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Joe Banner, Mike Lombardi out in Cleveland, Ray Farmer new GM


In a stunning announcement on Tuesday morning, the Cleveland Browns revealed that Ray Farmer is their new general manager, as CEO Joe Banner and former G.M. Mike Lombardi are leaving the team.

The news will come as a total shock in Cleveland and across the NFL, where the Browns were already viewed by many as a dysfunctional franchise following the firing of head coach Rob Chudzinski at the end of the 2013 season.

It is unclear what happened to cause the Browns to clean out their front office, but it is not a good look for owner Jimmy Haslam that he appears incapable of bringing stability to this franchise.

Now Farmer, who was previously the assistant general manager, has a huge task ahead of him in shaping a franchise that needs a complete turnaround. He and new coach Mike Pettine have an uphill battle to turn the Browns from perpetual losers into contenders.

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137 Responses to “Joe Banner, Mike Lombardi out in Cleveland, Ray Farmer new GM”
  1. gordoughs says: Feb 11, 2014 10:02 AM

    The hilarity continues.

  2. sbchampsagain says: Feb 11, 2014 10:03 AM

    Fire Sale at the Factory of Sadness!

  3. coonsqualler says: Feb 11, 2014 10:04 AM

    I now LOVE Haslem. He is a no nonsense guy, and wants to WIN…..Love the Farmer hire..

    Just Sayin’…Go Brownies!!

  4. green41563 says: Feb 11, 2014 10:04 AM

    How long before they wheel in a bear on a unicycle?

  5. fissels says: Feb 11, 2014 10:04 AM

    Sounds like the owner is a whack job

  6. raiderlyfe510 says: Feb 11, 2014 10:05 AM

    Man, I’m not even a Browns’ fan and I feel like celebrating. Congratulations to the Browns backers..finally it’s a new day for you all.

  7. bucjordan says: Feb 11, 2014 10:05 AM

    Less Stooges!

  8. netrunner2k2 says: Feb 11, 2014 10:05 AM

    That didn’t take long. Right move, though. When you blow it up, you need to blow it all up.

  9. jerruhjones says: Feb 11, 2014 10:05 AM


    Thank you Jimmy!

    Go Browns!!!

  10. Bmorelikeray52 says: Feb 11, 2014 10:05 AM

    The factory of sadness is still alive and running.

  11. elanx says: Feb 11, 2014 10:05 AM

    Lombardi back on the BS Report!

  12. gobes2105 says: Feb 11, 2014 10:05 AM

    I really feel for the Browns fans who have to put up with this garbage of a franchise!

  13. beerfactor says: Feb 11, 2014 10:06 AM

    Sadly this move comes too late. Browns fans would have made this move BEFORE they were hired. Time to move on.

  14. callahan9119 says: Feb 11, 2014 10:06 AM


  15. pixelito says: Feb 11, 2014 10:06 AM

    It’s actually the first move that makes sense… How could any team have confidence in them after the Chudzinski disaster?

  16. savocabol1 says: Feb 11, 2014 10:07 AM

    This is so Browns

  17. ebr362 says: Feb 11, 2014 10:07 AM

    The Dolphin fans can say atleast we aren’t the Browns…….

  18. redfield11 says: Feb 11, 2014 10:07 AM


    And I thought Jerry Jones was bad…

  19. pooflingingmonkey says: Feb 11, 2014 10:07 AM

    The Cleveland Stooges.

    2-14 in 2014

  20. jtbsteeler says: Feb 11, 2014 10:07 AM


  21. mundial8 says: Feb 11, 2014 10:07 AM

    This is getting worst and worst as each day passes…. sigh.

  22. jrs45 says: Feb 11, 2014 10:07 AM

    God is it tough being a Browns fan. Sigh

  23. pistolsmoke says: Feb 11, 2014 10:07 AM

    Lombardi didn’t even get to hire his head coach and he also made one of the best trades ever with Richardson. Yea, I guess that isn’t good enough in Browns country! Such rich history to protect….

  24. civilwarfish says: Feb 11, 2014 10:07 AM

    YES YES YES YES YES!!!!!!!

    The dysfunction is gone!

    Joe Banner was a napoleonesque little dictator…and Lombardi was a turd dressed as…well…a turd.

    Ray Farmer is a good man and with Mike Pettine I expect we shall see a fruitful off season and a new and highly competetive Browns team.

