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I have kind of a love-hate thing with Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk. He doesn’t know who I am, but I read his stuff daily — often several times per day, in fact. I appreciate that he almost single-handedly carries that website... he must be responsible for 60-80% of the content. It ain’t easy churning out material like that.
Florio’s a man of big opinions, which he expresses in writing and via the spoken word. Florio has built himself an interesting niche in the world of sports journalism, where he is part journalist, part bombast, part hack, and it allows him to write some really great stuff and some really awful stuff in the several articles per day that he produces.
Florio has themes and campaigns that he repeats, like anyone who regularly expresses opinions as a media journalist. Because of the volume of stuff that he puts out, he sometimes (and sometimes more than just sometimes) pounds a drum a little too long and a little too loud. His opinions about Colin Kaepernick this past year come to mind here.
I really hate some of Florio’s ideas, but sometimes I think he’s on exactly the right track. Again, this is probably a product of the sheer volume of his production. He puts out so much stuff that, like a blind squirrel, he’s bound to find a nut every once in a while.
This past weekend he wrote an article on PFT that I don’t feel strongly about one way or the other, but I enjoyed it because I hadn’t seen the topic addressed in quite the way Florio looked at it. In a media age where we are so flooded with information and opinions, it’s easy to find hot takes, but much more difficult to find fresh takes.
Forgive me if this is actually not so fresh — not living in the U.S., I don’t listen to local radio, or watch local TV. Perhaps Mike’s take on the Brown’s handling of the GM situation isn’t as ‘fresh’ as I think it is, but I thought I’d share it today.
Anyway, here’s a little bit of Mike Florio from PFT this past Saturday:
With the Browns doing a bang-bang fire-and-hire on Thursday, emerging with a new G.M. in John Dorsey, it’s now clear that Cleveland moved quickly for fear of missing out on Dorsey if/when other teams fire General Mangers after the season and pursue him.
“That played into the decision making,” owner Jimmy Haslam told reporters on Friday regarding whether other teams looking for General Managers was a factor in the timing. “The hiring process in the NFL is difficult in that everybody that is going to make changes will make them — the last game is [December] 31. There will be a lot of changes made on the first and the second in head coaches and G.M.’s if this year follows the pattern. We thought that it was important for us to get a jump on that to get the best person possible, which we think we did. Then to allow, as I mentioned earlier, for John to come in the building, spend time with our coaches, spend time with our team, get a head start with the personnel guys, where we hit the ground running getting ready for free agency and getting ready for the draft.”
If the unimaginable happened, and Dan Snyder dumped Bruce Allen and reorganized the front office, who — not named Scot McCloughan (that ship has sailed) — would you want as GM?
This poll is closed
Somebody currently working for the Packers, Steelers, or Seahawks
Somebody else entirely (if you pick this one, you should list your candidate in the comments below)