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Cleveland Browns top two execs are gone; Farmer takes over as GM
Haslam says the goal is "to unify our team"
by WKSU's M.L. SCHULTZE


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Ray Farmer is the Browns new GM, one of three men who will answer directly to owner Jimmy Haslam.
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The Cleveland Browns turn over at the top continues.

Ray Farmer has been promoted to replace Mike Lombardi as GM, and CEO Joe Banner – who’s been with the team for a year -- will be gone in two months.

The team reported the overhaul this morning. The changes follow by a month the hiring of a new head coach, Mike Pettine, in what turned out to be the last head-coaching vacancy in the NFL.

A statement by Browns owner Jimmy Haslam says the team “wanted to capitalize on the knowledge, experience and character we're fortunate to have in Ray Farmer. Ray has a tremendous football IQ, he's compelling, and he understands the types of players we need to acquire and develop in order to win in Cleveland.”

WKSU sports commentator Terry Pluto says the timing is confusing:

LISTEN: Pluto on the roles of Farmer, Banner and Lombardi

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"Usually when you fire a coach so quickly as the Browns did after the season, if you want to get rid of the front office, ... you do that all at once.The Browns allowed Joe Banner and Michael Lombardi to be two of the guys along with owner Jimmy Haslam to hire the new coach, Mike Pettine. And in fact Ray Farmer, the new general manager, was not in on the original coach hiring interviews."

The Browns statement also wishes Banner the best, and says it is grateful for Lombardi’s efforts.

And it says the reason for the change “is to unify our team with one, unequivocal goal: Provide our fans with the winning organization they have long deserved.”

The Browns have seven of the first 120 picks in the upcoming NFL draft, and five players made the Pro Bowl. But the team record last season was 4-12.

Click here to link to the Browns statement.

Listener Comments:

I am a life long Browns fan. Earliest memories are the 1954 title game against Detroit where we killed'em. This whole Jimmy Haslam deal has been very disturbing. Someone named the executive team the 3 stooges well I guess we only have 1 stooge left. Come on Mr. Ray Farmer show us what you got and please DO NOT draft Johnny Manziel until the 7th round


Posted by: John C Duquette (Port Colborne,On.) on February 12, 2014 5:02AM
The Browns have imploded! We are the laughing stock in the country. Haslam assuming the CEO title is a joke since he will be indicted very soon. I think Banner did not want to be a part of Haslam shenanigans any more. Without Banner Lombardi his hand picked man opted out as well.
Haslam doesn't know a thing about putting a winning team on the field.


Posted by: Mark P (Cleveland) on February 11, 2014 4:02AM
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