So many of the conversations that I’ve had recently around the water cooler stem from the question, “What do you think of the Browns?” Usually, do to the pain and agony that it gives me to actually talk about it, I say”it’s a poorly managed organization, what do you expect?” Dodge another bullet and yet another night of crying myself to sleep at night over the potential of never seeing a Cleveland Championship in my lifetime. My cousin Dave came up with a great idea, mostly because we are losers, to be the Browns President for a day and make all of the decisions. Now, I’ve taken it one step further and decided to build a dream team of coaches that could perhaps bring my beloved Cleveland Browns to the promise land. I’ve also decided to post Dave’s thoughts, since he tends to be my NFL expert. We’ll see how hard it is to really be Randy Lerner.
Front Office-You gotta have good leadership at the top to set the tone.
President-Ernie Accorsi-He’s a Cleveland Browns guy that knows how important this team is to the town. Its a little bit of a retread since he was around in the mid-80’s for the Kosar years(I think). Accorsi has been in contact with Lerner as the turmoil has been building. Lerner has been itching to get him involved. So I guess, I am to.
GM-Mike Holgrem-Holgrem has made no bones about talking about wanting to get back into football. He’s never really said in what capacity though. In Seattle he wanted absolute power and wanted to call the plays. Well, I won’t let him be my coach, but I’ll let him shop for the groceries. I’ve always liked his scheme and our current personnel fits the west coast offense better. Plus he really likes Brady Quinn and that makes me happy.
Head Coach-Mike Shanahan-(This is my pipe dream remember)-Now you might think that Shanahan and Holgrem might conflict since they both were guys that wanted to have GM type powers as head coaches. What I think it might do is force some synergies in the front office and allow for two coaches to get together and decide on the needs of the team. Can you picture Shanie and Holgrem in the Browns war room talking about players and fitting them into our line ups. Brings a smile to my face, and makes my man parts feel funny.
OC-Charlie Weis-Something tells me that his services are going to be available next year. Weis coached Quinn into the ND record books with his offense. Its a great Yin and Yang combo with Shanahan who has a great running game scheme. Something that Weis’ offense lacks. Plus it would reunite Weis and Quinn and allow Quinn to finally have solid ground underneath his feet and put him in a position to win football games. Finally, I think Charlie’s ability to scheme against teams week to week is a better fit in the NFL as its easier to do with the talent level at the pro level.
DC-Bud Foster-(DC at Va. Tech)-Another guy plucked from the college ranks. Foster’s aggressive defense has always put Va.Tech in the top ranks in the country. His “lunch box” mentality is something that fits the town and the team. Browns fans want to see gritty players that play with heart. Foster has been the guy at Va. Tech responsible for making the Hokies extremely tough and able to go anywhere and play anyone. His tough aggressive style is similar to Rob Ryan’s, but has a much better emphasis on fundamentals.
College Scout Consultant-Bernie Kosar-Bernie really wants to be a part of this organization again. So why not let him use his skills to evaluate players and personnel that can get plugged into the system. Sure, he’d probably be wrong sometimes, but he understands the types of players needed in Weis and Shanahan’s system. He also gets the type of players that Clevelanders want to root for.
Free Agent Pick ups:NT Gabe Watson, RB Leon Washington, CB Keiwan Ratliff, OG Max Jean-Giles, WR Maurice Stovall, LB Pierre Woods
Cuts: Jamal Lewis, Derek Anderson,Rex Hadnot,Colin Cowerty, Cefric Peerman
Resign: Jerome Harrison, D’Qwell Jackson, Lawrence Vickers, Brodney Pool
Draft: This is going to be really fun…
#3 Taylor Mays FS, USC-He looks like a stud in his uniform and USC guys are game ready from day one. Plus, I’ve seen enough of him during the several ass beatings USC gave Notre Dame while he was there.
#34 Sergio Kindle LB, Texas- Kindle is a nice hybrid athlete that will instantly add speed to the defense. He’ll fit great in a 34 defense or playing the WILL.
$68 Mike Pouncey OG, Florida-This underclassmen started for 3 years with Urban Meyer’s Gators. He can grind em up and pass block. Plus he’s played at a high level in the SEC.
#99 Sam Young OT, Notre Dame-Spent a of time protecting Brady Quinn while they were both at ND. This would be a pick influenced by Weis as the OC. Young is big and would fit nicely at RT. That would give us two tackles that are taller then 6’4″ and over 300 lbs. They’d look great grinding people up in Shanahan’s zone blocking scheme.
#131 Tony Pike QB, Cincinnati-He’s one of my favorite college football players this year. He’s tall and can sling it. Probably in the Joe Flacco mold, but a little more raw
#133 DeMarco Murray RB, Oklahoma-This would probably be a steal this low, but Murry is physical and has a ton of speed. I’d love the pedigree that he would add to our backfield. Plus he’s used to taking handoffs out of the shotgun spread-type formations.
#145 Jeff Cottam TE, Tennessee-He’s really, really tall…
#165 Freddie Barnes WR, BGSU-He’s probably going to finish the all-time leader in catches for a single season. He’s durable, versitale and can make a big play. His sure hands would be nice thing to see since most of our WR’s now have the drop syndrome.
We also have to othe picks, but at that point, I’m not sure they even matter. Shanahan would probably use one of them as a “project guy” that he is always known for. Lastly, I’d still be looking to help Foster add depth to the defense in anyway I could.
With these kind of moves and my dream team coaching staff, I like the Brownies chance to at least win the AFC North. The Bud Foster transition from the college game to the NFL game would be the big key.