Over the last few weeks, the Cleveland Browns have found themselves in the news for reasons that generally are not good. Owner Jimmy Haslam fired head coach Rob Chudzinski after only one season at the helm. Their subsequent coaching search dragged on and become a bit of a running joke.
And now, Haslam has decided to more or less completely blow things up. The team announced earlier today that they have fired general manager Mike Lombardi, and will transition team CEO Joe Banner out of the organization over the next two months (HR better hide the office supplies!).
The folks at Dawgs by Nature are quite pleased by this, although they probably want to see Haslam go as well. And that might happen sooner rather than later. Several executives from his family business, Pilot Flying J, have pled guilty to basically scamming trucking companies out of $7 million in rebates. Ten people have been charged with various crimes, and the odds seem to be ever increasing that Haslam could face an indictment. The GIFs of that perp walk will be fun!
Based on the press conference from earlier today, Jimmy Haslam apparently might be taking more of a hands-on approach with things. New GM Ray Farmer will have final say over the 53-man roster, but he will report directly to Haslam, instead of a team president. The same holds true for new head coach Mike Pettine, and team president Alec Scheiner, who will focus on the business side of the operation.
Whether or not the Browns are in a better situation with these changes remains to be seen. Farmer is a respected personnel man, but this organization seems to reek of disfunction. As bad as things can get around the league, most franchise fan bases will at least be able to say, "At least we're not the Browns."