To the surprise of no one, the Cleveland Browns have hired former director of pro personnel for the Ravens George Kokinis as their new General Manager. “The Browns are excited to bring George back to Cleveland, where he began his NFL career,” Browns owner Randy Lerner said. “He is a tireless worker that has spent his entire career evaluating talent and knows the type of player it takes to be successful in this league and in our division.”
Kokinis replaces another former Raven, as he takes the job from Phil Savage, who was fired the night before the teams final game of this past regular season against the Steelers. Savage was fired along with coach Romeo Crennel, who was replaced by former Jets coach Eric Mangini.
“I would like to thank Randy Lerner for the extraordinary opportunity,” Kokinis said. “Cleveland is a football town, and I look forward to working alongside Eric Mangini and the rest of the organization.” Kokinis and Mangini will have the task of trying to take a team that was 10-6 two seasons ago and fell to an awful 4-12 this past season, and failed to score an offensive TD in their last six regular season games.
The team was also shutout by division rivals Cincy (14-0) and Pittsburgh (31-0) in their last two regular season games. The Browns currently hold the fifth pick in April’s NFL Draft.