Haslam era starts off with a BANG!

Whether you agree or disagree with the direction of the team one thing is for sure: Haslam means business!

Shortly after telling Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer that he wouldn’t make any changes until the end of the season, Haslam has already made his first ‘change’. Mike Holmgren is out, and Joe Banner is in. 

The details of the ‘change’ go like this…

  • Mike Holmgren will remain President of the Browns until the end of this season. 
  • Joe Banner will be CEO effective October 25th.

Haslam went on to say in his press conference that “he has spent more time with Mike Holmgren than anyone else in the organization” and that “he and Mike have a great relationship.” The plan to overlap Holmgren and Banner is to help “make the transition as seamless as possible."

Who’s next to be pushed out the door you ask? Well, Haslam hit that one head onbefore Q & A even started. “This will be the only personnel change we will make before the end of the season” and “I’m not saying there will be any personnel changes at the end of the season."

Let me translate that for you: Shurmur and Heckert are safe for now. Barring a miraculous turnaround, it’s likely that one (probably Shurmur) or both could be dismissed at the end of the season.

How do you feel about the change in ownership and the direction of the team at this point? What other house-keeping items do you think Haslam should address now or later? 

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Garry Kanter October 18, 2012 at 01:02 PM
NOW IT CAN BE TOLD: The NFL has been running the Browns ever since Holmgren got here. Mission Accomplished.
Justin Waite October 18, 2012 at 01:17 PM
Tom - I agree, I think Pat Shurmur could potentially save his job if he wins a handful more games this year. However, we all know that isn't the going to be the most likely scenario. Guess we'll have to see, we definitely have some winnable games left. This week against the Colts, the Chargers are also beatable... the Steelers aren't scaring anyone this year and the Ravens are beat up on Defense. Keep in mind, we almost beat them in Baltimore when they were healthy! I feel like this team really is on the verge of a winning season. Jack, very interesting perspective. I think it's funny that you stopped watching the Browns because the Lerner family didn't seem to care. I wish I would've done the same, it's been a lot of painful seasons. I agree with your outlook on Haslam. He says ALL the right things. I really like that he always talks about his greatest assets being the 'people' and I think he really gets it! Only time will tell...
Murphy-Solon October 18, 2012 at 01:39 PM
Heckert should stay. I think the biggest difference going forward will be on offense. Like Jerry Jones, Haslam understands the he is offering an entertainment product. The era of the stud receiver will be coming to Cleveland. So long Mohammed Massaquoi ( sp) . I'm not suggesting that Haslam will interfere like Jerry Jones, just saying that Haslam will be all about the entertainment experience on and off the field. Larger video screens........whoopee
Justin Waite October 18, 2012 at 01:54 PM
Murphy you are right about that! He definitely understand the link between superstar players and putting butts in the seats. I hope he takes care of Season Ticket holders. Perhaps discounted beef jerky and gas discounts and Pilot Travel Centers? (j/k) Seriously though, if he can enhance the gameday experience for season ticket holders, I'd likely make a run at season tickets. which I something I would have never even considered under the Lerner family.
Murphy-Solon October 18, 2012 at 02:01 PM
Well Justin, I have been a season ticket holder for years. The video screens are puny and they don't show that many replays. I don't expect the price of beer to go down. They are now charging $9 for a 12 ounce cup of beer. I get my fill before the game and drink soda during the game. Haslam just paid one billion bucks for the team so our claim to the lowest ticket prices in the NFL will soon disappear.


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