-card pregame show on Sunday, a source told 1050 ESPN New York’s Andrew Marchand.

Initially, ESPN.com’s John Clayton reported Cowher told the Jets he was not interested because he wanted his own personnel director. The Jets official’s response indicates the team is willing to let Cowher replace current general manager Mike Tannenbaum with his own candidate.
Of course, as TJB noted (and I’m actually of the belief that a “high ranking Jets official” might really be “Brian Bassett’s RSS feed”), everything SCOOP says needs to be tied to a frozen chunk of the Adriatic Sea.Continue Reading

Bill Cowher Tells the Browns No; Browns to Focus on Scott Pioli
by @ 12:00 am (Category : Uncategorized )

Dec 29th 2008 12:30PM by Adam Gretz (author feed)
Filed under: Browns, NFL Coaching

With Romeo Crennel out of the picture in Cleveland, seemingly all eyes turned to former Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Bill Cowher. He’s been the talk of Cleveland since the Browns all but eliminated themselves from postseason contention, and the rumor that he may have purchased a house in Strongsville, Ohio only dumped gasoline on the inferno. Because, after all, it’s just a short drive to not only downtown Cleveland — roughly 20 minutes — but also the Browns’ practice facility in Berea, Ohio.

Well, sorry, Browns fans, but once again your dreams have been smashed, as Cowher informed Browns owner Randy Lerner that he has zero interest in coaching anywhere in 2009, and unfortunately for them, anywhere includes the city of Cleveland. From Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer:
“I got word that he was available for an informal conversation because he was very aware I had him at the top of the list, getting involved with the Browns,” Lerner said. “He wanted to tell me personally that he did not anticipate coaching in 2009. I wouldn’t say Bill Cowher was the first choice, but I would say Cowher was the clear, no-questions-asked, guy you wanted to ask where he stood.”
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Word on the Street: Romeo Crennel, Phil Savage Could Be Fired Monday
by @ 12:00 am (Category : Uncategorized )

Dec 28th 2008 11:00AM by Ryan Wilson (author feed)
Filed under: Browns, AFC North, NFL Fans, NFL Coaching, NFL Rumors
Yesterday I mentioned that Romeo Crennel had finagled an end-of-year meeting with Browns owner Randy Lerner, which guaranteed (in theory, anyway) that he wouldn’t be fired immediately following today’s Steelers game. It sounded like Crennel would use the opportunity to plead his case for keeping his job.

At 4-11, that’s gotta be a tough sell. And while the win over the Giants was nice, it’s not enough to overlook the rest of the debaclement that was the ‘08 season.

But, hey, I give the big guy credit for trying. One problem, though: the ’s Mary Kay Cabot reports that Crennel and general managerPhil Savage could be fired as soon as tomorrow.Continue Reading

Browns Fire Phil Savage; Plan On Firing Romeo Crennel Any Minute Now
by @ 12:00 am (Category : Uncategorized )

Dec 28th 2008 8:09PM by Sportz Assassin (author feed)
Filed under: Browns, AFC North, NFL Coaching, NFL Interviews

The Cleveland Browns have officially fired general manager Phil Savage. Owner Randy Lerner made the decision before the Browns’ game with the Steelers but waited until after the game to make it official. Lerner called Savage after Cleveland’s 31-0 loss to tell him that he will not be retained.

Lerner didn’t attend the game in Pittsburgh because he reportedly was busy setting up interviews for the week. Tops on the list is former Steelers head coach Bill Cowher and current Patriots vice president Scott Pioli. Because the Patriots were eliminated from playoff contention today, he will be available for interviews immediately.

There are conflicting reports about whether or not Romeo Crennel has been fired already. Some reports say that it has already happened, others say it will happen as soon as tonight. The Browns are expected to interview Giants defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo this week. With the Giants’ first round bye, there is a one-week window, in which their assistants can be interviewed for other jobs.Continue Reading

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