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Consultant role doesn't interest Schottenheimer

By Marla Ridenour Published: November 3, 2009

Former Browns coach Marty Schottenheimer has no interest in a role as a consultant to owner Randy Lerner if Lerner were to contact him, Schottenheimer said Tuesday on SIRIUS NFL radio.

"I don’t even see that kind of a role for me,'' Schottenheimer told host Alex Marvez. ''I’m not familiar enough with what they have in terms of their front office. Let somebody else do that. It’s really a very unusual circumstance and it’s going to take some dramatic measures in my mind to be able to get the thing headed in the right direction.''

Schottenheimer said the Browns were lacking talent and underperforming, but said a lack of continuity has to be hurting the team.

''The bottom line for them right now is they don’t have a real good football team,'' Schottenheimer said. ''They’re not playing even to the level that the talent is expressed and it’s going to be a very, very difficult circumstance. The important thing in my view is very simply this: You cannot lose your football team. And dashing around doing all these things that are on the periphery don’t serve any useful purpose at this point in time.

''You want to resolve issues like this? Let the thing play out, gather information as you go. We recognize the decision for them from the standpoint of a playoff berth is virtually impossible for them to achieve. You need to leave some sense of stability at least through this season because players who are signed to long-term contracts are thinking, ‘What in the world is going on here?’ You worry about the reaction of your players and, believe me, let’s not make any mistake about this: That feeling that a player has about his organization is an integral part of their ability to perform at the highest level.''



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