Rumor Mill: Marty Schottenheimer to Cleveland
Posted Dec 7th 2008 8:25PM by Bruce Ciskie (author feed)
Filed under: Browns, AFC North, NFL Coaching, NFL Rumors
Earlier, my superbly awesome colleague Will Brinson offered up some rumors about Romeo Crennel's future, which obviously will no longer include being the Browns' head coach. After all, we are fully aware that he is to blame for the Browns' myriad of injuries, as well as Braylon Edwards' inability to catch a football.
You're bound to hear interesting rumors at this time of year, as we get closer and closer to the NFL coaching "silly season" (apologies to NASCAR for use of their term there). Sunday's juiciest nugget came from ESPN's Chris Mortensen. He reported that the Browns have their eye on a familiar face to take over the team after they fire Crennel.
Yeah, that guy.
Obviously, the speculation continues to swirl around Bill Cowher making a return to coaching with the Browns. However, Mort says the Browns aren't stupid. They know it's not a mortal lock that Cowher will want to coach again. Clearly, they want an experienced coach.
Hopefully, if they go the way of Marty Schottenheimer, they let him hire his own staff. I'm not a big fan of retread coaches. Marty's regular-season record is amazing, and his playoff meltdown in San Diego was gripping. I understand he has experience, but how many chances is he going to get to prove he's not what we all think he is?
(By the way, major props to our boy Michael David Smith, who called for this move in February of 2007. Simply amazing.)