Thursday, January 08, 2009

Holy Crap...what's going on?

Eric Mangini is the next coach of the Cleveland Browns. To be honest I'm not quite sure what to make of his hiring. Mangini aside, the fact that Lerner actually said, "There is not as much of a rush to get a GM, because his main responsibilities are putting together the draft and (NFL) free agency,". WHAT? Oh, I'm sorry...just the draft and free agency...those aren't that important. And what is Mangini's responsibility? What comes first, the draft or the preseason?

My faith in Lerner is wearing pretty thin right about now. As much as I love that he's a "mostly" none meddling owner with deep, deep, deep pockets, his plan for building, maintaining and ensuring the success of the franchise seems none existent. He's like that chick in college who went from one dirt bag to another with not so much as a night's rest in her own bed in between. She had no idea what she was doing, she just knew that being with someone made her feel less vulnerable and less insecure. Lerner seems to be latching this storied franchise on the whatever new girl walks into the bar. How about buying her a drink first? How about noticing the hair on her upper lip, or the chipped tooth? You gotta get close before you realize that stuff, and I don't think we've gotten close to anyone we've hired since Lerner took over...he was 10 beers deep, saw her across the bar, and was sold. Butch Davis?

Regardless, the Mangini hiring could work out just fine, but that's not really the point here. What's scary about that possibility is that is would be total luck. There was no process, no due diligence, no vetting that took place here, other than some really long conversations where they both seemed to give each other massages and sip Johnny Walker 1805.

We're hoping for the best here at MUTM...but geez...just when you think it can't get any worse...