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Craziest thing you will read today...

Unread postby pup » Fri Feb 21, 2014 5:49 pm

"Multiple league sources" tell Profootballtalk the Browns nearly acquired 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh in a trade before hiring Mike Pettine to replace Rob Chudzinski.
That would qualify as a bombshell. Per PFT, a deal that would have sent "multiple" draft picks to San Francisco was "in place" before Harbaugh decided he wanted to remain with the 49ers. If true, it would be a sign that tension between Harbaugh and GM Trent Baalke is worse than previously reported, and that extension talks have been going far from smoothly. Of course, Cleveland's interest could have been the impetus for the sides to get serious about reaching a new deal. PFT reported last week that the 49ers are hoping to extend Harbs' deal this offseason. He's currently signed through 2015. It's a fittingly-bizarre capper to the Browns' magical mystery tour of a coaching search.


http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2014/02/21/sources-browns-nearly-traded-for-jim-harbaugh/
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Re: Craziest thing you will read today...

Unread postby peeker643 » Sat Mar 01, 2014 9:47 am

This got no run with board issues but was actually true.

Which begs the question on whether it would have been worth trading two firsts and two seconds for a head coach.

I personally say it would not and would have been so perfectly Browns had they assumed they were taking advantage of rift between Harbaugh and Baalke.
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Re: Craziest thing you will read today...

Unread postby motherscratcher » Sat Mar 01, 2014 11:13 am

Yeah, I forgot about this.

Of course I'd have loved to get Harbaugh! but the price would have been too much. Everybody wanted to compare it to the Gruden situation, but Tampa was bringing him in to coach a championship caliber team. What good is it to bring in a great coach to lead a bad team that is unable to improve?
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Re: Craziest thing you will read today...

Unread postby mattvan1 » Sat Mar 01, 2014 1:16 pm

I would really like to know who was driving the bus toward that decision. Hairball wants complete control over everything; doesn't seem as if he and the Poisoned Dwarf could have co-existed.

Was this a 100% Haslam move?
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Re: Craziest thing you will read today...

Unread postby Hikohadon » Mon Mar 03, 2014 9:49 am

peeker643 wrote:Which begs the question on whether it would have been worth trading two firsts and two seconds for a head coach.


The answer is no.

To a large extent, players are what makes a coach look good (or not). Surrendering 4 high picks would seriously hamstring this team's ability to get some.

Plus, not sure I could stand watching that guy spaz out on the sidelines each week.
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Re: Craziest thing you will read today...

Unread postby peeker643 » Mon Mar 03, 2014 11:54 am

mattvan1 wrote:Was this a 100% Haslam move?


Only if he if explored the possibility after hiring Pettine.
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Re: Craziest thing you will read today...

Unread postby bac5665 » Mon Mar 03, 2014 8:39 pm

This offseason reminds me of the Laker's situation last year.

Except that they're good. But the complete clusterfuck at the top is very similar in feel.
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Re: Craziest thing you will read today...

Unread postby mattvan1 » Mon Mar 03, 2014 10:36 pm

peeker643 wrote:
mattvan1 wrote:Was this a 100% Haslam move?


Only if he if explored the possibility after hiring Pettine.


? Not sure of the timing. Obviously the story broke later but I was under the impression that the Hairball discussion happened before Pettine.
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Re: Craziest thing you will read today...

Unread postby leadpipe » Mon Mar 03, 2014 11:23 pm

The Harbaugh contact was initiated by a desperate Mike Lombardi.

Classic Lombardi scenario, trying to make the big splash, and as is his custom, worrying about what lies in it's wake at another time.

It's this type of shit that forced the Ravens to not even be able to carry a full practice squad post Lombardi.
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