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Jimmy Haslam: Purpose of moves is to provide fans with winner they deserve

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The Browns will hold a press conference at 11:30 am E.T. to discuss the unexpected changes to the front office that they announced on Tuesday morning.

Ray Farmer is replacing Mike Lombardi as the team’s general manager while CEO Joe Banner will be stepping down in the next two months as the organization continues the housecleaning that started with Rob Chudzinski’s ouster as head coach after one season. We’d expect many of the questions at the press conference to be a variation on “What in the world is going on here?” and owner Jimmy Haslam got the ball rolling on explaining the moves in a statement.

“First of all, we wanted to capitalize on the knowledge, experience and character we’re fortunate to have in Ray Farmer,” Haslam said. “Ray has a tremendous football IQ, he’s compelling, and he understands the types of players we need to acquire and develop in order to win in Cleveland. He embraces his partnership with Mike Pettine, which is critical in helping build the right team. Ray will provide excellent leadership in our front office. … [Lombardi] is an experienced and creative NFL executive with a unique ability to see the big picture. He has tremendous instincts and I know he’ll be a valuable addition to any NFL organization. We simply wanted to give Ray this opportunity that he’s earned. We wanted to move forward under his leadership and capabilities. The purpose of these moves is to unify our team with one, unequivocal goal: Provide our fans with the winning organization they have long deserved.”

At the moment, it would be easy to believe just about anything is possible for the Browns except for that outcome. That’s not to say this isn’t the right move for the Browns in the long run, but teams that lack stability don’t tend to be consistent winners in the NFL.

Banner also released a statement, calling his departure from the team “bittersweet.” Confusing would be another word for it, especially after Banner and Lombardi were part of the team’s search for Chudzinski’s replacement. Coming up with an explanation that also explains how this puts the team on the path toward that winning organization would be a good way for Haslam to battle the growing perception that dysfunction is the only thing functioning in Cleveland at the moment.

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28 Responses to “Jimmy Haslam: Purpose of moves is to provide fans with winner they deserve”
  1. azjam says: Feb 11, 2014 10:27 AM

    Good moves, Banner & Lombardi were not the solution they were the problem.

  2. thestrategyexpert says: Feb 11, 2014 10:27 AM

    Well it was at least a good idea to move on from Lombardi, he just doesn’t have the gumption or vision or intelligence or scouting eye to do what Haslam is looking for. Hopefully Farmer knows what he’s doing, we shall find out soon!

  3. mataug says: Feb 11, 2014 10:28 AM

    Does Vegas offer odds for the next Browns firing ? Like immediately after the draft ?

  4. clownsfan says: Feb 11, 2014 10:28 AM

    BEST NEWS EVER!

  5. clevelandschronic2 says: Feb 11, 2014 10:32 AM

    Thank god the 2 main stooges are gone. Its finally a great day to be a browns fan. Now its up to Ray farmer and i actually believe he will be 100x better than lombardi and banner. Now lets make this the best draft since we returned. We deserve a winner and farmer will give us that

  6. rcali says: Feb 11, 2014 10:34 AM

    So does this mean the Three Stooges are no more? Say it ain’t so, Say it ain’t so!

  7. okeedokeesmokee says: Feb 11, 2014 10:35 AM

    And everyone thought the Jacksonville Jaguars were the worst organization geared toward losing.lol. I’d say The Cleveland Browns have owned that title for many years now. 1 Year coach gone
    1 year GM gone. I mean come on are they really trying to build a winner for the dedicated Browns fan or are they just going through the motions and just being typical billionaires and having a nice tax right off. You Browns fans ugly as you are.lol DESERVE a winner up there. Bring back the
    Old School type of Browns football, give your DAWG POUND a reason to howl!

  8. jpb12 says: Feb 11, 2014 10:37 AM

    Seems likely that they fired Chud based on Lombardi’s promise they’d get McDaniels…

  9. jjb0811 says: Feb 11, 2014 10:37 AM

    So much for following the Steelers mold of stability.

  10. arwiv says: Feb 11, 2014 10:38 AM

    This was the right move…..it should have been mad a month ago though.

    With the picks they have and the cap room available, if Farmer plays his cards right this team can be real good by 2015.

