Browns owner isn’t sure about 2017 but promises good times around corner

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Browns owner Jimmy Haslam has hope for the future but maybe just not in 2017. Haslam tempered expectations for this season after going 1-15 last season.

“Last year was harder than we thought,” Haslam said, via Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer. “None of us are exactly sure what’ll happen this year. I know we’ll be a better team. So I think 2018 — and I’m not hedging my bets — 2018, 2019 you should see a substantially better football team.”

The Browns have gone 15-49 in Haslam’s four full years of ownership, tied with Jacksonville for the worst record in the league during that span. Their last winning season came in 2007, and 2002 was the last time the Browns made the playoffs.

Haslam, though, expressed confidence in his coaching staff and in the core group of players. He has had three head coaches, including Hue Jackson, but promises to give Jackson time.

“All of us want to win and win immediately,” Haslam said. “Most of you don’t know me that well personally, but I’m an extremely impatient person. But I think we’ve learned the hard way if you want to do this and do it right, building through the draft and being patient and getting the right people in place is the right way to do it. So it’s hard, but it’s unequivocally the right thing to do.”

22 responses to “Browns owner isn’t sure about 2017 but promises good times around corner

  1. The Browns are accumulating some talent, and Hue Jackson is a good coach. Most dynasties throughout history started out just like the Browns. Think back to when Shula took over in Miami, when Chuck Noll took over in Pittsburgh, when Eddie DeBartolo bought the 49ers, when Jerry Jones bought the Cowboys. They were all horrible. It took a couple years to get going, but then the super bowl victories started piling up.

  2. Whatever you say, Jimmy. This Browns fan would prefer to see Haslam and that orange-faced crook he donated $300k to sharing a cell.

  3. dws123 says:
    Jul 29, 2017 5:13 PM
    Whatever you say, Jimmy. This Browns fan would prefer to see Haslam and that orange-faced crook he donated $300k to sharing a cell.

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    For breaking what laws? Its ok to be critical of how the Browns have been but its actually not a criminal offense.

    Once upon a time a Patriots matchup was pretty much everyone’s free win for the year. Just sayin’

  4. I remember when people always said you had to have low time preference to make a lot of money. Being impatient was considered a character flaw. Maybe that’s just something they say to poor people.

  5. xander216 says:

    @oldtvshow the poster is referring to jimmy haslams federal indictment for fraud where he ripped off truck drivers
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    Jimmy Haslam was neither indicted nor charged with any crime. If you’re intent on correcting others, make sure you have your facts straight… unless, of course, your aim is to be sued.

  6. The Browns are accumulating some talent, and Hue Jackson is a good coach. Most dynasties throughout history started out just like the Browns. Think back to when Shula took over in Miami, when Chuck Noll took over in Pittsburgh, when Eddie DeBartolo bought the 49ers, when Jerry Jones bought the Cowboys. They were all horrible. It took a couple years to get going, but then the super bowl victories started piling up.
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    This comparison makes me laugh. Jerry Jones’s first move was to trade AWAY H. Walker – Cleveland just traded FOR B Osweiler. Miami was an expansion team just a few years before Shula took over and they were good right away, so that’s not a fair comparison. And the 49ers were 8-6 and on the rise when Eddie Debartolo bought the team. But most of all, to compare the Browns to “Dynasties”? That made me laugh.

  7. The Browns are accumulating some talent, and Hue Jackson is a good coach. Most dynasties throughout history started out just like the Browns. Think back to when Shula took over in Miami, when Chuck Noll took over in Pittsburgh, when Eddie DeBartolo bought the 49ers, when Jerry Jones bought the Cowboys. They were all horrible. It took a couple years to get going, but then the super bowl victories started piling up.
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    This comparison makes me laugh. Jerry Jones’s first move was to trade AWAY H. Walker – Cleveland just traded FOR B Osweiler. Miami was an expansion team just a few years before Shula took over and they were good right away, so that’s not a fair comparison. And the 49ers were 8-6 and on the rise when Eddie Debartolo bought the team. But most of all, to compare the Browns to “Dynasties”? That made me laugh.

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    Correction, the browns BOUGHT A 2nd Round pick! Thats a belichick move. As a patriots fan, i hope the brownies get back to respectability. After the way Modell ripped the hearts out of that city, they deserve their team back to the top.

