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Haslam promises Browns fans “significant improvements”

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Browns owner Jimmy Haslam wants fans to believe his franchise is trending in the right direction.

In a letter to season-ticket holders, Haslam said prices will not be raised for this season, even as he raised expectations.

“We are devoted to making significant improvements and giving you a team that you can be proud of for years to come,” Haslam wrote to fans, via Cleveland.com.

Haslam told fans they should be excited about the prospects of new coach Hue Jackson.

“We are confident in Hue and his ability to make intelligent choices and lead our players to reach their full potential,” Haslam wrote. “This was evident from our in-depth conversations with him, as well as the vast support from the NFL players, coaches and staff who have benefited from his contributions during their careers. Hue is passionate, competitive and driven to succeed, all of which are important attributes towards building an expectation of winning but that also reflects you as a Browns fan.”

Last year’s 3-13 record was the Browns’ worst since 2000, their eighth straight losing season and their 13th straight season out of the playoffs. Significant improvements are long overdue.

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  1. rojones82 says: Feb 18, 2016 6:07 AM

    Talk is cheap.

  2. upyoursnfu says: Feb 18, 2016 6:09 AM

    Somebody’s pants are on fire

  3. sb50champs says: Feb 18, 2016 6:23 AM

    He’s selling the team?!? Cool!!!

  4. dapollock69 says: Feb 18, 2016 6:31 AM

    If he’s selling the team, then yes, his statement has merit. Criminal!

  5. marooncat79 says: Feb 18, 2016 6:40 AM

    The best thing for the Brownies would be for Jimmy to sell them

  6. mrjdon says: Feb 18, 2016 6:43 AM

    I am not a Browns fan and have laughed at the Browns in the past, but I believe Hue Jackson is the best coach they had had in the Haslam era.

  7. TheWizard says: Feb 18, 2016 6:47 AM

    Not if they keep wasting high picks on skill position players.

    Build the trenches.

  8. haslamdrinkshisownpee says: Feb 18, 2016 6:53 AM

    Getting a new coach is sort of the norm around here, not something i get excited about.

  9. bobhpine says: Feb 18, 2016 6:53 AM

    Haha. Jimmy Haslam is just a country bumpkin hick who rips off truck drivers for a living. He has no clue what he’s doing. The Browns will remain a laughing stock.

  10. andyukbronco says: Feb 18, 2016 6:57 AM

    ‘Significant improvements’?

    Don’t make me laugh. It’s the Browns.

  11. jerruhjones says: Feb 18, 2016 7:00 AM

    Good luck Hue!

    Go Browns!!!

  12. dirtdawg54 says: Feb 18, 2016 7:03 AM

    You say it enough times for a long enough period and one day it may actually be true. But that won’t ever erase the nearly fifty years of futility this franchise has imposed on its fans.

  13. laxer37 says: Feb 18, 2016 7:07 AM

    “We are confident in Hue Jackson”

    Meaning he will be fired after one season when he’s unable to polish the turd that is the Cleveland Browns.

  14. handsofsteelhartofstone says: Feb 18, 2016 7:08 AM

    Kinda hard to get much worse, no????

    It’s like telling your toilet that the next few turds wont smell too awful

  15. alewatcher says: Feb 18, 2016 7:10 AM

    The coach isn’t the problem, Jimmy.

  16. Grugenhagen says: Feb 18, 2016 7:13 AM

    Cue the laughter.

  17. sportsguy3434 says: Feb 18, 2016 7:16 AM

    We’re going to try something we haven’t tried before- significant improvements.

    Let’s see if they blow it in the draft.

  18. mrpkg says: Feb 18, 2016 7:19 AM

    Is the significant improvement Haslam selling the team?
    Bringing in a GM who knows football? Getting rid of the baseball guy?

    This is a hole with no bottom

  19. huh6016 says: Feb 18, 2016 7:23 AM

    So they will be selling gourmet hot dogs at Browns games now, huh?

  20. abninf says: Feb 18, 2016 7:23 AM

    He should promise to not raise ticket, parking or concession prices until they make the playoffs. Of course that shady character may be in prison by then.

  21. mvikes10 says: Feb 18, 2016 7:26 AM

    Whatever!

  22. macbull says: Feb 18, 2016 7:27 AM

    What else is he going to say?

