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Mike Lombardi becomes the Browns’ V.P. of player personnel

Mike Lombardi, the former NFL personnel man turned NFL Network analyst who has long been rumored as a candidate to become the Browns’ next general manager, is indeed heading to Cleveland to become the Browns’ new general manager.

Lombardi’s title in Cleveland will be V.P. of player personnel, ESPN’s Adam Schefter first reported and the Browns have now officially announced.

Browns CEO Joe Banner said this week that there was a frontrunner for the team’s G.M. job, but he wouldn’t say who it was. Apparently it was Lombardi, who now takes over the personnel department for a franchise that has made the playoffs just once since returning to Cleveland in 1999.

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  1. thetooloftools says: Jan 18, 2013 9:11 AM

    You have got to be kidding me. He is in WAY over his head if this becomes fact.

  2. trollhammer20 says: Jan 18, 2013 9:13 AM

    Memo to Browns new owner: When you tell fans it’s your goal to bring a Lombardi to Cleveland, this isn’t what they were expecting.

  3. jbrenckl says: Jan 18, 2013 9:14 AM

    i’ve put up with a lot of crap with this team since they came back, but the hiring of this worthless piece is too much. i’m done with this team. im washing my hands of them and burning my gear


  4. larrydavidstern says: Jan 18, 2013 9:14 AM

    How can Jimmy Haslem buy this team for a billion dollars and then basically hand his team over to some accounting dork in Joe Banner? Banner hires a puppet as a head coach and then his buddy to be the gm?

  5. blantoncollier says: Jan 18, 2013 9:16 AM

    Dear Jimmy Haslam–

    According to Joe Banner you wanted the best guy in the NFL—well you struck out again today.

    PS: The rest of the NFL North is thanking you this morning.

  6. pl4tinum514 says: Jan 18, 2013 9:16 AM

    I don’t always hire incompetent talent evaluators. But when I do, I hire Mike Lombardi.

  7. kmart0319 says: Jan 18, 2013 9:17 AM

    And his qualifications are? How about creating losing teams everywhere he went.

  8. vietnambob2473 says: Jan 18, 2013 9:17 AM

    NFL Network is quickly losing all of their information guys…first Schefter, LaCanfora, now Lombardi. Wyche, Breer, and Rappoport are huge steps down from the guys i mentioned previously.

  9. niles6590 says: Jan 18, 2013 9:18 AM


  10. thetooloftools says: Jan 18, 2013 9:19 AM

    Just push the stadium into Lake Erie NOW !
    The factory of sadness continues. Are you kidding me?

  11. greymares says: Jan 18, 2013 9:19 AM

    as an analyst i’m a Lombardi fan. but he’s done this before with very limited success. I’ve got to give him credit for having the fortitude to try it again. it will be tough under Banner.

  12. jjb0811 says: Jan 18, 2013 9:21 AM

    New owner, same story!

  13. clownsfan says: Jan 18, 2013 9:23 AM

    And the let-down continues.

  14. zimaman says: Jan 18, 2013 9:23 AM

    just wait people

    Pioli is not far behind in some capacity

  15. jagsfan1 says: Jan 18, 2013 9:24 AM

    This guy is a total idiot….very shaky moves by the Browns…I see them continuing to stink it up and only ever getting to VERY average…(7-9) (8-8) under this leadership team.
    Banner is a world class jerk come contract time as well.

  16. buddysguys says: Jan 18, 2013 9:24 AM

    the Bills hires are looking better and better each day….

  17. dredddog says: Jan 18, 2013 9:24 AM


  18. johnqlunchbox says: Jan 18, 2013 9:25 AM

    You gotta be kidding me. The interviewed all those top-flight candidates and my Browns make the worst possible hire. This is coyote ugly.

  19. larrydavid7000 says: Jan 18, 2013 9:27 AM

    well well well. This is definitely a different direction. Just put the browns back a few years.Cleveland Rocks.

