NFL Rumors: Banner to “clean house” as soon as season ends

With one game remaining until the “end of the season” that was promised before any actions were taken, Pro Football Weekly reports that the Cleveland Browns will waste zero time when it comes to revamping their front office.

Joe Banner is cleaning house as soon as the season ends. He’s not going to waste much time. He’s been researching this thing for some time. They are going to move fast to get their guys.

Black Monday will undoubtedly cast clouds throughout the league and has been the case through many seasons within the last decade, the Browns will be a major player in the season-end game of musical chairs as head coach Pat Shumrur and general manager Tom Heckert are likely to be relieved of their collective duties.

Given that the writing has been on the wall for quite some time, as Shumur is staring at a combined record of 9-23 over the course of the last two seasons, the operative piece of the sourced quote is “their guys.”

Many names have been rumored to be linked to the (presently) 5-10 Browns in one capacity or another, including New England’s Josh McDaniels, Oregon’s Chip Kelly and Alabama’s Nick Saban. Who winds up being the next name on a laundry list of would-be leaders remains to be seen. What is known is that team owner Jimmy Haslam prides himself on continuity — whomever is brought in to be the next hopeful savior will be the man here for a long, long time. At least until he isn’t.

[Related: Browns limping in, but still have one more chance to shine]

(h/t to RyInCbus)

  • question:

    does this apply to players? because I still do believe we have a pretty good core of young players. It would be a shame to cut ties with many of these guys, especially the o and d line

  • saggy

    Can’t wait.

  • King Me

    Most of the talk is saying that Banner will focus bringing in new guys for the front office. I expect the Browns to be active in free agency (OLB anyone?), but our core group of players should be staying put.

  • @TheDeePagel

    In my opinion….Shurmur was worst coach of Browns in my lifetime. 1978-present.

  • bleedingorangeandbrown

    FTFY: “with one *game left remaining until the . . . .”

  • Kenny_Chill

    I don’t really care who they bring in, I just hope staff and players stick around for a while. In my opinion, one of the biggest problems the Browns have is rebuilding every two years. At some point, you just have to accept the early losses and let people grow into their roles.

  • irregulara

    Allow me to fantasize for a sec:

    Dwayne Bowe
    Greg Jennings
    Wes Welker

    William Moore
    Dashon Goldson

  • Roosevelt

    You know how sports media says things like, “the last time this team did xxx was in 1954”? The implication is that no matter what changes, the team is still the team. And this team is still the Browns.

  • markn95

    I’ll miss Heckert. I understand the fans who knock him for not “passing up” RGIII and Julio Jones, but he pretty much hit on all the major picks he did make (seriously, his only complete bust was Marecic and that was a third-day pick. QB’s were sketchy too, but that may have been on Uncle Mike). If the next 3 drafts of new GM (or whatever they call him) are as productive as Heckert’s last 3, the Browns will be a playoff contender for a long, long time.

  • cmm13

    Sounds about right ….. sign up Reid and Vick as well and we are the Eagles Dream Team v2.0

  • 216in614

    All I ask for is they bring in guys who are willing to create a system around the young guys we have talents. I pray to go Haslam noticed what pittsburg has done and does that here. Same system. Just keep drafting guys that fit. Don’t change every 2-3 years.

  • thebearchoo

    Thinking the Eric Hagg/Usama Young tandem is acceptable to put on the field on a regular basis is a borderline unforgivable sin if you ask me.

    He’s been better than past GMs, but his time certainly hasn’t been without headscratchers.

  • bridgecrosser

    There is no way he is worse than Romeo. Romeo was a better coordinator but a worse H.C.

  • bridgecrosser

    Joe Banner wont sign any FA over 30. So there are a few names there that will be chopped.

  • C-Bus Kevin

    I am all for continuity, but losing double digit games every single season isn’t what I had in mind.

    It’s time to hit the reset button on the losing culture that has infected the Browns since their rebirth in ’99. New coach, new GM, new pres, and even a new owner. Call me optimistic, but I think this change will be a positive turning point when we look back on it.

  • TSR3000

    Romeo got us 10 wins.

  • swilson13

    yes but a failure to beat the Bengals cost his team a trip to the post season

  • webdawg01

    Here’s a thought… how about bringing in some people who will win games… maybe make the playoffs some day

  • LaundroMat

    That’s on Derek Anderson.

  • Vindictive_Pat

    Ugh, why do I stay on this carousel? It only makes me sick. New Browns front office version 4.0… let’s do this!

  • sauage

    nick saban is a joke. hiring him will be a huge mistale