He's had that job since 2002. Prior to that, he held less significant personnel jobs with the Patriots. He got his big break in the NFL in 1992. It was then, while he was coaching the Browns, that Belichick hired Pioli as a pro personnel assistant.
Pioli won the NFL Executive of the Year Award from Pro Football Weekly in 2003 and 2007. In 2004, he won the same award from the NFL Players Association, the San Francisco Chronicle, Sporting News, Sports Illustrated and USA Today.
Coincidentally, Pioli is the son-in-law of Bill Parcells, another target of the Browns.
2. St. Louis
3. Kansas City
9. Green Bay
Romeo Crennel has been relieved of his duties as Browns head coach, the team just announced.
Why? Draft position, of course. Here's a look at the current top 10, with opponents' winning percentage in the final column:
1. Detroit Lions - 0-15 - .573 2. St. Louis Rams - 2-13 - .527 3. Kansas City Chiefs - 2-13 - .556 4. Cincinnati Bengals - 3-11 - 1 - .589 5. Seattle Seahawks - 4-11 - .496 6. Oakland Raiders - 4-11 - .516 7. Cleveland Browns - 4-11 - .562 8. Jacksonville Jaguars - 5-10 - .527 9. Green Bay Packers - 5-10 - .547 10. San Francisco 49ers - 6-9 - .451
So, after Sunday's game, the Browns could be picking anywhere between picks four and nine. Here are the opponents for teams four through nine this week:
Cincinnati - vs. Kansas City Seattle - @ Arizona Oakland - @ Tampa Bay Jacksonville - @ Baltimore Green Bay - vs. Detroit
My guess is that Cincinnati and Green Bay win, which would only move the Browns up one spot. Of course, the best scenario is if all those teams win and the Browns lose, which is conceivable considering the Buccaneers, Cardinals and Ravens might rest some of their players. And the Browns are just that terrible.
Then, with Kansas City, St. Louis and Detroit locked into the top three draft spots, assuming there is no trade and junior offensive tackle Andre Smith and quarterbacks Matt Stafford and Sam Bradford enter the draft, the Browns could have their pick of defensive players like cornerbacks Malcolm Jenkins and Vontae Davis or linebackers Rey Maualuga and Aaron Curry. And certainly any of those four could help this team.
But what does this all mean? The Browns are really, really terrible this year.
Don't forget, the chat will mercifully be back on Sunday to talk Browns football. Game time is at 1 p.m., so the chat will start at 12:45.
- Canton Repository (Steve Doerschuk): Edwards forgives the fans for boos - Chronicle-Telegram (Brian Dulik): Browns know the score, but just can’t figure out how to score - Cincinnati Enquirer (Mark Curnutte): Cornerback's 3 picks help pick up pace
- Dayton Daily News (Chuck Ludwig): Hall enjoys revenge on Edwards
- Plain Dealer (Mary Kay Cabot and Dennis Manoloff): Edwards vs. Ndukwe could blossom into North rivalry - Plain Dealer (Bill Livingston): As the Browns sink out of sight, so does Dorsey's NFL reputation
- What I'm saying today: I only saw bits and pieces of the game, fortunately. Ken Dorsey should not be an NFL quarterback. Romeo Crennel should not be an NFL head coach.
When you list the NFL's worst teams this season, you can officially include the Browns with the Chiefs, Lions, Raiders, Rams and Bengals.
Clear your throat and shout the tried and true Cleveland phrase: There is always next year!
- Philadelphia Inquirer (Phil Sheridan): Eagles lucky Browns play role of patsy - Philadelphia Inquirer (Bob Ford): The old McNabb is back - Plain Dealer (Mary Kay Cabot): McDonald's thefts are Browns' lone highlights - Plain Dealer (Terry Pluto): For forlorn Browns fans, all that's left is a slow, sad march to the finish - What I'm saying today: Absolutely pathetic. Forget the score. Forget the poor play. Romeo Crennel, in some fashion, is sabotaging part of the future of the Cleveland Browns. Because he is too stubborn, the Browns are not giving more playing to Martin Rucker, Beau Bell, Ahtyba Rubin or Alex Hall. What exactly are the Browns playing for, if not the future? Pride? That was gone long ago. Regardless of whether or not the Browns had someone who could be interim coach, Crennel should have been fired several weeks ago. Instead, the fans get to watch (and pay for) some of the worst football I've ever seen the last two weeks.
Oh, one other thing. The play of Brandon McDonald last night will look good on the stat sheet and probably be overlooked. He was terrible, outside of that first interception. The second one only came because it was tipped. Other than that, he was routinely beaten last night and missed tackles.
- Akron Beacon Journal (Marla Ridenour): Great performance isn't good enough to satisfy Jackson
- Huntsville Times (Allan Taylor): Titans' fate still not clear
- Nashville Tennessean (Gary Estwick): Key returns offset Titans turnovers
- Nashville Tennessean (Joe Biddle): Brown-out wasn't just the lights
- Plain Dealer (Mary Kay Cabot): Dorsey blames 'execution' in struggles vs. Titans - Plain Dealer (Bill Livingston): In their reluctance to display some 'Flash," Browns prove how drab they really are
- What I'm saying today: That was ugly, but what did you expect? Well, you probably at least didn't expect Ken Dorsey to throw the ball 43 times. Or Jamal Lewis to have just seven carries for seven yards. Or for the Browns to win the turnover and penalty game, yet still not be competitive.
But, with this season, you have to expect the unexpected. And like it.
- Site note: We'll again have the live blog chat for Monday's game against the Eagles. Also, if you notice to the right, the Braylon Edwards dropped pass tracker has been removed for a cheery picture of Romeo Crennel. I like it and so should you.
- Akron Beacon Journal (Marla Ridenour): Defense does job, Browns still lose - Akron Beacon Journal (Patrick McManamon): Runaway train flies off track
- Colt Power (Fred Greetham): Browns hold Colts' offense down - Columbus Dispatch (Michael Arace): Crennel is a good guy with bad team - Indianapolis Star (Bob Kravitz): Pretty? Hey, looks aren't everything - Indianapolis Star (Mike Chappell): Browns bring out worst in Colts
- Morning Journal (Matt Goul): D hits new high
- Orange & Brown Report (Rich Passan): A vest too close
- Plain Dealer (Bill Livingston): Cribbs remains a lone bright spot for the 'best worst' Browns
- Plain Dealer (Mary Kay Cabot): Browns QB Anderson heard the jeers after injury
- Plain Dealer (Terry Pluto): Scribbles after another loss
- What I'm saying today: The fate of Romeo Crennel rests in the hands of Ken Dorsey. Incredible! Now the question is whether or not the Browns will win again at all this season. Sure, they still get the Bengals, but the Browns are starting a quarterback who was inactive two weeks ago.
Kamerion Wimbley had his second good game in a row, so there's that. Brandon McDonald finally looked like a starting cornerback again as well.
On the plus side, Luke and I are draftniks, so we'll probably have more content related to what the Browns should do in the future.