As the Cleveland Browns lost their last game of the 2016/17 NFL season to the Pittsburgh Steelers by a final score of 27-24 in overtime, Jimmy Haslam III says he is more determined than ever to turn things around in Cleveland, for the fans.
Haven't we heard this before? Haslam says the Browns haven't been very good since he has owned the team. He also said some of the decisions he has made, haven't been very good and he will take all the blame, for the team's losing ways.
This is the same old song and dance, we hear from Haslam after the last game of every season. The Browns lost to the Pittsburgh Steelers yesterday, after having a 14 point lead in the 1st quarter.
The team couldn't beat a second string quarterback. If the Browns had to face Ben Roethlisberger, the game would have never went into over time. So Jimmy is right about one thing, this season and the other losing season since taking ownership of the Browns, is completely his fault.
He has made some of the dumbest decisions, I've ever seen. If he stands behind his front office personnel, and doesn't bring in a football guy in this off-season, we can expect more of the same in 2017.
Haslam has no one in the Browns front office able to turn things around. He is the guy who set up the teams leadership the way it is, and if he can't see the need to bring in a real football guy, the Browns will continue to waste top draft picks, and will continue their losing ways for years to come.
Haslam bought the Browns in 2012. The team finished the season at 5-11. In 2013 the team failed to improve on their 5 win season, and finished the year at 4-12. In 2014 the Browns had their best year with Haslam as their owner, but still had a losing record of 7-9.
In 2015 the Browns continued their losing ways and finished the season with a record of 3-13. But nothing tops the losses in 2016, where the team went 1-15. Since owning the Browns Haslam's record is 20-60.
The team has more holes to fill, than draft picks to use. The offensive line is not able to protect their quarterback. The Browns defense is not able to protect a lead. It's going to be very interesting to see how Haslam responds to this season.
As I said earlier, he needs to bring in someone who knows how to run an NFL football team. If he fails to do so, we can expect more of the same next season. It's going to take years to fix the mess Haslam has created.
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