Back with our Factory Lines: A Daily Assembling of Cleveland Sports Headlines.
Exciting time for Indians fans as the trucks are getting loaded up to head down to Spring Training.
“It’s not about me and it’s not about this controversy — ‘Do I privately want out when my contract is up?’ I’m still in my rookie contract and I’m happy to be here. And I’m pretty sure I’m going to be here for a long time,” Irving said.
We covered this a bit yesterday including a possible trade scenario involving Kyrie. Irving is very nuanced in his ability to talk around things. “I’m pretty sure” and “I’m still in my rookie contract” are interesting word choices.
Irving’s halfhearted non-denials — “I’m in Cleveland now,” he said for the second time in the past year to try to dampen rumors — are not as strong as what has been spreading in the league about Irving’s mindset.
Irving is reaching a crucial point and he and his support system realize it. This summer the Cavs can offer him a contract extension. Between now and then Irving is going to have the most leverage he has had in his career to this point. It seems like he intends to use it.
Windhorst goes on to discuss Dan Gilbert’s past quotes about not letting a player hold the team captive, like Lebron James did. Putting two and two together Windhorst, and others, assume if Irving does not sign his extension then the team will look to trade him.
Loggains 33, could also be in the mix for the offensive coordinator job depending on how that search plays out, a source said. The Browns also interviewed former Redskins offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan on Wednesday and Raiders quarterbacks coach John DeFilippo on Thursday for their coordinator vacancy, but weren’t ready to hire either one on the spot.
So the Browns have hired their QB coach before their offensive coordinator. This looks similar to when the Redskins hire Jim Zorn as the offensive coordinator and then after not finding anyone else promoting him to Head Coach. Very backwards process. Loggains has experience as a coordinator from his time with the Titans and his age means he could be an up and comer, though very few have heard of him.
One name that was mentioned in connection with the job was former Washington Redskins offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan, but according to NFL Network insider Ian Rapoport, the Browns are no longer interested.
Shanahan’s recent history in Washington make him both a likely selection, based on his work with RG3, and an unlikely selection, based on the way last year went on offense. It is still possible Shanahan is in the running but both sides need to decide what they really want to do. The Browns will interview their candidates and maybe revisit Shanahan at that point.
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