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Revolving door is no good for the Browns

Pro Sports

Zack Martin

Issue date: 12/4/09 Section: Sports
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This semester, this column has repeatedly attempted to evaluate the moves made by the ownership of the Browns, Cavaliers and Indians. The Indians have taken steps to rectify their leadership woes by ending Eric Wedge's tenure with the team and going in a new direction with new manager Manny Acta. Dan Gilbert and Danny Ferry are currently in crunch time of what some see as the most important season in the Cavaliers' history.

Although much can be written about these two teams' progress thus far, it'd be premature to draw any conclusions without letting more time pass. However, at 1-10, it is clearly far enough into the season to send some holiday advice along to Randy Lerner.

Obviously, some of the moves have been made already. The Browns took the long-needed step of firing general manager George Kokinis midseason, which is an important first step to rebuilding a franchise that can win games.

If Kokinis became such a problem for the team so rapidly, one can only wonder how extensively Lerner vetted him and why more searching wasn't done. Unfortunately, digging into those questions reveals only more troublesome facts. Apparently, shortly after dismissing Phil Savage at the end of last season, Lerner hired Ernie Accorsi, a former general manager for the Colts, Browns and Giants, to act as a consultant to help the team find a replacement. Accorsi recommended David Gettlemen, the Giants' director of pro personnel, to take over. Instead, Lerner went with Kokinis, and here we are today. Once again the Browns' front office is in the process of a personnel search.

Rumors indicate that the team has made overtures to former Green Bay and Seattle head coach Mike Holmgren. Holmgren is a solid choice, with a commanding understanding of football and experience with both the Packers and the Seahawks.

If Holmgren is interested in the Browns, his talents and experience are worth it and the team should bring him in, even if it is in the head coach role.

But unlike a year ago, the head coach position is filled, and although Randy Lerner and the Browns front office may be okay with revolving door approach to hiring personnel, consistency matters. Scouting for some of the Browns' league-high 11 draft picks is beginning, and the development of the players currently on the roster will also suffer if the leadership is repeatedly changing.

The latest reports from the Browns indicate that Lerner will again turn to Accorsi to make recommendations on how to proceed. It'd be wise for him to listen to any advice that is forthcoming this time around. It's an expensive proposition to be impatient and gamble on personnel; just ask Phil Savage and Romeo Crenell, who rode their termination from the team to millions in contract buyouts.
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