I can't imagine the organization would fire Savage over this singular act, but when coupled with his other questionable front-office moves, it's almost a no-brainer. But that would be unwarranted according to Brett, the recipient of Savage's f-bomb e-mail following the Browns' come-from-behind victory over the Bills on Monday night:
''If he actually gets fired for that, I hope to God he doesn't,'' Brett said by telephone, ''I'd like Randy Lerner to call me. It shows Phil Savage has a passion for the game. That's what we need. If he does get fired over something like this, we need a new owner.''Brett, who wanted to remain anonymous, even though he admitted to doing a television interview Thursday, also added this:
''I looked right into the camera and said, 'If Roger Goodell is watching this, you just reinstated Pacman Jones, you've got that cokehead Matt Jones still playing. You can't do anything to Phil Savage over this.''Just a hunch, but Brett probably wouldn't make it in the Witness Protection Program.
And whether you agree with his last point or not, here's a question: how did Deadspin get a hold of Savage's e-mail in the first place? My money's on Brett. Which is perfectly fine -- Savage deserves the public scrutiny -- but for someone who was (allegedly) in such a hurry to out the GM as a potty mouth, Brett's been even quicker to defend him. It's all very weird, but then again, so is being a Browns fan.
On the upside, Baby Jesus won't let a broken finger keep Brady Quinn from starting tomorrow against the Texans, and in completely unrelated news, Josh Cribbs got to meet Will Smith. Things are definitely looking up for the organization.