Posted by Mike Florio on March 5, 2013, 2:26 PM EST
At one point, it was believed that Mike Lombardi and Ray Farmer were the finalists to run the Browns’ personnel department.
The Brown will now employ both.
Per a league source, Farmer (pictured) will become the assistant G.M. in Cleveland. Lombardi, who was hired as the V.P. of player personnel, will have his title changed to General Manager.
Farmer had been the director of pro personnel in Kansas City.
A formal announcement is expected soon.
Think about it this way. Say we had just hired Lombardi who was fresh off a very successful run guiding the rebuilding of two NFL franchises that both eventually won the Super Bowl. Just like everyone else, I'd be ecstatic. This would be a good barometer of future success. But the reality of that scenario is that it doesn't matter - it is in the past. The only thing that matters is what happens going forward.
Lombardi's past association has been called into question with the Browns. Again, in the past. But JH and JB saw something in this man - and given their track record of success - I'm good with that. Lombardi's previous time here was a lifetime ago.
Mike, you've been given charge of our hopes and dreams. Please don't let us down. You've been hired to do a job - simply go out and do it to the best of your abilities.
ASSUME THE POSITION - BEYOTCH!
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I have not been a fan of the Lombardi hire, like most Browns fans. And the official title of GM really doesn't mean anything. His responsibilities will be the same as when he was "director of pro personnel." The reason for the change in title was to bring in Farmer. Farmer was director of pro personnel for the Chiefs and we couldn't hire him unless there was an upward move position wise for him. So they wanted to make him assistant GM, but to do that, they had to change Lombardi's title to GM.
Nothing to jump off the cliff for. Just semantics, really.
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