  20. jimiinpa says: Jan 18, 2013 9:27 AM

    on behalf of raven’s nation THANK YOU

  21. whynotusecommonsense says: Jan 18, 2013 9:28 AM

    I’m just glad this jackwagon will finally be off my TV.

    It does amaze me though that even Cleveland would hire a guy who was fired from volunteering with the Broncos a few years ago.

  22. franklinandbashandflorio says: Jan 18, 2013 9:29 AM

    There’s your Lombardi browns fan.

  23. godofwine330 says: Jan 18, 2013 9:30 AM

    I’m disappointed as a Browns fan. We have heard about this for months, and for it to be coming to fruition now just begs for a facepalm.

    As an analyst on TV I like the guy and he seems knowledgible. But that is on TV with monopoly money. I don’t like this guy playing with REAL money, more particularly my team’s money and the Cleveland media from Tony Grossi on down has frowned on this widely expected move, and will continue unless it brings some sory of unexpected success which is unlikely.

    The Factory of Sadness seems destined to continue. I am glad that I have Sunday Ticket and am not one of those unlucky fools who throw their money away on season tickets or any tickets, because if I was I would be ticked off.

  24. kmart0319 says: Jan 18, 2013 9:30 AM

    This is the same “talent” evaluator that called Trent Richardson and Josh Gordon bad picks…

    When does the pain stop?

  25. bbb82 says: Jan 18, 2013 9:31 AM

    Melt down time.

  26. derekjwest says: Jan 18, 2013 9:32 AM

    Not sure what GM worth anything will want to come in and work with this set up.

    Should have just kept Heckert. He was building this team in the right direction as far as young talent goes.

  27. proflonghair says: Jan 18, 2013 9:33 AM

    So far, Haslan’s track record includes selling naming rights to the stadium, changing the uniforms (eventually the helmet,mark my words), wanting to dome the stadium, and now this fool, all to the ire of the fanbase who worked so hard to keep this team. Oh, and got rid of a guy who has had three great drafts in a row, and a head coach who made big strides in year two.

    How does a guy who works in retail not understand how to read his customers?

    What is the good move this team has made since he bought them? Chud is a wait and see, not a guarantee either way, but what, exactly, was the good idea or action he’s taken?

  28. onereasonableman says: Jan 18, 2013 9:33 AM

    If Haslam is trying to build an organization that will end up moving to TN ala the “Major League” plan, he is doing a hell of a job.

  29. bloomingtonindy says: Jan 18, 2013 9:35 AM

    Advice to Norv Turner… flee that disaster for Indy while you still can.

  30. jrs45 says: Jan 18, 2013 9:37 AM

    1987 to 1996 – Cleveland Browns: Joined team as Pro Personnel Director in 1987. Promoted to Director of Player Personnel in 1992 where he worked under head coach Bill Belichick and was responsible for all college and pro personnel decisions; managed salary cap and player personnel issues; oversaw staff of 13 college and pro scouts; handled all player contracts and advised head coach on all football matters.

    He was part of the Browns the last time they were relevant. Let’s wait and see how this turns out. Just speaking as a fan of another team.

  31. Reggie's Bush says: Jan 18, 2013 9:38 AM

    “Turrible” – Charles Barkley

  32. brownstain says: Jan 18, 2013 9:41 AM

    If players can be free agents, so can fans. I’m going to consider my options..

  33. tedstheman says: Jan 18, 2013 9:41 AM

    Just about everyone of the above comments are stupid. Not one of you people know anything about football or how to run a personnel department. Despite what you think, Lonmabdi is highly tought of in the league.

  34. Beezo-Doo-doo-Zippity-Bop-bop-bop says: Jan 18, 2013 9:42 AM

    Wow. I liked some of the moves they were making and they go and shoot themselves in both feet.

