Struggling to Find Hope in the Cleveland Browns
Historically, I have been excited about the prospect of a new head coach and general manager search for the Cleveland Browns. The optimism that the new hires will “get it right” and have the franchise was typically apparent for me – no matter if it was Romeo Crennel/Phil Savage, Ray Farmer/Mike Pettine, heck even Eric Mangini/George Kokinis. However, yesterday’s firings and Haslam’s press conference led me to a poor understanding that the right guys will likely never come along. I have finally come to terms to accept this.
There’s no hope on the horizon for the Cleveland Browns. In a matter of days or weeks – there will be a new guy hired to be the general manager and another for the head-coaching gig. Both will hold a press conference – while they will appear likeable and know what they are doing. Positive stories will be written in the media about how Jimmy
Haslam may have struck gold. I hate feeling like an utter pessimist, but I just cannot get on board this time. For beginners, the new regime will have to prove some semblance of knowledge, including drafting the right guys (most notably a franchise quarterback) in the spring.
Meanwhile, it would be a good thing if we could acquire a coach that has experience and can actually provide us with an edge in tight competitions. I understand that coaches have to cut their team somewhere, but I infuriated with settling for guys who frankly don’t deserve the opportunity.
However, the likely scenario is that one or both of these guys will be unknown (or unwanted) by most teams in the league. The Browns (and their media) will spin it as a great job by the hiring consultants and Haslam and that the team is revolutionary and trend setting.
As far as the power structure goes; with the coach reporting directly to the owner and Sashi Brown having final say with personnel decisions, I cannot laud nor laugh at this setup. The Browns are more than welcome to set up their chain of command as they see fit. I can only go on the past however, and remember that men in the same roles have
failed to execute. At this point, I do not want to lie to myself and say that it can change in the near future.
I (obviously) hope that I am wrong and the team actually can secure guys who can make this a successful franchise. Clearly I am still a fan of the team and am intrigued by their each and every move – however it’s past the point where I can trust that any personnel move made was a wise one. I am not putting down the new hires and am willing to give them a chance, as they have not black marks. I simply need to see some positive results before I get some faith.