There was a strong speculation yesterday after the Browns latest awful loss – 30-6 to the Bears, that major changes would be coming. One of those changes reportedly took place today, as reports from Pro Fotoball Talk say that the team has removed George Kokinis from the GM position.
This is not much of a shock, as Kokinis was nothing more than a “yes” man for Eric Mangini, and he never made any real impact on the Browns at all. It will be interesting to see during this bye week if more moves are actually made. Here’s the report from Pro Football Talk:
There’s a very strong rumor in league circles that the Cleveland Browns escorted G.M. George Kokinis out of the building today, the first business day into the team’s bye week.
Jay Glazer has heard the same thing, and he’ll be posting something soon at FOXSports.com.
For now, it’s a rumor — but a very, very strong one. (Or just “very”. We’re on the fence about it.)
Recently, the Browns fired Erin O’Brien, the director of football operations. O’Brien served as coach Eric Mangini’s personal assistant when Mangini was the head coach of the Jets.
Kokinis was hand picked by Mangini to be the G.M. In many cities, the General Manager supervises the head coach and holds “final say” authority over the roster. In Cleveland, Kokinis is (was?) second fiddle to Mangini.
There previously had been speculation in league circles that Mangini would throw Kokinis under the bus if necessary to save Mangini’s job. If the rumor of Kokinis’ departure is accurate, the speculation will now be that Mangini sacrificed Kokinis now in order to get through the rest of the year, and possibly beyond.