    I am so happy I could just leave little lombardis all over the place!

  25. grndizzle says: Feb 11, 2014 10:07 AM

    Wow! I’m surprised they didn’t wait until after the draft at least.

  26. rpiotr01 says: Feb 11, 2014 10:08 AM

    What can you do but shake your head. I feel so sorry for Browns fans 😦 Hang in there.

  27. johnz59 says: Feb 11, 2014 10:08 AM


  28. vontazemebro says: Feb 11, 2014 10:08 AM

    Browns fans would do well to not spend a dime on the team and force Haslem to sell. In the long run they would be better off.

  29. tobywalker2014 says: Feb 11, 2014 10:08 AM

    WOW! Is it possible for the NFL to limit the scope and reach of an owner’s management decisions? I mean at this point the “Factory of Sadness” is starting to transition into the “Laugh Factory.”

  30. domeunit says: Feb 11, 2014 10:08 AM

    If anything, removing Banner and Lombardi should be applauded. Of all the bad moves the Browns have made, firing Chud/Norv after only a season, trading Richardson, drafting Weeden etc., this move is the first good one in a while.

  31. clarencewhorley says: Feb 11, 2014 10:08 AM

    Lombardi must go on the BS report today

  32. intelligent cement says: Feb 11, 2014 10:09 AM

    Wow. Last Stooge Standing…

  33. dfco74 says: Feb 11, 2014 10:09 AM

    From Lombardi to Lombardi there is no one like Lombardi. Mike Next time you are on NFL network ripping people maybe you will remember what a crappy GM you were. ADIOS

  34. stewart09 says: Feb 11, 2014 10:09 AM

    justified but just wow when was the last time a gm and ceo got fired/left not sure which yet the week of the combine

  35. thetroofishere says: Feb 11, 2014 10:09 AM

    From my understanding, teams usually hire the GM first, then the head coach and then an offensive coordinator.

    Did they do everything backwards?

  36. jshart1090 says: Feb 11, 2014 10:09 AM

    Not such a terrible thing. Farmer in charge will garner much more trust than the other too. So much for consistency in the franchise though.

  37. xman05 says: Feb 11, 2014 10:09 AM

    Best Browns news in a long time!

  38. seatownballers says: Feb 11, 2014 10:09 AM

    Wth. Lombardi is out? Not saying he was great, but that’s another short term employee.
    I hope this is all good changes, if not another makeover in 2015

  39. mrdot1 says: Feb 11, 2014 10:09 AM

    Same old Browns- Total SNAFU.

  40. purpleguy says: Feb 11, 2014 10:09 AM

    Never thought much of Lombardi, but the Browns revolving door is getting a bit ridiculous.

  41. callahan9119 says: Feb 11, 2014 10:09 AM

    Outside people might not know, but we all hate these two morons. This isn’t a sign of dysfunction, this is getting rid of the source of the problem.

  42. 4ever85 (aka Butch DeadLift) says: Feb 11, 2014 10:09 AM

    So Lombardi hired the new coach, then himself got fired?

    Don’t teams normally fire the GM, THEN the new GM fires the coach, and brings in his guy?

    Browns are living in the bizarro world.

    Also, so does this mean no more Manziel to CLE?

  43. nflofficeadmin says: Feb 11, 2014 10:10 AM


  44. joemammy says: Feb 11, 2014 10:10 AM

    About damned time.

  45. pdmjr says: Feb 11, 2014 10:10 AM


  46. sportsnut101 says: Feb 11, 2014 10:10 AM

    The Browns make the Raiders look good lol

  47. hippieway says: Feb 11, 2014 10:11 AM

    Go Cleveland, but uhh where are you going?

  48. philliampenn says: Feb 11, 2014 10:11 AM

    Hiring a head coach, then fire your GM…all backwards.

  49. seatownballers says: Feb 11, 2014 10:12 AM

    F’ing them early and often is the Haslam way

  50. congratsyouareanidiot says: Feb 11, 2014 10:12 AM

    Cleveland should be celebrating. Banner is and always will be a cancer for organizations. He’s a company man and trying to resign big talent is very difficult.

