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Kokinis meets with Mangini first

By Marla Ridenour Published: January 19, 2009

George Kokinis, expected to be named Browns general manager this week, will meet with new Browns coach Eric Mangini and some staff members before getting together again with owner Randy Lerner, a source said.

Kokinis' second meeting with Lerner was not scheduled for Monday, according to the source.

Kokinis, the Ravens director of pro personnel, was set to talk to Lerner Monday after Baltimore lost to the Pittsburgh Steelers in Sunday's AFC Championship game. Lerner interviewed Kokinis on Jan. 11 and is thought to be ready to offer Kokinis the job.

Kokinis, 41, and Mangini, 38, have been close friends since 1994, when Mangini served as a Browns' ball boy and public relations intern. Kokinis broke into football as an intern in the Browns' operations department in 1991 and moved up to college scouting assistant two years later.

The two were roommates for a time, sharing a Berea apartment with Scott Pioli, who left New England to become the Kansas City Chiefs general manager last week. Pioli was the first candidate Lerner interviewed for the general manager position to replace Phil Savage, fired on Dec. 27.

Members of Mangini's staff who could also be included in the discussion with Kokinis are offensive coordinator Brian Daboll, defensive coordinator Rob Ryan and special teams coach Brad Seely.


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