More Browns blowback: Was McDaniels fail-safe choice? Holmgren mocks team
FEB 13, 2014 12:03p ET
Whether it was due to a dispute about Greg Schiano, watching his CEO get lectured by a coaching candidate, or everyone just hating each other, the grenade Jimmy Haslam tossed into the Browns front office this week is still sending out shock waves.
Ever since Haslam announced that former CEO Joe Banner and ex-general manager Michael Lombardi were being relieved of their duties, unflattering details have emerged about how the organization was being run.
Was Josh McDaniels merely a last-resort candidate for the Browns?
While we might never know the real reason why the New England Patriots' offensive coordinator withdrew his name from the Browns' coaching search, multiple reports insist that he was a candidate until the very end.
But was McDaniels merely a last-resort candidate for the Browns? A source told Pro Football Talk that was exactly the case.
"The source explains that only former G.M. Michael Lombardi wanted to hire McDaniels, and that the rest of the power structure (primarily, owner Jimmy Haslam and soon-to-be-former CEO Joe Banner) weren't sold on McDaniels, who was fired during the second season of his tenure as Broncos head coach."
After hearing of his strong desire to reunite with McDaniels, it comes as no surprise that Lombardi just might get that chance, as multiple reports now have him joining the Patriots front office.
While Lombardi's Browns reunion didn't go so well, another former member of the team brass might be looking for his second shot with the team. Mike Holmgren, who served as the Browns president from 2010-12, told sports radio KJR-AM 950 in Seattle that he intends to inquire about his old job.
"I talked to a couple of guys today and I asked, 'Do you think I could get my old job back? They said, 'Yeah, do it. Phone them.' I'm going, 'Yeah, I'm going to phone them."
Luckily for Browns fans, we think he was only kidding. But the self-proclaimed "Big Show" wasn't shy in voicing his opinion of his former employer.
"I think it is particularly in free agency and things like that and also attracting a coach," Holmgren said, via the Cleveland Plain Dealer.
"Look at how long it took them to hire a coach. You can listen to the people saying, 'Well, we were taking our time, we wanted to get the right guy and da da da da da' but the fact of the matter is I think guys honestly were nervous about going in there, given the management structure and so on and so forth.
"I don't know that, but that is how I feel and that's how I think. That's hard to overcome."
Of course, Holmgren knows firsthand that rebuilding the Browns won't be easy. But it's a task that Jimmy Haslam is determined to finish, no matter how many firings it takes.
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