A stir was created over the weekend when Browns’ legend Bernie Kosar said he would like to be the guy to turn around the moribund franchise’s fortunes.
We are all aware of the trials and tribulations of the brown and orange since they re-entered the NFL in 1999 as an expansion franchise.
Two winning seasons, one post-season appearance, and for the most part, the leadership, under both owners, Randy Lerner and Jimmy Haslam, can’t seem to stop tripping over their collective feet.
Can Kosar help straighten out this franchise?
Well, the knee-jerk reaction is he couldn’t possibly do any worse than the guys who have tried and failed over the years.
We used to say back in the 80’s, that the best job in baseball was the GM of the Indians, because if you succeeded, you would be hailed as a genius, and if you failed? You were just another person who couldn’t turn it around.
The Browns are in the same boat right now.
That could be why Kosar decided to throw his hat in the ring. There is nowhere to go but up, and it’s an opportunity to be a savior in Cleveland once again.
However, this much is clear. The legend knows the game of football. Anyone who has watched him provide analysis on pre-season games over the years can see that.
He was a thinking man’s quarterback. He saw the game differently than many players who had superior athletic ability.
Why not use that asset to help the Cleveland Browns?
We don’t know that Kosar could be or even want to be the general manager of the Browns, or even the president of football operations, and quite frankly, we couldn’t say he would be qualified for either of those positions.
On the other hand, what would be wrong in making Bernie a consultant to Haslam, helping him guide who the owner hires going forward on the football side?
The one thing we can say about Haslam is he has had a problem hiring the right people. The league seemed to have forced Joe Banner on him, and Banner made the unfortunate hire of Mike Lombardi as GM.
Had Kosar been involved in that process, the guess here is he would have prevented the latter hire.
He might have been able to save Rob Chudzinski after his one season as head coach. Most people thought Chud got a raw deal, and we wonder if things would have been different had the Browns held the lead against New England in 2013.
You can go back further than that. Maybe Kosar would have prevented the numerous candidates who didn’t seem to want to work for Banner and Lombardi when Chudzinski got the gig.
People who succeed usually surround themselves with people who are smarter than they are. There is no question that Bernie Kosar is one of the smartest football people around.
Why shouldn’t Jimmy Haslam avail himself of this knowledge?
Besides, what can go wrong? It’s not as though the Browns are one of the NFL’s best organizations or dominant teams on the field.