For years, Browns fans have wondered when is enough going to be enough. The team has lost more games than most expansion teams in the history of NFL expansion teams. In the 13 years since returning to the NFL, they have a record of 68-140. The team has had 6 head coaches, 16 starting quarterbacks and have only appeared in 1 play-off game which they lost.
The Browns have a winning percentage of .327 since returning to the NFL. There are only 2 teams in the history of the NFL that have had a worse winning percentage. We have to go back to the 1967 New Orleans Saints who had a .304 win percentage and the 1976 Tampa Bay team who is the worst with a .293 win percentage.
9 NFL teams have come into the league and done better than the Browns. The fans in Cleveland are still wondering when is enough going to be enough. Before the 2012 season started, fans were promised by the former Browns president who said, “I know a few things about quarterbacks,” the team was going to be much improved. He forced the former general manager of the Cleveland Browns to draft a 28-year-old quarterback with the teams second pick in the 2012 NFL draft.
The Browns won 5 games during the 2012 season. The Fans in Cleveland watched in horror, as the teams 16th starting quarterback set a record for sucking in his first game in the National Football league. People where in total shock and wondered again, when is enough going to be enough.
You see, for years it was an honor and a privilege to be a Browns fan. That was back in the day when the team was dependable, the team actually won football games. That was the real Cleveland Browns that didn’t leave people wondering when was enough going to be enough. That was the team the former owner Art Model moved to Baltimore.
AS one fan put it this week;
Banner says to McCoy .”You are in our plans” fits right in .Let Dawson walk . Fits right in .I have been a fan since 1963 .I am a regular at Drifters in Myrtle Beach for opining day.I fit right in. NO MORE I am done. Model drove a stake through the heart of my Browns which will never rise again .This new version of the browns has sucked from day one .They need to change the name and bury the colors.
When the Cleveland Browns were sold last season the fans felt a sense of rejuvenation. They thought maybe the time has come when enough is going to be enough. They listened as the new owner Jimmy Haslam III, came into Cleveland and put on his show with his smooth southern drawl, and some thought wow, enough is really going to be enough this time, finally the team has been taken over by a guy who means business.
And they were right. Jimmy Haslam is all about business. The bottom line is all that really matters with Jimmy Haslam. For the shake of whats going on now with the teams new owner we will refer to him throughout the rest of this article as Haslammer. He could be ending up there soon enough.
It is starting to look as though enough is never enough for Jimmy Haslam III. Even though the guy is a billionaire, he still felt the need to fraud people out of money they had coming in fuel rebates. His company, Pilot Flying J, is under a criminal investigation for stealing money from their customers. Pilot Flying J worked out a deal that was suppose to give their customers rebates for using their fuels.
Guess what, Pilot Flying J didn’t do that. Instead they ripped off their customers thinking they were too stupid and lazy to ever stop and figure it out. The company even made statements saying people were too lazy to stop and figure it out. Haslam and his people running his empire took advantage of their customers and then called them too stupid to figure it out.
Jimmy Haslam III and his employees think they are smarter than everyone else. Here is a guy making billions of dollars who has been accused of stealing money from trusting customers, why? Because with these guys enough is never enough. Sometime the more you have, the more you want.
This brings us to Haslammer’s ownership of the Cleveland Browns. When he bought the team he came to Cleveland and he made all kinds of promises about building a winner. Was he telling the truth? We don’t know yet, it is too early in the process to say whether or not he was telling the truth. What we do now is the team hasn’t made any giant moves to improve as of yet.
Could Haslam be setting the people in Cleveland up for failure? Think about it. Here you have a guy who is never happy with enough. He pays over a billion dollars for an NFL franchise that loses all the time. Why would he do that?
The man is obviously out to make as much money as he can. WHAT IF Haslammer wants the Browns to fail? What if he could build a NFL team that was so bad the fans in Cleveland would be glad if he moved them and sold them to someone else.
It could be part of his motive. Who are we to know. Look at some of the scenarios that have taken place under the Haslam ownership;
After last season Haslam comes out and tells the Cleveland Media, he is not happy about Weeden at all. He and Banner said Weeden had 7 games to prove himself. Then a couple of weeks ago Haslammer changes his tune and says, Weeden had a decent season last year and he looks forward to seeing him this year. That statement about Weeden, all by itself, makes it look like Haslam plans to create an even bigger loser here in Cleveland. There have been a lot of very puzzling decisions from the owner and management in the last few months.
I hope the NFL doesn’t drag its feet in reacting to this situation. They broke with tradition and let Haslam mostly finance the purchase price — a lot like a buyer would do who planned to “flip this house” quickly.
For all the Browns fan loyalty, this team has a long-standing culture of losing and how long would it take for that willingness to wait to run out? What better target for a move like you describe, Bob, than Cleveland?
There is already a blueprint for moving the team to a new city. The biggest mistake Model made was hiring a coaching staff that had the Browns on the verge of making the playoff when he brought in the moving vans.
Look at the coaching hires, with the exception of Horton. There’s a whole lot of losing behind the offensive coaches. Chud had one of the most talented young QBs in the NFL and couldn’t put together a winning season. Turner was a great offensive coordinator for 3 years in Dallas 20 years ago — not a lot of winning since.
Look at the free agent pick ups — hardly a bona-fide starter among them and a whole lot of 3rd string back ups
I wonder what our draft is going to look like.
Part of the about statement comes from my good friend and long time Browns fan ABrown.
Right now anything is possible with Haslammer and the Cleveland Browns. Another long time Browns fan and someone I consider a friend had this to say;
Okay, here’s what I think is going to happen with Jimmy Haslammer before the season starts.
NFL will contact him and tell him that they won’t take over the team, but he (Haslammer) should announce he is stepping aside to let the NFL take over until the investigation and charges are cleared. That way, NFL saves a little face for picking him and Jimmy looks like on his own, he is making the decision for the good of the team, so there will be no distraction (even though it will be a distraction) for the team going into 2013.
I am kind of wondering now if the NFL got wind of this late last year, thus forcing Lombardi in as a overseer from the NFL already. Just guessing because I don’t understand why they would be hiding Lombardi so much and being so weird about his title. Yes, I know Cleveland is not a fan of Lombardi, but why did they bring him in? If a team or company hires someone, wouldn’t they be proud of that person and proudly show him off? Also, why did Banner get so much power so quickly? It’s as if Haslammer got Banner and Lombardi in place before this whole thing went down. I know it may sound far fetched, but it may explain why Haslammer went back to Flying J, why Banner has so much power and why Lombardi was brought in. And then picking Chud, a hometown fan/coach as the head coach? Picking Chud was perfect for this Haslammer problem right now. Chud would automatically get support from the fanbase because he is a fan coming in as head coach even with the whole Haslammer problem. What do you think LG?
I’ll tell you what I think Bob, I think the best football fans in the world are still wondering when is enough going to be enough. I think it is only a matter of time before the NFL steps in and tries to distance itself from Haslammer and his Pilot Flying J fiasco. I thing the last thing the NFL wants right now is a distraction like this. If this criminal investigation continues to get worse for Haslammer and his company, the NFL will step in and take control of the team.
The Cleveland Fans will still be wondering when is it going to be enough and Haslammer will never have enough. That’s what I think. Tell us what you think. Leave your thoughts and comments below.
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