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Mike Singletary Interviews for Unknown Position

In regards to the last season and a half of Browns football, the bloom is off the rose, as they say. The bloom has also been crumbled, stepped on, lit on fire with a flamethrower and the leftover ashes seem to be swept out the door sooner rather than later. It what seems to be yet another unprecedented move in futility, the Browns front office and/or Jimmy and Dee Haslam has been bringing in coaches for interviews, in season, with the entirety of the coaching staff still employed.

News broke Monday that Mike Singletary, former San Francisco head coach, was seen in Berea interviewing with “Browns brass” the previous Thursday. It was not announced that Singletary was in town nor was it apparent what position he was interviewing for. Singletary’s last position was as a defensive assistant under former Los Angeles Rams Head Coach Jeff Fisher and then-Rams-now-Browns defensive coordinator Gregg Williams.
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Bringing in coaching interviews while still employing a full coaching staff is yet another head-scratching move by the head-scratchiest front office in the National Football League. To even further the intrigue, it appears that Singletary was *not* being interviewed as a head coaching candidate.

While not enjoying his decision to play Jabrill Peppers, a player who was basically a human Swiss Army Knife in college due to his athletic ability in the box, 30-40 yards behind the line of scrimmage in his “angel” position, Gregg Williams has done an adequate job in his first year as defensive coordinator. He has turned what was a historically bad run defense into the league’s best, never mind the fact that teams are throwing more and more and the pass defense is getting roasted on a weekly basis due to linebackers peering into the backfield on play action and safeties being so far out of position you’d think they were blocking punts on first downs. To replace him after one season on the job, with Myles Garrett having missed so much playing time and a young roster to mold, would be a mistake.

Any move to bring in Singletary while not removing a coach from their current position would be to throw yet another cook into the already filled kitchen, but it would add a disciplinarian onto a staff devoid of someone who isn’t players first. The argument to be made by hiring a coach with the pedigree and reputation of Singletary would be a culture change. To say that the current iteration of the Browns have any type culture to change is laughable. This is a team that has won one game in its last 25 games, many of which have been lopsided affairs that have fans at the game leaving the stadium before the fourth quarter starts and fans at home staring down to-do lists that would usually be neglected until the bye week.

Winning teams have winning cultures. The New England Patriots, the Pittsburgh Steelers, and the Green Bay Packers are examples of teams that have had long stretches of success and have cultures that go along with winning. To change the culture of this franchise (something that is desperately needed) seismic moves have to be made. Waiting For Next Year’s Craig Lyndall has outlined numerous times why that should be made at the top with Haslam selling the Browns franchise. There have been calls to fire Head Coach Hue Jackson and calls for him to keep his job. Getting rid of the #HBT and Sashi Brown would definitely change the culture of the franchise, and in light of the McCarron-trade-that-wasn’t, the writing seems to be on the wall in that regard, but Singletary would not be hired for the front office. Bringing in a failed head coach to be an assistant while keeping Haslam, Brown, Jackson, Williams and everyone else is not a move that is going to have enough impact on a roster starved for voices telling them how to act and how to win.

  • RGB

    Maybe he’s going to replace the Teflon Goldfish.

  • CBiscuit

    Mortician?

  • Chief Draft Officer? Linebackers coach? High level scout? Janitor? Not an issue until confirmed. Move along.

  • CBI

    Not sure if it going to be a good fit, Singletary wants winners.

  • NOPER

    Chief of Assigning Arbitrary Values to Players

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  • Skulb

    First nose flute?

  • tigersbrowns2

    Assistant HC & Chief Discipline Coach ? … Dee’s pool boy ?

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  • Chris

    The real Teflon Goldfish literally survived a tank of piranhas. The reincarnate version can surely survive Mike Singletary.

    Speaking of… where the hell is G_O? Haven’t hear much from him since the Indians got bounced.

