I don't know about you, but I sure cannot wait to find out who the next former head coach of the Cleveland Browns will be.
I'm writing this about two hours after the Browns got dumped by the Steelers in a Steeler fan-packed First Energy Stadium, so I have not even heard Jimmy Haslam's press conference yet, but I know he'll talk about the need to "get it right." Just like he did when they began the coaching search that landed them Chud and then the search that landed them Pettine.
I'm sure over the next few weeks we'll hear about the high-profile candidates telling them "no thanks", and plenty of low-profile candidates coming in for interviews. The latter is usually met with fans saying "Who? I want [insert Gruden or Cowher]." Throw in the usual Nick Saban rumor and we're off with another delightful romp through a list of candidates that are either retreads or first-timers. None of them will have actually achieved much of anything. But dang skippy, that will be one awesome-sauce press conference whenever he gets hired.
I do hope Haslam hires a GM first. That way we can at least avoid the "so-and-so wasn't his guy" narrative that's always there when the GM is hired after the new coach. Why have one more narrative? There is already plenty of bad ones with this team.
Jimmy Haslam preached continuity, but that never happens here. And I get it, to an extent. Pettine's teams have lost 15 of their last 18 games. In most NFL circles that will get you fired. Problem is, that's the circle we keep circling here in Cleveland. Hire and fire, hire and fire, hire and fire. How do you get out of it? That would actually require "getting it right." The Browns don't get it right, they get what's left. What's left of the candidates that aren't hired elsewhere or turn them down. It's amazing the places they'll search. A no-name Dallas Special Teams coach, CHECK! What about a Canadian League head coach? CHECK! They'll look anywhere, those rascals. Maybe one of these years they will even bump into the right guy. In the mean time we'll kick back and watch as Team Get-It-Right steps back into the batters box to get another crack at it.
Don't get me wrong. I'm rooting for them. I want them to hire the right guy. I want the insanity to stop. But I've seen enough to just assume they will screw up this search as well. They haven't even hired the next guy yet and I am already thinking of him as the next former Head Coach of the Browns.
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