As a (faux) journalist of the highest moral fiber, one of the things in which I take a great deal of pride is my ability to be humble and admit when I'm wrong. Well CMCR nation, this is one of those times.
Only a week ago, on this very forum, I was openly chastizing Randy Lerner for hastily signing a head coach before first naming a GM. At the time, it seemed apparent that the only viable GM candidate left on the market that would fit with the Mangini regime was George Kokinis, a man of whom I had never heard and whom Randy Lerner had never interviewed. I know it sounds ridiculous in hindsight, but at the time, I actually thought it was a risky move. Boy do I feel sheepish.
You see, according to Mary Kay Cabot of the Plain Dealer (an unimpeachable source if there ever was one), Mr. Lerner completed his interview of Kokinis this past weekend...and you'll never guess what happened. IT WENT AWESOME!!!! Lerner, that legendary evaluator of front office talent, was very impressed!
Being the notorious skeptic that I am, I was totally bracing myself for some bad news. I was genuinely expecting Lerner to return to Cleveland only to report that he'd made a huge mistake and that the GM search was back to square one because Kokinis was terrible. But this.....I mean given our luck....wow. That's all I can say is wow. Bravo Mr. Lerner. Bravo.
Shame on me for ever doubting Randy Lerner. And if there are any others out there like me who questioned this entire process, let this be a lesson to all of us: When Randy Lerner rolls the dice, you'd better believe he knows what he's doing.
Let me say it one more time, just to let it sink in: GEORGE KOKINIS WAS AWESOME! The only prospective GM that is still a viable option for the Browns given that they just handed out a four-year contract to a head coach that nobody wants to manage just nailed his interview! Other NFL organizations, you are officially on notice.
This is just the kind of break this organization needed. No more stories about this Lebron fellow and his Cavs juggernaut. I'm ready to start fixating on the Browns' draft possibilities!