It almost seems like the fate of the Cleveland Browns franchise lies in the balance with this next move. The odds of finding the next Paul Brown or Vince Lombardi are not in Clevelands’ favor. New Browns owner Jimmy Haslam and CEO Joe Banner must not screw this decision up or the club will be further behind. So just what needs to be done for the Browns?
The Browns need to go hard after the “Childs Play” puppet look-a-like, Jon Gruden. Enough is enough. If there’s one thing I have learned in all my years in a sales environment, it’s money always talks. What’s so sad about the whole situation is the Browns organization is still paying former coaches and executives that are no longer with the team. That money could be used for other things the team so desperately needs.
Over his NFL coaching career, Gruden won over 100 games counting the playoffs. Since 1999, the beloved Browns have won 73 games. Are you kidding me? The time is now to turn this franchise around and a major big named coach is a step towards doing that. With the right presentation, money, and words, Gruden can be lured out of the commentary booth he loves so dearly. This past regular season, you could hear it in his voice on Monday Night Football that Gruden wanted to be donning a Motorola headset again.
The only thing that is going to make Cleveland fans quickly forget this atrocious coaching search is getting a guy like Gruden. Everyone in the country knew how much the Browns coveted the red hot Chip Kelly. Gruden would make people forget real quick. Like being down by six with under two minutes to go, no time outs left, and a touchdown to win the game, Haslam and his brain trust must find a way to make something great happen and win.
Ryan Ruiz – Cleveland Browns Writer
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