Cleveland Browns owner Jimmy Haslam announced today that CEO Joe Banner will step down in the next two months and GM Michael Lombardi would be leaving the team.
Assistant GM Ray Farmer was promoted and will take over football operations and lead the Browns during free agency and the draft.
Not there’s anything wrong with that…
Haslam said “The purpose of these moves is to unify our team with one, unequivocal goal: Provide our fans with the winning organization they have long deserved.”
Just remember, it’s not a lie if you believe it.
Let’s recap the timeline. Haslam buys team. Hires Joe Banner. Fires Pat Shurmer and Tom Heckert. Hires Rob Chudzinski. Hires Michael Lombardi. Fires Rob Chudzinski. Hires Mike Pettine. Fires Joe Banner and Michael Lombardi. Hires Ray Farmer.
Remember, he bought the team in August 2012. That is only 18 months of team ownership. 18 months!!
This guy is a bad breaker-upper!
About Joe Banner, Haslam said, “We appreciate Joe’s contributions to the Cleveland Browns, especially in helping us as new owners. We thank him for his work and dedication. We wish him and his family the best.”
That’s a shame.
“It is bittersweet leaving the Browns organization,” Banner said. “I am proud of the talented individuals we brought in to help lead this team and feel that the Cleveland Browns are in good hands moving forward.”
I’m speechless. I have no speech.
“We’re also grateful for Mike Lombardi’s efforts and commitment since rejoining our organization,”
Hi, my name is Mike, I’m unemployed and I live with my parents.
“We’re going to go to work, and we’re fully committed to make this organization a winner,” Haslam said.
Yada yada yada…
With all of this drama done, and Haslam saying he doesn’t think any more major changes will happen, Browns fans everywhere only have this to say:
Serenity now! Serenity now!
Wait! One more. We’ll leave you with this one: Today, the Browns fired two boobs.
They’re real, and they’re spectacular!
All right, that’s it for me. You’ve been great. Good night everybody!