The hope for former NFL QB Peyton Manning to join the Cleveland Browns’ front office is not dead… yet.
Coming into this season, the feeling was that this was the year that things would change for the Cleveland Browns. However, many says that belief every season and the same results always happen.
Now, arguably, 2017 technically could be viewed as the first season in the current rebuild for some, but I am not in that category. The Browns’ front office started making changes to the roster prior to the start of last season, thus starting year one of the rebuild.
Cleveland had to start from scratch of course. Unfortunately, not enough progress has been made through four games and that should put everyone on notice, especially EVP of football operations Sashi Brown.
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It seems like forever that the hiring of Peyton Manning to become a Browns’ executive would become official. Well, it hasn’t yet but if that were to happen, Brown should increase his concern regarding the product on the play now.
Being that Manning and owner Jimmy Haslam are mutual friends, working together would make a lot of sense. Bringing Manning to Cleveland won’t happen tomorrow or during the season, but it should be something in the back of the minds of football fans everywhere.
Recently, Manning was Monday Morning Quarterback‘s Peter King‘s podcast. While on there, he discussed his future as an executive. However, as ESPN Cleveland‘s Tony Grossi pointed out, Manning did not state specific teams but a future in such a role could happen.
Cleveland has gone every road imaginable to improve their team from a front office standpoint. From the current group with a business/analytical background to former NFL head coach and executive Mike Holmgren, among all the other regimes everything now is just going to be repetitive.
Holmgren didn’t work and every previous regime did not work long-term for different reasons.
With that in mind, given Brown’s background, what if he were to stay but Manning is brought in to work with him? The future hall of famer could have a John Elway-esque impact on the team.
Brown wouldn’t have to make the calls during the draft with Manning taking over that duty.
Should Manning ever join the Browns though, that pairing is not likely but it is one I would welcome. Like with any other regime though, the top executive would probably want his own guys.
Maybe if some progress but not enough to be satisfied is seen and the TBD wait only lasts until the early part of the offseason, perhaps Manning decides it is time and Haslam agrees. Someone has to fix Cleveland’s issues, especially offensively and who better next year (hopefully) to do that then Manning?