This morning, Grossi decided to treat Browns fans to two well-constructed pieces. The first, an overview of the situation facing Mangini, included statements such as:
"Lerner interviewed Kokinis on Sunday and a mutual positive feeling emerged."
Now that, my friends, is some hard hitting reporting. But that's not even the best part. By far, the most interesting read in this morning's PD was Grossi's rankings of Browns players' performance this season. Allow me to give you some of the highlights. Keep in mind, according to Grossi, these rankings "are not based on potential, athletic ability or draft status, but on actual production versus opportunity and role, with some consideration given to past performance and to intangibles." I have no idea what that means but let's take a look anyway.
The first five in order are: Rogers, Cribbs, Dawson, Pontbriand, and Joe Thomas. Hard to argue there. But at 6, things start to get really interesting. In that spot, we find our old friend Jamal Lewis. Grossi must've really been impressed by Lewis's "actual production" (3.6 ypc) given his limited "opportunity" (only 279 carries!).
A few more fun tidbits from these rankings:
- Brandon McDonald is 11th while Eric Wright is 23rd. Am I missing something here?
- Kamerion Wimbley is 12th while Steve Heiden is 19th and Lawrence Vickers is 25th. In all fairness to Wimbley though, even for a first round pick, he does have a great wingspan!
- Braylon Edwards is 15th! He must've scored really high on those intangibles. Apparently, Grossi views Braylon's complaining, destroying team chemistry, and telling the fans to blow him as positives.
- At 46th, Donte' Stallworth was not dead last. If I were Shantee Orr, Gerard Lawson, or Travis Daniels, I would be a little curious as to what I did to get ranked below this legendary bust.
You can see the complete rankings for yourself here
Special thanks to Tony Grossi for being terrible at his job and thus, unintentionally funny.