  51. clevelandschronic2 says: Feb 11, 2014 10:13 AM

    This is the best news we have got in awhile. Thankgod 2 of the stooges are gone. I knew there was more to farmer not taking the dolphins job besides the fact he wouldnt have final say in mia. So as i said before thank god they are gone. I now have more faith this could lead tous finally getting our organizationin order in ray farmer i trust
    Go browns

  52. jagsfan1 says: Feb 11, 2014 10:13 AM

    The fact that Haslam brought them in in the first place shows how misguided he really is….but at least someone over there woke up…

    Lombardi is an absolute waste of time in NFL management.

    Haslam needs to go too…but this move had to be made.

  53. d10ballfan says: Feb 11, 2014 10:13 AM

    As a Browns fan I am very surprised. However, these two are NOT viewed favorably in Clev and the Lombardi hire was an embarrassment by Haslem to begin with. In Clev this will be viewed as very good news. Now i can understand the national media criticism.

    Farmer has been on board awhile and will handle the draft just fine. Hey it can’t be any worse than the botched draft and mostly botched FA signings of last year.

    This is probably the best move Jimmy H can make at this point. Now he just needs to get out of the way and let these folks run things for the next five years. That’s a big “if” though for Jimmy H.

  54. jpash42 says: Feb 11, 2014 10:14 AM

    As an Eagle fan I blame Banner for Dawkins leaving. Iv long hated that man but he did help build the Eagles and is very cap savvy, I feel for the Browns fans…they are going nowhere fast!!

  55. battlelyon1976 says: Feb 11, 2014 10:14 AM

    It is hard work making sure the Browns remain a bad team.

  56. 63deuceman says: Feb 11, 2014 10:14 AM

    Here in Detroit, it was a HUGE deal when the Fords finally let Millen go. It was a tremendous sense of relief, and a belief that we could finally move forward. I suspect that what a Browns’ fan will feel like now.

    Of course, that feeling in The D was short-lived when we hired Millen’s understudy.

  57. azjam says: Feb 11, 2014 10:14 AM

    Moves actually make sense.

  58. jimthebuilder27 says: Feb 11, 2014 10:14 AM

    Wow, the Cavs can’t beat a short handed Lakers team and have a team of brats mouthing off, now this with the Browns!

    God apparently hates Cleveland!

  59. nowillrepeat says: Feb 11, 2014 10:15 AM

    Haslem really wants to win now.

    He only has a short time left till he goes to jail.

  60. dawgpoundjedi says: Feb 11, 2014 10:16 AM

    Anyone bagging this move is obviously not a browns fan LOL!

    Thank goodness this was done. Joe Banner was a cancer in that front office… it was widely reported that he was the reason so many people didn’t want to take jobs with us. He was very difficult to work with… and Lombardi’s track record goes without saying.

    Thank GOODNESS… I am excited for our future once again! Good luck to Ray Farmer!

    (At least we now know why Farmer didn’t take the Miami job, huh?)

  61. acinsd says: Feb 11, 2014 10:16 AM

    And here I thought I wouldn’t get any good presents for my 28th birthday!

    Bye, Mike. Don’t let the door hit you on the way out!

  62. rickastleydancemoves says: Feb 11, 2014 10:16 AM

    When I used to watch Lombardi on the NFL network, he always use to come across an arrogant, sanctimonious know-it-all. When you look at his track record as a front office guy, it’s not mediocre it’s bad. He’s whiffed on too much talent to have the ego he does. He’s always rubbed me the wrong way.

  63. bn2n2me says: Feb 11, 2014 10:16 AM

    Banner and Lombardi had no business getting the jobs in the first place, they had NO idea what they were doing. Second, they have a HC and GM who said you need the extra layer of a Pres between GM and owner, this aint IBM idiots! Finally, if any of you know Ray Farmer he’s a star and up and coming. Browns are new school now, and let old school go. Brilliant moves, they will draft Teddy B, or Sammy W with their no 1 pick and Championship will come to Cleveland if ever with this mgt team in place. Great and APPROPRIATE move!

  64. poweri26 says: Feb 11, 2014 10:17 AM

    I think the Browns should make all personnel decisions based on public opinion polls posted on the NFL’s website. That would probably be more successful than the current methodology.

  65. mrfrostyj says: Feb 11, 2014 10:17 AM

    Not a shock to me at all (though I no longer live in Ohio so maybe it is a shock in Cleveland). Haslam is a hot head who never seemed to be the type who liked someone else telling him how to run his team (think Jerry Jones). Everything the Browns have done SCREAMED two different guys with differences in opinion running the same ship (see Farmer and Lombardi both getting hired after interviewing for the same job as did Chud and Ray Horton. Also Chud made similar comments hinting at it).

