Say what you will about Randy Lerner, but at least he didn’t go out and just throw a ton of money at the first big name available.
All snark aside, I like the hiring of Mike Holmgren. He’s the most credible football guy the Browns have had since their return.
That being said, the rumor of a Christmas deadline coupled with the 10 year, $50 million deal just leaves a bad taste in my mouth. Can you really blame me for being apprehensive when part of the reason he chose the Browns was because they offered complete control. I mean, can you really say with a straight face that they explored all of their options? That they left no stone unturned? I didn’t think so.
Eric Mangini days have to be numbered. Yes, they’ve made a nice showing these past two games but they beat two bad teams. At the end of the day, they’re still 3-11. Maybe he can convince Holmgren to let him stay on, but I doubt it. As Bud Shaw says:
He turned down Seattle, in part because he wouldn’t have complete power. He’ll get that here and he shouldn’t be shy about exercising it solely because of late-season momentum.
If nothing else, it looks like the Browns at least have a plan, a sense of direction. That’s gotta count for something, no?