  35. brownmud says: Jan 18, 2013 9:43 AM

    Any excitement us Browns fans had with the new coaching staff has faded very quickly. I’m not excited about this hire, at all. Heckert is missed even more today.

    Go brow….nevermind.

  36. rockthered1286 says: Jan 18, 2013 9:46 AM

    Dear (former) Browns fans,

    We’re always accepting newcomers to the fanbase.


  37. mojosmagic says: Jan 18, 2013 9:46 AM

    Wonder how long until the Browns new owner realizes that putting Joe Banner in charge was a huge mistake. He is a hated man with a bad reputation. Agents hate him, players hate him, coaches hate him, and other executives hate him. Mike Lombardi? Are you kidding me?

  38. 6thsense79 says: Jan 18, 2013 9:47 AM

    Well the Sports Guy loses his insiders perspective. Or does he?

  39. benroethlisberger7 says: Jan 18, 2013 9:49 AM

    This is a great day for the rest of AFC North! The lowly Browns don’t know any better.

  40. Cereal says: Jan 18, 2013 9:50 AM

    Factory of sadness

  41. jerruhjones says: Jan 18, 2013 9:50 AM

    Things were looking up….keyword, were!

  42. slowclyde86 says: Jan 18, 2013 9:53 AM

    What a complete joke. I have tolerated the losing for so many years by virtue of where I was born. This is just such a terrible, decision—everyone but Haslam can see it.

    I am done with these clowns for now. Totally done.

  43. joh3092 says: Jan 18, 2013 9:54 AM

    Well at least they’ll have somebody who tweets Joe & Mika with regularity.

  44. joetoronto says: Jan 18, 2013 9:54 AM

    Meet the new boss, same as the old boss.

    I feel really bad for Browns fans, they definitely don’t deserve this, not at all.

  45. tukai9248 says: Jan 18, 2013 9:57 AM

    The ownership can say they brought a Lombardi finally to Cleveland.

  46. toddm1016 says: Jan 18, 2013 9:58 AM

    Bill Simmons will now be hired as the VP of Common Sense and the 2013 Madden champion will be brought on to handle clock management in the last 2 minutes of each half. Cleveland Rocks!

  47. murty77 says: Jan 18, 2013 10:00 AM

    Am I the only one that finds it funny that Lombardi worked for NFL Network, yet an ESPN guy broke the story first lol

  48. metrocritical says: Jan 18, 2013 10:00 AM

    Relax, Cleveland fans, Lombardi has untold advantages from watching hundreds of games over the years, scrutinizing thousands of hours of game tape, and has access to insider information from contacts around the league and…wait, no that was Matt Millen. Never mind.

  49. bucs4life1014 says: Jan 18, 2013 10:03 AM

    Good, Now we don’t have to see his chin wobble everywhere on Tv everyday.

  50. bruiseddeath says: Jan 18, 2013 10:03 AM

    I myself will hold off on making opinions on the Brown’s moves this off season. One never knows how a the complete package will Gel. Doing it in pieces certainly has not helped the Browns in the past. It certainly will be a tough task to actually screw the pooch any worse than the Brown’s have done in the recent past…

  51. kdubb32 says: Jan 18, 2013 10:04 AM

    I wonder how he’ll blame Al Davis if he fails in Cleveland.

  52. mrlbcrazy13 says: Jan 18, 2013 10:04 AM

    Wow. Just an embarrassment and an insult to anyone who has ever worked in scouting and personnel. The city of Cleveland is so passionate about the Browns, and THIS is what they get. Stick to gas stations Haslem, it’s becoming clearly obvious that you don’t know squat about football already.

  53. saints25 says: Jan 18, 2013 10:05 AM

    This is Nick Saban guy!! The Browns put the bait on the line,lets see if Nick bites in the next year or two!!!

