Every year, fans find new and creative ways to voice displeasure with their favorite NFL teams.
And they also rely on some tried and true devices.
The petition is a common device for fans to vent, even if we’re aware of no sports-related petition that ever achieved its goal.
Still, it doesn’t stop the process of petitioning.
The Browns are the latest targets of an online petition. Actually, the target is owner Randy Lerner; the petition seeks to have him sell the team.
We don’t necessarily disagree with the concept. After firing head coach Romeo Crennel and G.M. Phil Savage, Lerner seemed to adopt a path-of-least-resistance approach to filling the jobs, locking in on Eric Mangini to be the coach when Pats V.P. of player personnel Scott Pioli wasn’t moving quickly enough for Lerner’s liking.
So Mangini became the must-have candidate, even though none of the other teams with head-coaching vacancies gave Mangini a sniff.
If, then, Lerner prefers not to be bothered with the periodic hassles of owning an NFL team, maybe he should sell it.
If Lerner decides to sell it, we’d love to see a certain native of nearby Youngstown, Ohio buy it.
And we’re not talking about Ed O’Neill.