  11. steelerben says: Feb 11, 2014 10:39 AM

    Nothing says “building a winner” like cleaning house the year after cleaning house, two years after completely cleaning house.

    At least their house will be really clean, though.

  12. klroot says: Feb 11, 2014 10:43 AM

    This is like Christmas in February for Brown’s fans
    Just like Mac Donald’s I’M LOVING IT !!!
    there is hope again

  13. vontazemebro says: Feb 11, 2014 10:43 AM

    An indictment is the only thing Haslem deserves.

  14. proflonghair says: Feb 11, 2014 10:50 AM

    Paging Doctor Howard, Doctor Fine, Doctor Howard.

    Instead of a press conference, maybe they could just play the opening credits from Monty Python and the Holy Grail:

    Those responsible for sacking the people who have just been sacked have been sacked.

  15. berg98 says: Feb 11, 2014 10:55 AM

    I think their fate was sealed with the Stooges comment. I think that made Jimmy think about the public perception of his team. It is about time an owner started listening to the people who pay his bills.

  16. yooperman says: Feb 11, 2014 11:04 AM

    Next year’s Super Bowl:
    Browns 28
    Vikings 17
    Cleveland Rocks!

  17. intelligent cement says: Feb 11, 2014 11:07 AM

    Despite all of this, the image of Lombardi sitting in his car in the Browns parking lot crying makes me smile.

  18. dollasnsense says: Feb 11, 2014 11:12 AM

    Yup, nothin breeds success like having your FO go with Plan M for head coach and then cleaning out the same FO a month later for a new FO as if the new GM won’t want to place their own head coach in there…

    Yeah, all successful franchises follow this template for winning! Oy vey Browns…

  19. lifeimitatesfootball says: Feb 11, 2014 11:25 AM

    “…That’s not to say this isn’t the right move for the Browns in the long run, but teams that lack stability don’t tend to be consistent winners in the NFL….”

    It’s not that teams don’t win because they lack stability. It’s that teams lack stability because they don’t win, and therefore change coaches and GMs until they find the right combination and do win! Does it make sense to keep coaches and GMs who consistently lose? I don’t think so.

  20. nflofficeadmin says: Feb 11, 2014 11:26 AM

    So he thinks Banner is a loser…

  21. johnz59 says: Feb 11, 2014 11:59 AM

    Well, Lombardi can go back to broadcasting and act like an expert. Hell, Millen got away with it.

  22. macbull says: Feb 11, 2014 12:10 PM

    Today, the Cleveland Browns are no longer TOXIC or RADIOACTIVE.

    Banner and Lombardi are gone and the Browns organization just took a huge step forward, not backward.

    It is like a huge weight has been lifted off of this team.

    Those of you who believe it’s a mistake to fire Banner and Lombardi…tell me what good they have done for the franchise.

    Now tell me the negative things Banner and Lombardi have done for the franchise…

    I REST MY CASE.

  23. godofwine330 says: Feb 11, 2014 12:12 PM

    Great job firing Banner and Lombardi. We are a better team today than yesterday.

  24. oldcracker says: Feb 11, 2014 12:23 PM

    After all these years of fustration and embarassment, the Browns fans are definitely a unique bunch.

    We definitely will savor any success, even a .500 season! ;-)

    Go Browns

  25. restorativejusticeprogram says: Feb 11, 2014 12:25 PM

    I would NEVER fire a GM that could trade away a stiff like Richardson for a first round pick.

  26. ochospantalones says: Feb 11, 2014 12:45 PM

    The entire city of Philadelphia is laughing hysterically right now. Couldn’t happen to a nicer guy.

  27. opneon says: Feb 11, 2014 12:55 PM

    The Browns are a good team name because this is a bunch of cr*p!
    Maybe you should keep SOMEONE around instead of firing good coaches after a year and never allowing an administration enough time to prove anything.
    What a mess!

  28. pftbro says: Feb 11, 2014 1:17 PM

    Trading Richardson for a 1st round pick is the ONLY good thing that Joe Banner did right. The rest was a PR nightmare on his watch, beginning with the hiring of Lombardi, who is scorned league-wide by other ownership’s. The Browns just gave themselves a huge enema, with positive results.

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