Last night, while most NFL fans were enjoying the first episode of Hard Knocks, I was sitting around fuming that the cable I steal from my neighbor doesn't include Home Box Office television. Seriously, he needs to bite the bullet and invest in a better cable package. I can't get over his cheap ways.
So, going off the second-hand information of Geoff Hobson's "rose-colored glasses" approach to everything Bengals and Zane's summary it sounded like it was an entertaining and emotion-provoking piece of programming.
One thing stood out to me in Hobson's summary of the premiere.
"It also shows him (Mike Brown) in a personnel meeting with the coaches and trainers, mulling the possibility of now maybe keeping just two tight ends and an extra fullback or two, and even asking if the coaches think defensive end Chris Harrington is athletic enough to play tight end."
OK, so they ultimately decided against moving Harrington to tight end but this is a lovely glimpse into the penny-pinching mind of Mike Brown. Shockingly, it took only one episode to expose his unbreakable penny bank. You have to believe the only reason he even brought up the idea of moving Harrington to tight end was to fill a empty spot in the depth chart without spending a dime.
This situation comes on the heals of moving Jason Shirley to guard, which after a few days of fermenting in my small mind has turned into a genius move by Brown. You see, Mike Brown has found a way to have two busts in one player. Shirley has now been labeled as a bust at defensive tackle and the move to guard has set him on his way to being a bust on both sides of the ball. Bravo, Mr. Brown. It's a groundbreaking method to wasting some more time on a player that never should have been picked at all by any team.
I look forward to hearing about Brown's involvement in personnel decisions and meetings with coaches. But I do wonder how legitimate of a glimpse we will be getting of the real Mike Brown. I'd always imagined him sitting in meetings with a big strip of bubble wrap, compulsively popping it while coaches and scouts...err...scout tries to figure out who to draft, Chris Perry or Steven Jackson.
But hey, it's very possible that I am wrong and Mike Brown is actually a brilliant football mind and the 19 years of evidence to the contrary is all just really, realllllly bad luck