View Full Version : Browns have a legitimate shot to land Patriots GM Scott Pioli

12-30-2008, 11:54 AM
What had been suspected now is confirmed — Cleveland owner Randy Lerner said at his press conference Monday that he has received permission to speak with Patriots vice president - player personnel Scott Pioli about the Browns general manager role.

The big question is whether Lerner will be able to convince Pioli to come to Cleveland. He already failed to convince former Steelers coach Bill Cowher to coach the Browns.

At the very least, Pioli appears willing to listen. He previously worked in Cleveland from 1992-95 and for the right role, responsibilities, powers and salary, Lerner might be able to pry away Pioli, who is viewed as the gem of GMs. Two other teams have tried and failed to recruit Pioli. Seattle tried hiring him in January 2005, then the New York Giants did the same in January 2007. Both franchises were turned down, but Cleveland might be the right franchise at the right time.

If Lerner can make a convincing case with a corresponding offer, then chances are he can land Pioli.


12-30-2008, 08:09 PM
"Multiple league sources" tell the Cleveland Plain Dealer that Patriots GM Scott Pioli is very interested in taking the same position with the Browns.

The paper expects an interview as soon as Tuesday. Pioli has reportedly also been contacted by "either" the Chiefs or Lions (very likely the former) and will interview with them this week as well. If Pioli lands in Cleveland, Josh McDaniels will emerge as the frontrunner to be the Browns' next coach.


12-30-2008, 10:06 PM
This organization has done almost nothing right since joining the league. I hope Randy Lerner doesn't **** this one up too. They need to get this guy because they basically need a sure thing. Pay him what he wants and leave him alone.

12-31-2008, 10:25 AM
leave PIOLI alone!! :mad: i dont want to lose him

he is a genius...whatever decision he makes ill support, he has given us many good years (so far)

12-31-2008, 03:27 PM
SI.com's Don Banks believes that Scott Pioli will be the Browns' next GM.

Banks says Browns owner Randy Lerner has made getting Pioli his "top, full-steam-ahead priority" and would be "shocked" if Pioli stays in New England. Pioli has strong ties to the city of Cleveland. As does Pats OC Josh McDaniels, who will probably be the Browns' next coach if Lerner lands Pioli.


12-31-2008, 09:25 PM
The Browns reportedly want an answer from Patriots VP of Personnel Scott Pioli on whether he will be the team's next GM by Wednesday.

Owner Randy Lerner is meeting Pioli today and will likely make him a lucrative contract offer. If Pioli turns him down, Lerner is expected to focus on Falcons president Rich McKay. Landing Pioli is clearly Lerner's first priority, ahead of getting any of his coaching candidates to commit.


01-01-2009, 12:42 PM
The Cleveland Browns have set a Thursday deadline for New England Patriots vice president Scott Pioli to make a decision on becoming the Browns' top football executive, the Boston Herald reported, citing sources familiar with the negotiations.

According to the report, Pioli and Browns owner Randy Lerner, who met Wednesday in New York, left the meeting with no deal in place, but with a deadline for Pioli's decision.

The Herald previously reported that Lerner was prepared to make a "huge" financial offer to Pioli that would include full control of the Browns' football operations, and that Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz was Pioli's his first choice to replace Romeo Crennel as head coach.

The Herald reported that according to a source, Pioli made demands that would be impossible for any team to meet -- leaving some in the Browns organization wondering if Pioli really wants to leave the Patriots.

For the vacant coaching job, Lerner has met with former New York Jets coach Eric Mangini and set up interviews with New York Giants defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo; Tennessee defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz, who spent three years in the Browns' personnel department as a pro and college scout in the 1990s; and Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels, a Canton, Ohio, native. The Cleveland Plain Dealer reported the Browns also are interested in meeting with ex-Denver Broncos coach Mike Shanahan, according to a source with knowledge of the situation.


01-02-2009, 03:44 PM
Browns beat writer Mary Kay Cabot believes the Browns may have to choose between Patriots VP of Player Personnel Scott Pioli and coaching candidate Eric Mangini.

Cabot speculates that the Spygate scandal may be an issue between the two, which could be a problem with Mangini emerging as a favorite in Cleveland. Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz would reportedly be Pioli's first choice as coach.


01-02-2009, 10:05 PM
According to the Cleveland Plain Dealer's Terry Pluto, Eric Mangini is at the "center" of the Browns' conversation to be their next head coach.

The Browns seem to want Mangini to be their coach even more than Scott Pioli to be GM. Pluto and ESPN's John Clayton both say Mangini and Pioli still get along despite their past Spygate differences. Ideally, Mangini and Pioli would come in a package deal, but there is belief that Pioli may stay in New England for one more year. The Chiefs are also actively courting him.


01-04-2009, 09:28 AM
The Browns and Patriots VP Scott Pioli continue to talk, but Pioli is in no hurry to make a decision.

The bogus deadline on Pioli was two days ago and he's expected to interview with the Chiefs before making a decision. As NBCSports.com's Tom Curran points out, Pioli is a deliberate decision-maker who won't leave New England impulsively. The Browns may wind up choosing a coach, probably Eric Mangini, instead of waiting for Pioli.


01-04-2009, 11:22 AM
Yep..Looks like it's going to be the Pioli and Mangini in Cleveland.. They can both stay far away from my New York Footbal Jets.. Go Jets.

Essex Ace
01-05-2009, 02:20 PM
I am growing more and more frustrated by the day with the Browns. Mangini didn't succeed with a more talented Jets team, so why are the Browns so sure he will do much for us? Besides Pioli is the best out there, I would take Ferentz or McDaniels with him. McDaniels and Shanahan are my two top choices. McDaniels has only led the best, most versatile offense in the NFL, while Shanahan has been a fixture in the NFL for over a decade (not an easy task in today's NFL). In my opinion, I would wait on Shanahan or simply hire the young, upcoming McDaniels rather than make an impulse decision and sign Mangini. Also, this team needs to hire an offensive minded head coach and a solid DC. Our defense is so bad that it can't afford to have the divided attention of the HC, but rather a devoted DC.

01-05-2009, 06:05 PM
Well we are really screwed as Cleveland fans. Our baseball team is owned by a guy who's heart is in the right place but who doesn't have two nickels to rub together and our football team is owned by a guy with more money than God who doesn't have a brain in his head. Just when we have a chance to turn things around, Randy Lerner steps in to **** them up. Mangini did nothing with the Jets. It is crucial to get the GM in place who will build this team. This is not a situation where these guys need to be "coached up." If you saw the games with the Steelers and Ravens you know we just don't have the personnel that they do. Our defense especially is ****. This will not be turned around in one year, which means GM first. For pete's sake get Pioli if he is crazy enough to want the job.