Browns

Jimmy Haslam apologizes, pledges continuity in Berea

Hue Jackson Sashi Brown
Joshua Gunter/cleveland.com

With just four weeks to go in the NFL’s 2016 regular season, Cleveland Browns owner Jimmy Haslam is reportedly preaching patience in Berea despite the Browns staring at an 0-12 record.

As the losses have mounted, rumors of concern surrounding an owner with a quick trigger finger have begun to bubble. With the team on a bye week, however, it appears Haslam held a meeting, flanked by the front office and head coach, Hue Jackson, to discuss how the team will see this through.

Here’s CBS Sports’ Jason La Canfora:

Browns ownership, in the face of what could shape up as an 0-16 season, recently held a staff meeting for all team employees to make the case for not making coaching and management changes despite now having lost 30 of their last 33 games. Sources said owner Jimmy Haslam, his wife Dee, coach Hue Jackson, executive vice president Sashi Brown, and analytics chief Paul DePodesta all spoke at the meeting, which was intended to boost morale and make the case for staying the course despite such dire circumstances.

La Canfora adds that things got so genuine that Haslam even apologized for putting the team in this position, blaming his past hires, quick fires and took responsibility for mistakes made in the drafts held between 2013-15. The abovementioned concerns have merit when you take history into account, but earlier this week, Jackson stated he would not have taken the team’s head coaching job had he not been assured that the process in place will be given multiple seasons.

Cleveland Browns Jerseys“I have trust in the people who hired me,” Jackson said. “Those questions have been asked. I wouldn’t be standing here. You have to ask those hard questions. I feel very comfortable that they are committed to what we are trying to do.”

While Haslam pledged continuity into next season, the question will remain as to just how long the leash is on the current regime. The Browns will enter the 2016-17 offseason with a plethora of draft capital and salary cap space. If 2016 was the tear-down, it will be time for the team to start turning the on-paper assets into ones that can not only take the field, but excel when on it.

  • jpftribe

    Season Ticket Refunds for Everyone!!!!!!!

  • JM85

    Didn’t La Confora just write there was dissension in Berea? Hilarious.

  • Sam Gold

    It’s LaCanfora…it’s crap.

  • Sam Gold
  • He Hate Cans

    Haslam to the fans: “Please be patient!”
    The fans to Haslam: “Please be patient!”

  • RGB

    Rebates.

  • Bob Jarvis

    Dee to Jimmy: “Much more of this, and you’re going to BE a patient!!!!”

  • Bob Jarvis

    Retreads…

  • mgbode

    Did the Browns win today?

  • Skulb

    I really have to say this: even though I know you’re all excited about the first round draft pick and everything, the San Francisco Chip Kellys are a much, much worse football team than the Browns. You’re lucky to be in the lead.

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  • Chris

    If you ask yourself “did the Browns lose today” everyday during the season and tally it all up… you’ll say “No” roughly 110 times with only 16 losses. That’s really not all that bad.

  • Chris

    Rediculous…

    (heavy dose of poetic license on the spelling)

  • Chris

    Our “2016 NFL Participation Trophy”…
    https://media.giphy.com/media/yVdBAvbWBQmcg/giphy.gif

  • jpftribe

    Ah yes. The vaunted O’Neil defense. Been there, done that.

  • jpftribe

    Speaking of which, is he ready to run Hyde, Armstead or Staley out of town yet? We missed out on the Shady deal.

  • paulbip

    Time to draft 3 impact players rather than 20 bench players.

  • Bob Jarvis

    No, but more to the point – for the first time this season, THEY DID NOT LOSE!!!!

    Hey…it’s a start…

  • Pat Leonard

    Nowhere to go but up!

  • NankirPhelge

    BTW, it appears that the calls to measure Carson Wentz for the yellow sports jacket were a tad premature.

  • Sam Gold

    As are most conclusions about rookies reached during their rookie seasons.

  • Bob Jarvis

    This will not happen. Besides, it would be an admission that the theory of “Analytics Gonna Save Us All” is a failure. The whole Moneyball/analytics concept is built around the idea of finding “value” players – those who have a particular and valuable ability which other teams have ignored. And, perhaps most importantly (in the mind of Slick Jimmy, at least) it means finding players who A) don’t cost much but who can B) contribute to winning games. Thus far it appears the Browns have figured out how to do (A), but not so much about (B). Hue Jackson seems to think he’s going to keep his job. Pretty optimistic, IMO, given Slick Jimmy’s demonstrated tendency to toss coaching staffs to the curb, but hey – it’s his job, y’know? Maybe the supply of wannabee NFL head coaches is drying up. I doubt it – there’s one born every minute, to quote Mr. Barnum – but perhaps finding suckers is getting tougher even for an enterprising NFL owner such as Mr. Haslam. Well, hey, six more days to 0-13. In less than a month it’ll all be over except for the firings. Woo…

  • RGB

    Well, there were no reports of the Cleveland Clinic admitting any Brown’s QBs.

  • RGB

    Shhh…we have dweebometics disciples around here that get their pocket protectors in a wad when you challenge the importance of their fancy equations, and numerical models.

  • mgbode

    Did you check the Psych Ward?

  • mgbode

    100-16 record for the Cleveland Browns!

  • RGB

    They have a padded room reserved for Hue.

  • Sam Gold
  • Harv

    so what we know is that the dweeb who La Canfora calls for his “scoops” is someone invited to administration-wide meetings. Damn, Sashi, if you can’t either figure out how to root out the leakers or how to draft impact players, man, what a misuse of your Harvard tuition. Could have just read the same books on your own and paid $120 in library late charges.

  • Chris

    If Sashi had to pay for his tuition, maybe he’s not the genius Haslem assumed he is.

  • Chris

    Candidly, they better have two padded rooms.

  • Eric G

    But Gruden! TEH WENTZ IS TEH MONTANA!!

  • jpftribe

    No GIF?

  • mgbode

    GIFs get a bye week too, no?

  • Not to mention the calls for the Browns to draft him.

  • Bob Jarvis

    Personally, I have no problem with analytic models in sports. I found “Moneyball” to be a fascinating read, but I question whether such relatively simplistic analyses can be applied to a game such as gridiron football where there are a lot more players in action at any given moment. Baseball is a simple game. You throw the ball, you hit the ball, you catch the ball. Sometimes you win, sometimes you lose, and sometimes it rains. Football, on the other hand, is a mess where people are running hither and yon, banging into each other and knocking each other off course, knocking the ball out of each others hands, and generally being rude. Not Good!