Ten days ago, Greg Bedard of the Globe reported that the Cleveland Browns would install Michael Lombardi of the NFL Network as their next GM, and then make a run at Alabama coach Nick Saban to replace Pat Shurmur.
1) Nick Saban of Alabama.
2) Chip Kelly of Oregon.
3) Josh McDaniels, who has had an eventful three years in Denver, St. Louis and New England.
A Lombardi-McDaniels union wouldn’t surprise anybody, given how glowingly Lombardi spoke about him last year. The real discussion in Cleveland will surround the report that Ryan Mallett, the former Arkansas QB, would likely come with McDaniels from New England and start for the Browns. That’d be a major bummer for Brandon Weeden, the team’s 2012 1st round pick. Would Belichick give his buddies a hometown discount on Mallett?