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Banner will have final say on any Browns trades

Jimmy Haslam, Joe Banner AP

The awkward confluence of regimes in Cleveland will intersect most prominently in nine days, when the trade deadline arrives.

Adam Schefter of ESPN reports that new Browns CEO Joe Banner will have final say over any possible trades brokered by current team president Mike Holmgren, G.M. Tom Heckert, and/or coach Pat Shurmur.

It’s a smart move.  After all, the triangle of (secondary) authority could be tempted to trade draft picks none of them may be around to use in order to make the team better now.  Why not mortgage the future if Holmgren, Heckert, and Shurmur won’t be part of it?

The deeper point in all of this could be (and probably is) that no amount of success this season will change the approach for 2013 and beyond.  Banner and new owner Jimmy Haslam want to get the right people in place over the long haul.  And Banner and Haslam are smart enough to realize that getting caught up in a short-term uptick would be a mistake.

The current players know that, if there are major changes to the front office and coaching staff, they could be gone.  So they’ll be more likely to play hard for their head coach, because they indirectly will be playing hard for themselves.

The challenge for Banner and Haslam will be to get the fans to realize that any success the team may have down the stretch has no bearing on the long-term decisions that are still to come, and that performance that looks like progress could be, to a certain extent, a mirage.

Either way, the 2012 Browns won’t be getting any immediate help without the blessing of the guy who’ll be running the show in 2013 and beyond.

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15 Responses to “Banner will have final say on any Browns trades”
  1. gojags says: Oct 21, 2012 11:21 AM

    Wish my Jags will do similar move.

  2. TheNaturalMevs says: Oct 21, 2012 11:27 AM

    Meh whatever. It’s Cleveland and everyone knows it’s merely shuffling the deck furniture on the Titanic.

  3. ppdoc13 says: Oct 21, 2012 11:33 AM

    The more things change the more they remain the same

  4. rowdymon says: Oct 21, 2012 11:37 AM

    Maybe now the receivers will catch passes…

  5. jessethegreat says: Oct 21, 2012 11:41 AM

    If only Al Davis had the foresight to do the same. Who am I kidding… We all know Al would have made some kind of crazy trade on his way out anyways.

  6. joewilliesshnoz says: Oct 21, 2012 11:47 AM

    In other words, welcome to the team, coach Tressle.

  7. greymares says: Oct 21, 2012 11:51 AM

    Banner should be in charge of $$$$$ and only $$$$$ the end.

  8. bdawk20 says: Oct 21, 2012 11:58 AM

    I grew to despise Banner in Philly. However, for Cleveland, they can use a heartless leader for a few years to make the tough decisions where the fans influence means nothing. Once the team gets on track though, he doesn’t know when his heart is supposed to grow and that he should be singing with the people in Cleveland-Ville.

  9. mungman69 says: Oct 21, 2012 12:08 PM

    Change in Cleveland again? Oh my. Joe Banner did a good job once but the game is faster than he is.

  10. bobbyhoying says: Oct 21, 2012 12:15 PM

    It’s amazing to me how many fans hate Banner while very successful, self-made men trust his decision making ability. I guess there’s limited intellect in Philly.

  11. clu1perceiver says: Oct 21, 2012 12:27 PM

    Banner, probably, is not the Anti-Christ, but until we see some concrete evidence of some egregious behavior why worry?

  12. orivar says: Oct 21, 2012 12:51 PM

    “bobbyhoying says:
    Oct 21, 2012 12:15 PM
    It’s amazing to me how many fans hate Banner while very successful, self-made men trust his decision making ability. I guess there’s limited intellect in Philly.”

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    I take it you’re talking about the self made men that are team owners, the guys who don’t worry about bringing in championships or the sports side of the league at all. What they worry about is making sure that they continue to be “very successful self made men”. Superbowl? Who needs them, as long as the money rolls in. So yeah on that aspect, I’d trust Joe too.

  13. td40 says: Oct 21, 2012 12:54 PM

    bdawk20 says:
    Oct 21, 2012 11:58 AM

    I grew to despise Banner in Philly. However, for Cleveland, they can use a heartless leader for a few years to make the tough decisions where the fans influence means nothing.
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    Sounds like you think that Cleveland fans, up to this point, have had some influence over what’s happened in Cleveland the last several years. Hilarious. If that were true, the current administration would have stopped at nothing to get RGIII. If that were true, Eric Mangini would still be there because the concensus at the end of the 2010 season among fans seemed to be to keep him after the team went on a 5 game tear to end the season. If that were true, Pat Shurmur would have never been given a HC job in Cleveland (’cause none of the fans wanted him). If that were true, guys like Evan Moore would have been on the field a lot more when he was hot instead of being rarely used. If that was true, they wouldn’t have taken a 29 year old QB in the draft, etc etc etc.

    I *don’t* think the FO should be listening to the fans to make decisions- but I can assure you beyond the shadow of a doubt that the majority of moves made by this team over the last handful of years were NOT ones the fans wanted to see.

  14. blantoncollier says: Oct 21, 2012 2:30 PM

    This is a bunch of nothing. The only thing happening here is Haslam saying dont make a move for the future without our approval. They dont want Herckert or Holmgren doing something that would harm the Haslam/Banner” plan.

    And by the way, it would be stupid for Heckert to do anything without the new boss signing off.

  15. mrmafaka says: Oct 22, 2012 10:30 PM

    I loved that shot of the new Boss showing his disgust with the play, a owner with a heartbeat, he was serious with genuine response to a bad play, showing the emotion all of us Browns fans do at the game or watching it on the tube, better times are ahead, Mr. Haslam didn’t buy this team to stand pat or lose, he wants to win and win now.

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