  54. NoobTubeTV says: Jan 18, 2013 10:06 AM

    Turning us into the Bengals…

  55. berg98 says: Jan 18, 2013 10:06 AM

    What in the world is going on in Berea? I have a bad feeling about this one. Correct me if I am wrong but Lombardi stated that Joe Thomas would not make it, Joe Haden was no good, and Trent Richardson was too slow. Man, this guy is a great judge of talent. It seems as if the Browns want to be the laughing stock of the NFL.

  56. champ10n says: Jan 18, 2013 10:10 AM

    Drew Brees wants an explanation.

  57. piratefreedom says: Jan 18, 2013 10:11 AM

    After the inspiring success of Matt Millen I can’t understand why more TV talking heads aren’t snapped up for high level positions based on their ability to talk.
    Kudos Mr. Haslem, I’m glad to see I’m not the only one who thinks front office talent searches should consist entirely of turning on a TV.

  58. wikidpissah says: Jan 18, 2013 10:19 AM

    trollhammer20 says: Jan 18, 2013 9:13 AM

    Memo to Browns new owner: When you tell fans it’s your goal to bring a Lombardi to Cleveland, this isn’t what they were expecting.
    Well done! One of the best lines I’ve read on this site.

  59. johnlink00 says: Jan 18, 2013 10:20 AM

    I’m sure Lombardi will be fine since he got beat to the story of his own hiring by Adam Schefter.

  60. Nickstixx says: Jan 18, 2013 10:21 AM

    lol this guy is awful… sorry Browns fans…

  61. FinFan68 says: Jan 18, 2013 10:23 AM

    It appears the factory of sadness has morphed into the factory of madness.

  62. tigertaz27 says: Jan 18, 2013 10:29 AM

    I don’t understand the need to always make a smart ass remark with everything the browns do. Very classless!

  63. nyfcat says: Jan 18, 2013 10:31 AM

    I’m going to miss him on NFL Network, seriously. He was great.

  64. downslide33 says: Jan 18, 2013 10:31 AM

    Picking TRich with the 4th overall pick IS a mistake.!

    RB’s are a dime a dozen. He was already hurt twice this past season.

    Lombardi was right. !

  65. mrcincinnati says: Jan 18, 2013 10:33 AM

    as a life long bengals fan i totally feel ur guys pain..the cleveland browns fans are truly some of the best fans in the NFL..die hard and loyal..i actually root for u guys unless u play the bengals..u deserve better..but good luck next season..signed Mr Cincinnati

  66. sterilizecromartie says: Jan 18, 2013 10:33 AM

    Love it or hate it, Browns fans, I suggest you buckle in and get comfortable with this regime. The one thing you CANNOT keep doing is hitting the reset button every 2 years. It’s time to saddle in with one CEO, one GM, one coach, and one QB and give them more than 2 seasons to succeed. I know it is a “win now” mentality nowadays, but every time this franchise gets some momentum they then decide it’s time to hit the reset button and rebuild.

  67. mojosmagic says: Jan 18, 2013 10:44 AM

    Not a good day for Joe Banner or Brown fans.

  68. Dolphins Nation says: Jan 18, 2013 10:45 AM

    And you all wonder why Lebron left Cleveland.

  69. sneaux49 says: Jan 18, 2013 10:48 AM

    I lived in Houston from ’78-’95. I stayed true to the Browns during that time. Now I may have to become a Texan fan. V.P. of player personnel. Or yes man to Banner. Whatever momentum Mr. Haslam had is gone. I think they want the most entertaining team in the NFL, just not on the football field. This is turning into Barnum and Bailey. They want to put a roof on the stadium. Yes, a big top.

  70. thegloriousone says: Jan 18, 2013 10:54 AM

    Dolphins Nation says:Jan 18, 2013 10:45 AM

    And you all wonder why Lebron left Cleveland.

    Lebron plays basketball. Not football. The two are unrelated.

    Typical “knowledgeable” Miami fan.

  71. thegloriousone says: Jan 18, 2013 10:57 AM


    Oh well.

