If there is one person in the Browns’ organization who should hope Bernie Kosar is indeed the future general manager of the franchise, it’s Brady Quinn.
I have tried to avoid the quarterback topic as best I can this season because this team has problems everywhere. Quinn was probably pulled too early, which is easy to say now, after seeing how poorly Derek Anderson has looked.
If there is one man who knows this team inside and out, it’s Kosar. He can practically call what’s coming during preseason games (but with this offense, who can’t?) and has been around the team since 1999.
He speaks highly of Quinn, and I’m sure he feels that Quinn wasn’t given a fair shot at quarterback. Kosar knows the supporting cast isn’t good enough and would need to get that taken care of before anything else. This means a proven veteran receiver, an above average right tackle, and an explosive running back. A vertical threat at tight end wouldn’t hurt either.
It would be risky handing over the GM duties to someone who has had no previous experience in selecting players and coaches, but neither did Ozzie Newsome.
Like Newsome, Kosar was on the same team that went to three AFC championship games in the '80s and knows the necessary parts to build a contender. He knows the current personnel on the team, unlike someone Randy Lerner would hire outside the organization. He also understands how desperate this city is for a winning football team and wants to see it succeed as well.
I’m not sure what Kosar’s opinion is on Mangini at this point, but it would not surprise me if Kosar dismisses him if and when he takes over as GM.
It’s hard to believe that the Browns are doing this again. This will be the fourth new general manager (yes, I’m counting Butch Davis) for this team in 11 years.
Lerner knows he made a mistake hiring Kokinis, which means he could be thinking the same with Mangini. He may say the two are on the same page in terms of the direction of the organization, but this squad could possibly be worse than the one the 1999 regime threw onto the field.
If given the reins, Kosar’s legacy in Cleveland will only enhance if he is able to turn this franchise around. Fans will love him even more if Quinn is at the center of it.