Aug 8, 2015, Canton, OH, USA; Ron Wolf during the 2015 Pro Football Enshrinement Cermony at Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports
The Cleveland Browns will reportedly turn to former Green Bay general manager Ron Wolf as a consultant in an attempt to fix what is continually ailing the team.
Cleveland Browns owner Jimmy Haslam will consult with former Green Bay Packers general manager Ron Wolf once the 2015 NFL season comes to a close, according to several media reports.
Haslam is currently pondering whether or not to make his third coaching change and front office switch since buying the Browns in 2012.
Cleveland, which is currently 3-12, closes out another lost season on Sunday against the Pittsburgh Steelers at FirstEnergy Stadium.
Wolf has been out of the NFL since 2001, when he retired after working for 38 years in the NFL. His career began in Oakland in 1963, when he was hired as a scout by the Raiders. He also worked with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers before returning to the Raiders, where he was a part of two Super Bowl-winning clubs.
Wolf took over as general manager in Green Bay in 1991, hiring head coach Mike Holmgren, trading for quarterback Brett Favre and signing Reggie White as a free agent. The moves helped the Packers reach the Super Bowl in 1996 and 1997.
Wolf was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame earlier this year.
If Haslam has finally come to the realization that he needs help in figuring out the current mess in Berea, he could do a lot worse than turning to Wolf. It will also be interesting to see what comes of any potential relationship as Wolf’s son, Eliot, is reportedly going to be a hot general manager candidate come the off-season and has been linked in at least one report to the Browns.
Wolf should also feel comfortable in Berea as he was the one who convinced former owner Randy Lerner to hire Holmgren as team president in 2009.
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“The most-impactful conversation that I had was with Ron Wolf. There were others, certainly,” Lerner said in a 2010 interview with The Canton Repository. “There were people in football, some writers that I spoke to, one in particular. But the one I would probably identify would be the Ron Wolf visit in Green Bay.
“He looked me right in the eye and said, ‘Randy, listen, the best guy to come in and deal with the Cleveland Browns, lead the Cleveland Browns, turn the Cleveland Browns around, is Mike Holmgren … if you can get him.’ ”
Arguably not Wolf’s finest moment.
He also spent a few weeks working as a consultant for the team before then head coach Butch Davis grew tired of being around someone who knew more about the NFL than he did.
“I was there maybe 2-1/2 weeks,” Wolf told The Canton Repository over the summer. “Butch Davis got a bee up wherever one gets a bee up. He wasn’t too happy with me being there … so I left.”
Well, third time’s the charm, yes?