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Report: Cleveland Browns fire General Manager Ray Farmer

Cleveland Browns GM Ray Farmer
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The Cleveland Browns have reportedly kicked off their explosive offseason. Before the game today versus the Pittsburgh Steelers, according to the NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, General Manager Ray Farmer was “relieved of his duties.” The timing is curious that it occurred before the game on Sunday because Farmer was seen by TV cameras sitting and watching the Browns yield to an adoring Steelers fan base in the stadium. Alas, it appears that the man who was found guilty of texting has done so for the last time on behalf of the Cleveland Browns.

Ray Farmer has had a tumultuous career as the Browns general manager. Even with the suspension for texting to the sidelines on his resume, Farmer’s worst credit is his drafting in the first round. Under his tenure, the Browns have used their four first round picks on cornerback Justin Gilbert, quarterback Johnny Manziel, defensive tackle Danny Shelton and offensive lineman Cameron Erving. 2014’s picks seem to be the more egregious, especially after the lack of performance by Gilbert and Manziel over the last two seasons. There must not have been a strong argument for Farmer to keep his job according to Jimmy Haslam.

But, this only starts the offseason of change. According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, Browns Head Coach Mike Pettine will meet with Jimmy Haslam at 7 p.m. to learn that he will also be let go. It seems like it is going to be another crazy and wild offseason for the Cleveland Browns.

So what’s next for the Cleveland Browns in terms of leadership? Tony Grossi of ESPN Cleveland indicates that it will be Alec Scheiner and former Jaguars legal mind Sashi Brown who joined the Cleveland Browns a couple years ago.

Stay tuned for more…

  • The_Real_Shamrock
  • Technically you shouldn’t be celebrating right now since the Browns haven’t hired his replacement yet. Keep in mind he could be even worse than Farmer.

  • The_Real_Shamrock

    Now for the bad news: Scheiner & their statistician/lawyer are reportedly candidates to move up in the organization. So for all of those people who didn’t want to believe Scheiner was whispering sweet nothings into Haslam’s ear think about it now.

  • The_Real_Shamrock

    Read the follow up I just posted.

  • Ack! Posted at the same time.

  • JM85

    You mean they’re not even conducting a GM search? Yikes.

  • If Sashi Brown became GM, he could just hire a assistant GM and/or Director of player personnel to handle player scouting and what not. Not sure what Schreiner would bring to the table.

  • Sam Gold
  • The_Real_Shamrock

    I don’t even want to think about this kind of scenario because it’s the complete opposite (in a bad way) of the way they should be going, in my opinion.

  • The_Real_Shamrock

    ESPN Stats & Info ‏@ESPNStatsInfo 2m2 minutes ago

    ESPN Stats & Info Retweeted SportsCenter

    Since 2008, Browns have had 5 different head coaches. The rest of the AFC North has not changed coaches in that span

  • RGB
  • RGB

    If Scheiner becomes GM, I’ll burn every bit of Browns gear I own.

  • The_Real_Shamrock

    I don’t even want to think about it, seriously.

  • RGB

    Reports are that Sashi is an analytics guy. NOOOOOOOOOOO!

  • Isn’t the GM of the Cavs a analytics guy or is that someone else?

  • mrdot

    Oh boy, two years of being the NFL version of the 76ers. #TrustTheSystem

  • Good news/Bad news Sashi will not be the GM, but instead is the Executive VP of football operations.

  • RGB

    He has LBJ and Gilbert’s bottomless pit of money.

  • RGB

    Ugh.

  • The_Real_Shamrock

    Mary Kay Cabot ‏@MaryKayCabot 28s28 seconds agoCleveland, OH
    Jed Hughes, who will help with coach search, was a LB coach with #Browns in 1989

  • RGB

    And the Yinzers from 84-88. Stellar teams those were. Oh boy.

  • The_Real_Shamrock

    I was all for Farmer and Pettine being canned with the hope/belief that Haslam would conduct his next hirings in a more prototypical fashion. Instead Haslam promotes his stat/lawyer to VP of football operations, announces they would be hiring a HC before a GM and that he and a former LB Coach from 1989 along with Dee and an outside firm would be choosing the next HC. WHAT? HUH?

    Browns fans save yourself while you still can!!!

  • RGB
  • The_Real_Shamrock
  • saggy

    i need one final text from Ray

  • CB Everett

    “Hughes, a former defensive backs coach under Bud Carson in 1989, has helped teams hire Pete Carroll in Seattle, Andy Reid in Kansas City, Bill O’Brien in Houston and Dan Quinn in Atlanta.”

    Come on…don’t resort to the brainless ramblings of trolls above. It’s bad, but let’s keep our senses!

  • CB Everett

    This is like Christmas for you! So happy for you!

  • WFNY_DP

    This is what Scheiner wants you to do, so you can buy more!

  • RGB

    I’m actually more concerned about Jimmah giving the pro-analytics-bean-counter Sashi final say over personnel.

  • The_Real_Shamrock

    Not at all in fact quite the opposite I just wish there was more of us who saw this disaster coming!

  • JM85

    The homers don’t see the obvious.