The Cleveland Browns head coaching search somehow continues to be a part of discussions weeks after hiring Mike Pettine. First it was made a part of the decision to fire Mike Lombardi and have Joe Banner move on. Now yesterday stories came out, starting with Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk, that the Browns, Jim Harbaugh and the San Francisco 49ers were in conversation to make a trade of the highly fascinating and highly successful coach. A few take aways from the story:
No Stone Unturned
While many didn’t like it the Browns were very detailed in their search for a new head coach. While many got frustrated during the process it showed that the team was not willing to just settle for any coach. Attempting to trade for a very successful head coach is the definition of turning over every stone. Jimmy Haslam is a business man. In real life business you interview as many people as you can to make sure you get the right person. Haslam seems to be bringing this business model home to the Browns. Instead of having a front runner they have a process and they hire the best one.
Harbaugh and the 49ers May Soon Depart
Some parts of the story report that Harbaugh actually sought out the option with the Browns and that the 49ers and Browns had agreed to compensation. That both parties had some interest in the trade occurring means his name will be brought up by other teams looking to make a splash for their vacant head coaching position. Only a high cost extension could keep that from happening. Harbaugh is a very out spoken coach but has a front office in place that he may not always agree with. With that FO in place he will not likely ever have Bill Bellichick type power. The 49ers may chafe at Harbaugh’s style and want for power.
Coach Over Picks
The Browns had reportedly negotiated to give a number of picks in exchange for Harbaugh. That shows that the team, hopefully Haslam, realizes that having the right head coach is more important then almost any players, with the exception of a QB. The team would have had to move a number of picks including at least a first rounder but were willing to bet on Harbaugh. Trading picks for a coach has happened with recently Jon Gruden being traded for 2 firsts and 2 seconds. The Browns would of looked to have Harbaugh develop their talent and bet on that instead of building only through the draft.
What do you think about this rumor, that seems to have traction of truth? Would you of been okay giving up #4 and next year’s first for Harbaugh? Do you think this was a ploy? What were your thoughts when you heard about it?