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Browns Make Hiring of Kokinis Offical

To the surprise of no one, the Cleveland Browns have hired former director of pro personnel for the Ravens George Kokinis as their new General Manager. “The Browns are excited to bring George back to Cleveland, where he began his NFL career,” Browns owner Randy Lerner said. “He is a tireless worker that has spent his entire career evaluating talent and knows the type of player it takes to be successful in this league and in our division.”

Kokinis replaces another former Raven, as he takes the job from Phil Savage, who was fired the night before the teams final game of this past regular season against the Steelers. Savage was fired along with coach Romeo Crennel, who was replaced by former Jets coach Eric Mangini.

“I would like to thank Randy Lerner for the extraordinary opportunity,” Kokinis said. “Cleveland is a football town, and I look forward to working alongside Eric Mangini and the rest of the organization.” Kokinis and Mangini will have the task of trying to take a team that was 10-6 two seasons ago and fell to an awful 4-12 this past season, and failed to score an offensive TD in their last six regular season games.

The team was also shutout by division rivals Cincy (14-0) and Pittsburgh (31-0) in their last two regular season games. The Browns currently hold the fifth pick in April’s NFL Draft.

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One Response to “Browns Make Hiring of Kokinis Offical”

  1. Clayton says:

    I like this hiring of Kokinis, and I am disappointed that SOME of the media have already started the “gloom and doom”. If you look at what makes a good GM, Kokinis has most of those qualities. Nobody is going to have everything. Give this a chance to work. As a die-hard season ticket holder, I share the frustration, but give this new group of coaches and front office personnel a fair shake. And what is with the constant criticism of Randy Lerner for being an owner who avoids the cameras? Who cares? He is the owner – he cuts the cheques – he leaves the day to day stuff to others as many very successful owners do. Watch what you wish for – a camera hungry egocentric who interferes in everything and takes credit for all that is good and blames all that is bad on everyone else – we all know NFL owners who fit that category – in fact some would argue we have had one in Cleveland. Lerner did what he promised the fans: he hired a head coach with experience and a good track record and a GM with player personnel experience with a winning franchise. That’s all Randy can do other than keep the purse strings open. Now it’s up to the draft, the coaches and the players. I am confident of nothing except one thing – at the end of next season Steelers, Ravens and Bengals fans will not have the same reaction when we say “Go Browns!” We might not win the division or even place second, but the brown and orange will be more than a punch-drunk team going sideways.

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