    If there is ANYTHING a Browns fan should learn about Jimmy Haslam it’s how serious he takes college football so him firing guys at this time of year probably says they got in an argument over the draft with the Haslam/Farmer team having more votes than the now unemployed Lombardi/Banner team. Either that or it’s a mirror of what happened here in Indianapolis where Bill Polian upon becoming the teams president began to run the team like he OWNED it resulting in the actual owner showing him that wasn’t the case.

    Either way it’s a definite upgrade. I can’t see too many Browns fans being upset about it. They’re probably dancing outside the stadium considering Lombardi was probably the most unpopular hire ever in Cleveland and that’s saying something.

  66. baltimoresnativeson says: Feb 11, 2014 10:17 AM

    You cannot succeed with this rate of turnover. Bring your brooms Ray Farmer because

    “its a mess”

  67. audient says: Feb 11, 2014 10:17 AM

    So, to all the Browns fans who wanted Banner’s head and Lombardi’s head when Chud got fired, are you happy now?

    I never asked for their heads, but I think its a good move, even if again, the timing is weird.

    Ray Farmer, tag, you’re it.

    (excellent hire, btw, Farmer.)

  68. rc33 says: Feb 11, 2014 10:17 AM

    Wow. These guys have truly become a comedy act. And on top of it all, the owner has some pretty serious legal issues.

  69. DawgPound83 says: Feb 11, 2014 10:18 AM

    To outsiders this may sound like a bad move.

    To any Browns fan, this is a major victory!

  70. anonymous135 says: Feb 11, 2014 10:18 AM

    I’m not a Brown’s fan but I truly have no idea if this is good or great for the franchise and the fans??

    On one hand, change is great and refreshing – especially to dysfunction and constant head shaking…

    But they seem to be doing everything backwards in a groundhog day kind of way.

    I hope for the best.. I love worst to first type franchises, or ones that turn around the culture into one of a model for success.. get rid of bloated contracts for under-performing talents and go young through the draft with a few added FA acquisitions, etc, etc.

    Like the Hawks ya!

    Best of luck Brownies, you guys deserve it for sticking it out.. there’s light..

  71. gotti11 says: Feb 11, 2014 10:18 AM

    Shocked that most of the comments are negative/ripping the Browns for this.

    Banner and Lombardi are a cancer to any organization they may be affiliated with. Ray Farmer is a legit GM. Banner and Lombardi wanted puppets they can control. They are NOT legitimate front office guys.

    This is a good move because Ray Farmer is a huge upgrade over Michael Lombardi. This is a good move because Alex Schiner is a huge upgrade over Joe Banner.

  72. shipdog7 says: Feb 11, 2014 10:20 AM

    You guys lost out on a great GM with 8 years of experience. Itching to get back to a front office job to show his time in Detroit was just a fluke . Matt Millen.

  73. alewatcher says: Feb 11, 2014 10:21 AM

    This may actually be a good move for the Browns. The timing isn’t the greatest, but you need to blow up the old before you can start building the new.

  74. daytonaken says: Feb 11, 2014 10:21 AM

    Note to New Browns Management and Coaches: You may wanna rent and not buy a house just yet!

  75. citnetter says: Feb 11, 2014 10:21 AM

    Haslam will be in jail and/or broke and have to sell before long anyways.

  76. rockislander says: Feb 11, 2014 10:21 AM

    I really feel bad for the fans in Cleveland. They deserve better than this. What a disaster Haslam has turned out to be. Move of Jerry Jones and Dan Snyder, it looks like there might be a new sherrif in town. Terrible owners can’t get out of their own way.

  77. bert1913 says: Feb 11, 2014 10:22 AM

    Even Jones and synder thinks this is weird

  78. matthewmacisaac says: Feb 11, 2014 10:22 AM

    The owner finally seems to have caught on to what the fans and the rest of the NFL already knew- Banner and Lombardi are disasters. Unfortunately, he figured this out after these two got rid of the best coaching staff this team had assembled since their re-entry to the NFL. Hopefully Pettine andcrew are ready for the job and not just the latest mistake or we Browns’ fans will be doing this again next year. At least Farmer taking over at GM seems like the best move they’ve made this offseason. I think he has a more flexible attitude toward how things can play out. The previous regime fired Chudzinski saying the team had not shown improvement, which was bull—-. They were close to winning in all but 2 games (unlike the past where they were done by halftime) and that coaching staff had inherited a mess. I thought they started to turn things around and with a solid offseason, would have made the playoffs this year. Now it’s rebuild time AGAIN.

