Greg Schiano: Genesis Of Browns Upheaval?February 13th, 2014
Man, Joe almost pities the good folks of Cleveland. Just look at their misery during the winter and, when it comes to late summer when most of America is wetting its pants in anticipation of football, the poor people of northeast Ohio are kicked in the groin repeatedly by the Browns.
If any snobbish NFL suit tries to mock fans for not knowing what they are talking about, then point that individual in the general direction of the Factory of Sadness on the shores of Lake Erie. Why, a drunk in a bar couldn’t do any worse than what alleged learned football men have wrought upon Cleveland since the original team bolted for Baltimore.
It is so shameful, NFL
warden commissioner Roger Goodell should think seriously of having the league take over operations of the Browns to try to bring sanity back to a once proud franchise.
How crazy is it in Cleveland? It seems the recent (latest?) front-office purge of the Browns was sparked by none other than former Bucs commander Greg Schiano. That’s the news from fight-instigating, barista-training, pedestrian-bumping, olive oil-lapping, popcorn-munching, coffee-slurping, fried-chicken-eating, oatmeal-loving, circle-jerking, beer-chugging, cricket-watching, scone-loathing, college football-naïve, baseball box score-reading Peter King of SI.com and theMMQB.com fame, who spoke with FBI-investigated, itchy trigger-fingered Browns owner Jimmy Haslam.
It seems when Schiano recently interviewed for the opening with the Browns, Haslam became infatuated with him but Haslam’s (then) right-hand man Joe Banner was disgusted by Schiano. This began a rift that resulted in a house-cleaning at the Factor of Sadness Tuesday.
Bill Belichick and Urban Meyer were strong in recommendations for fired Tampa Bay coach Greg Schiano—Belichick called twice—and here’s where I hear there was a major rift in the organization. Banner wanted nothing to do with Schiano. Haslam was intrigued with him after the over-the-top recommendation from Belichick. The group flew to Tampa to interview Schiano, and one source said Banner was cold to Schiano, not participating much in the interview. Banner likely thought Schiano would be a disastrous hire, given all the negatives in recent Cleveland history. He was probably right, but the owner was open to it, and when the owner’s open to it, the man running football operations should at least consider it.
Urban Meyer??? Joe can only think Meyer went to the plate for Schiano in a twisted attempt to keep Schiano out of the Big Ten. Say what you will about Schiano’s job in Tampa Bay, but if he can turn around Rutgers, which was the urinal mint of college football before Schiano took over, imagine what he could have done at say, Illinois, or even Purdue? Hell, even Ron Zook proved Illinois could be a factor in college football, and unlike Zook, you wouldn’t see Schiano standing in the front yard of the TKE house in Champaign in broad daylight, challenging fraternity members to a throwdown.
Why wouldn’t Meyer, one of the biggest frauds/egomaniacs in college football, not want the Browns gig for himself? At least in Cleveland, Meyer wouldn’t have to worry about a kid’s arm-long rap sheet or trying to cover up shootings (allegedly).
The Browns mess is so twisted, it’s almost difficult for Joe to believe.