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Published January 15, 2010
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CLEANING HOUSE: In Cleveland, Tony Grossi reports "at least six" Browns staffers have been fired as new President Mike Holmgren "fulfilled his promise to make changes." The "entire pro personnel department" of Steve Sabo, Keith O'Quinn, Jim Jauch and James Kirkland was "wiped out" by new GM Tom Heckert. The "sweep of the pro department might set up the arrival" of Seahawks Dir of Pro Personnel Will Lewis, who has a "long relationship with Holmgren." Assistant trainers Danny Long and James Williams also "were let go," and "more changes are expected -- some in high places -- as Holmgren streamlines the organization" (Cleveland PLAIN DEALER, 1/15).
SEARCH PARTY: In Pittsburgh, Ed Bouchette reports the Seahawks "have narrowed their search for a general manager to two men," Steelers Business & Football Administration Coordinator Omar Khan and Patriots Senior Football Advisor Floyd Reese. Reese served as Titans GM from '94-06 (PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE, 1/15). NFL.com's Jason La Canfora reported sources as saying that Reese "already has had contact with Seahawks owner Paul Allen." Reese has "worked with new coach Pete Carroll in the past and has deep roots with him," and the other candidates for the position "believe Reese will get the job" (NFL.com, 1/14).
WAITING IN THE WINGS: SI.com's Don Banks wrote when Ravens Dir of Player Personnel Eric DeCosta "declined to interview for the Seahawks general manager job last week, it was a clear indication that he has emerged as the obvious heir apparent" to longtime Ravens GM Ozzie Newsome. There is "no timetable for Newsome's departure from the organization," but "in the coming weeks, look for Baltimore owner Steve Bisciotti to make the line of succession official in terms of the Ravens' general manager position" (SI.com, 1/12).