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Paul DePodesta may play a big role in hiring Browns’ next coach
Posted by Michael David Smith on December 25, 2018, 7:52 AM EST
Last year, when Browns General Manager Sashi Brown was fired and replaced by John Dorsey, it appeared to be the end of the analytics era in Cleveland. Dorsey blasted the previous regime as not knowing how to find real football players, and it seemed that an old-school approach to building a team was coming back.
But the real analytics expert in Cleveland was Paul DePodesta, not Sashi Brown. And a year later, DePodesta is still in Cleveland, and still powerful enough that he may play a big role in hiring the Browns’ next head coach.
Although DePodesta has kept a low profile in Cleveland, eschewing media appearances and staying quiet, he’s still the team’s Chief Strategy Officer and is considered the No. 5 person on the organizational flow chart, behind only owners Jimmy and Dee Haslam, Executive Vice President JW Johnson and Dorsey. DePodesta reports directly to the Haslams, not to Dorsey, and from all indications the ownership still believes DePodesta is a smart guy who understands how to build a successful franchise.
Charles Robinson of Yahoo reports that DePodesta is more influential than people outside the organization realize, and Robinson suggests that it was actually DePodesta, not Dorsey, who backed Gregg Williams to become the interim head coach when Hue Jackson was fired. That would make sense, as Williams — despite his Bountygate reputation as a hard-nosed, old-school football coach — has said he believes there’s value in the analytics approach that DePodesta champions.
That also suggests Williams should have a good shot at keeping the head-coaching job on a permanent basis. If DePodesta has Haslam’s ear, and DePodesta likes Williams, then it seems highly likely that the team would keep things going with Williams, especially considering how well they’ve played since Williams took over.
That doesn’t mean Williams is sure to keep the job. But it does mean that he has to be considered a serious candidate. And whoever gets hired as the next head coach will likely need to impress three people: Jimmy Haslam and John Dorsey, of course, but also Paul DePodesta.
Should see him all over Sunday then, eh?Good player AmericanCrow
Myles Garrett wants team sack record, but even more, a win
Posted by Charean Williams on December 28, 2018, 6:24 PM EST
Myles Garrett needs two sacks to set the team record. The Pro Bowler would love to end the season with something even better, though.
“It’s nice to have a record, but it’s even better to have a win,” the Browns defensive end said Friday, via Nate Ulrich of the Beacon Journal.
Garrett has 12.5 sacks, putting him within reach of Reggie Camp’s single-season mark of 14 set in 1984. The second-year player, though, is realistic about his chances of getting two sacks of Lamar Jackson.
It won’t be easy.
“Our main objective is to stop the run,” Garrett said. “That’s what they’re going to try to do. That’s what they’ve done on everybody and how they’ve been moving the ball and winning games. If we stop that, then they’re going to have to pass, and then I’m going to get my opportunities.”
The aim of the search should be to find a 10 year coach, someone to be with Mayfield his whole career. Get that next great pairing. Will Gregg still be coaching at age 70? I doubt it. So I think they go younger. The only exception would be if they did go Bruce Arians for a couple of years, with the intention to develop Kitchens to takeover. But that seems unlikely.I reckon Williams not only earned the right to the job full time, but will be the HC.
Good point too (long-term pairing with Mayfield).The aim of the search should be to find a 10 year coach, someone to be with Mayfield his whole career. Get that next great pairing. Will Gregg still be coaching at age 70? I doubt it. So I think they go younger. The only exception would be if they did go Bruce Arians for a couple of years, with the intention to develop Kitchens to takeover. But that seems unlikely.
Has to be a long term pick, not just one for 2019.