BEREA, Ohio -- Browns general manager George Kokinis was escorted out of the Browns facility in Berea by security, two league sources told the Plain Dealer, and is believed to have been fired.
The Browns did not immediately return calls or emails, including an email to owner Randy Lerner.
Kokinis was handpicked by Browns coach Eric Mangini to be his general manager, but was barely heard from after his hiring in January. Both began their careers in Cleveland as underlings to Bill Belichick in the early 1990s.
One league source said "Kokinis is a great guy who does not deserve this. He is taking the fall for the team's problems and it's not right.''
Browns owner Randy Lerner spent considerable time following Sunday's 30-6 loss to the Bears on Sunday talking one-on-one with Dawn Aponte, Vice President, Football Administration, who was under Kokinis' jurisdiction in the football operations department.
You know, because it's clearly his fault that the Browns are 1-7. His 6 Months on the job dismantled the Super Bowl caliber team we call the Cleveland Browns.