Jimmy Haslam: Browns focused on coaches with NFL experience

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The Browns had General Manager John Dorsey in place when they hired Freddie Kitchens as their head coach last year, but they’ll do things differently after firing both men in the last few days.

Browns owner Jimmy Haslam said at a Thursday press conference that the team’s next head coach will have a say in a “collaborative” process that will determine Dorsey’s replacement. He said the G.M. will have control of the 53-man roster and the coach will control the gameday roster with both reporting to him.

Haslam confirmed that chief strategy officer Paul DePodesta will be both stay in place and lead the search for the next head coach. Haslam said that the team is focused on coaches with NFL experience right now. That conflicts with a report that the team has strong interest in former Ohio State coach Urban Meyer as he has never coached on the professional level.

Former Packers head coach Mike McCarthy interviewed on Thursday and Haslam promised a “thorough” search for the fifth head coach to be hired since he purchased the team.

“We feel terrible about what’s happened, but more determined than ever to get this right,” Haslam said.

Haslam said he thinks the team has a young, talented roster and doesn’t think didn’t a new G.M. will want to make big changes to the roster ahead of the 2020 season. That makes sense, but there’s still much to play out as the Browns chart yet another new course.

69 responses to “Jimmy Haslam: Browns focused on coaches with NFL experience

  1. Did Jimmmy Haslem inherit his fortune? Because you would have to wonder how he made a fortune based on how inept his leadership and vision have been for the Cleveland Browns.

  2. The team is focused on coaches with NFL experience right now…only after Matt Rhule turned down their interview request.

  3. Why is that clown DePodesta leading the search for the new head coach?

    No good GM will accept working for the Browns if DePodesta is involved in the football operations.

    Haslam is not fit to be a NFL owner. I legit feel bad for Browns fans because this is only going to get worse from here.

  4. Dorsey was offered the job of adjusting prices at Pilot Flying J gas pumps, but ended up parting mutually.

  5. They “feel terrible this has happened” is a theme that has been going on since he took ownership of the team. Every 1-2 years “they feel terrible this has happened”. This guy has major issues with commitment and clearly is not a good evaluator of leaders of men.

    They are the Washington Redskins of the AFC. They can bring in all the talent they want but until the owner gets out of the way they will never win.

  6. So Haslam is having a baseball executive find his next football coach, and he’s only interested in a GM who is going to tell him that Baker Mayfield is the right franchise QB, and Odell Beckham is the perfect guy to build around. And we wonder why this guy is hiring and firing coaches and GM’s so frequently. I’m sure Haslam and his wife are very intelligent people, but I’m also sure they have no idea about anything to do with pro football. The good news is they’re not the only owners like that, but the bad news is Browns’ fans are nowhere near the end of the tunnel. They haven’t even figured out which direction it’s in.

  7. “Did Jimmmy Haslem inherit his fortune? Because you would have to wonder how he made a fortune based on how inept his leadership and vision have been for the Cleveland Browns.”

    He made his money selling fuel. It doesn’t take a genius to sell something that truckers literally can’t work without……

  8. Soooo…the Browns are going to hire the coach first and then GM, like they did with Eric Mangini a few years back, and that worked out incredibly well.

    Seriously though, the Haslam’s have no idea what they’re doing

  9. Watch them hire Bruce Allen as GM and some other clown we’ve never heard of as HC. As far fetched as this may seem, remember, it’s the Browns were talking about here.

  10. Shoot go look up Flying J’s and how shady they are
    motown81 says:
    January 2, 2020 at 2:25 pm
    Did Jimmmy Haslem inherit his fortune? Because you would have to wonder how he made a fortune based on how inept his leadership and vision have been for the Cleveland Browns.

  11. The next to last paragraph in this story has this quote from Haslam “We feel terrible about what’s happened”

    If that was true than ticket prices would be lowered for all of the Browns home games
    for the 2020 season. Otherwise those are just empty words. The fans deserve better.

  12. Say what you want about Art Modell but he knew how to run a football franchise. After ‘the move” Cleveland somehow we got stuck with Al Lerner, Al jr., Then the NFL let this guy buy the team? If the next coaching change doesn’t not work out please NFL take the team from this gas guzzling buffoon. Sell it to someone who knows what they are doing… this guy would be in prison if he did have $$$.

  13. So shall we start placing bets on their final record a year from now? 5-11 seems likely, no matter who they hire.

  14. Some owners never learn. The GM has control of the 53 man roster, and the coach has only control of the game day roster? However the coach will have a ‘collective’ say in hiring the new GM, but DePodesta has the final say on the coach. Did Haslan learn anything from last season power struggle? You have to have a coach, a GM, and Chief Strategy Officer all have to be on the same page for this to be viable.

  15. Jimmy as a Browns fan…ignore the noise. Because it is all noise. I would say that you should do what you think it is right, but that hasn’t really worked out too well so far. But what I read up there isn’t a bad start. My main thing is PLEASE bring in weekly, if not daily accountability. Freddie didn’t have that in him. But whole lots of other people do. Pick one of them.

  16. If that’s the case the Browns should interview Jim Caldwell , Lovey Smith , Tony Dungy , Marvin Lewis , and Jeff Fisher

  17. Haslam and JW are heavily involved. They talked with 20-30 of the core players which included Baker and Beckham. They also talked with football operations.

  18. “Did Jimmmy Haslem inherit his fortune? Because you would have to wonder how he made a fortune based on how inept his leadership and vision have been for the Cleveland Browns.”

