And I ask this question: "Why?"
Honestly, I know the Browns' track record has not exactly been stellar since returning to the NFL, in fact, that's being nice about it, but what exactly is it about the Browns that scares away coaches? In fact, the Browns are a perfect landing spot for anyone who wants to rebuild a roster from scratch...
1) Ownership will spend money like that overly generous drunk guy who buys rounds upon rounds of shots for his friends and women he just met, and said owner does not like to interfere or make executive decisions like Jerry Jones (Dallas) or Dan Snyderbrenner (Washington).
2) Whoever comes in will have generous amounts of cap space to work with since the dead weight has been either cut or traded.
3) 11 draft picks in the draft means the Czar/GM will not only have many opportunities to improve the roster, but will also have increased maneuverability to move up and down the draft order.
4) Rabid fanbase just wants a winner. You can't tell me that fanbase doesn't matter. The guy who brings a championship to this city will have a statue built of himself outside of Cleveland Browns Stadium.
I refuse to believe the "It's Cleveland" mentality that seems to permeate through this city. For crying out loud we need to quit having this mentality. Cleveland weather stinks? Well it also does in Green Bay, Chicago, Denver, New York, Seattle, New England, Pittsburgh, Minnesota, etc. Hell, for those of you who ask why Bill Parcells would want to leave Miami: I happen to be of the mind that the weather in Miami stinks: ever been to northern Florida in the summer time, let alone south Florida? Too hot and humid for me.
I was down on West 6th on Friday Night, you can't tell me that Cleveland night life is dead, especially when there's a Cavs game and a massive Bellagio-style casino set to be built downtown. Hell, it's becoming a trend where recent college graduates are moving downtown. I'd love to if I wasn't more preoccupied with stashing away money for a down payment on a house, a new car and eventually retirement (all my fellow recent graduates: start now, you'll be happy when you can golf every weekend in your 50's). But my main point is Cleveland is not the pits, despite what many want to believe.
Honestly, besides differing recent success at NFL football, what does Pittsburgh have that Cleveland doesn't? Answer: Nothing. So what would scare away "established NFL men" from Cleveland? I would understand if ownership was overbearing (Washington), cheap (Arizona, Cincinnati) or in flux (St. Louis), but it's not! Say what you want about Lerner, he's been a bad owner so far, but he's willing to do whatever it takes to turn this around.
So, I ask you, Browns fan, why should we have this mentality of "Established NFL men won't come here?" Hammer's had some BAD opinions before, mainly about the Buckeyes, but this one really grinds my gears.
EDIT: And for God sakes, can we please stop praying we lose so we get the #1 overall pick in the draft? Don't you realize that the #1 overall pick is NOT a blessing? Last year Matthew Stafford was paid a 6-year $72 million contract. Don't you people realize just how much of a percentage of the salary cap that is?!?!?!? The ABSOLUTE HIGHEST you ever want to pick is 8th because that's when the salaries become reasonable! Come on people, this is NFL Draft 101!