Wednesday Afternoon Links: New Year’s Edition


Hope your New Year’s Eve is going to be filled with plenty of fun and, if you just so happen to be of the consenting age, a responsible amount of booze.  Before you begin the festivities, here are some links for your perusing:

  • Another name in the Browns coaching sweepstakes is Iowa’s coach Kirk Ferentz. Because college coaches have done superb in the NFL lately.  The Super Bowls among Nick Saban, Steve Spurrier, and Butch Davis are too many to count.  Luckily, Ferentz shows little to no interest in coaching in the NFL.
  • Don’t count on ex-Broncos coach Mike Shanahan becoming the next head coach, either.
  • Also, yet another former Bill Belichick employee – Tennessee Titans defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz – will be interviewed.  It also just so happens that he also worked with Scott Pioli in both Cleveland and Baltimore.  If I didn’t know better, I’d say Pioli has the GM job sewn up and he is just looking for a potential head coach he knows he can work with.  Be wary of these coordinators making their head coaching debuts with the Browns, however.
  • A great case for the previously mentioned Schwartz to get the head coaching gig with the Browns and a plea for Mangini to stay as far away from Cleveland as possible.
  • Lastly, someone else is throwing his hat into the ring for the Jets’ vacant head coaching position.  Hey, it couldn’t hurt.

Great cases are being made for a number of the candidates for both the GM and head coach vacancies.  No matter what, the next head coach for the Browns seems like he will come from the Bill Belichick family tree of coaches, assistants, and former unpaid interns.  The Browns have not had any success with those types of football minds just yet, but there is not much to do about that at this point.  While the support for Schwartz continues to rise, I just want to remind everyone that great coordinators do not always make great head coaches (i.e. the last head coach of the Browns).  Some say that Mangini would not be the right fit at this time, but would yet another first-timer really be it?