    See you Sunday…

  72. pmars64 says: Jan 18, 2013 10:58 AM

    Didn’t Haslam learn anything by being part-owner of the Steelers and seeing the Ravens operations up-close? Didn’t he learn that you don’t have a business man run your football operations and then this guy hire a failed personnel exec to run personnel? But I’m beginning to believe that Haslam doesn’t really care all that much about winning. If he did, he would have hired a strong football guy to run the Browns football operations. Someone like Polian or someone of comparable experience and stature. It would have been his first hire. Instead, he hires a business man who is well known to be motivated to consolidate his power and is well known to be reviled by football people.

    Can you say 2-14 within 2 years?

    Maybe it is time to truly join the dark side and follow the Ravens. At least Ozzie knows how to run a football operations.

  73. j0esixpack says: Jan 18, 2013 11:08 AM

    Count me in the minority of those who think this will work out well.

    As an analyst, Lombardi has missed on many of his player assessments – but every GM has, and many have done far worse than he.

    It’ll be 3-4 years before you can really assess him as GM. Like every GM he’ll have his share of hits and misses.

    Hopefully the Browns will now have a period of stability they’ve lacked since returning to Cleveland.

  74. Kaz says: Jan 18, 2013 11:10 AM

    Now all the AFCN needs is for them to hire a 3-4 DC (they’ve already helped us by firing Jauron) and screw up the good defense they had finally built. Then we can all sit back and focus once again on the big three and not worry about much improvement from the Browns. Norv was a good hire however, but this isn’t the West. It’s the North, and we have the D to handle him.

  75. rajbais says: Jan 18, 2013 11:13 AM

    I hope he does well there. I’m going to miss listening to him on TV or radio.

  76. bat42boy says: Jan 18, 2013 11:19 AM

    Time to look for another team to follow. As a life long fan of the Browns this has to be the worst executive decision they have ever made besides Joe Banner. Neither know one thing about football: one used to sell clothes and was a failure and the other worked in TV for the past five years. It’s about as bad as a peanut farmer becoming a President and failing. Good Luck Haslam. Go back to selling gas and junk. You’re creating junk here in NE Ohio. We’re looking for a Pro football team that can win. The guys you are hiring are losers.

  77. tvguy22 says: Jan 18, 2013 11:20 AM

    I guess Mort turned them down.

  78. rockthered1286 says: Jan 18, 2013 11:25 AM

    So…when do they move to LA?

  79. Dolphins Nation says: Jan 18, 2013 11:27 AM

    Maybe Drew Cary can be Lombardi’s assistant GM.

  80. radrntn says: Jan 18, 2013 11:28 AM

    L.O.L…….And just when I thought the browns were improving

  81. rickrock6661982 says: Jan 18, 2013 11:41 AM

    Looks like Bill Simmons and Future Star QB Brian Hoyer are on their way to Cleveland.

    Cousin Sal as well!

  82. jaxuar says: Jan 18, 2013 11:41 AM

    Who is Mike Lonbardi?

  83. chief0727 says: Jan 18, 2013 11:44 AM

    Lombardi proves the old adage “It’s not what you know–It’s who you know”. This guy has failed, and failed miserably at every NFL personnel job he has had–including his first one with Cleveland. I would have preferred Jimmy Haslem promote the night manager at my local Flying J Truck Stop as the VP of Player Personel—I’d at least be more comfortable that he would know something about football.

  84. hoopieguy says: Jan 18, 2013 11:44 AM

    52 year Browns fan here; I am sick! And I will jump on board with everyone else here. I really thought–I mean, I REALLY thought Jimmy Haslam got it. Damn, it’s hard being a Browns fan. This is truly sickening. This team is gonna go nowhere fast, and we will continue to be the laughing stock of the NFL

  85. bigjayler says: Jan 18, 2013 11:46 AM

    What a joke…listening to the presser now.

