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SUNDQUIST REALLY WASN’T CAMPAIGNING FOR BROWNS JOB

Recently, the Cleveland Plain Dealer reported that former Broncos G.M. Ted Sundquist is campaigning for an interview with the Browns. We opted not to bury or sugarcoat the item, despite our relationship with Sundquist -- and despite our opinions about folks campaigning in the press for front-office or coaching positions. But since it sounded out of character for Sundquist to make a public pitch for that or any job, we poked around a bit. As it turns out, Sundquist wasn’t campaigning for the job. He took a call from Mary Kay Cabot of the Plain Dealer, and he was reluctant to talk about the situation. We’ve also learned that the headline writer at the Plain Dealer characterized it as “campaigning,” and that the item was thereafter changed to “hoping” without any request or demand from Sundquist to do so. Still, the lesson for Sundquist and any other candidate for a high-profile NFL job is simple: Be careful when talking to the media about any job in which you might be interested. The circumstances in which the comments were made don’t always come through in the finished product, especially when newspapers and magazines continue the inexplicable practice of delegating the task of writing the headline to someone other than the person who wrote the article. Meanwhile, we’ve heard from sources other than Sundquist (or his agent) that Ted was one of the finalists for the G.M. position in Kansas City, along with Giants pro personnel director Dave Gettleman.