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Football vs analytics tug of war brewing in Cleveland over next head coach


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Browns job could come down to an in-house tug of war

The Browns reportedly are considering Freddie Kitchens and Vikings offensive coordinator Kevin Stefanski are the two finalists for the head-coaching job. How that question gets resolved may come down to the manner in which an internal struggle is resolved.

Per a league source, the choice may come down to an internal battle of wills, with the football guys (led by John Dorsey) pulling one way and the analytics guys (led by Paul DePodesta) pulling the other.

 

The problem is that both Dorsey and DePodesta report independently to owner Jimmy Haslam. The reality is that quarterback Baker Mayfield could break the tie, and his input definitely matters.

For now, the thinking is that Dorsey (and Mayfield) prefer Kitchens, and that DePodesta prefers Stefanski to Kitchens. However it plays out, this may not end up being the kind of inspired hire that Mayfield’s presence could have sparked.

That inspired hire may have to wait until the next time the Browns are looking, which as history tells us could come sooner than later.

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2 hours ago, CTM said:

Wish it explained why Stefanski was the analytics hire.

I think they are just overplaying the football vs analytics thing. Dorsey vs DePodesta could be equally accurately regarded as some dude vs some other dude. I would think that the default analytics position as far as a coaching choice is get the guy who can drive the bus and we’ll give him a card for fourth downs.

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12 minutes ago, Miss Lonelyhearts said:

I think they are just overplaying the football vs analytics thing. Dorsey vs DePodesta could be equally accurately regarded as some dude vs some other dude. I would think that the default analytics position as far as a coaching choice is get the guy who can drive the bus and we’ll give him a card for fourth downs.

I think Baker was an analytics pick over traditional look alike scouting mindset, and I understood that to be a Dorsey pick. 

The article is bunk but I was expected Dorsey to play the Billy Beane character.

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