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Haslam insists his Cleveland Browns are not dysfunctional
The owner says his front-office shakeup is the last of the major change he needs to win
by WKSU's M.L. SCHULTZE


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Cleveland Browns owner Jimmy Haslam characterized the overhaul of the front office today as streamlining. And he bristled at the suggestion that his team is dysfunctional. WKSU’s M.L. Schultze has more on what Haslam insists are the last major changes he plans to make.

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Joe Banner will finish out as the Browns CEO within two months -- a little more than a year after he took the job. Mike Lombardi is already done as GM.

In a sometimes prickly press conference, owner Jimmy Haslam said that means newly promoted GM Ray Farmer, rookie Coach Mike Pettine and the head of the business side of the Browns for about 15 months, Alec Scheiner, will answer directly to him. 

The news spread fast nationally, often described with words like "turmoil" and "dysfunctional." Haslam suggested that’s a creation of the media. 

“Let me say I would disagree with that, OK. I think that’s a perception that you all have set out there. And I will tell you, as I talk to people around the league or at the Super Bowl last year, people view this as a great franchise. It’s a great football area, we’re in great shape with the cap, we’re in great shape with the draft. And so, I think if you talk to people around the league, they’ll say this is a wonderful opportunity.” 

He acknowledged however, that the team has won only about a third of its games since 1991, and he needs to change that. 

Haslam refused to answer any questions about the criminal investigation of his other business, the Pilot Flying J truck stop chain, except an indirect one in which he said he expects to be spending more time with the Browns.

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Great move Haslam
The fan base deserves more from leadership role.


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