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Jimmy Haslam era begins in Cleveland

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There’s a strange sort of irony in Cleveland today, as the passing of former Browns owner Art Modell coincides with the unofficial launch of new owner Jimmy Haslam’s tenure with the team.

Yes, Haslam still hasn’t been officially approved by the league.  But Randy Lerner has surrendered the keys and left town and Haslam already was a minority owner of the Steelers and it’s just a matter of time before the owners give the thumb’s up to Haslam.

As explained by Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer, Haslam brings real hope to Cleveland.  Though Browns fans initially were leery about his Pittsburgh ties, they have since seemed to accept that a guy who seems to care deeply about building a competitor will be far better than his predecessor, who didn’t seem to care at all.

In the short term, turmoil is lurking.  Cabot believes that team president Mike Holmgren and his regime will be gone, with former Eagles president Joe Banner (who may be wearing a Laura Quinn-style Browns-Eagles jersey today) helping Haslam build a new organization.  Barring the kind of success in 2012 that would give Haslam no choice but to embrace the men responsible for it, look for major changes to come in Cleveland after the coming season.

It may take time to make it all come together.  Over the long haul, however, Browns fans may have much more to celebrate than the single one-and-done playoff appearance since the Browns returned to the NFL in 1999.

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14 Responses to “Jimmy Haslam era begins in Cleveland”
  1. lennydpocketqb says: Sep 9, 2012 8:53 AM

    It would take a seedling broken off from the fertile competitive land of Pittsburgh to be planted in the dry desert sands of Cleveland, and take root and grow. Fret not Cleveland, your team is about to become relevant again! Thank you (yinz) Pittsburgh!

  2. apac6586 says: Sep 9, 2012 9:00 AM

    Thank God. Go Browns.

  3. berniekosarisgod19 says: Sep 9, 2012 9:11 AM

    Randy Lerner was not an absent owner, he just wasn’t a football guy, he inherited the team. He hired the people he thought were best at the the time, and obviously he was wrong. He spent a lot of money to try and make this team a winner, and for that I am grateful. He was not going to hire another regime if this on failed, and it looks like it has. Lerner cared, he was just never going to be Jerry Jones. That being said, Haslam is exactly what the Browns need. Here We Go Brownies, Here We Go!!!!!! Woof Woof!!!!!!

  4. kash71 says: Sep 9, 2012 9:19 AM

    Having ownership that gives a damn is a step in the right direction

  5. Sandra Lee's Cans says: Sep 9, 2012 9:24 AM

    Hey Lenny,

    What did Haslem have to do with any of Pittsburgh’s success? What a deep thinker you are!

  6. mitchitized says: Sep 9, 2012 9:33 AM

    This Steelers fan longs for the REAL Cleveland team to return, almost as badly as the denizens of the Dawg Pound. Let’s hope that Jimmy can give Cleveland a team worth cheering for; which would naturally resuscitate my favoritest old-school rivalry of all time, Browns-vs-Steelers!

    Jimmy’s learned from the best, and wants to be a winner. This just HAS to look promising to my beloved arch-enemies in the ‘Pound.

  7. ubepunkedagain says: Sep 9, 2012 9:42 AM

    Well if that”s what it takes Lenny and how you view a minority owner for a few years but you should know best. Afterall, Chuck Noll and Bill Cowher Cleveland’s own made Pittsburgh Fertle and relevant.

  8. clownsfan says: Sep 9, 2012 9:54 AM

    Can’t wait for Haslam to clean house.

  9. coop16 says: Sep 9, 2012 9:57 AM

    It’s unfair to say that Randy Lerner didn’t care. Heck, he grew up as a Browns fan in Cleveland. I’m sure he cared. He just didn’t know what to do, and nothing he tried seemed to work.

    That being said, I cringe at the thought of yet another reboot. Every 3-4 years we get a whole new management team. They spend a couple of years getting rid of all the players that the last regime brought in … then they all get fired and we bring in another group to do it all over again. Meanwhile the team is stuck at 4-12 and never makes any progress. It’s crazy to think that we’re going to ever be able to compete with solid organizations like Baltimore and Pittsburgh if we keep doing this self-defeating crap.

  10. Canned Heat says: Sep 9, 2012 10:56 AM

    Good for the Brownies, would love to see them competitive again.

    Am I the only one thinking that Andy Reid may be Holmgren’s love child…? My God, man…look at those two. MH look like the real un-animated Peter Griffin.

  11. ianwetpantscom says: Sep 9, 2012 11:03 AM

    The ‘CURSE’ will remain untill Art Modell enters the HOF. Face it, the only fans that are upset is a small group in NE Ohio, the rest of the free world laughs at you, let it go….

  12. tashkalucy says: Sep 9, 2012 11:11 AM

    Huh?

    If Haslem and Banner had any authority, Shurmur would be gone.

    And he will be when the NFL approves the sale in October.

    Chilly will be the interim HC.

  13. oldbrowndawg says: Sep 9, 2012 11:13 AM

    Don’t be so sure about a “house cleaning.” Haslam learned in Pittsburgh the value of staying the course and long term continuity and consistency, as I’m sure he also heard from his sit downs with Kraft in NE. Look for Heckert to remain GM after the excellent drafts he’s had. Only possible change I see the new Prez from Philly making is perhaps getting a dynamic HC next year. The rest of the staff should stay in place since Cleveland has the best group of coordinators in the NFL right now. Three of the guys on their staff are experienced old pros who have had years in coaching, including having been HCs (Jauron, Chilly, and Ray Rhodes). Don’t look for Haslam to “blow it all up.” He’s a lot smarter than that.

  14. bleedgreen11 says: Sep 9, 2012 11:37 AM

    I feel bad for all these Cleveland fans here. They are all excited and ramped up, in just over an hour your 17 week funeral will begin.

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