  79. ianwetpantscom says: Feb 11, 2014 10:23 AM

    The rest of the AFCN is watching…


  80. drbob117 says: Feb 11, 2014 10:23 AM

    Best thing that could have happened! As an Eagles fan who had Lombardi as a scout and Banner as GM, I can tell Cleveland that you added by subtraction. That should be the last job that fraud Banner ever has in the NFL.

  81. wishingtonredslur says: Feb 11, 2014 10:24 AM

    A major turn around is true but they don’t need a major turn over. There are playmakers on the team and they have both cap space and draft picks. If anything they probably got fired for trading for a basket case and a guy who immediately went on IR.

  82. whatjusthapped says: Feb 11, 2014 10:27 AM

    And I thought the Vikings’ front office were the biggest embarrassment in the NFL. The Browns are challenging them with this move.

  83. eatitfanboy says: Feb 11, 2014 10:28 AM

    You have to love Browns fans. “The dysfunction is over”. Blasting the Richardson trade, which was actually pure genius. Getting rid of Banner and Lombardi is good because they were “the source of the problem”. For God’s sake, one of them blamed B&L for drafting Brandon Weeden!

    Yes, Banner was a “cancer”. Every Browns fan in the world would kill their mothers to have the record he had in Philly.

    You do realize they were only there one season, right? You don’t actually get to blame 15 years of dysfunction on guys who were around a little over 1 calendar year.

  84. grandpoopah says: Feb 11, 2014 10:30 AM

    What a train wreck.

  85. ballboy48 says: Feb 11, 2014 10:30 AM

    This is a bold move by Haslam. Good for him though, if he thinks these guys can’t get it done. Ray Farmer is a legit talent evaluator. It’s also kind of funny that many of you are saying it’s a joke, after many of you said that Banner and Lombardi are “stooges”.

  86. bobzilla1001 says: Feb 11, 2014 10:30 AM

    There just went the Browns’ only “Lombardi.”

  87. clebrowns216 says: Feb 11, 2014 10:31 AM


    By far Haslam’s best move yet!

    The Browns finally have a fighting chance without that gnome Joe Banner and Mike Lombardi making decisions.

    Whoever thinks this is “more dysfunction” you couldn’t be more wrong. Everything up to now has been dysfunction. This is removing the dysfunction.

    Couldn’t be happier as a Browns fan.

  88. John A. says: Feb 11, 2014 10:31 AM

    When does the circus ever leave Cleveland? Holy smoke……

  89. kastout11 says: Feb 11, 2014 10:31 AM

    The Browns are the laughing stock of the league. They are an absolute joke. I figured Banner would fail. He was a bad GM in Philly too. Only a matter of time until he got canned.

  90. lightthatcigar says: Feb 11, 2014 10:32 AM

    Keeping up the Cleveland Browns tradition of having no Lombardis in their organization.

  91. El Pollo Loco says: Feb 11, 2014 10:35 AM

    Art Modell is laughing at you from heaven

  92. coachworthy says: Feb 11, 2014 10:36 AM

    Guess we just found out that Banner and Lombardi knew of Bess arrest. How do you trade for a guy that was committed to a mental facility by his own family and give him a new guaranteed deal?

    We all should have known Mo wasn’t having this sh!t go on for long.

  93. yuehho20 says: Feb 11, 2014 10:36 AM

    I know this move looks bad on paper, but I completely support this decision.

    Trust me, I’m an Eagles fan. Joe Banner had to go. He was the problem.

  94. macbull says: Feb 11, 2014 10:36 AM


    This is the best news for the Browns since the team returned in 1999.

    Thank you…

  95. gbfranz says: Feb 11, 2014 10:36 AM

    Does anyone else believe Lombardi is living off his infamous last name and nothing else?

  96. okeedokeesmokee says: Feb 11, 2014 10:40 AM

    And everyone thought the Jacksonville Jaguars were the worst organization geared toward 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 wright off. You Browns fans ugly as you
    DESERVE a winner up there. Bring back the
    Old School type of Browns football, give your DAWG POUND a reason to howl!

  97. kane337 says: Feb 11, 2014 10:41 AM

    Que the Benny Hill music.

  98. cunninghampeetemcnabbvick says: Feb 11, 2014 10:42 AM

    Great move by the Browns. These were terrible hires to begin with. Lombardi is an idiot and Banner is a jerk. Too bad they made Chudzinski the scape goat before it was too late. You can bet this news made Eagles owner, Jeff Lurie, very happy.

  99. getyourownname says: Feb 11, 2014 10:44 AM

    No objection to the Browns canning people who aren’t helping, but I trust that Pettine and Kyle were “Farmer’s guys,” otherwise their leashes would be shorter than they had expected when they signed on.

  100. cappa662 says: Feb 11, 2014 10:47 AM

    Why is Lombardi gone? He executed one of the best trades in the past 5 years… dumping Richardson for a first round pick.

  101. whiteknightblackheart says: Feb 11, 2014 10:47 AM

    The circus has left NY and is firmly putting down stakes in Ohio.

  102. civilwarfish says: Feb 11, 2014 10:48 AM

    Ray Farmer was a part of the Pettine hiring. He was at the Senior Bowl. He has been involved all along. He was the driving force behind this wonderful occurance. Haslam saw he might lose Farmer to Miami and worked the deal…hence Farmer withdrew his name from consideration and the doors were unlocked, waiting for the right time. This is the right time.

    Solid GM in Place. What looks to be a good coaching hire, and his staff seems to be solid as well. 10 Draft picks…two firsts, two thirds and two fourths. 50 million in cap room. Josh Gordon, Joe Thomas, Joe Haden, Phil Taylor, Atybha Rubin, Alex Mack (sign him) TJ Ward (sign him) Jordan Cameron, Mitch Schwartz…theres a lot of talent here. This could be a good year coming.

    I am stoked bout the possibilities.

    Laugh now non-believers. Here come the Browns!

  103. bobleblah says: Feb 11, 2014 10:50 AM

    Looks like the NFL Network is going to have a couple of new analysts.

  104. ballboy48 says: Feb 11, 2014 10:52 AM

    Let’s not forget, the Seahwaks finished 4-12 in 2008. Browns will be in the Super Bowl in a few short years.

  105. eatitfanboy says: Feb 11, 2014 10:53 AM

    kastout11 says:
    Feb 11, 2014 10:31 AM
    The Browns are the laughing stock of the league. They are an absolute joke. I figured Banner would fail. He was a bad GM in Philly too. Only a matter of time until he got canned.

    First of all, Joe Banner was never GM of the Eagles. He was the executive VP. And he wasn’t the GM in Cleveland either. Secondly, the Eagles went to the playoffs 11 times while he was there.

  106. thesteelskirt says: Feb 11, 2014 10:53 AM

    Only a brown fan would think this is good news. Now with just a few months till draft the scouts will be distracted looking at the classifieds.

  107. broncostevenp says: Feb 11, 2014 10:54 AM

    Hasslem asked Farmer his opinion of his current team and who they should look at to draft and Farmer sold him a pen.

    An open letter to Jimmy Hasslem, give me a week to prepare and a half hour of your time and you will fire Farmer and hire me. Take the challenge! What do you have to lose?

  108. steelgrave says: Feb 11, 2014 10:55 AM


    Haslam and the Browns make Jones and the Cowboys look like a model franchise. Mistake by the Lake lives on!!!

  109. barkymingo says: Feb 11, 2014 10:55 AM

    Anyone that’s commenting saying the Browns did this backwards. Farmer had the opportunity to take the Miami job and turned it down stating he liked Cleveland and wanted to be part of the rebuilding. Meaning, he likes Pettine being hired and the staff. So, yes, they hired the coach then replaced the GM but Farmer is obviously ok with Pettine being the coach otherwise he would have went to Miami. Getting rid of these 2 is great, Lumdumtard has a horrible track record and did nothing and I was tired of Banner trying to recreate the Eagles (where he was fired). Farmer is a bright young football guy and will do a great job. Very excited and happy to see where this new and hopefully very long office takes us!!!

    GO BROWNS!!!

  110. mrfrostyj says: Feb 11, 2014 10:58 AM

    For those trying to keep score.

    Fans outside of Cleveland are shocked by this move as to them it looks as the Browns have cleaned house of their front office and are dysfunctional.

    Fans in Cleveland are dancing in the streets because the guys who made the decision to fire the guy who drafted all but 1 of their current pro bowlers (and who’s new team made the Superbowl this year) for the sake of bringing in his buddy who happened to fail at the same job two decades earlier on top of hiring and firing a coach after one season is gone. Then they promoted from within the guy other teams were trying to steal from them all off season. Who probably had a lot of say in their new head coaches hiring which prevented him from taking a job with another team.

  111. 1rockyracoon says: Feb 11, 2014 11:03 AM

    Pathetic. you should root for your hometown team, however, i would understand ehy done fans would choose to dump the Browns and follow a new team. The league should take control of the franchise and find a new owner. It’s been done before in pro sports (ex. Dodgers).

  112. evolrider says: Feb 11, 2014 11:03 AM

    Glad to see Joe Banner fall off after the way he helped to destroy the Eagles. The way he handled the end of Brian Dawkins tenure was disgraceful.

  113. tigerlilac says: Feb 11, 2014 11:06 AM

    I don’t follow the Browns closely but could someone tell me what front office person was responsible for three smart decisions:

    1. Acquiring and starting Brian Hoyer at cheap money

    2. Trading Richardson

    3. Selecting Josh Gordon and not trading him

  114. jr4real says: Feb 11, 2014 11:09 AM

    Even as a Steeler fan this is fantastic. Lombardi had no business being in the NFL.

  115. kcflake says: Feb 11, 2014 11:10 AM

    Good Luck Ray Farmer. It is Good to see you finally as a GM in the league. Yoiu did a Good job for the Chiefs for many years. We wish you the Best of Luck.

  116. antalicus says: Feb 11, 2014 11:12 AM

    How do you fire guys after one year? They can’t turn that mess around in one year. I actually thought they were heading in the right direction they just had way to many injuries with GBs.

    They definitely needed to get rid of Richardson and they followed it up with providing 2 exciting players on offense to watch in Gordon and Cameron.

    Things were lining up for them to draft a QB and RB that could actually make the team work.

    Im not a Browns fan but I their defense is pretty solid and their offense was 2 players short of being solid.

  117. kuranda84 says: Feb 11, 2014 11:13 AM

    Hey Cleveland fans…I’m sorry. You guys have dealt w/ a lot over the past decade. I have been a Seahawks fan my whole life and know what a few bad years feel like, but you guys have had more than a few.

    Here’s to hoping your franchise can get things right this time.

  118. civilwarfish says: Feb 11, 2014 11:25 AM

    Josh Gordon and Jordan Cameron were Tom Heckert picks…as a point of reference. Tom Heckert should have been retained but thats water under the bridge.

    Lombardi got lucky in the Richardson deal…could have gone either way I suppose…and keeping Gordon was a wise move. Hoyer…the jury is out but it does look good.

  119. granadafan says: Feb 11, 2014 11:29 AM

    I had the misfortune of working briefly in Cleveland. What a miserable city. However, the people were great and I had a lot of respect for the Browns fans. They’ve had their hearts yanked out several times in football, and they deserve better than this Al Davis/Steinbrenner-esque owner.

  120. godofwine330 says: Feb 11, 2014 11:31 AM

    I had no idea how we could have a worse, and even more clueless an owner than Randy Lerner…and then Haslem came to town and brought in Dumb & Dumber, Dumber aka Dumbardi was at NFL Network for years because nobody wanted him. Good bet for him to never get another NFL job ever again…except at NFL Network.

    I’m shocked. I just heard it just now. Wow. Hope this move works out. I want to have a winner in my city.

  121. tealkatz says: Feb 11, 2014 11:33 AM

    Who is Mike Lombardi?
    Go Jags!!!

  122. lifeimitatesfootball says: Feb 11, 2014 11:40 AM

    So now I guess Lombardi who was an arrogant know-it-all on NFL Network will again joint the media, where he can again get away with being an arrogant know-it-all…GMs that make bad decisions (like Ireland did drafting Mr. Wuss aka Jonathan Martin and signing Richie Incognito in FA–which is the main reason he was fired) are held accountable, but media droogs who write untrue and mean, nasty, ugly things just for a story and reek of hypocrisy are rewarded! Looks like PFT might be the next post for Lombardi…just sayin’…

  123. ronarch13 says: Feb 11, 2014 11:42 AM

    Jokes to a Cleveland fan:
    HOLMGERN (didn’t even try)
    BANBARDI (what did they do?)
    LERNER (didn’t care)

    At least Jimmy got rid of these guys recommended by the NFL front office, they don’t have anything good there.

