As a fan of American football, I’ve always had a lot of respect for Mike Holmgren. He seems intelligent, and a nice man, but most of all he’s also a football brain.
Since leaving the Seattle Seahawks, Holmgren has become the President of the Cleveland Browns and while this story may have nothing to do with him directly, it is his organisation that has made a move which, to say the least.
Despite playing only 8 organised games, the Browns have signed Joel Reinders as an offensive lineman. Will he make the roster for the season? Probably not. So why is his signing notable? Well, the Browns made the offer after seeing clips of him on Youtube, and nothing else.
It’s a brave move, but it’s a cheap one so I hope for Reinders’ sake that it’s more than a headline grabbing one. Savo Milosevic (or Miss-a-lot-evic as he was dubbed) was reportedly signed after Aston Villa manager Brian Little saw a video of him in the mid-nineties, but this is a significantly cheaper move. Nonetheless it will be worth keeping an eye on what happens Reinder in the coming weeks and months.