As the Browns introduced new team president Alec Scheiner, team CEO Joe Banner explained that determinations regarding other key jobs will be coming rapidly after the team’s season ends.
“I think we’ll make the decisions quickly after the season,” Banner said during a conference call announcing the hiring of Scheiner, via Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer. “I don’t want to say if it’s one day or two days or three days but I think it will be quickly.”
Banner said that decisions haven’t already been made, at least not final ones.
“I don’t want to make it sound like we’re in the same place we were two or four or six weeks ago,” Banner said. “That has advanced quite a bit. But we’re not at the point where we’ve made definitive decisions.”
The non-definitive decision could be that G.M. Tom Heckert and coach Pat Shurmur will be gone. After all, when Banner stepped down as Eagles president in June, Banner made it clear that he wants to be involved in turning around another franchise. But how can a franchise be turned around if the G.M. and head coach that new ownership inherited are kept in place?
As we reported over the weekend, if Heckert goes the primary reason will be the failure to move from No. 4 to No. 2 in the 2012 draft to get quarterback Robert Griffin III, who along with Andrew Luck (and possibly Russell Wilson) could end up being once-in-a-generation talents. With Heckert openly talking about the importance of retaining final say over the roster (something he surely never actually had under Mike Holmgren), the official, face-saving explanation could end up being that Banner and Heckert simply couldn’t agree on how much power the G.M. would have had.