Will somebody please show me the exit in this funhouse? I keep flying into mirrors. There's the wobbly walkway! There's the fat laughing lady in the in the red dress and white polka dots. There's the rolling barrel! Everybody is slipping and sliding.
I fly around the corner and Yipes Stripes! There are the Cleveland Browns and head coach Butch Davis (check with this site again in 30 seconds) and there is owner Randy Lerner. He is the only quiet one in the joint.
This has been the craziest week The Owl can remember. This is way more bizarre than Art Modell pulling the plug on the real Browns on a Baltimore parking lot in 1995. This is even crazier than the day Bill Belichick announced Bernie Kosar had diminishing skills, and newspapers gave that story WORLD WAR II ENDS headlines.
The week began with No Longer Mister Perfect Phil Dawson missing two field goals in a game the Browns lost by one field goal. That was followed by Chris Mortensen saying Butch would be out on his ass if he doesn't beat the Bengals Sunday and that was followed by the Browns front office saying in so many words "Butch is our guy!" at least through Jan. 2 in Houston.
After that, the Orlando Sentinel comes out with a story saying Davis can probably get the University of Florida job about 30 seconds after the Browns fire him if he wants it. The story suggests Davis has sent out feelers about the job, even while he is being paid by the Browns. If it isn't him doing the feeling, it's one of his buddies.
Davis says the story isn't true.
"There is no truth to any of the reports that I've had contact with or had anyone contact any college about a job," Davis said. "I have not contacted anyone else about any other job. My total focus is to try to win games the rest of the year. I have every intention of trying to win this Sunday and all the six games remaining. We're coaching that way.
"There is no truth to any of the reports that I've had contact with or had anyone contact any college about a job," Davis said on the team website. "I have not contacted anyone else about any other job. My total focus is to try to win games the rest of the year. I have every intention of trying to win this Sunday and all the six games remaining. We're coaching that way.
"I love coaching here in Cleveland. I love the Browns. We have played four games against teams that are 32-8 and we came within one play of beating three of them. That's with an injury list that's half a mile long. If you win three or four of the close games that we've lost you're sitting here at 7-3 and nobody's yelling."
A couple weeks ago The Owl said Butch Davis' job should be spared. Some readers got honked off about it. To those people, get ready to be honkier, because I still believe in Davis.
The easiest thing in the world is to say, "You're fired!"
Let's hold on a second.
There have been more distractions this week than a chocolate lover would find in Hershey, Pa. We won't even get into the injuries to quarterback Jeff Garcia, right tackle Ryan Tucker and everybody else that has gone down this year. A dozen players are on injured reserve.
Lerner will evaluate Davis after the season, as he should. If Davis can go 3-3 the rest of the way, with everything that has happened, Lerner should give him another chance.
Will Lerner be able to find a general manager that wants Davis as his head coach and is Davis really willing to secede power to someone else? That's going to be the difficult part. And the Owl agrees Randy can't keep things status quo heading into next year.
Owls don't fly in flocks. We fly solo. So if you want to go on the message board and rip me for not joining the "Butch must go!" chorus, go ahead. I'm not changing my flight path.