The latest name to be associated with the “Football Czar” position in Cleveland has been in the news lately for losing his job.
Deposed Seahawks G.M. Tim Ruskell could wind up in Cleveland, according to Tony Grossi of the Cleveland Plain-Dealer.
According to Grossi’s source, Browns owner Randy Lerner has “a very high opinion” of Ruskell. The article goes through some of Ruskell’s strengths, like his experience in the league and being the “cooperative sort.”
Here’s the part that will scare Browns fans: “Ruskell is not adamant in changing coaches immediately. Thus, it would
not be out of the realm for Ruskell to walk in and accept Eric Mangini in 2010,” Grossi writes.
The article even goes out of its way to blame the loss of Steve Hutchinson to Minnesota by Ruskell’s regime in Seattle at the feet of Mike Reinfeldt, who then worked under Ruskell as a salary negotiator. (The source really likes Ruskell.)
The signs have lately been pointing towards the Browns hiring their personnel chief sooner than later.
And with Floyd Reese and now Ruskell being mentioned as candidates, it sounds like the Browns will get a “Czar” who has held a similar position elsewhere before.