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Report: Haslam wanted Parcells to run the football operation

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Browns owner Jimmy Haslam won’t have a CEO to replace Joe Banner.  But Haslam reportedly was inclined to install someone above G.M. Ray Farmer.

According to Mike Freeman of Bleacher Report, Haslam wanted to hire Bill Parcells to run the team.  In an email to Freeman, Parcells said that no job offer was made, and that he spoke with Haslam “only about how I believe organizations succeed and others fail.”

Parcells has been consulting from time to time with multiple teams since leaving the Dolphins, where he became the first of a short-lived line of aging football czars who lorded over the operation.  Coincidentally, Haslam’s predecessor in Cleveland, Randy Lerner, hired Mike Holmgren to serve in a similar capacity.

It appeared at the time to be a new avenue for otherwise retired coaches and General Managers to stay in the game.  But Parcells has shown no inclination to accept a similar job since leaving Miami, and few owners have seen fit to formally hire a football person higher than the G.M.

Still, Parcells and Haslam spoke.  Per Freeman, they met “extensively” in Florida.  Since Parcells knows the business and Haslam is learning it, it’s safe to say Haslam was inclined to accept the advice provided by Parcells.

Which means that Parcells may have advised Haslam to have one person in charge of the football operation (Farmer) and to then get out of the way and let Farmer and the rest of the football operation do what they’re skilled at doing.

That’s the best advice any owner can receive.  Mastering another industry to the tune of billions in profit doesn’t make an owner able to run a football team.  Hire the right people, let them do their jobs, and instill a “do your [expletive deleted] job” attitude from the top of the organization to the bottom.

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35 Responses to “Report: Haslam wanted Parcells to run the football operation”
  1. eglsfan says: Feb 12, 2014 1:08 PM

    Oh I dont know……let me call you back, I got a guy on the other line asking about some whitewalls..

    Lou Brown…or Bill Parcells

  2. thestrategyexpert says: Feb 12, 2014 1:12 PM

    Makes perfect sense, but every Owner struggles mightily with figuring out who is that one person to put in charge. They don’t know football, so they don’t know who will be the guy to make those football decisions either. I still score 31 out of 32 GMs from last year as failing below minimum expectations on my scorecard. Only the SEA GM received a passing grade from me. And it wasn’t because he won the SB, he coincidentally won it as the best team on paper before the season started, and he came the closest to making enough good transactions and not many horrible transactions like all the failed GMs did. I really liked his Russell Wilson pick, and plucking Avril from the Lions who was a great steal of one of our best players, and that was an example of a shrewd low cost draft move as well as a shrewd high dollar purchase. Snagging Marshawn Lynch was also a brilliant move that nobody else could figure out either.

    Haslam needs to find somebody now that can add to this advice with helping him find that one mastermind person to turn things over to. Maybe that’s Farmer then, he better hope it is, although I remain skeptical about what Farmer can do for them.

  3. fdugrad says: Feb 12, 2014 1:12 PM

    Well, IF Haslam follows the “hire and get out of the way” advice, we can ALL thank coach Parcells for that small mercy…Your move Jimmy.

  4. backdapack4evr says: Feb 12, 2014 1:15 PM

    He just might be a little past his prime!!
    Time to relax bill!!

  5. thepftpoet says: Feb 12, 2014 1:16 PM

    Every franchise is jealous they don’t have a great GM like Rick Speilman.

    Our past 2 drafts will accumulate 7 hall of famers in it.

    No other GM has those amazing abilities of drafting.

    Vikings are the prototypical franchise.

  6. cleveland1980 says: Feb 12, 2014 1:19 PM

    It should be noted that this story’s author is none other than Mike Freeman of BleacherReport. Mike Freeman has been critical of the Clevleand Browns going as far back as 2009. Anybody asking for proof just needs to google Mike Freeman Cleveland Browns and read one of his articles. They are typically written poorly, with little or no factual basis, and his sources always remain “anonymous”. He is about as legitimate as a $3 dollar bill.

  7. thefiesty1 says: Feb 12, 2014 1:21 PM

    The question is will Haslam last longer than a year in Cleveland. Nobody else seems to.

  8. imbetteratlifethanyou says: Feb 12, 2014 1:21 PM

    Did you know that the Minnesota Vikings have been to 4 Super Bowls (0-4) and have been outscored 95-34? Ha, that’s pathetic. You probably didn’t know that b/c their last Super Bowl was 37 years ago. Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha

  9. thetooloftools says: Feb 12, 2014 1:26 PM

    Yea and George Halas was reached out to and was going to coach the Browns via a Ouija board.
    You couldn’t scrip a soap opera with these Cleveland story lines because nobody would believe it!

  10. 3yardsndust says: Feb 12, 2014 1:27 PM

    I don’t know Ray Farmer, but I hope Haslam gives him the time and freedom to put his stamp on the roster and the org in general. It’s his chance. Let him succeed.

  11. fr0sted21 says: Feb 12, 2014 1:27 PM

    Don’t forget about Peyton Manning becoming GM/Head Coach/Mascot in two years..