    Jimmy’s money is family money; he got it from daddy a/k/a “Big Jim” Haslam, who is the founder of Pilot Oil Company.

  19. There are (4) types of head coach candidates with NFL experience:

    1) Ron Rivera (Unavailalbe; now employed by the Redskins)
    2) Bill Cowher (probably doesn’t want the job)
    3) Mike McCarthy
    4) Failed retreads

    So…who is it going to be?

  20. Jimmy Haslam: “Browns focused on coaches with NFL experience”

    Translation: What old retreads can we get now? Maybe Mike McCarthy?
    Or is there something special coming? Like a John Gruden style contract for a name like Josh McDaniels?

  21. “Why would anyone choose to work for the Browns, Bengals, or Jags?”

    I’d change that just a little by putting Dan Snyder’s team just before or just after the Browns.

  22. Does Haslem understand that at some point, maybe now, that no coach or GM worth anything will want the Cleveland job? The only ones he may be able to get are those who could not get a job with a “credible” and “professional” organization so they end up with the Browns. Matt Ruhle of Baylor reportedly already said “No” to Cleveland.

  23. People don’t like Paul depodesta, but if he had his way McDermott would have been the coach of the Browns.

  24. McDaniels is probably the best choice here, seriously. I thought he came across as unnecessarily arrogant when he was HC of the Broncos, but he’s likely matured since then, and learned more from the master.

    McCarthy will end up in NY or possibly Dallas. I think he’ll choose NY based on the ownership.

    The other name I like is Schottenheimer. The last time the Browns were a real threat was when Brian Schottenheimer’s dad was running things.

  25. This is why I’m not worried that they will hire Greg Roman, even though he’ll be a great head coach sometime soon. After Kitchens, they would take too much heat to not hire someone who has head-coached before.
    Then again, this is the Browns…

  26. The Browns are disfigured as well as dysfunctional. No team has gotten more unjust attention in the history of the NFL The sooner you move on from Baker the sooner the healing begins.

  27. Nailed it. Confirmation that DePodesta cut Dorsey’s throat and took his spot back at the top of the food chain after this year blew up. Haslem basically is going back to the structure of both GM and coach answering to him that got them 1-31 with the coach this time having final say on the roster. I guess he figures he’ll keep trying different permutations until one works. Or not. Poor Brown fans. Also, my prediction when I said Dorsey was about to be out is that Mayfield is on the clock because the guy who was in love with him just got fired. Pretty sure if DePodesta was no Wentz fan, he’s no Mayfeild fan, especially with how much he loves him some Mayfield.

  28. “Why would anyone choose to work for the Browns, Bengals, or Jags?”

    I can give you a million rea$sons. It beats minimum eage.

  29. We may say of the Browns’ front office what Gertrude Stein said of another hovel: “There is no there, there.”

  30. “Did Jimmmy Haslem inherit his fortune? Because you would have to wonder how he made a fortune based on how inept his leadership and vision have been for the Cleveland Browns.”

    He owned the Pilot FlyingJ truck stops and had a scam going that overcharged American companies and families many millions for the fuel they bought there under contract. He’s a scam artist who should be in jail, not owning an NFL team

  31. Rooting for the Browns is like rooting for the Washington Generals. Worse, really, because at least the Generals were TRYING to lose.

  32. Haslam said ownership will make the final decision for HC and GM. The HC and GM reports to him. Don’t blame anyone but him.

  33. motown81 says:
    January 2, 2020 at 2:25 pm

    Did Jimmmy Haslem inherit his fortune? Because you would have to wonder how he made a fortune based on how inept his leadership and vision have been for the Cleveland Browns.

    He actually did lol he inherited his fathers company and fortune upon his passing

  34. Josh McDaniel, because former NE coaches and execs have such a great track record. Plus McDaniel drafted Tebow in the first round when he was in charge in Denver, so you don’t want a GM that has the power to veto a great move like that!

  35. This literally is the perfect place for Jim Schwartz. He would elevate that team, make them tougher and take them to playoffs in a year.

  36. Jim schwartz teams in Detroit were always lacking in one glaring area. Discipline. That’s a huge red flag for the Browns organization with the players they have (no offense, its a reasonable observation). Schwartz is a heck of a coordinator and might be a decent head coach in the right situation. Who knows, maybe he learned something since his first go round.

    If I were the Browns I’d be taking a look at Jim Caldwell. In retrospect his performance in Detroit is quite respectable, and he’s a leader of men.

  37. Please hire Robert Saleh. 49ers had a very bad defense the last two years with him until this year when they signed Dee Ford, Kwon Alexander, Drafter Nick Bosa, Richard Sherman and Jimmy Ward became healthy and Erik Armstead is in a contract year.

  38. The only choice is Mike McCarthy. Make him GM and give him full control. Urban Meyer isn’t going anywhere near Cleveland and no other NFL coach with any success will take the job either, so back a Brinks truck up to McCarthy’s house and make him an offer he can’t refuse.

  39. Next HC should be Jimmy Haslam so that his wife Dee can fire him next year. Seems like the only way this embarrassment will ever leave!

  40. The Browns problem for the past 20 years is keeping the wrong people and letting the right people go. Seriously, we could have this roster with Kyle Shanahan and Greg Williams as the DC and keep Dorsey as GM picking players. The Haslams screwed up by letting Dorsey pick the coach. In hindsite that Kitchens hiring decision was made by a player popularity vote

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