  23. shadowman1433 says: Feb 18, 2016 7:28 AM

    I think we’ve been hearing the same thing about improvement ever since Jim Brown retired.

  24. mazenblue says: Feb 18, 2016 7:28 AM

    Not having the Manziel Show IS a significant improvement.

  25. officialgame says: Feb 18, 2016 7:29 AM

    The words Browns fans can’t wait to hear.
    “Lets play ball”.

  26. mgjnsc says: Feb 18, 2016 7:32 AM

    Improving is much harder than just saying it in the toughest division in the NFL. Steelers and Bengals are showing no signs of dropping off so their best hope is beating the Ravens for 3rd. Ooooooo 3rd place, wow! lol

  27. tonebones says: Feb 18, 2016 7:36 AM

    At 3-13, it shouldn’t be hard to improve. But I can’t remember an owner hiring a new staff and then coming out saying he thinks he just hired a bunch of duds. I have seen an owner hire a bunch of guys, think that he made the right choices, and then fire them all just one year later. His name was Jimmy.

  28. floridaraven says: Feb 18, 2016 7:37 AM

    Truck Stop will be under indictment before this season ends.

  29. mybrunoblog says: Feb 18, 2016 7:40 AM

    The Browns blew it with the uniform change, drafting Johnny football and a host of other issues. They are a mess.

  30. nouhoh64 says: Feb 18, 2016 7:41 AM

    It SHOULD be easy for them to at least get this year’s first round pick right. Just look out for money signs please.

  31. triggerdawg02aolcom says: Feb 18, 2016 7:42 AM

    So four wins instead of three?

  32. amishninjas says: Feb 18, 2016 7:45 AM

    Browns season ticket holders will feel real silly when they find out the money they sent in is being used to fund Jimmy’s life on the lam.

  33. djstat says: Feb 18, 2016 7:48 AM

    Sureeeeeee Jimmy

  34. camdenyard says: Feb 18, 2016 7:50 AM

    He looks constipated.

  35. duanethomas33 says: Feb 18, 2016 7:52 AM

    “We are devoted to making significant improvements and giving you a team that you can be proud of for years to come,” Haslam wrote to fans, via Cleveland.com.

    Must be a push for season tickets renewals.

  36. citiciti says: Feb 18, 2016 7:54 AM

    Same old Browns

  37. evilglazers666 says: Feb 18, 2016 7:55 AM

    So he will start his jail sentence?

  38. 2since96 says: Feb 18, 2016 7:55 AM

    Hahaha – he had to put this in a letter cuz he knew he couldnt say it out loud without bursting into laughter lol

  39. puffnstuff5005 says: Feb 18, 2016 8:03 AM

    Right. . And he also promised rebates…

  40. babygaga19 says: Feb 18, 2016 8:06 AM

    Yawn, move on. Browns are the Browns. It’s their DNA.

  41. dspyank2k11 says: Feb 18, 2016 8:09 AM

    Ever since it came out that Haslam had legal issues with his company I have felt awful for Browns fans. They are a strong fan base, great fans and deserve more.

    With this guy pulling the strings I just dont think this organization is going anywhere. Bills fan here but I have a special place in my heart for the Browns.

    Good luck!

  42. usedjock says: Feb 18, 2016 8:13 AM

    Talk is cheap Haslam how about you find a way to make it happen.
    I honestly and truly feel bad for Browns fans.

  43. 3wordanswers says: Feb 18, 2016 8:19 AM

    Haslam promises Browns fans “significant improvements”
    ============================
    better ketchup options…….

  44. bobsbigboy says: Feb 18, 2016 8:20 AM

    Like improved rebates for Browns PSL owners.

  45. donatocha33 says: Feb 18, 2016 8:21 AM

    Sure thing…Hold your breath

  46. jward9478 says: Feb 18, 2016 8:24 AM

    Tickets must be going on sale soon.

  47. jtm12180 says: Feb 18, 2016 8:25 AM

    Haa….hahahaha…BAAAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA..ok haslam

  48. 75rockrasin says: Feb 18, 2016 8:26 AM

    Considering where they are now, it’s kind of hard not to go anywhere but up.. But then again, it is the Browns..

    And now Jimmy has to wonder if he’ll be indicted in the near future..

