Jimmy Haslam discusses relationship with Bill Parcells, role in NFL Draft

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What a difference a year makes. About this time in 2013, Jimmy Haslam was reassuming his role as chairman of Pilot Flying J, placing the Cleveland Browns in the hands of Joe Banner and Mike Lombardi, and speaking only through press releases and legal filters. There was a point where the team he had just purchased was merely a line item within a world in disarray. Today, though still under the microscope of legal scrutiny, the team’s majority owner has reassumed his role of a hands-on owner, sitting down with Browns beat writer Tony Grossi to discuss the lay of the land in Berea.

Grossi and Haslam discussed the team’s relationship with Alex Mack (Jimmy believes Alex wants to play in Cleveland), Bill Parcells (he’s not coming to Cleveland), and Brian Hoyer (he’s a “gamer.”). But the biggest takeaway, in what was another offseason of front office turmoil and severed solid and dotted lines, is the fact that Haslam says that the NFL Draft will be entirely in the hands of general manager Ray Farmer and head coach Mike Pettine.

“We will agree strategically that these are the positions we’ll concentrate on, but Ray and Mike and the football guys will make those football decisions,” said Haslam. “Zero chance [I tell Ray to draft a certain player or position]. We will have so many conversations between now and the draft about who we’re picking, this position or that one, who are the top three or four. We will be all planned out. That’s what getting ready’s all about. We’ll all participate.”

Given the current organizational structure, with Farmer, Pettine and team president Alec Scheiner reporting directly through Haslam, it appears, at least in quote, that things are headed in the right direction—a far cry from this mess, anyway.

  • bossman09

    An Article talking about what was said in another article – Yawn.

  • Jason Hurley

    Constructive feedback! Hooray!

  • RGB

    If you expect me to believe there won’t be a “Hey, Raybone, why don’t you take a closer looksee at this here Johnny Football feller” conversation, I’ve got some oceanfront property in Arizona I’d like to sell you.

  • mgbode

    unless it was Lombardi that was so fascinated with the works of the Tyler, Texas native Jonathan Paul Manziel

  • The only way I ever want to be subjected to Grossi’s work is via someone else’s.

  • Wow

    I skip over anything related to Grossi.

  • Ronald

    The only reason I read this was I thought it would mention more about Parcells involvement with the Browns draft. Wrong!