  86. gbfranz says: Jan 18, 2013 11:49 AM

    DOINK, things went south with the BANNER hire….now we’re heading for another decade of sub-mediocraty…. How do you hire and pay folks millions of dollars that have poor track records and expect something good to happen… DOINK…

  87. nflsecurity862 says: Jan 18, 2013 11:53 AM

    Well according to the internet fans this is a bad hire, so I expect him to succeed.

    Now get Ray Horton as DC and the beginning of a beautiful season can begin!

  88. rashaffer06 says: Jan 18, 2013 11:53 AM

    You’ve got to be kidding me! You left Heckert go for Lombardi? I was elated with the Turner hiring, and then you do this! Talk about one step forward and two steps back!

  89. hadkins29 says: Jan 18, 2013 11:58 AM

    Looking forward to our drafts now. Welcome back picks like rahim abdulah, spergon wynn, quincy morgan, jeramiah farmer, willie green, and so.many more busts and wasted picks. Im glad we have a rookie owner, narsasistic president and incompatent gm. Heres to the future of the cleveland browns.

  90. rickrock6661982 says: Jan 18, 2013 12:10 PM

    Remember when fans of the Toronto Raptors and Milwaukee Bucks actually wanted Bill Simmons to become their GM?

    What you’ll see in Cleveland the next few years is what would have happened there.

    A complete disaster.

  91. 1uniquename says: Jan 18, 2013 12:16 PM

    All of the AFC thanks you for not being in the playoff picture for at least the next 5-6 years as these moves have set you back AT LEAST that far. I am a Dolphins fan and I now know without a doubt in my mind that we have one less team to worry about as we begin to build a contending team. The Fins have been pathetic but thank god for teams like the Browns, Jags and Bills who continue to “somewhat” hide our misery.

  92. bigtrav425 says: Jan 18, 2013 12:18 PM

    well there goes my thoughts of buying season tickets….Haslem you are 0-3 so far since you bought the team.Im not sure who is in your ear but you better get him out becasue you are already on a slippery slope after 3 disastrous decisions ,which happen to be your first 3 and your first impression on us fans…..if you want to create ANY excitement you better kill it in the draft and free agency

  93. christophershearin says: Jan 18, 2013 12:23 PM

    Does anybody else get the feeling Haslam is trying to pull a “Major League”? It really seems to me, he is trying to alienate the fan base to the point that he can petition the league to let him move the team to L.A. I cant for the life of me think of any other explanation……………….

  94. judge6 says: Jan 18, 2013 12:50 PM

    o.k. people don’t burn your tickets yet. let’s see what they do in F.A. and the draft and then start crucifying this regime, if need be.i think they’re going to spend most of the 48 mil. and should be able to bolster the lb’s,dbs, and o-line. i’m worried about the qb, if norv and chud go after a veteran to come in. or maybe trade down to pick up more picks since they don’t a 2nd rounder. we’ve waited this long time a few more months won’t kill us. plus its fun to speculate and play gm yourself.

  95. ijahru says: Jan 18, 2013 1:02 PM

    I say trust Haslam one this one. He isn’t one of those rich owners who likes to own a NFL team like a trophy. He is passionate about football and has seen first hand in Pitt how stability makes a difference. He got a coach who grew up a Browns fan and has some good experience and Lomardi whether you believe it or not is a good pick. He has done it before and has made some good contacts while working for NFLN. The Browns will be fine.

  96. raiderlyfe510 says: Jan 18, 2013 1:29 PM

    Say what?!?!?!?

    Man the Browns have to be a kamikaze orginization. Just when I thought they were having a good off season and about to emerge. They put a self destruct mechanism like Mike Lombardi at one of the head seats of personnel.

    If Lombardi was any good his friend Belichick would have hired him. His work with the Raiders was horrible. His work with the Browns his first stint was horrible.

    I don’t get it. Lombardi – the man who ran the Raiders into the ground gets work. Hue Jackson – the man who stopped the Raiders losing ways can not find work that he’s qualified for. Amazing.