  49. fordmandalay says: Feb 18, 2016 8:42 AM

    So if they’re able to win FOUR games this year, that will be an improvement by 33%! That’s significant.

  50. myopinionisrighterthanyours says: Feb 18, 2016 8:47 AM

    Watch our Sabremetrics go to work!

  51. dcapettini says: Feb 18, 2016 8:55 AM

    After going 3-13 and securing the second pick in the draft, it would be hard for the Browns not to have “significant improvements”. But don’t get too carried away. Another set of new faces, the better players thinking they may want to leave, still no QB despite all the draft picks and signings and another new system on offense. How much better could they be? Will they go 5-11? Is that a “significant improvement”?

  52. riggo08 says: Feb 18, 2016 9:06 AM

    Isn’t this just a “cut and paste” from an article from last year? And every year since 1999?

  53. intrafinesse says: Feb 18, 2016 9:06 AM

    I have an idea!

    Draft a QB in the first round (again).

    Or – this would be so cool – wait for Peyton Manning to NOT retire, and be cut by the Broncos, then sign him. Peyton has dramatically declined and would be about as effective as Brian Hoyer. It would be neat to have him play (badly) for the Browns, have them go 5-11, and then they can draft a QB in the first round the next year.

    I draw comfort from continuity, and known quantities, such as Cleveland being a bad franchise, and making terrible QB picks. Since 1989 Cleveland has had 3 seasons with a winning record. 11, 10, and 9 wins.
    3 winning seasons in 26 years.
    Thats consistency and gives me comfort.

  54. clevelandrocksyourface says: Feb 18, 2016 9:07 AM

    If you sit a billion monkeys in front of a billion typewriters sooner or later one of them is going to type War and Peace.

    Keep punching those keys, Jimmy! Maybe today is the day!

  55. harrisonhits2 says: Feb 18, 2016 9:22 AM

    A “promise” from a con man that bilked millions of dollars from his PilotFlyingJ customers.

    That’s worth a pile of used kitty litter and nothing more.

    He’s just trying to con you out of your money too Cleveland fans. Haslam will never put a serious contending product on the field. He just wants to keep the money machine rolling.

  56. Sal Tynuts says: Feb 18, 2016 9:38 AM

    Good luck Browns. I hope it turns around. Im tired of seeing you be terrible. – Redksins fan

  57. 6ball says: Feb 18, 2016 9:52 AM

    .
    The Browns took Manziel with Teddy Bridgewater, Derek Carr, and Jimmy Garopollo still on the board.
    .

  58. jamest20 says: Feb 18, 2016 9:53 AM

    This coming from the organization that took 60 years to announce they were finally putting up a statue of the greatest player to ever live. Changes might be coming but I wouldn’t expect anything too quickly

  59. steelerdeathstar says: Feb 18, 2016 10:04 AM

    To those loyal Browns fans: Believe it when you see it.

  60. captainwhodat says: Feb 18, 2016 10:07 AM

    improvement w J McClown as your starting QB…dream on…

  61. jgedgar70 says: Feb 18, 2016 10:11 AM

    My guess is that this “significant improvements” means the homeless guy has told Jimmy who to draft in all 7 rounds, not just the first.

    #InOverHisHead

  62. vikingferd says: Feb 18, 2016 10:11 AM

    “Significant improvements” like what? Selling the team to and owner that hires competent people to run the team and then stays out of the way?

  63. leatherface2012 says: Feb 18, 2016 10:25 AM

    ok, so 4-12 then

  64. steelerben says: Feb 18, 2016 10:28 AM

    All the Browns need to become a competitive team is to find a coach and stick to him for a while. Constantly changing out front offices, coaching staffs and schemes is killing them. You can’t build a solid roster if you never have a direction you’re heading in.

  65. Rdog says: Feb 18, 2016 10:34 AM

    Well, I would say there’s nowhere to go but up, but the Browns continue to surprise me every year and somehow keep going down.

  66. meximyke says: Feb 18, 2016 10:50 AM

    Start with the uniforms!

  67. fat4jc says: Feb 18, 2016 11:01 AM

    “it’s actually statistically harder for a team to be this consistently bad then it is for them to occasionally, accidentally be good.” #FactoryOfSadness

  68. granadafan says: Feb 18, 2016 11:20 AM

    I’m a Niners fan and even I feel sorry for Browns fans. You’ve have had to put up with some pretty crappy owners yet have still stayed loyal.