  • Harv

    This seriously may be my fav Browns season since ’86. It’s a different sort of entertainment. As if from ownership through the FO down to coaches, they’ve all been tasked with trying to make every possible mistake in a single season. Hue has screwed up royale in camp and on game day; Sashi is the master of roster, QB eval and trade deadline disaster. And here comes JimmyDee, bringing in potential replacements while the current guys are standing right there! The kind of guy who gives intended trophy wife the house tour before telling Wifey 1.0 that there’s something they need to discuss.

    It’s Team Hindenburg, folks. Pop a squat and put your marshmallows on a long stick, ‘cuz this ship be burning real hot in a minute.

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  • Harv

    Flounder – a situation appropriate name.

  • MartyDaVille

    FROM WIKIPEDIA: “Tragicomedy is a literary genre that blends aspects of both tragic and comic forms. Most often seen in dramatic literature, the term can variously describe . . . a tragic play which contains enough comic elements to lighten the overall mood.”

    This is exactly where we’re at.

  • Chris

    Win% = GPA

  • tigersbrowns2

    mornin’ , HARV … they couldn’t possibly be interviewing him to replace someone already here , could they ?? perhaps they would just like to add him to the “team” of forward thinkers.

  • Skulb

    Aristotle has some interesting things to say about this as well. According to him a tragedy displays the misfortunes of man while comedy displays the misfortunes of the individual. It’s just the perspective that’s different. So the sufferings of individual Browns fans are always comedy while the suffering of the fan base is always tragic.

  • BenRM

    Do you think maybe he’s here to work with Gordon? I can’t think of anything that changed besides Gordon’s return.

    He’s never been a FO guy. And he was a bad HC. And the Browns’ defense isn’t awful.

  • tigersbrowns2

    hi BEN … we have a young team & the discipline hasn’t been real good this season.

  • tigersbrowns2

    speaking of Ben Allbright … did he ever post his thread of e-mails or tweets on disgruntled Browns coaches bashing the FO ??

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  • Saggy

    I agree. Not saying it’s something I would do, but based on his previous positions, and his previous relationships, it would make the most sense – due to those facts and the timing of this meeting – that he would be an addition instead of a replacement.

  • BenRM

    But if they’re bringing in another coach specifically for discipline…that seems really stupid. But it would be very Browns-y.

    “Oh, Hue and Greggggg, you can’t handle this. Here’s a coach we’re going to force on you to teach you how to teach your players better.”

  • BenRM

    Yes.

  • Harv

    like the Cavs added Ty Lue as Blatt’s assistant in ’15. That’ll better the culture, the coaching and FO dynamic. Hue will appreciate Singletary inspiring his players. Gregg Williams too. They’ll love Singletary chatting up Haslam.

    More inadvertent slapstick from Berea. Even a shlub like Randy Lerner waited until the coach’s body was cold … wait, no he didn’t! Holmgren – Mangini redux! Second verse same as the first!

  • Skulb

    I always enjoy the perspective of the King of the Snarks, and I don’t like my chances arguing with you. But I will say that the Giants are looking much worse than the Browns right now. For all the innumerable foibles of the Browns, at least their players genuinely seem to be trying, and Jackson seems genuinely upset by all the losing. Go watch some of Macadoo’s Baghdad Bob pressers and look in amazement at the play of Janoris Jenkins against the 49ers. They really do make the Browns look like the Steelers by comparison. I guess a tailspinning Giants team closing in on a decade of futile mediocrity isn’t exactly the bar for an optimist. But at least it’s something.

  • I love this. It’s like a baseball team trying to get a guy to play every position on the diamond in the same game like it’s an exhibition. The Browns are playing a different game than everyone else. lol

  • tigersbrowns2

    thanks … I haven’t seen anything yet … I’ll look again.

  • MartyDaVille

    I was under the impression that Williams is a hard guy who has a low tolerance for shenanigans and knuckleheads.

  • Skulb

    Unless he is going to impose his disciplinarian regime on Jimmy, I don’t immediately see how such a thing would help to be honest. Although visions of a bone-chewing drill sergeant forcing Haslam to sit lookout all night in a rain drenched hole in the woods of eastern Ohio now entice me. Maybe you’re onto something here!

  • BenRM

    They’re on his twitter. Or they were anyway.

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