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Heckert may rejoin Reid, thinks Browns are close

Jimmy Haslam, Tom Heckert AP

There were reports last week that former Eagles coach Andy Reid was already lining up a staff for his next job.

That might include some help on the executive side.

Just-fired Browns general manager Tom Heckert said Monday morning it would be “phenomenal,” to work with Reid again, saying the thought it was “a possibility.”

We’ll see,” Heckert told Tony Grossi of ESPNCleveland.com. “There’s a lot going on.”

Reid and Heckert worked together for seven years with the Eagles, and remain friends.

Heckert wisely realized that his time was coming in Cleveland as soon as Jimmy Haslam bought the team and brought former Eagles exec Joe Banner with him.

“Once the team was sold, I thought it was going to happen,” Heckert said of his ouster. “Obviously, the final say [on football matters] was a problem and this was going to happen. It’s probably the best for both of us [to part ways].”

The Browns went 13-35 in Heckert’s three years as GM, but they have some young talent.

“The difference between us and the Colts is the Colts won the close games and we didn’t,” Heckert said. “We’ve proved we can play with anybody. I think the outlook is awesome.”

There are other differences between the Browns and the Colts, namely a quarterback situation that’s settled for the foreseeable future, and a stable organization.

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16 Responses to “Heckert may rejoin Reid, thinks Browns are close”
  1. jakec4 says: Dec 31, 2012 10:10 AM

    If you can’t do better than 1-5 in the division you aren’t “close”.

  2. dldove77 says: Dec 31, 2012 10:14 AM

    Heckert and Reid could take Cam and Kuechly to the next level in Carolina.

  3. jiggy3198 says: Dec 31, 2012 10:19 AM

    I find it amazing that bumbling idiot passed on RG3. A future star of the NFL. He could be with the Browns but no he is currently with the Washington Redskins. Hail to the Redskins hail victory braves on the warpath fight for old DC

  4. jiggy3198 says: Dec 31, 2012 10:19 AM

    I find it amazing that bumbling idiot passed on RG3. A future star of the NFL. He could be with the Browns but no he is currently with the Washington Redskins. Hail to the Redskins hail victory braves on the warpath fight for old DC

  5. bobbyhoying says: Dec 31, 2012 10:23 AM

    Bring them both to Jacksonville. Please. We’re the goofs that sent Tom Coughlin to New York. Maybe we can redeem ourselves.

  6. m1000be says: Dec 31, 2012 10:37 AM

    When you say the difference in you and another team is that they won the games and you didn’t – well, you not only stated the obvious, but you gave the exact reason YOU’RE FIRED.

  7. tres79 says: Dec 31, 2012 10:47 AM

    Why do either of these retreads think anyone wants to hire them?

  8. rockthered1286 says: Dec 31, 2012 10:53 AM

    Heckert and Reid to Jets. I know Woody said they’re retaining Rex but you really can’t take anything that organization says at face value. It be an upgrade at both spots. No reason not to pull the trigger there if the Jets can.

  9. mrfrostyj says: Dec 31, 2012 10:54 AM

    Browns were 2 and 4 in the division this season.

    Plus he is right on par with his colts comparison. If Brandon Weeden had Reggie Wayne on the other end of his must catch passes and not a rookie the Browns go 8-8 as a worst case scenario this past season including beating the colts.

    Heckart was a great drafter but luck had Reggie Wayne, rg3 had garçon and both are in the playoffs. Weeden put up a 3000+ yard season in 15 games with no established receiving talent. Heckart dropped the ball in the free agency department which prevented his offense from winning now. If Indianapolis went into the season with TY Hilton as they’re top receiver instead of Wayne, they’re watching the playoffs from home too.

  10. phillyphannn83 says: Dec 31, 2012 10:56 AM

    they’re young, if you can’t see beyond their record, and see their future potential, you’re not close to being an intelligent football fan.

  11. delsj says: Dec 31, 2012 11:06 AM

    One of Andy’s national mothpieces like Brian Billick or Steve Marriucci should sit Andy down and advise him to take a $5M paid vacation in 2013. Maybe then he’d listen.

    No one is going to pay him >$5M in 2013 so he’d basically be working for free anyway (assuming his Eagles contract has an offset). Look at all the retread coaches that people are clamoring to come out of retirement this year. Andy, with a year to plan, would be tops on that list in 2014.

  12. ballboy48 says: Dec 31, 2012 11:06 AM

    Heckert has done a good job building that team up, with good young talent. He had 26 players with a year or less experience, and their team will be just fine, under a good coach.

    I think Shurmur, while not all his fault because of the mess that was there before he came, didn’t manage games really well, and cost them in a few situations. I would hope that the new coach would keep Jauron, because he actually has a good, young defense.

  13. coop16 says: Dec 31, 2012 11:24 AM

    The fact that the Browns have some good young talent is a major reason why this latest reboot is so discouraging. It would be great if the new coach and GM stuck with the rebuilding program, but that almost never happens. The new GM will want to draft his own players and will get rid of most of the players that the last guy drafted. The new coach will have a new playbook, he’ll want to hire his buddies as assistants, and he’ll want a new quarterback. Bottom line, all of the progress of the last two years will go up in smoke and another 5-year plan will begin (only to be tossed aside in 2-3 years like the last one). That’s why so many of us Browns fans are disgusted by the prospect of yet another reboot. We’ve seen this movie before, and it doesn’t have a happy ending. Unless you’re a Steelers fan.

  14. emmac13 says: Dec 31, 2012 12:09 PM

    Watching Joe and Jimmy on SportsTimeOhio now. Listening to what they say about hiring HC first and all the qualities they are looking for. Jon Gruden sure does fit the description.

  15. couldntthinkofaname says: Dec 31, 2012 12:22 PM

    Browns were 2 and 4 in the division this season.

    Plus he is right on par with his colts comparison. If Brandon Weeden had Reggie Wayne on the other end of his must catch passes and not a rookie the Browns go 8-8 as a worst case scenario this past season including beating the colts.

    Heckart was a great drafter but luck had Reggie Wayne, rg3 had garçon and both are in the playoffs. Weeden put up a 3000+ yard season in 15 games with no established receiving talent. Heckart dropped the ball in the free agency department which prevented his offense from winning now. If Indianapolis went into the season with TY Hilton as they’re top receiver instead of Wayne, they’re watching the playoffs from home too.

    ________________

    Another Weeden apologist strikes. Every single excuse you used for him you wouldn’t give to McCoy, who had far less to work with. Weeden wasn’t an upgrade at all. Upgraded WRs upgraded o-line, and an upgraded RB weren’t enough to turn this guy into anything but a pedestrian QB.

    Keep making excuses though as you laugh at those stupid fools in DC who “paid too much” for RG3.

    I suppose your excuse will be that RG had a better supporting cast and Weeden’s just as good as him too.

  16. mrfrostyj says: Dec 31, 2012 5:44 PM

    @couldntthinkofaname

    The redskins paid a lot of money in free ageny to give their team receiving talent long before they knew they would be in line to get RG3. Pierre Garçon was the first player to be signed in free agency out of any team. Last I checked the redskins have less wins without Pierre Garçon than they do without RG3.

    The browns don’t have a qb issue and haven’t for awhile (even their 3rd string guy put up 200+ yards passing against a top teir defense). When they aren’t in the top 3 for passes dropped They are probably playoff bound. RG3 in Cleveland would be watching the playoffs from home just like Weeden is as the same guys who drop Weedens passes (or mccoys to make you happy). Would be dropping his too.

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