There aren't many coaches who go 5-11 and are rewarded with a two-year contract extension.
Butch Davis was this offseason. His original five-year deal had two years added to it.
Does that mean Davis has a lot of security?
Not if the team doesn't win. Davis is not on a win-or-else mandate from owner Randy Lerner, but Davis himself probably knows that if things don't get better his job security may decrease.
Everything depends on Lerner, though, and one thing is certain: Lerner believes in Davis.
"Butch is a winner," Lerner said this offseason.
He stands steadfastly behind his coach, and he has shown it in the offseason by giving Davis near-total control over all matters related to football.
The Browns now are completely Davis' team, and it is his to win -- or lose -- with.
While Davis may not be working with an ultimatum, he knows that the judgment
on his tenure will come down to one simple stat: The number of games the team
- New QB Jeff Garcia stayed in the Cleveland area throughout the offseason to acclimate himself to his new home and learn as much as he could about his new offense. This season will be the first Garcia has not run a West Coast offense.
- The Browns open camp July 30. Rookies report the previous Monday, but unlike previous seasons when the Browns had several days of rookie practices, rookies only will do workouts and walk-throughs leading up to the open-to-the-public session of camp.
- QUOTABLE: "I like uprooting guys. I like hitting guys so hard that when
we're on the ground they say, 'Let's not do that again because our career
could be short.' " -- New Browns FB Terrelle Smith.