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Heckert to interview for G.M. job in Cleveland

Mike Holmgren’s introductory press conference doesn’t start for an hour, but he’s already started serious work in Cleveland.

Eagles G.M. Tom Heckert will arrive in Cleveland Tuesday to interview for Cleveland’s G.M. position, according to Jason LaCanfora of NFL Network, Jay Glazer of Fox, and Adam Schefter of ESPN.   (We don’t know who had it first, and don’t need to.)

The news shouldn’t be a surprise.  Heckert and Holmgren share an agent, Bob LaMonte, who likes to pair his clients.  Heckert has worked in the Andy Reid branch of the Holmgren tree for the last eight seasons and knows the West Coast offense.

It’s also not a shocker that Heckert is looking to move on.  He has interviewed for G.M. positions in the past and Eagles vice president of player personnel Howie Roseman has built more influence in Philadelphia.  He’s the logical replacement for Heckert.

If Heckert does get the job in Cleveland, it’s harder than ever to imagine Eric Mangini sticking as coach. 

West Coast offense czar + West Coast offense G.M. would not seem to equal Mangini, winning streak or not.

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32 Responses to “Heckert to interview for G.M. job in Cleveland”
  1. manginiwithcheese says: Jan 5, 2010 3:29 PM

    He would be a good fit. It’s funny, I’m not used to seeing the Browns build a front office with qualified people and am not sure how to react.

  2. Quibstick says: Jan 5, 2010 3:31 PM

    This sounds good – he should have got the job last year, but declined after Mangini got the HC job first.

  3. Joshua says: Jan 5, 2010 3:33 PM

    I am interested why you seem to believe that the offensive philosophy of Holmgren and Heckert would doom Mangini. Last I checked Mangini is a defensive minded coach with a defensive background. You could very easily keep Mangini and implement a west coast style offense(which is similar to the offense Cleveland runs now)

  4. BillsFan27 says: Jan 5, 2010 3:36 PM

    You get the sense that sweeping changes are coming for this team – and this ain’t gonna’ be your grandpappy’s Cleveland Browns anymore.
    So, hopefully my grandpappy here in Ohio will quit complaining.

  5. VoxVagina says: Jan 5, 2010 3:36 PM

    He was not very good for the Eagles. Joe Banner, Andy Reid, and Roseman controlled the F.O. Heckert didn’t do anything. Hopefully the Eagles make better signings without him. Maybe Heckert has success with Cleveland. Good luck to him

  6. TigerS Boy ToY says: Jan 5, 2010 3:36 PM

    I can’t believe how much money man-genius has made in the NFL making people believe he is a Head Coach, only in America folks , only in America.

  7. Phil Wright says: Jan 5, 2010 3:43 PM

    West Coast offense czar + West Coast offense G.M. + playing in AFC north and/or on the shores of Lake Erie in November and December=total disaster.

  8. BrownsTown says: Jan 5, 2010 3:48 PM

    Heckert was a candidate for GM with CLE for a while last year, though I don’t think he ever interviewed. If I recall correctly, he bowed out after Mangini was hired. If that is correct, that would assuredly signal the end of Mangini in CLE.

  9. netdawg says: Jan 5, 2010 3:51 PM

    Nothin like a “yes” man to build your General Manager position around. Its well documented that Andy Reid runs all that is football in Phili and Heckert is just his errand boy.
    …nothing like Cleveland being the training ground for guys to learn what their mistakes shouldn’t be when they get to their successful career landing spots.
    Not that he should stay, but Mangini was the first hire by the Browns since the return that had previous success in the same position held in C-Town… Food for Thought

  10. Rick says: Jan 5, 2010 3:53 PM

    Didn’t Holmgren get stripped of GM duties in Seattle? What has he done to make the Browns convinced he knows how to build personel?

  11. magsdad1 says: Jan 5, 2010 3:53 PM

    The Browns are on their way to being legit. Just a few years away.

  12. SuckitFlorio says: Jan 5, 2010 3:58 PM

    Vox is a moron… if i am not mistake this is the same GM who was around for Trent Cole, Brent Celek, Desean Jackson, Lesean McCoy, Mike Patterson, Herremans, Jackson, Avant, Bradley…. Of course they missed on some players, but they constantly get talent out of each draft and that what good personnel people do.

  13. DoughBoyRAC says: Jan 5, 2010 4:03 PM

    Phil Wright:
    Well said! Don’t know if they looked at the low passing attempts for AFC North teams over history, but watching WC offense in Browns stadium in December will be like playing wiffleball in a hurricane! Good luck with that!

  14. ronburgundy says: Jan 5, 2010 4:10 PM

    # Phil Wright says: January 5, 2010 3:43 PM
    West Coast offense czar + West Coast offense G.M. + playing in AFC north and/or on the shores of Lake Erie in November and December=total disaster.
    Yeah, it’s been a complete disaster in Philly and Green Bay. WC principles in balmy New England have seen equally bad results.

  15. RK says: Jan 5, 2010 4:11 PM

    “West Coast offense czar + West Coast offense G.M. + playing in AFC north and/or on the shores of Lake Erie in November and December=total disaster.”
    Yeah because the WCO really struggled a lot in Green Bay.

  16. Omega says: Jan 5, 2010 4:14 PM

    “and this ain’t gonna’ be your grandpappy’s Cleveland Browns anymore.”
    From what I know about the Browns I imagine that their fans would be thrilled if the next edition was like their “grandpappy’s Browns. IIRC those Browns went to 10 straight NFL championship games.
    It’s the Grandkids version that has sucked.

