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but Browns may regret missing McKay
For one thing, here he'd have to pick a quarterback, presumably without a coin flip. In Tampa, he seemed more inclined to run a temp agency at the position in recent years. What's more, no way Randy Lerner could've expected Gruden to become available once Black Monday and the days immediately following it passed.
The fair criticism isn't that the quickdraw hire of Mangini might've cost Lerner a brand name acquisition in Gruden. The fair criticism remains the same in the wake of Gruden's firing the quick hire of Mangini cost Lerner a brand name GM.
Denis Poroy/Associated PressRich McKay never really got a hearing with the Browns' Randy Lerner, and that's a Super Bowl resume that the team should have coveted, says Bud Shaw.
The guy with Tampa connections the Browns really missed out on wasn't Gruden. It was Rich McKay.
Gruden didn't do much remarkable work in Tampa after taking over the Bucs from Tony Dungy and winning the Super Bowl in his first year. He either won divisions or had losing seasons. There wasn't much in between. Player resentment made it doubly difficult to redirect seasons that took sharp turns south.
Lerner would've been better off throwing his lot in with McKay, who helped build two successful teams without taking cues from Bill Belichick.
After some high profile coaching searches in Tampa the failed chase of Bill Parcells and the trade of four draft picks for Gruden ownership is going the assistant route with a baton pass to 32yearold Raheem Morris just as it did during McKay's time when Dungy got hired.
Would the hiring of an unproven assistant have worked here? It wouldn't have gone over well with the fan base. But when have Browns' fans ever abandoned ship based on a hire they didn't embrace? And they're not exactly embracing Mangini either.
Hiring assistants is working well enough elsewhere. McKay was part of the Atlanta search that landed another firsttime head coach, Mike Smith. What that hiring and those of Tony Sparano in Miami and John Harbaugh in Baltimore show is that untested assistants aren't unsuccessful just by nature of being promoted.
Harbaugh, Mike Tomlin and Arizona's Ken Whisenhunt are still alive on Conference Championship Sunday. Andy Reid came to his job via the same route a decade ago.
McKay's list of coaching candidates could've expanded Lerner's search and brought more context to, if not curbed, the obvious case of buyer's lust he had for Mangini.
Sure Mangini deserves a chance. Why wouldn't he?
But unless there's a surprise choice for GM, it looks as if Mangini sold Lerner not only on himself but on the GM choice (George Kokinis), too. He hasn't earned that sphere of influence.
Aaron J. Latham/Associated PressMaybe Houston owner Drayton McLane got better reception from this perch during last week's owners meetings in Paradise Valley, Ariz. But we're pretty sure the paper in his hand didn't read "Will trade middle reliever for food" . regardless of baseball's concerns over the economy.
A salary Michael Griffin Authentic Jersey cap for baseball?
Baseball owners were quoted in an Associated Press story saying the financial downturn makes this a ripe time for a salary cap.
The story from the meetings in Paradise Valley, Arizona went on to say "the bleak economy was on the owners' minds as they gathered at this exclusive mountainside resort."
The Browns point out that Ryan's Oakland defense ranked 10th against the pass, but Oakland also ranked 31st against the run (159.7). And you thought the Browns ranked 28th were the epitome of passive resistance.
New bling just like the old bling?
Mangini added a collection of Super Bowl rings to his staff with the hiring of Ryan as defensive coordinator, Brian Daboll as offensive coordinator and special teams coach Brad Seely. All worked with him and a soso head coach whose name slips my mind in New England.
But after Crennel www.footballtitansshop.com/88_craig_stevens_jersey_authentic_black_limited_cheap.html lasted fewer years than he had rings on his fingers, the new arrivals shouldn't take it personally if the flash of their Super Bowl jewelry goes over like a marriage proposal might featuring cubic zirconia.
Why call a handicapping service?
