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FringeNC
01-06-2009, 06:52 PM
CLEVELAND - The Browns' search for a new general manager has stalled like one of their scoring drives.

Owner Randy Lerner's interview with George Kokinis, Baltimore's director of pro personnel, won't take place until Sunday at the earliest because the Ravens' executive is involved in preparations for Saturday's AFC playoff game at Tennessee.
The 41-year-old Kokinis emerged as a strong GM candidate in recent days as the Browns' quest to hire a new coach focused on former New York Jets coach Eric Mangini.

During his interview with Lerner in New York last week, Mangini _ the leading candidate for the job _ identified Kokinis as someone whom he would like to work with. The two men began their NFL careers in the early 1990s in Cleveland under coach Bill Belichick and later worked together in Baltimore. They have remained close friends.
If Lerner is committed to Mangini, he may not wait to speak with Kokinis before hiring his next coach.

Lerner is adamant about hiring a coach with NFL head coaching experience, which is why Mangini, who went 23-25 and took the Jets to one playoff game in three years, is his preferred choice. Lerner is also mindful that he must hire a coach and GM who get along and can coexist and build the Browns together.
Savage and former Browns coach Romeo Crennel were not always in harmony.

Hiring the coach before the executive may be unorthodox, but not if Lerner has promised Mangini full control of the Browns' roster _ power like Belichick enjoys in New England.

Lerner wants his next coach to bring discipline to the Browns, who went 4-12 this season and had their fair share of off-the-field issues.

Meanwhile, Scott Pioli, New England's director of player personnel, interviewed Monday with the Kansas City Chiefs, persons with knowledge of the meeting told The Associated Press on the condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the negotiations.

Pioli was believed to be Lerner's top choice to replace Phil Savage, who was fired last month after four seasons with Cleveland.

A Mangini-Pioli pairing would be ideal for the Browns, but there could be other factors preventing the two from reuniting in Cleveland, where they started. Mangini turned in the Patrots in the infamous "Spygate" scandal and his relationship cooled with Belichick and possibly with Pioli as well.

Kokinis may not have a resume to match Pioli's, but he is highly regarded in Baltimore as GM Ozzie Newsome's top aide. Along with helping Newsome during free agency, Kokinis assists in contract negotiations for draft picks. Last year, he was part of an eight-man panel that selected John Harbaugh as Baltimore's coach.

One of the drawbacks to hiring Kokinis could be his lack of involvement in the NFL draft. Newsome and Eric DeCosta, his director of college scouting, are the ones who head the draft in Baltimore. But Cleveland's scouting and personnel departments _ led by player personnel director T.J. McCreight _ are in better shape than they were before Savage's arrival.

For that reason, Lerner may overlook one of Kokinis' perceived shortcomings.

Kokinis began his scouting career with Browns in 1991 after serving as an intern in the team's operations department. He was a Northeast area scout for the Ravens from 1996-99 before he was promoted to assistant director of pro personnel.

Lerner has also interviewed New York Giants defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo, Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels and Browns defensive coordinator Mel Tucker for his coaching vacancy.

A service of the Associated Press(AP)


http://www.napavalleyregister.com/articles/2009/01/06/ap/sports/football/d95h8smo1.txt

FringeNC
01-06-2009, 06:55 PM
Hiring the coach before the executive may be unorthodox, but not if Lerner has promised Mangini full control of the Browns' roster _ power like Belichick enjoys in New England.

May make it difficult to find a GM...

Sure-Oz
01-06-2009, 07:01 PM
Mangini is horrible, how the hell did he get a job so quick

The Bad Guy
01-06-2009, 07:02 PM
I'm just in disbelief that Lerner is this stupid to love Mangini. Mangini is a really awful HC.

His stupidity is our gain hopefully.

ArrowheadHawk
01-06-2009, 07:03 PM
Mangini is horrible, how the hell did he get a job so quickHe hasn't been hired has he?

Sure-Oz
01-06-2009, 07:04 PM
He hasn't been hired has he?

No i guess he hasn't, but it sounds as if he will get it.

FringeNC
01-06-2009, 07:20 PM
Pat Bowlen plans on hiring a head coach before a GM, also.

Deberg_1990
01-06-2009, 07:31 PM
Jerry Jones hired Jason Garett before he hired Wade Phillips as his HC.

Basileus777
01-06-2009, 07:33 PM
Mangini is horrible, how the hell did he get a job so quick

Mangini isn't a good coach, but he's not horrible either. He eventually deserves another chance to coach somewhere.

Marcellus
01-06-2009, 07:35 PM
Not sure what this means but sound interesting. From the AFC West blog at ESPN.com updated at 8:30pm.


The word around the league is that the Chiefs and New England executive are continuing talks about him taking over as general manager.


http://myespn.go.com/blogs/afcwest/0-3-1297/AFC-West-news-and-notes.html

Danman
01-06-2009, 07:37 PM
GO Browns! Hire Mangini! Pittsburg will love you

bowener
01-06-2009, 08:06 PM
Meanwhile, Scott Pioli, New England's director of player personnel, interviewed Monday with the Kansas City Chiefs, persons with knowledge of the meeting told The Associated Press on the condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the negotiations.

'Negotiations' seems to hint that they are working a contract out, right? Not just talking....

Nightfyre
01-06-2009, 09:54 PM
Whatever, I won't get my hopes up. God made the chiefs to be a bargaining chip.

Count Zarth
01-06-2009, 09:56 PM
The Browns are the big fucking losers of the offseason so far.

The Chiefs aren't for once. Yay!

Direckshun
01-06-2009, 09:56 PM
The Chiefs' GM position took a giant leap over the Browns with that news.

Bugeater
01-06-2009, 09:57 PM
Sure would be nice to get over on the Browns for once.

Count Zarth
01-06-2009, 10:19 PM
The Browns can have this fat turd for their next GM:

http://img224.imageshack.us/img224/4664/hughes20ron01bv8.jpg (https://addons.mozilla.org/firefox/1174)