What We've Been Told

Are things quiet in Berea? Hardly. Lane Adkins has had his ear to the ground and provides us with the latest buzz. What's the latest on assistant coaches? The GM role? And what is the word reaching the OBR about the Cleveland Browns' quarterback plans?

The latest buzz reaching the ears of OBR football analyst Lane Adkins…

- Oakland Raiders linebackers coach Don Martindale remains in his holding pattern as a member of the Raiders staff. Martindale intends on staying on staff in Oakland for the near future, waiting as team majority owner Al Davis decides on a new head coach to lead the Raiders.

- As with Martindale, Raiders interim head coach Tom Cable remains on staff in Oakland. Cable, a candidate for the permanent (if there is a such thing) Raiders head coaching post, is considered an candidate for a couple of assistant coach openings. These include the Browns offensive line coaching position, but Cable remains loyal to Davis as the head coach process plays out.

- New Browns head coach Eric Mangini and staff have been busy in Berea over the past week evaluating assistant coaching candidates, as well as viewing tape of the 2008 Browns. Multiple team sources have informed theOBR that Mangini has a number of assistants lined-up, who could be announced late next week.

- A league source informs theOBR that former Cleveland QB coach Carl Smith appears to be one of the assistants that will be named to the staff in Cleveland.

- A league source informs theOBR that Mangini could be looking again at the coaching staff in New England for an additional assistant hiring.

- Following the Baltimore Ravens AFC Championship game against the Pittsburgh Steelers, George Kokinis, Ozzie Newsome's right-hand man Baltimore, will meet with Lerner, Mangini and others. It is widely believed Kokinis will be offered the top title within the Browns front office in regards to football matters. Despite reports that Kokinis is wavering, those close to the situation inform theOBR tell the OBR that he will accept the position - as long as it is a position of authority on football matters, Kokinis has informed Lerner in his initial interview that working closely with the head coach and personnel within the current Browns structure does not appear to be an issue.

- As first reported by this column and picked up by the local media, former Baltimore and Jacksonville executive James Harris is under consideration for a front office role with the Browns, but for a position other than the typical GM role. Harris could gain consideration for an role of greater significance if Kokinis does not land in Cleveland.

- In talking with no less than thirteen members of the 2008 Browns roster, the vast majority are excited about the changes in place from a competitive standpoint - but remain loyal to former Browns head coach Romeo Crennel. With each passing day, this column hears information as to the divide and issues between the Browns coaching staff and players, as it relates to the former head coach.

- Though very early, this column has been told the Browns are not going to head into the meat and potatoes of the off-season with a QB controversy unfolding. Following the intense work in putting together an offensive coaching staff, OC Brian Daboll and the new QB coach are going to embark on breaking down the QB's on the roster and determine which player is a 'fit'.

- Current Notre Dame head football coach and former New England Patriots offensive coordinator Charlie Weis told theOBR recently he fully expects Browns QB Brady Quinn to thrive under the tutelage of Daboll and the New England offensive scheme - which is basically the system Quinn played within at Notre Dame.

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