Clark's departure anything but abrupt

Updated: May 13, 2002, 7:24 PM ET
By Len Pasquarelli | ESPN.com

The resignation of Cleveland Browns vice president Dwight Clark late Monday afternoon was heralded as abrupt. But in reality, given the immediate success of coach Butch Davis on the sideline and in the draft room, Clark's departure was 16 months in the making.

Try as he might to sound sincere when he suggested that Davis was "as shocked as anyone" by Clark's exit, club president and chief executive officer Carmen Policy wasn't convincing. Little wonder, since the entire football world knew ...

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