The owner of the Cleveland Browns, Jimmy Haslam III letter to the fans is troublesome to say the least. It appears as though, he is trying to convince the world what an attractive job, being the head coach of the Cleveland Browns is.
He fails to realize, it isn't the fact the team is young, it isn't the fact the team has 5 pro bowl players, it isn't the fact the team has 3 picks in the top 35 of the upcoming NFL draft. It is the fact the team is run by the 3 stooges that presents the problem.
The biggest mistake Haslam III made after he bought the team was naming Joe Banner into his position of power. This guy is nothing but a penny pincher brought into Cleveland to squeeze every penny out of the fans pockets he can, to place them in the team's owners pocket.
Haslam should have investigated how Banner operated before putting him in the top spot in the teams front office. To compound the error, they brought in Michael Lombardi and then had to had him from the media and the public.
This is how Haslam assembled what is known as the 3 stooges today. The Cleveland Browns front office is viewed by prospective coaching candidates as a bunch of sneaky guys who would stab one in the back in a moments notice.
For those of you who think Jimmy Haslam is a great guy, I urge you to look at how he hung his 9 or so employees of Pilot Flying J out to dry in the rebate ripoff his company was running. To this day Haslam III maintains he didn't know anything about what was taking place in his company.
How could all that money end up on his books without him knowing about it? He talked about his hands on approach to everything he does and yet he didn't know there was millions of extra dollars in his companies checking account.
Writing letters is nothing new to Jimmy Haslam III. It is the same approach he used to try to smooth over the trucking companies his company ripped off in the rebate scandal. Haslam isn't a guy that admits to his mistakes, he is a guy that tries to cover them.
This is what he is doing with his letter to season ticket holders. He is trying to convince you he didn't make a mistake with the Banner,Lombardi hiring or the firing of Chudzinski.
Browns fans are starting to see through this guy. They are starting to see Haslam knows nothing about running a NFL team and he knows nothing about bringing in people who can do the job either.
He thinks the Browns head coaching job is an attractive one, but he fails to realize it is the 3 stooges at the top of the organization who make this job so radioactive.
Filed under: Cleveland Browns