Sunday night, Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports, who I have blasted many times for his agenda against the Cleveland Browns organization, posted a column about possible coaching and general manager changes around the NFL. The Browns weren't mentioned too much in the coaching rumors, although La Canfora pointed out that team owner Jimmy Haslam is a fan of former Bills head coach Doug Marrone.
La Canfora had some more meat when it came to discussing the general manager position, or more so a father-son tandem, that could be in the Browns' future if Haslam decides to rid himself of current general manager Ray Farmer at the conclusion of next week's regular season finale against the Pittsburgh Steelers:
If the past holds, many of the most sought-after GM candidates will be content to stay where they are. Nick Caserio of the Patriots and Eric DeCosta of the Ravens certainly fit that description, but as the weeks have gone on I've become much more inclined to believe Eliot Wolf might actually be willing to leave Green Bay for the right job. I've continued to hear a strong buzz about him in Cleveland, among other places (many believe Wolf's father, Ron, will end up consulting for Haslam on the Browns' forthcoming overhaul) and the sense is he will at least explore several options, though the Packers are in his heart and blood.
The Packers have built a reputation in recent years of building sustained success by hitting big in their drafts, having more home-grown players on their roster than any other team in the NFL. Cleveland would be an attractive place to build through the draft in 2016, and lock up existing talent with the amount of cap space in the bank.
E. Wolf was promoted to the Packers' Director of Player Personnel position this year, but he's been with their organization since 2004. If Haslam were to bring in his father, R. Wolf, it wouldn't be the first time that he's consulted with a Browns owner. R. Wolf is the one who told Randy Lerner to get Mike Holmgren to Cleveland, but Wolf later admitted that "it didn't work" and that the selection of quarterback Brandon Weeden was "puzzling."