Beware desire for immediate consequences

February, 11, 2014
Feb 11
11:31
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NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- You want quick reaction, immediate consequences, fast change.

It's the default setting for the vast majority of fans. Your team butchers a signing, a draft pick, a game, a season, and people need to be fired. Heads need to roll. Patience isn't a virtue, it's a weakness.

If you think that way even at times, I present to you the Cleveland Browns.

They fired Rob Chudzinski as their coach after one season. And Tuesday, not long after hiring Mike Pettine to replace him, they've fired general manager Mike Lombardi, also after one season, and said CEO Joe Banner will step away in the next two months. Ray Farmer is being promoted to GM.

The Browns undergo near-constant change, and it's incredibly unhealthy.

Maybe Jimmy Haslam decided he made bad hires in Chudzinski, Lombardi and Banner. If that's the case it's better to get rid of them than to make it work.

But you know what trumps all of that? Making the right hires in the first place.

The Titans have a third head coach in five years now in Ken Whisenhunt. But it's an organization that would rate as very patient. Ruston Webster, the GM who's got a lot of power now with Tommy Smith as CEO and team president, has time to work. The coach he told Smith to hire, Whisenhunt, got a five-year deal.

Hire good people, put them in place, give them time to work.

It's a formula that's worked for New England, Pittsburgh, the New York Giants and the Packers.

Notice how teams want to be like those four a lot more than they want to be anything like the Browns.

Beware of the desire for immediate and drastic consequences.

Paul Kuharsky | email

ESPN Tennessee Titans reporter

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