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The Browns had high hopes following a 10-6 season in 2007, but instead they crumbled in '08 under the pressure of those expectations. They went 1-7 at home and were reduced to playing their fourth-string quarterback down the stretch because of injuries. There was also a lack of needed discipline as players did what they pleased.
Mangini was hired by Lerner, in part, to bring more discipline to the team.
It's unclear how Kokinis and Mangini will divide their duties or who will have final say over the Browns' 53-man roster.
The Browns should benefit by Kokinis' intimate knowledge of the AFC North. He worked as an advance scout with the Ravens and played a key role in their week-to-week assessment of their upcoming opponent.
One of the first decisions facing the Mangini-Kokinis team will be what do with quarterback Derek Anderson, who was benched midway through the season for Brady Quinn. Anderson is owed a $5 million roster bonus in March. If he is deemed expendable, the Browns could trade him for draft picks. Savage dealt several 2009 picks, leaving the Browns with only four selections in this April's draft.
Lerner interviewed five people for the GM vacancy. In addition to Kokinis, Lerner spoke with former New England vice president of personnel Scott Pioli, who recently took over as GM in Kansas City, Browns director of player personnel T.J. McCreight, Giants director of player personnel David Gettleman and former Jacksonville vice president of player personnel James "Shack" Harris.
McCreight spent most of last week in Moblie, Ala., scouting the Senior Bowl. He was reportedly fired on Friday, but the Browns have not confirmed his ouster.
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