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Ownership change will put Browns rookies on notice

Brandon Weeden AP

With soon-to-be Browns owner Jimmy Haslam taking over, the early wave of speculation has centered on the future of the front office and coaching staffs.

But with the Browns as presently constructed, a new administration is in an interesting spot in terms of personnel as well.

In the last four months, the Browns have drafted a new franchise running back (Trent Richardson), a new starting quarterback (Brandon Weeden) and used next year’s second on a big-play wide receiver (Josh Gordon) in the Supplemental Draft.

What if the new regime Haslam installs cares for none of them?

“I don’t even think about it because what we’re doing here is hard enough,” Weeden told Jason Cole of Yahoo.com. “We don’t need that added pressure. Stuff goes on inside these buildings that is beyond our control that we have to ignore. We have so much on our plate. …

“I have so much on my plate, the last thing I have to pay attention to is stuff that’s outside my control.”

Cole pointed out the way former Dolphins coach Dave Wannstedt once ran Ricky Williams into the ground in an effort to save his job, and wonders if Pat Shurmur might do the same with Richardson.

Weeden, the 28-year-old rookie who’s back in football after a stint in minor league baseball, knows how to tiptoe around the boss. He recalled coming home from a minor league game in Lakeland, but being shooed out of the locker room without a shower because George Steinbrenner was working out and in a bad mood.

While there’s no indication Haslam’s going to be anything like Steinbrenner, the reality is he’ll bring his own guys with him. And that new decision-maker might not care for the parts Holmgren has assembled, which could turn the Browns into a long rebuild.

Considering that’s what they’ve looked like the last decade, it might be hard to tell the difference.

But that essentially makes this a one-year audition for Weeden in particular, and puts more pressure on a rookie class than would already be there.

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6 Responses to “Ownership change will put Browns rookies on notice”
  1. pftard says: Aug 3, 2012 2:27 PM

    At a certain point in time.., you start to feel sorry for these Cleveland Browns fans. This organization has been horribly run since they ‘came back’. No wonder they hate the Ravens Organization so much. It’s Jealousy of what could have been…,

  2. maddog111 says: Aug 3, 2012 2:58 PM

    Weeden, the 28-year-old rookie who’s back in football after a stint in minor league baseball, knows how to tiptoe around the boss. He recalled coming home from a minor league game in Lakeland, but being shooed out of the locker room without a shower because George Steinbrenner was working out and in a bad mood.
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    Something doesn’t sound right here. George Steinbrenner was working out?

  3. n0hopeleft says: Aug 3, 2012 2:58 PM

    I hope they restore themselves to respectable – the NFL is just more fun when a team that used to be a door mat can surprise a few people, beat some good teams, and give a city hope. I dont care what team it is – no NFL fan should be put through this kind of torture for this long.

  4. trollhammer20 says: Aug 3, 2012 3:37 PM

    Take a look at what happened in Seattle between the Holmgren/Ruskell/Mora era and the Pete Carroll era.

    Wholesale roster turnover over the first two years, which included two first-round picks from the previous regime, Lawrence Jackson and Aaron Curry, getting traded for low-round draft picks.

    But, at the same time, this past offseason, two players from the former regime, Max Unger (2nd round) and Red Bryant (fourth round), were signed to multiyear contract extentions.

    It’s about merit. Do your job and do it well, and they’ll keep you around. Underachieve, you will find yourself traded or cut.

  5. seanb20124 says: Aug 3, 2012 3:45 PM

    Richardson would welcome being cut, he has a guaranteed contract

  6. micro216 says: Aug 3, 2012 5:52 PM

    pftard says:
    Aug 3, 2012 2:27 PM
    At a certain point in time.., you start to feel sorry for these Cleveland Browns fans. This organization has been horribly run since they ‘came back’. No wonder they hate the Ravens Organization so much. It’s Jealousy of what could have been…,
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    I Hope you are not a Ravens fan. If you are, then you should know just how WRONG that comment is. When the Baltimore Colts were moved to Indy, Baltimore felt like their team was stolen out from underneath them… then for them to go an steal the Browns from Cleveland, they should have known better to do the same thing to another city. So it’s not jealousy, you would not be “jealous” that someone stole something that belongs to you.

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