As we hit the final day of 2012, one thing is for certain, Pat Shurmur and Tom Heckert are no longer with the Cleveland Browns organization. While there are mixed opinions all over Cleveland about Heckert, Shurmur was a no brainer. So just who is going to be the next head coach of the Browns?
A source very close to me tells me current New Orleans Saints offensive line coach Aaron Kromer is the answer. Politics run very deep in the NFL and there are many tie-ins that come along with Kromer. Represented by agent Jimmy Sexton, a long time friend of Jimmy Haslam, Kromer looks to come in a package deal.
The name that has been swirling through every nook and cranny in Cleveland is about to come true. Michael Lombardi, also represented by Sexton, looks to become the next General Manager of the Browns. Lombardi was last with the club in 1995 with Bill Belichick. The only thing that scares me about Lombardi is the amount of time he has been out of the NFL offices. However, I will not question his knowledge or work ethic.
Getting back to Kromer. In a distressed season with the Saints and their excused bounty gate scandal, Kromer and the rest of the staff held their own with keeping the team in good spirits. After the year long suspension handed down to Sean Payton and the six game suspension given to Joe Vitt, Cromer became the interim head coach of the Saints.
Many people thought all along that the final candidate wasn’t going to be a popular name. Although they are sexy names out there like Jon Gruden and Chip Kelly that many Cleveland fans, would a coach like Kromer be the long term answer in Cleveland?
Ryan Ruiz – Cleveland Browns Writer
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