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Old 09-03-2009, 10:14 AM   #1
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Default ’09 Dysfunctional owner rankings - Browns/Bengals

Says it all.

31. Cincinnati Bengals – Mike Brown It’s hard to put Brown’s philosophy in its proper context, but here’s a loaded attempt: He’s the 21st century’s answer to a Communist Party bigwig in the Soviet Union’s heyday – gaming a system steeped in shared revenues for his own benefit while setting new standards among his peers for brazen laziness. Says one owner: “Anything that’s going to force him to do any extra work, he speaks out against it.” In recent months, Brown voiced opposition to the league’s moves to allow teams to cut sponsorship deals with state lotteries and hard-liquor providers and to sell advertising decals on practice jerseys. When Saints owner Tom Benson asked for a waiver on club-seat revenues to help fund improvements at the Superdome – part of an admirable transformation that has pushed him away from his usual spot at or near the bottom of these rankings – Brown was the lone Grinch in the meeting room. “It’s a great American story, Tom Benson defying the skeptics and keeping the Saints in New Orleans, and [expletive] Mike Brown speaks out against it,” the same owner says. “Meanwhile, the guy has the best stadium deal ever. It was completely built for him and he has no operating expenses. He probably makes more money than any of us.” Nonetheless, Brown repeatedly advocates for additional handouts from his larger-market peers via revenue-sharing and spends as little of it as he can get away with on employees. Sometimes it pays off – I guess. After months of low-balling sixth overall draft pick Andre Smith the big tackle caved and took a below-market deal at the tail end of training camp. Then again, Smith suffered a stress fracture in his foot two days after reporting. Perhaps the football gods have a sense of humor.

28. Cleveland Browns – Randy Lerner: Checked out much of the time while tending to his true passion, English Premier League side Aston Villa, Lerner is even more of a liability when he gets involved. After firing general manager Phil Savage and coach Romeo Crennel following the ’08 season, Lerner should have aggressively pursued Patriots VP Scott Pioli to take over football operations. Instead he went hard after Eric Mangini, coming off a failed stint as the Jets’ coach, rushing to take him off the market when there were no other suitors. Why Mangini? Sources say Lerner, who fashions himself an intellect, was won over by Mangini’s sophisticated conversational style and passion for various pursuits outside of football. One thing I’m guessing they didn’t discuss: Mangini’s plans to bully the team’s rookies into taking a “voluntary” bus trip to and from Hartford, Conn. – 10 hours each way – to work at his football camp. Lerner also repeated the mistake he made when he hired Crennel – choosing a coach before hiring a GM (in this case, George Kokinis). As with the Raiders’ devoted fan base, the passionate Browns backers deserve much, much better.

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Default Re: ’09 Dysfunctional owner rankings - Browns/Bengals

As bad as Brown is, Davis still "tops" this list at 32, and deservedly so...

Interesting to see where he ranks the Steelers...and if he, too, slobnobbers all over the Pats...
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