With all the hoopla being created by the firings of coaches and GMs around the league, I missed the awkwardness of Browns' owner Randy Lerner looking to interview Scott Pioli AND Eric Mangini. Per the Associated Press:
Seeking an experienced NFL coach and football executive to repair his team, Lerner will interview Mangini, the fired New York Jets coach in New York before he speaks with other candidates, a person with knowledge of the meeting told The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the interview.
Hmm...Lerner is looking to hire Pioli as GM and possibly Mangini as head coach. What are the potential problems here?
Mangini pulled the trigger on the Pats in September of 2007 for videotaping. A practice Mangini was well aware of because he benefited from the same tapes a year prior in New England as their offensive coordinator.
That said, I can't imagine one of the architects behind the greatest dynasty ever would be willing to work with the guy who put the asterisks next to his name.
Another scenario is that Lerner is using this as leverage against Pioli by demonstrating that he's willing to go in a different direction.
The point of this whole rambling is that Pioli is still very much in play. I can't see him ever working with Mangini, nor can I see him taking a job in which he'll be tied to a coach that he didn't select.
So, for Pioli fans let's hope the Browns bring Mangini to town. Because that means Pioli will still be ripe for picking by Mr. Hunt.