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KOKINIS DEAL COMING, BUT WILL LERNER STOP THERE?

Browns coach Eric Mangini has indicated that Ravens director of pro personnel George Kokinis will soon be Cleveland’s new G.M., according to the Associated Press.
Kokinis spent Monday and Tuesday meeting with Mangini and other team employees.  Speaking at the Greater Cleveland Sports Awards on Wednesday evening, Mangini told the crowd that the team “will have news in the very short future.”
As we reported earlier in the day, Kokinis traveled to New York on Wednesday to meet with owner Randy Lerner.
But once Kokinis is hired, it doesn’t necessarily mean that the work will be done.
As Peter King suggested earlier this month (and as we mentioned in our most recent SportingNews.com item), Lerner could hire a Parcells-type overseer of the front office.
It might be news to Mangini and/or Kokinis.
But at least the 18 folks who were laid off by the team will know that their former salaries will be funding the compensation package for the position.

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13 Responses to “KOKINIS DEAL COMING, BUT WILL LERNER STOP THERE?”
  1. titans_fan says: Jan 21, 2009 11:08 PM

    Crazy to think the buyouts of both Savage and Crennel could likely more than pay the salaries of the employees cut lose for a few years. Hell I’d say the Browns spent nearly enough on their coach/GM search to at least pay a years worth of salary for the 18 laid off.

  2. Ammo says: Jan 21, 2009 11:34 PM

    I would poop my pants with joy if Parcells came here.

  3. BarkingTuna says: Jan 21, 2009 11:38 PM

    “Lerner could hire a Parcells-type overseer of the front office.”
    Thanks for bringing that to my attention, Florio. That is the one thing that would *seriously* cause me to reevaluate my opinion of the man as an owner.
    Of course, I’ll likely still question why he chose his hires from the bottom-up rather than the top-down, but the fact that he may address that vacuum at top of the organizational hierarchy gives me hope.
    Off to read Peter King’s and your articles that you linked…

  4. dopenuts says: Jan 22, 2009 12:01 AM

    “Crazy to think the buyouts of both Savage and Crennel could likely more than pay the salaries of the employees cut lose for a few years. Hell I’d say the Browns spent nearly enough on their coach/GM search to at least pay a years worth of salary for the 18 laid off.” – titans_fan
    Florioioioio just served!!

  5. superBROWNS 69 says: Jan 22, 2009 1:57 AM

    i’m drunk, and now confused… re-write ths in english damnit~

  6. truwarier says: Jan 22, 2009 4:26 AM

    http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?res=9807E0D6133EF936A15754C0A96F958260&fta=y
    very similar to that situation, lerner and snyder need to become more
    like the rooney family and less like jerra jones.

  7. DavidInTexas says: Jan 22, 2009 6:36 AM

    Anything is possible, I guess…but Lerner is already the on the record, stating that both the coach and GM would be reporting directly to him (Lerner).

  8. Coutre says: Jan 22, 2009 9:13 AM

    Isn’t Lerner a billionaire? Can’t he sacrifice a little of his personal fortune – the one that his dad earned – and let these people keep their jobs! Greed rules!!!

  9. tuck51 says: Jan 22, 2009 10:13 AM

    I think it is hilarious that Lerner keeps going to Baltimore for help… in players and front office staff. TBA-Brian Billick as VP of Player personnel tomorrow!!!

  10. kardiac says: Jan 22, 2009 10:17 AM

    Two words: Ernie Accorsi

  11. tuskegeairmen says: Jan 22, 2009 4:23 PM

    The Browns former GM, Phil Savage, previously worked for the Ravens and so does George Kokinis. The Browns former Head Coach, Romero Cernnel, previously worked for the Patriots and so did Eric Mangini.
    Typically, when you fire management it is because their philosophy and scheme did not work and you find a new management team with a different philosophy and scheme. Yet, the Browns have not really changed any thing. The faces may be different, but I assure you these new faces will apply their predecessors’ philosophy and scheme and will mostly like produce the same result.

  12. ClevelandsOwn12 says: Jan 22, 2009 5:24 PM

    I agree with Kardiac. Accrosi is already playing a role.

  13. losoldato says: Jan 23, 2009 7:21 AM

    No to Ernie Accorsi! He was the guy that pushed Kosar out of town. You may have thought it was Belichick, but no.
    A few years ago, Bernie was on the radio and someone asked him about Bill Belichick, sort of prodding Kosar to rip into the former Browns head coach because of the released that took place when Belichick coached here.
    But Kosar then cleared the record, saying that the fault was with Accorsi who was going back and forth between Kosar and Belichick saying, “Bill said this,” and “Bernie is doing that.” The two did not know that he was doing this until many years later when the two somehow ended up talking.
    Kosar, in that interview, told this story and does not have any love-loss for Accorsi. So, I say no to EA. Who wants someone like that in this organization?

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