BOSTON (CBS) – According to Chris Fedor of 92.3 The Fan in Cleveland, recently fired Browns general manager Michael Lombardi will be reuniting with Bill Belichick, although it is unclear at this time what role he’ll be assigned.
Lombardi and Belichick worked together during Belichick’s first head coaching job in Cleveland from 1991-95.
Mary Kay Cabot of Cleveland.com expounded on the initial report by detailing the deterioration of the Cleveland Browns front office in recent weeks. Apparently Belichick and Urban Meyer were in the ear of owner Jimmy Haslam and urged them to interview fired Buccaneers coach Greg Schiano, which did not sit well with CEO Joe Banner.
Banner was perturbed by the last-minute Schiano interview. Sensing Banner’s discontent, Haslam eventually cleaned house and fired both the CEO (Banner) and the general manager (Lombardi).
And now Lombardi is reportedly back working for Belichick, which Michael Felger and Tony Massarotti don’t see the value in.
“Do you feel like Mike Lombardi strengthen Belichick’s staff?” asked Felger to kick off the show.
“What exactly has he done? Can you tell me what Mike Lombardi has accomplished?” said Mazz.
“He’s been the general manager in Oakland, the general manager in Cleveland…” responded Felger.
“Very successful teams there. In other words the two worst teams in football,” joked Marc Bertrand.
“What has he done? I would say not much.” said Felger.
“How about nothing. Can we say nothing? I’d say less than nothing if that’s possible,” said Mazz.
This segued into a discussion about Bill Belichick’s staff, both front office and coaching, and how it’s constructed.
“Bobos! Mike Lombardi, during his time with the NFL Network, was maybe the most in-the-satchel commentator I have ever heard for the Patriots – and that’s saying something. He is the textbook definition of a bobo,” said Felger.
“When you look at Bill’s staff it basically falls into two camps: It falls into young guys who owe their professional life to Bill Belichick, you know, the young kids who worked at the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology and the next thing you know they’re on the staff. The other camp is Belichick bobos. Those are the two. Has he ever hired somebody with a qualified name, with a qualified resume who brings in fresh ideas that, god forbid, challenge him?”
“This has been one of my complaints down there for a long time Mike,” responded Mazz.
“It’s bobos on parade. Other than [Nick] Saban in college and [Thomas] Dimitroff who has really done anything?”
Listen below for the full discussion: