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Ray Farmer says he didn’t know about Browns opportunity when turning down Dolphins

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Less than three weeks ago, Ray Farmer turned down an opportunity to interview for a second time to become the G.M. of the Dolphins.  He’s now the G.M. of the Browns.

In his first meeting with the media since ascending to that role, Farmer said he had no knowledge of a possible promotion in Cleveland when passing on a promotion in Miami.

“Absolutely not,” Farmer said.  “That job [in Miami] was no right for Ray Farmer.”

Farmer, who played linebacker in the NFL before becoming a scout and executive, also shared a couple of acronyms that guide him in his work:  KTB and GUTF.

The first means you have to first know someone to trust them, and then trust them to believe in them.  The second means “get up the field,” aimed at encouraging “getting after it” and “finishing strong” in all endeavors.

The Browns organization will never get to finish strong if owner Jimmy Haslam doesn’t give his key employees a chance to get started.  We’ll see whether Farmer and coach Mike Pettine get more than a year to two to turn things around.

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19 Responses to “Ray Farmer says he didn’t know about Browns opportunity when turning down Dolphins”
  1. schmitty2 says: Feb 11, 2014 12:12 PM

    “Absolutely not,” Farmer said. “That job [in Miami] was not right for Ray Farmer.”

    Way to talk in the 3rd person. Who are you-The “Rock”?

  2. touchdownroddywhite says: Feb 11, 2014 12:21 PM

    Look how effortlessly he lied to the press. He’s definitely ready to be a GM

  3. kane337 says: Feb 11, 2014 12:23 PM

    Jimmy Haslem is better than Stephen Ross? I call push.

  4. The Great Ted Thompson the Genius says: Feb 11, 2014 12:27 PM

    “Absolutely not,” Farmer said. “That job [in Miami] was not right for Ray Farmer.”
    ____

    I thought Jimmy was the guy who referred to himself in the third person.

  5. mrfrostyj says: Feb 11, 2014 12:32 PM

    “We’ll see whether Farmer and coach Mike Pettine get more than a year to two to turn things around.”

    Exactly, especially since they fired that one black guy that they interviewed for the GM job last year just to satisfy the Rooney Rule…..oh wait.

  6. phinatic29 says: Feb 11, 2014 12:37 PM

    c-mon Ray – you knew Lombardi was on the chopping block over a month ago.

  7. doe22us says: Feb 11, 2014 12:41 PM

    “Absolutely not,” Farmer said. “That job [in Miami] was not right for Ray Farmer.”

    Yeah i tried to make sense out of his statement,if this is the guy that is supposed to lead the Browns, that comment alone speaks of their doom, not that it hasnt been the case in recent memory.

  8. rajbais says: Feb 11, 2014 12:43 PM

    I feel bad for Joe Banner and Mike Lombardi.

    They’ve been scapegoated because Mr. Silly Fan, Jimmy Haslam, is wacko running the team.

    If he is not a wacko, look at Pilot Flying J.

    Haslam is showing why he’s a fan calling the shots, fans are impatient.

    With this being a fact these firings happened sooner than anyone would want.

    Look at Joe Banner’s history. He had two head coaches, Andy Reid and Ray Rhodes. Based on his commentaries Lombardi never looked like an impatient person and and looked more like an advocate of continuity.

    If he wasn’t Al Davis wouldn’t have fired him. I’m an Al Davis fan and think he’s way better than Reggie McKenzie is, but Lombardi said that until 2005 he loved being in Oakland. Look at the roster and coaching changes that took place after that.

    No stability.

    Another sign that the owner was “behind” all the clown work taking place was the Thursday Night football game between Cleveland and Buffalo.

    The Browns won with a field goal and guess who was the guy in the suites showing the most glee, Haslam.

    Was Lombardi celebrating? No.

    Lombardi has also emphasized that every down is a passing down. Why would he be one bit happy when the Browns win with a FG?

    Banner got a bounty for T-Rich and is too good to be out of a job.

    If Lombardi can’t get back into the NFL hopefully NFL Network brings him back because he was very knowledgeable and one of the few people that knew how to make more with nuances than others on the “Total Access” set.

  9. ravenswhat says: Feb 11, 2014 12:50 PM

    So he turned a job with no other options at the time and then jumped at Cle? Miami is the worst org in pro sports. Congrats.

  10. ochospantalones says: Feb 11, 2014 12:57 PM

    Though I don’t trust his love of cliches, really he can’t be worse than Banner and Lombardi.

  11. hehateme2 says: Feb 11, 2014 1:21 PM

    Yea, good luck with that Farmer. Your team has lost 11 + games each year FOR LIKE FOREVER.

  12. mykl954 says: Feb 11, 2014 2:25 PM

    Not that I like Hickey, but the Fins dodged a bullet on Farmer (and Dawson). And for the record there was no offer- he turned down a second interview. Beyond that, Lombardi and Chud say good luck with the stability over there. And Ross made his money the old fashioned way, he earned it – while it looks like Haslem who may or may not end up in stripes built his in a more questionable manner – so there’s that too. So bottom line: let’s end this revisionist version.

  13. jr4real says: Feb 11, 2014 2:29 PM

    feel bad for Lombardi? a never-has-been who was a Belicheck flunkie?

    i think hes lucky to have had a salary the last 2 years.

    horrible. Go back to TV. Gong show preferably.

  14. realfootballfan says: Feb 11, 2014 2:33 PM

    This dude is already going third person, lol.

  15. jc327 says: Feb 11, 2014 2:41 PM

    Wink-wink, nudge-nudge…

  16. thegreatgabbert says: Feb 11, 2014 2:49 PM

    Hey Farmer Ray, how about this acronym,

    DUMB.

  17. floriosbigtoe says: Feb 11, 2014 4:23 PM

    Well, he’s already a terrible liar. Now I understand what Haslam saw in him. Himself.

  18. thelastpieceofcheese says: Feb 11, 2014 6:49 PM

    “Farmer said he had no knowledge of a possible promotion in Cleveland when passing on a promotion in Miami”

    Everybody knew Lombardi was long gone based on his record at Cleveland.

    The owner told Ray he’d be getting the job behind Lombardi’s back.

    Does anybody really believe that crook owner woke up this morning on the wrong side of the bed and decided to fire Lombardi on a whim?

  19. dolfan72 says: Feb 15, 2014 10:22 AM

    Miami has too many daytime activities for an NFL team to succeed there any more. When Shula was winning there, the Dolphins were the only professional entertainment that city had. Now you have the Heat, Marlins, and Panthers, teams that play the majority of their games AT NIGHT!

    Stephen LOSS needs to SELL THE TEAM! The new owner needs to MOVE the team and FIRE JOE PHILBIN!

    END THIS COMMITMENT TO MEDIOCRITY!

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