    #Respect

  69. marcmillz1 says: Feb 18, 2016 11:21 AM

    Y’all “fans” talk about how bad the team is and has been, with good merit but when do WE change our mindset? Start thinking positive and expect good results. Have faith in Hue. Let’s start speaking positivity into this team instead of all the constant negative

  70. silvernblacksabbath says: Feb 18, 2016 11:25 AM

    1st Round, 22nd Pick
    —————————
    -Brady Quinn
    -Colt McCoy
    -Johnny Roadkill

    Crazy, Browns could’ve drafted Khalil Mack or Carr… Thanks Cleveland:)

  71. joewilliesshnoz says: Feb 18, 2016 11:26 AM

    A significant improvement would be to put toilet paper in the stalls.

  72. silvernblacksabbath says: Feb 18, 2016 11:27 AM

    I agree, go back to the old uniforms! Actually, Cleveland should be like Dallas and wear WHITE always!!!

  73. stoolerz says: Feb 18, 2016 11:39 AM

    Want an improvement. Put that statue of the guy you pay to kiss your butt (Jim Brown) in front of the practice facilitiy you are moving the team to in Columbus. I’ll bet you could get the true fans to donate the cost of putting a statue of the most desesrving person – Paul Brown in front of the stadium.

  74. justanotherdummy says: Feb 18, 2016 12:00 PM

    The Browns most famous player is a convicted spousal abuser.

  75. flboy84 says: Feb 18, 2016 12:11 PM

    PS… I may be getting indicted soon. Go Browns!!

  76. collectordude says: Feb 18, 2016 12:16 PM

    Well, they can hardly get worse.
    Or can they??

  77. mmack66 says: Feb 18, 2016 12:39 PM

    collectordude says:
    Feb 18, 2016 12:16 PM

    Well, they can hardly get worse.
    Or can they??
    ——————–

    Sure. They can always go Dolphins or Titans next season.

  78. TheBrownsareClowns says: Feb 18, 2016 12:40 PM

    So many good things to comment on.

    1. Browns go 4-12 next season. JIMMY: see i told you so. We increased our wins by 33%

    2. After 17 yrs and going 98 games under .500, browns tickets should be free for the next 20 years.

    3. Uh Jimmah, u were quoted as saying your new Front Office knows enough about football. Theres a ringing endorsement of a lawyer that knows zero about football that is in charge of trades and the 53. And your baseball analytics guy was quoted as already sayong we will make some mostakes.

  79. mogogo1 says: Feb 18, 2016 12:40 PM

    It’s going to be great. They just got the focus group results in and have a new facemask color ready to roll out.

  80. heymister24 says: Feb 18, 2016 12:59 PM

    Haslam revealed that his new harvard front office is looking at the top free agent shortstops.

  81. ravensfranzy says: Feb 18, 2016 1:41 PM

    yes, next year they’ll go 4 – 12

  82. weepingjebus says: Feb 18, 2016 1:45 PM

    Factory of Sadness to receive fresh coat of paint.

  83. stealthscorpio says: Feb 18, 2016 1:54 PM

    He promises not to micromanage…FROM PRISON!!!!

  84. slash714 says: Feb 18, 2016 3:12 PM

    I love it when these clowns say the Browns could of drafted this guy or that guy. Please shut up. Every team could of drafted tom Brady in the fifth round but you didn’t. This regime will turn this team around. The AFC North is falling and the Browns are rising. You’ll see. pS. Pittsburgh stil sucks.

  85. what3rd says: Feb 18, 2016 3:20 PM

    The Browns will win the year Art Model goes into the HOF.

  86. oldcracker says: Feb 18, 2016 4:27 PM

    This coming from the hillbilly who ripped off simple truckers.

    I believe Haslam should refund the season ticket holders every season they finish less than .500. Put your/our money where your mouth is!

  87. jbeatty1940 says: Feb 18, 2016 11:33 PM

    Been a Browns fan for a long, long time. And I hope every year that this will be year that they become relevant again. It got to the point this year that I couldn’t even watch them for a hole game. While I am happy with Jackson, I have been here before. Seems like I heard this before when Haslam bought the team. I am reminded of an old Aerosmith song. “Same old story, same old song and dance”

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