Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

31 Dec 2005

Browns Ready to Fire GM Savage

This is, uh, curious to say the least. As one Browns fan wrote me in an email:

"Um.... What the [redacted] is going on here? Didn't they just hire this guy less than a year ago? Did his philosophy suddenly change, or were they somehow unaware of it when they gave him the keys to the franchise?

[The fact that 'the Browns also have had discussions with Mike Keenan about taking a position in their business operations'] worries me. Somehow I doubt it's Mike Keenan, the Larry Brown of hockey coaches, but the way this team's been run that would hardly surprise me at this point. Hey, he led the Rangers to the Cup in '94, maybe he can get the Browns to the Super Bowl! Sigh. Although I guess I'd still rather have him than Millen."

When in doubt, just compare your team's GM to Matt Millen and everything doesn't seem quite so dire.

Posted by: P. Ryan Wilson on 31 Dec 2005

14 comments, Last at 03 Jan 2006, 5:36pm by CaffeineMan


by Noble (not verified) :: Sat, 12/31/2005 - 11:55am

This is just one of those stories where you scratch your head and say, "Huh?"

by Tom Kelso (not verified) :: Sat, 12/31/2005 - 12:46pm

Picking up a couple of tea leaves -- do the Browns have unexpected cap troubles or something?

If the reports are true, they seem to be trying to get Savage out of the money side of management. There are a lot of better ways to handle soemthing like that, though; which would explain the "raw" comments. Sounds like Browns management is shooting itself in the foot again.

by RCH (not verified) :: Sat, 12/31/2005 - 1:00pm

Looks like someone forget to calculate SalCap.xls before saving.

by Digit (not verified) :: Sat, 12/31/2005 - 3:06pm

Pro Football Talk is reporting this as some sort of power play by some non-football guy... take with a grain of salt.

by Theo (not verified) :: Sat, 12/31/2005 - 3:44pm
by peachy (not verified) :: Sat, 12/31/2005 - 3:49pm

I really can't imagine there being a valid football reason to fire a GM after only one season - actually, I can't imagine many football reasons to sack a coach that quickly. Unless Mr Savage did something extracurricular that hasn't leaked yet, an internal powerplay sounds more likely than not...

by Aaron Boden (not verified) :: Sat, 12/31/2005 - 4:38pm

Savage must have pee'd in someones cornflakes to even have the rumour started.

by Basilicus (not verified) :: Sat, 12/31/2005 - 5:36pm

The Browns are 5-10, hardly worse than anyone thought and better than some suspected. Charlie Frye looks promising, Reuben Droughns was a solid pick-up, and Braylon Edwards was a very good pick. So far I think Savage has done at least a solid job.

by Theo (not verified) :: Sat, 12/31/2005 - 7:51pm

It's not true.
Check the link above.

Happy new year!!

by MarkB (not verified) :: Sat, 12/31/2005 - 11:39pm

I have to feel sorry for Romeo. He waited thirty years for this?

by Shalimar (not verified) :: Sun, 01/01/2006 - 12:03am

"We sat down and we basically renewed our vows," Collins said. "I'm not really sure where this got started."

The "league sources" are unnamed, but Chris Mortensen is clearly named by ESPN as the person spreading the manure. Collins should probably have a word with him.

by princeton73 (not verified) :: Sun, 01/01/2006 - 12:55pm

“We sat down and we basically renewed our vows,� Collins said. “I’m not really sure where this got started.�
The “league sources� are unnamed, but Chris Mortensen is clearly named by ESPN as the person spreading the manure. Collins should probably have a word with him.

not so fast, my friend


by Shalimar (not verified) :: Sun, 01/01/2006 - 8:05pm

Yeah, I heard Mortensen repeat his story and say that management changed their minds because of the public outcry. They should have changed their minds because giving a well-respected executive complete control and then firing them a year later would be incredibly stupid. It sounds like Collins is probably inept and should be the one exiting the team.

by CaffeineMan (not verified) :: Tue, 01/03/2006 - 5:36pm

Collins is now out. Link is on my name.

I heard ESPN radio say that Crennel backed Savage and Collins has resigned (ha!). I'm not close to the situation, so I could be wrong here, but if I was a Browns fan, I'd be encouraged. It looks like Lerner figured out what was wrong and fixed it as soon as he could.