Savage As NFL Executive Of The Year?

Cleveland Browns general manager Phil Savage
You have to give major props to Cleveland Browns owner Randy Lerner; a lot of other owners who would go through the problems and issues that the Browns have been through would’ve either fired the head coach and/or key front office personnel or did an extreme makeover of the team’s roster. Such isn’t the case with Lerner and just as importantly, Browns general manager Phil Savage.

Consider his body of work so far: in the first two rounds since Savage has been drafting NCAA players, the Browns have added Braylon Edwards, Brodney Pool, Kamerion Wembley, D’Qwell Jackson, Joe Thomas, Brady Quinn and Eric Wright. All of them except Quinn are starters and Edwards and Thomas are having All-Pro seasons. Also consider some of these Savage moves: they stole quarterback Derek Anderson from the Baltimore Ravens, they hired Rob Chudzinski as the offensive coordinator, they acquired running back Jamal Lewis, completely supporting tight end Kellen Winslow – warts and all – and signing guard Eric Steinbach.

Say what you will about the GM of the New England Patriots, Scott Pioli, but the Cleveland Browns have done the best turnaround of any team in the NFL this season. Now if they can only get the defense in place in Cleveland; the blueprint in place in Cleveland is similar to the Indianapolis Colts – they got the offense in place, then they turned their attention to their defense. That blueprint can spell trouble for the AFC North in future seasons.


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