Cleveland Browns find another way to look really, really bad
November 3, 2009
Getting fired is something that most of use go through during our quest to move from having a job to having a career. While I have never been fired, I have seen the writing on the wall and quit a job or two to avoid the stigma of getting fired. Getting fired is embarrassing.
Getting fired on your day off is even worse.
The Cleveland Browns are a franchise in total disarray at the moment. I feel bad for the franchise, because they always seem to be stuck with the worst luck possible. In their long, and storied history they have championships, but once Jim Brown decided to retire early for a career in Hollywood, they have been cursed.
You have the The Drive
The Drive refers to an offensive series in the fourth quarter of the AFC Championship Game played on January 11, 1987, between the Denver Broncos and the Cleveland Browns. Broncos quarterback John Elway, in a span of 5 minutes and 2 seconds, led his team 98 yards to tie the game with 37 seconds left in regulation. Denver won the game in overtime with a field goal, 23-20.
Then you have the Fumble, which happened the next year AND was against the same team…
The Fumble refers to a specific incident in the AFC Championship Game between the Cleveland Browns and the Denver Broncos on January 17, 1988 at Mile High Stadium. With 1:12 left in the game, running back Earnest Byner appeared to be on his way to score the game-tying touchdown, but lost a fumble at the 3-yard line.
Then Browns fans suffered, as their team was ripped away from them by greedy ownership.
On November 6, 1995, with the team sitting at 3-4, Modell announced that he had signed a deal to relocate the Browns to Baltimore, Maryland in 1996 – a move which would return the NFL to Baltimore for the first time since the Baltimore Colts relocated to Indianapolis, Indiana after the 1983 season. The very next day, on November 7, Cleveland voters overwhelmingly approved the aforementioned tax issue to remodel Cleveland Stadium.
After extensive talks between the NFL, the Browns and officials of the two cities, Cleveland accepted a legal settlement that would keep the Browns legacy in Cleveland. In February 1996, the NFL announced that the Browns would be ‘deactivated’ for three years, and that a new stadium would be built for a new Browns team, as either an expansion team or a team moved from another city, that would begin play in 1999. Modell would in turn be granted a new franchise (the 31st NFL franchise), for Baltimore, retaining the current contracts of players and personnel. There would be a reactivated team for Cleveland, where the Browns’ name, colors, history, records, awards and archives would remain in Cleveland. The only other current NFL team to suspend operations without merging with another was Cleveland’s previous NFL team, the Rams, during the 1943 season.
So, I feel your pain. As a raider fan, I know the feeling of having another city enjoy the fruits of your labor. Heck, you even have the Dawg Pound, similar to the Black Hole.
But, even after all that, you have to remove your GM with the Sheriff? NFL.com is reporting this story, as well as others….
According to multiple published reports, Cleveland Browns GM George Kokinis was escorted out of the team’s facility Monday.
The Browns have yet to officially respond to any of Monday’s reports, but team director of public relations Neal Gulkis said late Monday, “I haven’t heard anything, I can’t confirm those reports.”
Even so, as news on the situation continues to surface, it is becoming apparent that Kokinis is likely on his way out in Cleveland.
NFL Network insider Michael Lombardi told NFL Total Access Monday that Kokinis will be fired, and that Kokinis is aware of the situation. According to Lombardi, Kokinis has not been involved in any of the team’s recent decisions and has been something of an outcast within the organization, with coach Eric Mangini making the front office decisions.
Browns play-by-play announcer Jim Donovan told NBC affiliate WKYC-TV3 in Cleveland that the Browns have already ”severed ties” with Kokinis.
Following Sunday’s 30-6 loss in Chicago, Browns owner Randy Lerner said he was “sick” about the state of his team, and that he would like to bring in a “strong, credible, serious leader” to help run his team, according to multiple published reports.
More on this story to follow.
Update: The team released a statement Monday night that Kokinis is “no longer actively involved” with the Browns organization.
Did you really have to have him escorted out of the building? Did you think that he was going to steal the stapler like in Office Space?
Just like my Raiders, so have to comport yourself like professional if you want people to take you seriously. That goes twice for my Raiders. Good luck Browns….it starts with firing Mangini.