BREAKING NEWS: Mike Holmgren To Leave Browns

Goodbye Holmgren. Haslam’s first move as owner will likely be bringing in a new face as president.

Praise Cleveland

New Cleveland Browns owner Jimmy Haslam, whose takeover of the team was officially approved Tuesday, will name Joe Banner the team’s CEO/president and current president Mike Holmgren will leave the organization, sources told ESPN NFL Insider Ed Werde

The timing of Holmgren’s departure from the Browns is unclear. While a source tells Werder that he could leave the organization soon, a league source told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter that Holmgren will finish out the 2012 season with the Browns.



Haslem has a news conference scheduled for Tuesday afternoon and will announce the Banner move, the sources said. It is unknown if Holmgren’s status will be addressed at the news conference.

Haslem will close his deal to buy the Browns with Randy Lerner on Oct. 25 but these changes will take place before then.

Holmgren, the former head coach of the Green Bay Packers and Seattle Seahawks

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Posted by on October 16, 2012 in Uncategorized


Haslam To Name Banner Top Executive Tuesday

CBS Cleveland

CHICAGO (92.3 The Fan) – Jimmy Haslam is wasting no time reshaping the Cleveland Browns organization.

Haslam named former Eagles president Joe Banner as the team’s new CEO and president effective Oct. 25 Tuesday afternoon.

“Joe and Mike [Holmgren] will work together over the next 3 or 3 ½ months to help transition in seamless fashion to bring a winner to the Cleveland Browns,” Haslam said. “We couldn’t have two better people to help us with this transition.”

Current team president Mike Holmgren, who did not make the trip to Chicago, was informed of the pending move over the weekend and has decided to retire at the end of the season.

“Mike has decided that his role would change a lot with us coming in and taking a more active role,” Haslam said. “He will work very closely with us over the next three months to make sure the transition…

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Posted by on October 16, 2012 in Uncategorized


Cleveland Browns get their first win!

In the Battle of Ohio against the Cincinnati Bengals, the Cleveland Browns got their first win of the season – improving to 1-5 on the season. The Browns snapped a 11 game losing streak dating back to last season. Let’s get win number 2!


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Posted by on October 15, 2012 in Uncategorized


Cleveland ’95: Where Are They Now?

The Cleveland ’95 Special was excellent! It however brought up bad memories from what could have been with the Browns had Art not suddenly moved to Baltimore. Still, I have faith in the Browns that we can achieve greatness someday.

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The year was 1995.  Netscape Navigator was the most-used Internet browser.  “Toy Story” was the top grossing movie.  “Friends” had just started its 10-season run as a sitcom mainstay.  Foo Fighters released their first of many epic albums.

In the National Football League, the Cleveland Browns entered the fall of ’95 as an AFC contender and exited it in the most nightmarish way possible … with the stunning announcement that the team would move to Baltimore. While Baltimore inherited a franchise that would eventually deliver a Lombardi Trophy, Cleveland fans are left to ponder “what if …” Coach Bill Belichick had amassed a talented staff, many of whom were no-names in the mid-90s, but became the backbone of many teams’ front offices and coaching staffs in the years to come. This is a then-and-now look at those future coaches and general managers who worked under Belichick in Cleveland.

“A Football…

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Posted by on October 4, 2012 in Uncategorized


Haslam To Fox Business: Browns Changes Won’t Be Immediate

It will be interesting to see what changes occur under the new ownership. Hopefully we can see the playoffs in our near future…and eventually that elusive Super Bowl appearance.

CBS Cleveland

CLEVELAND (92.3 The Fan) – It has been assumed that once Jimmy Haslam III is approved this month as owner of the Browns that the house cleaning will immediately begin.

Not so fast.

In an interview with FOX Business, Haslam told the network that he has no plans to make any decisions on personnel right away.

“We don’t officially own the team yet, and we’ve said all along that we’re not going to make any comments on personnel changes until after we own the team,” Haslam told the network. “It’s in about two weeks, and candidly we’ll be halfway through the football season so any personnel decisions we make would be made toward the end of the year.”

NFL owners are scheduled to meet Oct. 16-17 in Chicago where they are expected to approve the sale of the team to Haslam for $1 billion.

The sale put the futures of…

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Posted by on October 4, 2012 in Uncategorized


Mistakes Hurt Browns In Loss To Bengals

Browns are looking better this season. Trent Richardson performed well in his second start with the team after missing all of preseason and a lackluster first game with the Browns. Weeden bounced back after a horrible showing during his first start. However, Weeden is the only rookie quarterback without a win of the five rookies this year.

I am excited to see what the Browns can do next game against the Buffalo Bills.

CBS Cleveland

BEREA (AP) — Browns linebacker D’Qwell Jackson started to guess the number of missed tackles in Sunday’s loss at Cincinnati but stopped himself before tossing out a figure.

“A ton,” he said.

Coach Pat Shurmur wouldn’t divulge the count, either, but hinted that is was substantial.

“You guys can probably come up with a number,” he told reporters.

Too many.

Poor tackling, penalties, blown coverage by the secondary and other mistakes contributed to a 34-27 loss to the Bengals and negated several positives for the winless Browns, who received sensational, bounce-back performances from rookie running back Trent Richardson and quarterback Brandon Weeden, but still came up short.

On Monday, Shurmur and his coaching staff went over the game tape and worked with the young Browns on “corrections.” There’s plenty to fix.

And it should probably start on special teams. The Browns fell into a 7-0 hole less than two minutes…

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Posted by on September 18, 2012 in Uncategorized


Browns’ Richardson Back in Business

BEREA, Ohio — The Cleveland Browns are under a week away from their first game of the regular season and home opener against the Philadelphia Eagles and it looks like they will have their first round draft pick, Trent Richardson, in the backfield.

Richardson practiced with the team for the first time since minor knee surgery August 9. Coach Pat Shurmur has been hopeful that Richardson would start Week One, and he said he should be the starter.

“If he’s ready to go, he’ll be our starter,” Shurmur said.

Cornerback Joe Haden, who could potentially face suspension for testing positive for a NFL banned substance, refused to comment on whether or not he will face suspension. He did say, however, this could be his best year yet.

“I feel like this is the best I’ve played cornerback in my life,” Haden said.

Haden also commented on Richardson’s return. He said…

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Posted by on September 3, 2012 in Uncategorized