Bill Parcells in the AFC North?
That was a scenario the Cleveland Browns pursued before ultimately hiring Ray Farmer to replace Micheal Lombardi as the team’s general manger.
According to Mike Freeman of the Bleacher Report, the browns wanted to bring in Bill Parcells to take over the team:
Source: Browns wanted Bill Parcells to run team. Parcells tells me he only talked to Browns about why organizations succeed and fail…
— mike freeman (@mikefreemanNFL) February 12, 2014
Joe Banner, the team’s CEO of football operations, was also let go, so it’s possible Parcells would have been hired to replace him as well.
Parcells is currently an NFL analyst for ESPN. He won two Super Bowl rings with the New York Giants, defeating the Denver Broncos in Super Bowl XXI and the Buffalo Bills in Super Bowl XXV while also reviving fallen franchises in the New York Jets, New England Patriots and the Dallas Cowboys.
He was also the GM of the Miami Dolphins when they bounced back fro a 1-15 season to 11-5 the next year and winners of the AFC East.
You can’t fault the Browns for hoping Parcells had a little magic left to revive the once proud franchise that’s fallen on hard times since their return to Cleveland in 1999.
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