  97. jimiinpa says: Jan 18, 2013 2:02 PM

    somewhere bernie kozar is getting drunk with joe namath

  98. hikohadon says: Jan 18, 2013 2:03 PM

    Ah, the joy of being a Browns fan. Like starting up each morning with a fresh kick in the balls.

    The Law of Averages was apparently repealed in Northeast Ohio.

  99. dicerces says: Jan 18, 2013 2:04 PM

    I again don’t know if Banner or Lombardi are worth anything.. Banner strikes me as a control freak and Lombardi past don’t impress me at all… I hope I am wrong for the Browns sake and every Browns fan including myself !

  100. btwicey says: Jan 18, 2013 2:18 PM

    Great hire, very smart NFL mind.

  101. bleedinorange says: Jan 18, 2013 3:05 PM

    Lombardi is the fallout guy for Banner. If things don’t go as planned in the next two years Lombardi will be fired to avoid the perpetual 2 and out coaching shuffle the Browns are known for. Banner and Chud will have the majority ruling on player personnel.

  102. pascalswager42 says: Jan 18, 2013 3:52 PM

    All Browns fans have is hope, and Jimmy and Joe are trying to take even that away from us.

  103. mrmafaka says: Jan 18, 2013 10:13 PM

    Haslam you’re a frickin idiot, you don’t have a clue, you just pushed any hope of success back another 6 years, 3 years till you figure out you screwed this one up and another 3 years to get back, this depends on if you hire the right people in 3 years after these knuckleheads, Banner, Lombardi go bye bye, cause you know Chud will be the first to blame and get fired, the people on this blog are the true fans of the Browns, so Jimmy mark our words, because in 3 years your gonna eat them, Lombardi has a proven track record of an idiot and you Jimmy are generating your own track record of a schmuck that doesn’t understand how to make a team, you hand the keys to the kingdom to an accountant, you don’t even second guess his stupidity, JUST BECAUSE YOU BOUGHT THE TEAM DOESN’T MEAN EVERYONE HAS TO GO, you should of kept Heck.

  104. mrfrostyj says: Jan 18, 2013 10:35 PM

    I called this one weeks ago. The Browns were NEVER looking for a GM. Lombardi is the fall guy. He took the blame for Bellichick’s awful personel picks as a rookie coach and all of Al Davis’s among other people. Say it with me Browns fans, your GM’s name is JOE BANNER. Lombardi is just the Vice President of giving him coffee and taking the heat whenever a draft pick is blown. At least that’s how the Baltimore Ravens explain the job of “Vice President of Player Personel”.

  105. brianric says: Jan 18, 2013 11:28 PM

    Hey browns fans, looking for a new team with upside, the team with the nfls best winning percentage, a team with the fewest losing seasons of any team in the nfl, sick of being a yearly bottom dweller? Become a fan of one of the biggest worldwide fan based teams How about switching to the Miami Dolphins? With over 46 million dollars to spend, 9 draft picks including 5 in the first three rounds, a young promising roster with a great defense, this team is on its way back to reclaim its dominance of the afc east. With a couple offseason offensive added pieces a tweek of the secondary this team is gonna be a major playoff contender. Just something to think about.

  106. godsmacked1 says: Jan 19, 2013 8:39 AM

    Wow, I feel about the same way as I did when they hired Mangini: totally defeated. Even with new ownership, the face-palm decisions never end. If this GM post is just a puppet position reporting to Banner, why not go with a fresh face that would bring some enthusiasm to the fan base??? Hiring Mike Lombardi is as bad a PR move. What next, an Art Modell statue in front of the stadium?

  107. devidisi says: Jan 19, 2013 10:15 PM

    Can anybody even remember the name of that kid they drafted to play center in Cleveland? He was an art major from USC. Wasn’t that another Lombardi gem?

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