Tuesday, Nov. 30
Don't think Butch Davis stepped down as head coach of the Browns because he wanted to become a factor in the openings at the University of Florida, Washington or Notre Dame. Barring a major change of heart, Davis will not likely coach next season.
The pressures of bearing the responsibilities of running the Browns, and the criticism that went with that, caught up to Davis. Sure, he put those duties on his own plate. He wanted to run the show and it was his push to eliminate many of the front office decision-makers that put him in this position.
Following Sunday's 58-48 loss to the Bengals, Davis was emotionally drained. Though the Browns officially termed Davis' departure a resignation, it was a mutual parting. Owner Randy Lerner lived up to the terms of Davis' contract and let him walk away with more than $12 million of financial security. Davis moved aside and let Terry Robiskie take over as interim coach.
A week ago, Davis wanted to finish the season, but his desire changed drastically Sunday.