The Plain Dealer's Tony Grossi and the Canton Repository's Steve Doerschuk are the latest Cleveland Browns beat writers to provide confirmation that the Cleveland Browns and Team President John Collins intended to relieve Phil Savage of his duties prior to an explosion of media coverage and fan backlash on Friday.
BerniesInsiders.com was the first Cleveland-based media source to confirm an ESPN.com story by Chris Mortensen on Friday afternoon. We were joined several hours later by WTAM reporter Casey Coleman and ex-Brown Hanford Dixon. On Saturday, Pat McManamon of the Akron Beacon-Journal confirmed that the Browns intended to relieve Savage.
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The Canton Repository: "On Friday, Browns President John Collins appeared ready to part ways with Savage amid a dispute over office logistics. According to sources familiar with that strange day:Savage indicated his brief run with the Browns was over and made preliminary moves to get his affairs in order. Head Coach Romeo Crennel regarded a Savage departure as unacceptable and said so to Collins and owner Randy Lerner. Lerner acknowledged the harm in losing Savage and alienating Crennel."
Tony Grossi: "Phil Savage thought he was fired, let's put it that way, whether John Collins thought he was or not, Phil Savage had every reason to believe he was fired"
In other media-related news, the Plain Dealer's Bud Shaw becomes the first columnist from the team's primary paper to recommend that Collins be relieved of his current duties.