The worst front office in the NFL disbanded this morning with news that Jimmy Haslam was relieving Joe Banner and Mike Lombardi of their respective duties within the organization. New general manager Ray Farmer is now in charge of turning the team around, but his arrival could mean trouble for new head coach Mike Petttine.
Cleveland’s botching of their head coaching search following the firing of Rob Chudzinski likely led to the swift exit by Lombardi and Banner, and their exit could lead to another short tenure for a Cleveland Browns head coach. There’s nothing saying the Browns will fire Mike Pettine, as there is currently no one on the market who is a better option, but he might be another one-and-done with Cleveland.
Ian Rapoport from NFL Network suggested as much without really making it anything more than pure speculation.
What does #Browns upheaval mean for the future of Mike Pettine? Source says new GM Ray Farmer wasn’t present during head coach interviews
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) February 11, 2014
We all thought the idea of Rob Chudzinski being fired was crazy at the time, so we have to consider everything when looking at Pettine’s job security. Farmer won’t replace him right away, but he won’t need much motivation to do so during the season as the term ‘short leash’ has never rung more true than right now in Cleveland.
Topics: Cleveland Browns