Hey, relax Browns coaches and administrators, you’re not all fired.
At least not until the end of the year, anyway.
New Cleveland owner Jimmy Haslam has said he’ll wait until after the season to consider any staff changes, according to Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer.
Haslam, who will be approved later this month as the new owner, said via team spokesman Neal Gulkis that personnel changes were “not something we’ll discuss until after the year.”
That didn’t seem to be much of a relief to coach 0-4 Pat Shurmur.
“Right now, we’re trying to get our first victory [Sunday against the Giants],” Shurmur said. “That’s my focus right now.”
Haslam was at practie Thursday, and said he wanted to take his time before proceeding.
“Look, we’re coming into this in the middle of the season,” he said. “It’s an awkward time. We’re going to study and evaluate. . . .
“I don’t think anybody thinks 0-4 [is acceptable] and certainly [president] Mike Holmgren and Pat Shumur don’t think it is, and we don’t think it is. But we’ve got a young team. We’re building. I think we’re heading in the right direction.
“We don’t officially own the team yet, and we’ve said all along that we’re not going to make any comments on personnel until after we own the team. That’s in about two weeks. And, candidly, we’ll be halfway through the football season then, so any personnel decisions we’d make would be toward the end of the year.”
Haslam’s expected to bring former Eagles team president Joe Banner as soon as the ink’s dry, giving this season a “dead man walking” appearance for Shurmur and Holmgren.
But Holmgren is apparently feeling no pressure, as he said “I’m doing great,” before leaving the practice facility on his Harley-Davidson.
If nothing else, he has a few more months to look for an appropriate sunset to ride it into.