Jan 11, 2013; Berea, OH, USA; Cleveland Browns owner Jimmy Haslam III during a press conference at the team

Owner Jimmy Haslam: Not the same old Browns, not the Three Stooges


The Cleveland Browns fired head coach Rob Chudzinski after just one 4-12 season. The move goes against what the team had preached all season, things like stability and the long-term.

From Michael David Smith of Pro Football Talk:

“There’s nothing — and you all have every right to write it — that galls me more than to read on Monday mornings, ‘Same old Browns.’ Because that’s not what we’re all about, and that’s not what we came here for,” Haslam said.

One reporter at the press conference asked Haslam whether he, Browns CEO Joe Banner and G.M. Mike Lombardi are “The Three Stooges running this organization.” Haslam insisted that he and the men he hired know what they’re doing, although he acknowledged that firing the head coach after one 4-12 season will be met with some skepticism.

“We deserve the skepticism,” Haslam said.

Considering the last four head coaches fired in the AFC North division have all been from the Browns, you could argue Haslam’s point. It doesn’t point to stability when you’ve had three head coaches over five seasons and four coaches over the last six seasons.

Romeo Crennel was fired after the 2008 season, Eric Mangini after the 2010 season, Pat Shurmur after the 2012 season and now Chudzinski. They’ve spent a lot of money getting rid of head coaches.

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  • Josh Hart

    In what way isn’t this the same old Browns Jimmy? Looks like the same dysfunctional organization to me.