Many people, including myself, thought that owner Jimmy Haslam would turn around the Cleveland Browns when he bought the franchise a few years ago after spending time working for the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Instead the Browns are still…the Browns. Which means they continue to fire head coaches and use about three different starting quarterbacks every season.
Haslam wrote a letter to Browns season-ticket owners expressing that he’s “devoted” to making big changes to help the team win.
Here’s the letter, via Cleveland.com:
Dear Season Ticket Member,
While we were faced with difficult decisions at the end of the 2015 season, we immediately focused our attention on finding strong, smart leaders with high character who would be relentless in their efforts to advance our football team. We knew it was necessary to find the right individuals who would embrace collaboration and be comprehensive in all areas as we implement a more effective approach to create short and long-term success.
As we strive to establish that for Cleveland, hiring Head Coach Hue Jackson was a critical step in building the winning environment that the Browns and you as a season ticket member deserve. We are confident in Hue and his ability to make intelligent choices and lead our players to reach their full potential. This was evident from our in-depth conversations with him, as well as the vast support from the NFL players, coaches and staff who have benefited from his contributions during their careers. Hue is passionate, competitive and driven to succeed, all of which are important attributes towards building an expectation of winning but that also reflects you as a Browns fan.
As we have begun making the necessary changes for 2016, we are excited about the opportunities for our team to grow and develop by empowering respected leaders in our front office and adding to the talent of our players, including through having two of the first 32 picks in the upcoming NFL Draft.
Your support and loyalty to the Browns is beyond compare, and as the stewards of this franchise, we take to heart the task of rewarding your incredible passion. We are fully committed to providing you a winning football organization that properly represents you, our great city and fans.
We are devoted to making significant improvements and giving you a team that you can be proud of for years to come. We greatly respect and appreciate your unmatched dedication to the Browns, especially during home games in 2016 that will feature our AFC North rivals, along with premier matchups against the Cowboys, Patriots and Giants.
Dee and Jimmy Haslam
Sounds good, but time will only tell if Jimmy Haslam can help turn the lowly Browns around.