  17. Maddog says: Jan 5, 2010 4:20 PM

    I still think Holmgren keeps Mangini. The man is going to want to coach again. If Mangini gets off to a 2-5 type start next year, Holmgren will be on the sidelines. But if they fire Mangini and hire a new coach, he’s not going to fire him after a bad start.

  18. andfitch82 says: Jan 5, 2010 4:24 PM

    If Heckert takes the job in Cleveland, I can see the Browns using a 3-4 hybrid defense with a West Coast offense.
    I can also see us getting Jim Zorn eventually as a Quarterbacks Coach/Offensive Coordinator.

  19. braindead says: Jan 5, 2010 4:33 PM

    You people who keep bitching that the west coast offense will never work in Cleveland and it’s to cold for that and blah, freakin blah. Do you really think these guys are so damn stupid that they don’t know all that? What in the hell makes you so sure that’s the offense they will run? History be damned! They all know how cold and windy it gets here. And on that note, one of the most dumb ass moves this city ever made was to NOT build a domed stadium when they got the expansion team. We could have hosted a super bowl by now. Got a national convention. We would not have to worry about wind and cold and west coast offenses. Sometimes I am ashamed to live here. The fans are freakin idiots.

  20. SATAN567 says: Jan 5, 2010 4:36 PM

    DON’T DO IT, HECKERT!!!!! It will be the end of your career. There are other jobs. Like, be a trash man, or a sewer scrubber, or a male prostitute. All of those jobs have a superior reputation to anything involving Cleveland and sports.

  21. MdEagle says: Jan 5, 2010 4:54 PM

    Heckert + Marty Mornighweg + Reggie Brown + (Mike Vick??) = Cleveland Beagles??

  22. Florio Equals Ass says: Jan 5, 2010 5:04 PM

    @braindead
    Hey, at least you got the 2014 Gay Games.
    Remember, at one point in the season, the Browns fans wanted to do abolish the QB position and direct snap it to Cribbs.

  23. MikeW says: Jan 5, 2010 5:27 PM

    “# ronburgundy says: January 5, 2010 4:10 PM
    # Phil Wright says: January 5, 2010 3:43 PM
    West Coast offense czar + West Coast offense G.M. + playing in AFC north and/or on the shores of Lake Erie in November and December=total disaster.
    Yeah, it’s been a complete disaster in Philly and Green Bay. WC principles in balmy New England have seen equally bad results.”
    don’t forget seattle

  24. Clevelander says: Jan 5, 2010 5:28 PM

    I think there’s a lot of people who have no idea what the West Coast Offense is. Some of you seem to be mistaking it for the Run & Shoot or something.

  25. Duan says: Jan 5, 2010 5:41 PM

    I hate to say this, but Bill Walsh is a Paul Brown disciple, so in turn Papa Brown is the father of the west coast offense.
    Which is basicaaly a dink and dunk offense – it will work in Cleveland!
    I wish you guys will just fess up and admit that you want the wishbone and you want to run it up and down everyone’s throat!? lol!!!!!
    On the serious side though, in the AFC North – you really do want a power running game, late in the season throwing does not get you far!

  26. SuckitFlorio says: Jan 5, 2010 5:44 PM

    HAHAH Mdeagle…. Heckert has been here for a half a dozen drafts and you call him out for Reggie Brown! Classic eagles fan!
    Forget Desean, Bradley, Cole, Celek, Jackson, Herreman, Patterson … priceless!

  27. VoxVagina says: Jan 5, 2010 6:30 PM

    @SuckitFlorio
    Andy Reid is in charge of drafting and Joe Banner had a final say. Heckert didn’t do anything. Just cause he worked for the Eagles while Andy Reid and Joe Banner drafted some good young players doesn’t mean he’s a good GM. Nice job trying to show me up smartass

  28. tobago says: Jan 5, 2010 6:58 PM

    Mohrnigweg/Heckert is what the latest rumor is

  29. Indyeagle says: Jan 5, 2010 7:17 PM

    VoxVagina,
    What are you talking about? Banner has nothing, absolutely nothing, to do with the talent evaluation on the Eagles. He is a MONEY man and solely manages the cap. Reid and Heckert made the decisions and went to Banner to see if the deal could get done.
    Heckert is a huge part of what we do and will be sorely missed if he goes.
    With that being said, Reid, Banner and Lurie will find someone else out there with an eye for talent and plug him in. It may be Rosemen, but I doubt it. Word is he is more of the Banner type and not especially adept at recognizing the transfer of ability from college to the pros.

  30. Fike Mlorio says: Jan 5, 2010 10:40 PM

    “We could have hosted a super bowl by now.”
    No, Cleveland wouldn’t qualify for a Super Bowl because the city doesn’t have the required hotel space.
    =============
    “Sometimes I am ashamed to live here. The fans are freakin idiots.”
    Says the commenter named “braindead.” Certainly an appropriate handle…

  31. ben_waballs says: Jan 6, 2010 12:01 AM

    To all the dumbasses that think the “West Coast Offense” can only be played on the West Coast, you are idiots. It consists primarily of short passing plays focusing on yards after the catch. The WCO has been successful anywhere that it’s been ran, with the correct players. One other thing, you are still allowed to hand the ball off and run it on occasion, even if you do run the WCO.

  32. gallaghedj311 says: Jan 6, 2010 10:33 AM

    # VoxVagina says: January 5, 2010 3:36 PM
    He was not very good for the Eagles. Joe Banner, Andy Reid, and Roseman controlled the F.O. Heckert didn’t do anything. Hopefully the Eagles make better signings without him. Maybe Heckert has success with Cleveland. Good luck to him
    Yeah, because Jeffrie Lurie likes to pay people to do nothing. it’s not like the Eagles haven’t been one of the most successful teams in regards to the draft over the past several years. Just another nonsensical Eagle hating comment….

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