  124. tvguy22 says: Feb 11, 2014 12:08 PM

    Getting rid of Banner and Lombardi cannot be a bad thing.

  125. oldcracker says: Feb 11, 2014 12:10 PM

    El Pollo Loco says:
    Feb 11, 2014 10:35 AM
    Art Modell is laughing at you from heave


    You believe Modell is in heaven? Wow!

  126. JackedUpSports says: Feb 11, 2014 12:10 PM

    well then.

  127. logicaldawg says: Feb 11, 2014 12:13 PM

    Yeah baby! A great day for Browns fans. Haslam saw the mistake and didn’t wait to reload. Farmer is highly touted. If he can bring stability and good scouts, and we leave anyone with the word ‘president’ in his title away from the war room, we’ll be just fine.


  128. oldcracker says: Feb 11, 2014 12:16 PM

    Hey Knuckles, KARMA’s a bitch, isn’t it???

  129. tformation says: Feb 11, 2014 12:32 PM

    Well, the timing is odd… not sure how Chudinski feels right now. And Pettine has got to be wondering what the hell he’s signed up for, and hopefully has time to permanently postpone the closing date on his new house in the Cleveland area.

    But having said that, this sounds like a move in the right direction. With the failure rate of the Browns, it’s clearly time to for a shake up in the front office.

    Start with firing whosever idea it was to draft Weeden in the first round. Why did anyone whose memory goes back far enough to remember Chris Weinke think that was a good idea?

  130. thebirdofprey2 says: Feb 11, 2014 12:34 PM

    If I was a Browns fan I would be celebrating because Banner and Lomardi sounded like a real problem. I don’t think there could have ever been any stability with those two guys there.

    This was a disaster already when I heard Mike Lombardi’s name for front office because we watch the guy on TV and he is clueless about football. He eats off of some loose affiliation with New England Patriots but when those guys like Belicheck failure is soon to follow.

  131. realfootballfan says: Feb 11, 2014 1:04 PM

    This is waaaaaaay too funny. Lombardi and Banner fired Chud, and now they’ve gotten a taste of their own medicine out of the blue.

  132. hardeestymichael8 says: Feb 11, 2014 1:13 PM

    I thought it was impossible, but these Cleveland clowns make Jerry Jones look compentent.

  133. brohamma says: Feb 11, 2014 1:38 PM

    It is the 100% right thing to do. Props to Haslam for having the “potatoes” to do it.

    With the draft upcoming and the locker room in complete turmoil after the foolish Chud firing.. Haslam had to clean out the top ranks and establish a whole new hierarchy.

  134. tigerlilac says: Feb 11, 2014 1:47 PM

    I read threads like this and come away with the impression that too many fans live in a zero sum world. If something bad happens to someone else it elevates them and if something good happens to someone else it lowers them, so they cheer a decent human being like Lombardi getting fired. Despite its record, Cleveland improved as a football team and are well positioned for 2014 and beyond. The league was stunned by the Richardson trade but it was a smart move. Playing Hoyer had no downside (most executives would have picked a more costly less effective option). The team is stocked with draft choices and has a number of excellent players and several prop bowlers that will stay because the Browns can afford them. Despite his early baggage they kept Josh Gordon and he could be the best receiver in the league going forward. An owner with legal problems pretends he is Jerry Jones and fans buy his act.

  135. tory707 says: Feb 11, 2014 4:14 PM

    All I can say is Jeffery Laurie knew what he was doing. The guy sold kids clothes before Jeff brought his buddy in. Egotistical nut job.

  136. theuglitruth says: Feb 11, 2014 6:12 PM

    I knew they were in trouble when they hired Mike Lombardi. That guy practically scolded the Arizona Cardinals for not drafting Blaine Gabbert @ #5 overall in 2011 on national TV, then scolded Blaine Gabbert for being so horrible when playing for the Jags!

  137. thedarkness1970 says: Feb 12, 2014 8:09 AM


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