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Mike Lomarbdi Named Browns VP Of Player Personnel

The Browns Friday made a move many said was going to happen months ago, naming Michael Lombardi as the club’s Vice President – Player Personnel.

Lombardi brings 22 years of NFL experience as a front office executive to his second stint the Browns, most recently spending eight seasons (1999-2007) in the player personnel department of the Oakland Raiders. Since 2008, he has worked primarily as an analyst with NFL Network and

Over the course of his NFL career, Lombardi has been associated with teams that have advanced to the playoffs on 10 occasions, won seven division titles, made five Conference Championship game appearances and earned two trips to the Super Bowl, capturing Super Bowl XIX following the 1984 season as a member of the San Francisco 49ers.

During his tenure with the Raiders, Lombardi’s role included, dealing with personnel decisions and contract negotiations in the player personnel department. Oakland captured three consecutive AFC West titles (2000-02) and advanced to Super Bowl XXXVII while he was a member of the organization.

Prior to joining the Raiders staff, Lombardi spent two seasons (1997-98) with the personnel department of the Philadelphia Eagles. He played an integral role in the 1998 draft, one in which the Eagles selected future Pro Bowlers in offensive tackle Tra Thomas, linebacker Jeremiah Trotter, kick returner Allen Rossum and linebacker Ike Reese.

As a part of that draft, the club also traded for defensive lineman Hugh Douglas, who would become a key component of the defense, as he led the team in sacks for three straight seasons (2000-02) and was voted to the Pro Bowl each of those years. Those players helped lay the foundation for Philadelphia, who would reach the playoffs five straight seasons (2000-04), including four consecutive trips to the NFC Championship game (2001-04) and a berth in Super Bowl XXXIX.

In his first tour with the Browns, Lombardi joined the club as a member of the scouting staff in 1987. He was named the team’s pro personnel director in 1989, a title in which he held until 1993. The Browns won two AFC Central titles in 1987 and 1989, along with advancing to the AFC Championship game both seasons. He was promoted to director of player personnel in 1993, and the following season of 1994, the Browns compiled an 11-5 record and advanced to the divisional round of the playoffs after having won just three games in 1990.

Lombardi joined the NFL personnel ranks in 1984, spending three seasons (1984-86) in the personnel department of the San Francisco 49ers. With the 49ers, Lombardi coordinated scouting reports and evaluated collegiate talent as the club captured the 1984 and 1986 NFC West titles and defeated the Miami Dolphins, 38-16, in Super Bowl XIX to conclude his first season with the team.

Outside of the front office, Lombardi has held multiple positions as a collegiate coach, analyst, reporter and writer throughout his career. Immediately following his collegiate playing career, he spent two seasons (1982-83) as defensive line coach and recruiting coordinator at the University of Nevada – Las Vegas. As a member of the media, he spent 1996 as an NFL draft analyst for ESPN. He also spent portions of 1998 and 1999 as a studio analyst for CBS Sports as on-air talent for the NFL Today Pre-Game Show.



  1. Dan B.

    January 20, 2013 at 3:10 pm

    Oh wonderful. One step forward, ten steps back. Norv is a good hire, but Lombardi?! Lombardi is a buffoon, ignorant, no talent four time losing hack. He has not been working for an NFL team for 5 years for a reason, HE CAN NOT EVALUATE TALENT! His latest and greatest evaluation was on the Browns, when he said we wasted a second round pick on Josh Gordon. He was the one who wanted Lane Kiffin as head coach, he was the one that was banned from Raider practices by the head coach because he publicly criticized the team that he put together, but laid ALL the blame on the HC (Art Shell). I won’t even go into the draft picks made by him with his first stint with the Browns. Yeah another good job by the Browns, new owner, same stupid !@$ mistakes. We are headed nowhere with that hack kissing Banners backside!

  2. Denolakes

    January 21, 2013 at 1:42 am

    This is not a good move by a management team that is seeking credibility. It is starting to look like more gadgetry than substance around here .. . I mean, who really cares about stadium naming rights except the guy getting the $$$ for selling it .. . ? They started Lombardi’s news conference with a plea for a second chance. Really? This is how you introduce your player personnel guy? “C’mon. Gimme a chance. I won’t suck that bad again.” This is a guy who missed with Josh Gordon and had several . . . SEVERAL . . . high round clinkers during his stint here before. I mean, what choice do we have?

  3. dale

    January 21, 2013 at 1:30 pm

    Yes, there were many terrible draft picks his first time around here, but please keep in mind that he was only part of the decision making process and did not have the final say. We all need to see how this goes before being so negative and saying it is a bad hire!

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