  12. backdapack4evr says: Feb 12, 2014 1:28 PM

    Playing games in Minnesota is like a home game for the Packers
    I can’t wait for them to get our new stadium done!!
    They should name it Lambeau Field West
    Lol!!

  13. bucksnknucks says: Feb 12, 2014 1:29 PM

    According to local Cleveland news this conversation took place BEFORE the hiring of Banner.

  14. squinn21 says: Feb 12, 2014 1:30 PM

    Parcells helped Miami become such a contender…. oh wait!

  15. anicra says: Feb 12, 2014 1:31 PM

    I think Jerry Glanville is a better fit for GM.

  16. brownsclown says: Feb 12, 2014 1:33 PM

    And I am sure that all the media talking heads that coIws up to Joe Bummer and their ‘league source’, Mike Dumbturdi would agree that Parcells would not hold a candle to the ‘dysfunctional duo’!

  17. tnazvol says: Feb 12, 2014 1:38 PM

    Yesterday they were dysfunctional…..today they were following the best advice an owner can get….

    Love how the wind changes directions around here…..

  18. r8rsfan says: Feb 12, 2014 1:42 PM

    Vikes fan talking yang – youtube Jack Tatum Sammy White and your super bowl history can be summed up in that one play.
    (Hat’s off to Sammy for holding onto the ball BTW)

  19. mykl954 says: Feb 12, 2014 1:42 PM

    What a joke – if you’re putting Parcells in charge of a team, you better hope a healthy Pennington falls in your lap – or else look out! If you want Jeff Ireland as your GM, Tony Sparano as your HC, Henning and Pasquoloni as your coordinators.. or their types, then Parcells is the right guy for you. Just wonder if he took the job whether he’d end up taking meeting with his boss during supervised visiting hours with guards watching. On the upside, while the Fins are still digging out from Parcells’ “franchise-building” the Browns at this point don’t have much further to dig “in” before hitting rock bottom.

  20. cantonbound13 says: Feb 12, 2014 1:50 PM

    Don’t do it!
    -Dolphin fans

  21. drock36 says: Feb 12, 2014 1:52 PM

    Let’s face it, the League has changed beyond what Parcells is able to handle. No reason to tarnish his legacy.

  22. phuzzball says: Feb 12, 2014 1:53 PM

    Parcels was terrible in Miami — what’s this guy thinking! The Dolphins are STILL feeling the fallout. Ross should have cleaned house.

  23. alewatcher says: Feb 12, 2014 1:56 PM

    Jerry Jones, you paying attention to this?

    Oh yeah, that’s right – Parcells tried to fix your team but you didn’t listen…never mind.

  24. @Cereal_22 says: Feb 12, 2014 2:01 PM

    At least Haslam had the sense to pursue Parcells….the guy is a football genius.

  25. ridingwithnohandlebars says: Feb 12, 2014 2:03 PM

    Where was Jerry Jones on his list?

  26. cuda1234 says: Feb 12, 2014 2:05 PM

    Because he did such a great job in the last three places? He left the Dolphins a mess and hasn’t been relevant in about 20 years.

  27. borisbulldog says: Feb 12, 2014 2:29 PM

    Why all the fellating for the big tuna?

    The last time Parcell’s sniffed success, Belicheat was his D-Coordinator and Bush was President- the old one!

  28. realfootballfan says: Feb 12, 2014 2:32 PM

    I don’t see the correlation to him wanting to hire Parcells to head the football operations from him sitting down with him to learn how to put a good organization together. Think Freeman is reaching on this one.

  29. jayquintana says: Feb 12, 2014 2:43 PM

    Seems that Holmgren contribution to this mess is really underplayed. Why?

  30. clownsfan says: Feb 12, 2014 2:45 PM

    “No job offer was made.” -B. Parcells.

    Maybe the title of the post should’ve been Haslam wanted Parcells advice how to run a football operation?

    The best thing about the Banner/Lombardi firing is that I will no longer have to read brownsclown’s inane & repetitive “dumbturdi” comments. Those were the absolute worst!

  31. justintuckrule says: Feb 12, 2014 2:52 PM

    The Minnesota fans are just searching for the same attention that that logical guy did a ways back. Quit falling for it…..btw, we beat you in the nfccg 41-zip. See…I can’t even help myself!

  32. riverhorsey says: Feb 12, 2014 3:12 PM

    Should of made that offer before he hired a head coach.

  33. 2much4u2take says: Feb 12, 2014 3:12 PM

    Mike Freeman is a hack and total fanboy. He has a thing for ripping on the Browns…and I am a Packers fan. Mike Freeman…in the words of Stitch Jones, Don’t go away mad… just go away.

  34. mundial8 says: Feb 12, 2014 4:20 PM

    Honey Badger Haslam

  35. jroerigjeromechristopher says: Feb 12, 2014 4:49 PM

    You can sure tell there is not a lot of football news! Now they’re making it up. There is nothing in the article at all that supports the theory that Haslam wanted Parcells to run the organization. Smart move though to reach out to parcells, for insight.

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