So many have requested my postseason picks since I finished 511 picking Browns games that I can no longer keep my stone cold locks to footballtitansshop.com/33_michael_griffin_jersey_authentic_black_limited_cheap.html myself and feel good about it:
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Business partner of radio host Barbra Alexander guilty of fraud
A Seaside man and business partner of a oncepopular local talk show host was Nate Washington Jersey convicted Wednesday of federal mail fraud, securities fraud and conspiracy, all involving investment management companies that diverted more than $4 million for personal use by the partners.
Michael Swanson, 62, of Seaside was a partner with "MoneyDots" radio producer Barbra Alexander in the Montereybased firm APS Funding, which offered "hardmoney," shortterm, highinterest loans, mostly for business and real estate development.
Swanson and Pi were indicted along with Alexander in October 2010 as a result of an investigation by the Securities and Exchange Commission, the FBI and the Monterey County District Attorney's Office.
Alexander, of Monterey, has pleaded innocent and is scheduled for trial Nov. 4, said prosecutor Jeffrey Schenk.
Swanson separated his case from Alexander's, and his trial began in San Jose on Aug. 13.
Twelve of the original 43 counts were dismissed when the trial began, and the jury acquitted Swanson of two additional wire and mail fraud charges. At one point, jurors' notes show, the jury sought clarification as to whether emailed messages constitute mail fraud.
Federal prosecutors said APS Funding attracted few borrowers and made few loans but defrauded most of its 60 investors, including many from Monterey County. For a time, prosecutors said, APS operated as a pyramid scheme, with money from new investors being used to make payments to old investors.
A federal civil suit against Alexander, Swanson and Pi filed by the Securities and Exchange Commission has been delayed since early 2011 until the criminal trial is completed.
But a federal judge did allow depositions in that case to be taken right away from three alleged victims one with brain cancer and two who were in their 70s.
While her codefendants did not object to the http://www.footballtitansshop.com/91_derrick_morgan_jersey_authentic_black_limited_cheap.html early depositions, the judge noted that Alexander protested that the two older witnesses "may be of advanced age but they are very active and I don't believe you're in any danger of losing them during the stay."
Though Judge Lucy Koh said she hoped all the witnesses remained healthy and active for many years, she agreed to let the SEC depose all three witnesses.
The SEC alleged in its original complaint that Alexander used $200,000 in investors' money for a kitchen remodel in her rented Monterey home.
"Indeed, when the remodel was complete, a number of investors attended a house party thrown by Alexander without knowing that their money had paid for all of the improvements," the complaint alleged.
The criminal complaint alleges that more than a third of the money collected from investors, $2.5 million, was "siphoned off by Alexander, Pi and Swanson and funneled to themselves and the various entities they owned," the complaint states.
Alexander took $1.6 million for herself and her businesses, including investing in her "MoneyDots" show, while Swanson and Pi split the remaining $900,000, according to the complaint.
For much of 2008 and all of 2009, the three partners paid themselves at least $30,000 a month but didn't make any legitimate loans, according to the complaint.
The SEC alleged that although most of the existing investments were "in some state of arrears," the three continued to solicit new investors while providing existing customers with fabricated interest statements.
A financial statement for 2010 filed with the court showed a number of uncollectible debts from the three partners, including more than $535,000 in one "note receivable" from Alexander.
In 2009, FBI agents served search warrants at the Monterey County homes of Alexander and Swanson, as well as a residence owned by Pi in Idaho.
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Heckert was asked Thursday about McCoy hosting some teammates for workouts in Austin, Texas. Heckert said at a press conference about next week draft that great the players are fine tuning their skills during www.footballtitansshop.com/28_chris_johnson_jersey_authentic_black_limited_cheap.html the league labor dispute.
Browns wide receiver Mohamed Massaquoi wrote on his Twitter page that he be in Austin with McCoy and teammates Josh Cribbs, Carlton Mitchell, Jordan Norwood and rest of my Browns brothers! are not permitted to work out at team facilities during the lockout, which began on March 11.
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