  8. Haslam was distracted by criminal business activity, so now that his $ and lawyers, he can focus on team building.

  9. “Last year was harder than we thought,” Haslam said, via Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer. He further noted “The moneyball guy told me losing all the games for future draft picks would be easy but we nearly somehow still went our usual 5-11/6-10 and those stinking 49ers kept trying to out do us. You would think getting a kicker from a local bar and resting our starters for 16 straight games would at least give us the advantage but it’s almost like some of these teams are actually worse than we are.”

  10. Wow, a owner open about the team and his shortcomings and the angry people mad at someone else’s team for some reason, prefer him to say what…I expect to go undefeated for the next 10 years?

  11. Old TV Show says:
    Jul 29, 2017 5:38 PM
    dws123 says:
    Jul 29, 2017 5:13 PM
    Whatever you say, Jimmy. This Browns fan would prefer to see Haslam and that orange-faced crook he donated $300k to sharing a cell.

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    For breaking what laws? Its ok to be critical of how the Browns have been but its actually not a criminal offense.

    Once upon a time a Patriots matchup was pretty much everyone’s free win for the year. Just

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    xander216 says:
    Jul 29, 2017 6:00 PM
    @oldtvshow the poster is referring to jimmy haslams federal indictment for fraud where he ripped off truck drivers

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    Since you guys were both talking things I never heard of I just Googled and despite an investigation into Haslams company there was no evidence to indict on, None at all. Sort of like how all the investigations into Trump have yet to turn up anything. (I actually dont like him, but this desperate search to find something on him is bad for the country. Its gone on this long coming up empty it would be better to call it. People should instead leave him to hang his own self, or not)

    I think where both Haslam and Trump are concerned there are people that dont understand that just because they hate a guy thats not sufficient grounds to indict or impeach.

    Pop quiz, which candidate in the past election actually did have indictable offenses that were not followed through on?

  12. Old TV Show says:
    Jul 29, 2017 9:46 PM

    Since you guys were both talking things I never heard of I just Googled and despite an investigation into Haslams company there was no evidence to indict on, None at all.

    WRONG. The FBI and IRS raided Pilot Flying J’s headquarters in Tennessee and found evidence that fraud had been taking place with Jimmy’s knowledge for 5-7 years. Eight executives were, in fact, indicted, but “Pilot Flying J agreed to pay $92 MILLION to the U.S. government in exchange for an assurance from the feds that he and his company will not be prosecuted” (Deadspin). Boom.

    And FWIW, the candidate you are referring to was investigated by the FBI twice. And cleared. Twice.

  13. dws123 says:
    Jul 30, 2017 1:11 PM
    Old TV Show says:
    Jul 29, 2017 9:46 PM

    Since you guys were both talking things I never heard of I just Googled and despite an investigation into Haslams company there was no evidence to indict on, None at all.

    WRONG. The FBI and IRS raided Pilot Flying J’s headquarters in Tennessee and found evidence that fraud had been taking place with Jimmy’s knowledge for 5-7 years. Eight executives were, in fact, indicted, but “Pilot Flying J agreed to pay $92 MILLION to the U.S. government in exchange for an assurance from the feds that he and his company will not be prosecuted” (Deadspin). Boom.

    And FWIW, the candidate you are referring to was investigated by the FBI twice. And cleared. Twice.

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    But his company an certain executives in it were too prosecuted. But Haslam was not found to have had knowledge. So not charged. Thats ‘Not’. Boom.

    And there is a big difference between the FBI saying ‘they found the law had been violated but were declining to pursue charges’ and ‘being cleared’. Saved by a political decision big.

  14. Old TV Show says:
    Jul 30, 2017 2:45 PM

    But his company an certain executives in it were too prosecuted. But Haslam was not found to have had knowledge. So not charged. Thats ‘Not’. Boom.

    And there is a big difference between the FBI saying ‘they found the law had been violated but were declining to pursue charges’ and ‘being cleared’. Saved by a political decision big.
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    Lol I love how you’re so wrong, yet feel as though you are an expert on a subject you just heard about for the first time yesterday. Just as you suggested earlier, you have no idea what you are talking about. Go comment somewhere else on something you know nothing about.

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