The Cleveland Browns have issues. They have a revolving door in their front office and at their head coach position among many other problems.
Mike Lombardi, who was once famous for his roles as an NFL Network Analyst and frequent B.S. Report guest, had a short and baffling stay as the general manager of the Browns. He was fired this year in the same off-season that head coach Rod Chudzinski was fired after only one season.
Lombardi then took a position with the New England Patriots. It is that series of events that made things weird at the NFL combine when a screenshot showed a Browns logo on Lombardi’s combine notes.
— PatriotsSB49 (@PatriotsSB49) February 24, 2014
Asked for comment on the situation, the Browns said they had none. From Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer:
Browns spokesman Zak Gilbert said the club is aware of the Tweeted screengrab…but declined to comment.
A league source told Northeast Ohio Media Group on Tuesday that Browns general manager Ray Farmer isn’t concerned about the situation, because the club followed proper procedures regarding Lombardi’s departure from the club.”
Shockingly, the Patriots also had no comment on the situation.
If you picked any other two NFL teams this story might blow over in short order. But the combination of the Browns’ organizational tumult and the Patriots’ checkered history with these matters means this screen shot will linger, at least for a little while.