Found March 19, 2013 on
Waiting For Next Year:
There’s no getting around the fact that Michael Lombardi was a controversial hire for the Cleveland Browns. Lombardi’s previous history in Cleveland as well as his presumed track record – including a very long stint off of any team payrolls – is plenty of reason to give the fan-base and the Cleveland media pause at minimum. Even those who support the Cleveland Browns’ hire of Michael Lombardi have to admit that he has a lot to prove. With all that in mind, I couldn’t help but support the Browns’ decision to have Lombardi lay low for a while.
I said from the first moment that Lombardi appeared to be absent that it might make a lot of sense with so much tape out there of Lombardi commenting on teams, players, future draft picks and everything else that a media talking head might find himself (or herself) commenting on.
And boy did Lombardi comment. Even before he could cash his first check from Haslam enterprises in Berea, he found himself referencing comments he’d made about the most important battery in the Cleveland Browns offense of Brandon Weeden and Josh Gordon. The media was right to ask him those questions and now the Browns are right to let Lombardi do his work as GM and let Joe Banner handle the spokesperson duties while the expiration dates on his commentary approach and eventually pass.
None of this means that the Browns were right to hire Lombardi, of course. See previous comments about Lombardi having a whole lot to prove. Even more than that, he has a reputation – rightly or wrongly earned – to overcome. There’s little chance he could have found any way to overcome it as a distraction to the team in and around every press conference involving player personnel this off-season. Now Joe Banner has admitted it in a pretty frank comment to Mary Kay Cabot.
“Yes, he got criticized, but I don’t think anybody would deny that whether people are for him or against him, he’s a lightning rod at the moment,” Banner said. “It attracts a lot of attention and it gets a lot of strong reaction and I think it’s better for us right now and better for him to keep things calm, lowkey, focus on his work and then kind of more gradually let that situation take care of itself in terms of his availability to you all.”
So blame the Browns for hiring a “lightning rod” if you want. That’s fair game for criticism and the Browns know it. But they hired a guy they apparently wanted and they’re at least living in reality with regard to what is required to try to give it the best possible chance to be successful.
Whether or not Lombardi works out as the head personnel man for the Browns, it seems that this is the best track for the Browns to take with Michael Lombardi right now. Lombardi and the Browns need to be successful this off-season and any extra distraction the Browns can avoid, the better.
BEST OF MAXIM
The Cleveland Browns are a stone's throw away from a 50 year championship drought (depending on whether or not you count the years that the team didn't exist).Their recent draft history definitely doesn't help. They've had some good years, like in 1978- they drafted TE Ozzie Newsome, now a world-champion GM with the Baltimore Ravens, and LB Clay Mathews JR., father...
It isn’t often that teams draft a quarterback in the first round of the NFL Draft two years in a row. But most teams aren’t the Cleveland Browns, who have only been to the playoffs once since returning to the league in 1999, and recorded only two winning seasons. Nobody was incredibly excited about the selection of Brandon Weeden a year ago, and it doesn’t appear as if the...
MIAMI — A Florida family claims in a lawsuit that they feared for their lives when Cleveland Browns defensive lineman Desmond Bryant allegedly showed up drunk and shirtless at their home, repeatedly banged on the front door and ripped off a door handle.
The lawsuit, filed Monday in Miami-Dade County Circuit Court, seeks unspecified damages on behalf of Isaac and Iris Bakar and...
According to the Cleveland Plain-Dealer, the Browns plan on holding a private workout for former West Virginia quarterback Geno Smith.
The Browns, who are seeking competition for Brandon Weeden, will conduct a private workout with Smith, a source said Monday. They sent a representative to Smith’s pro day last week, and Banner said that they’ll study Smith and the other top quarterbacks...
The last remaining player from the Cleveland Browns reincarnation back in 1999 is no longer with the team. Phil Dawson after not receiving a contract offer from Browns, announced on his twitter page he reached an agreement to play for the San Francisco 49ERS. Dawson spent 14 years in Cleveland [...]
MIAMI (AP) -- A Florida family is suing Cleveland Browns defensive lineman Desmond Bryant, accusing him of showing up drunk at their home, banging on the front door and ripping off a door handle.
The lawsuit seeking unspecified damages was filed Monday in circuit court by attorney Robert Fiore. He represents Isaac and Iris Baker, who Fiore says were terrorized along with their three...
PHOENIX -- Jimmy Haslam gave no brash predictions for the 2013 Cleveland Browns when he met the local media at the NFL Meetings this week.
His discussion about his team contained his usual candor and enthusiasm, but it was mixed with a heavy dose of realism.
Weve won 23 games in the last five years, 14 games in the last three, Haslam said. So were not going to go 13-3 next year....
Thus far, the Browns have signed five players that were considered free agents, including the re-signing of restricted free agent Chris Ogbonnaya.
The NFL is hell-bent on passing a new rules proposal that would penalize a runner for lowering his head and leading with the helmet at the point of contact with a defender.
Pro Football Talk is reporting that Browns running back Trent Richardson and specifically the blow he lowered onto Eagles safety Kurt Coleman will be the standard that the rule will be based off.
As the NFL...