There is no doubt, Browns owner Jimmy Haslam III has a mess on his hands. The loyal fans are starting to lose their faith in the new front office and ownership.
They see the team as the same old Browns and nothing pisses Haslam off more than that. Now with the mess that Devone Bess is creating for himself, Bruce Hooley from ESPN Cleveland thinks, Haslam could save face by firing Michael Lombardi.
Why fire Lombardi? Hooley says Lombardi is the man responsible for bringing Bess to Cleveland and paying him 11 million dollars. If Hooley would have paid attention to the new ownership in Cleveland, he would realize that all the people at the top of the organization have to agree on any moves to bring players into Cleveland.
At least that is what the new ownership said in one of their first PC’s after Haslam hired Banner and Lombardi. SO he is an idea, why not fire the whole front office, including Joe Banner and Jimmy Haslam III.
Who knows how long Haslam has left to run the team. We are still waiting to see if Haslam is going to face a federal indictment over the Pilot Flying J scandal.
If Haslam does get indicted, he said his father would run the team. This has to be better than having Jimmy Haslam III in charge. After all, it was Haslam’s father who built the empire Haslam III is helping to destroy.
It happens many times when an owners son takes over the family business. They think they know it all only to prove they don’t. There are two kinds of bosses sons.
The one people look at and think the a$$ hole is only working there because his father owned the company. Or the one who really knows what’s going on and people respect him because of his expertise.
I think we are quickly realizing which owners son Jimmy Haslam III is. Look at the mess the Cleveland Browns are faced with.
Should the team fire Lombardi for the Bess mess? Only time will tell. But if you go back to the beginning of the new ownership, you would realize they all are supposed to agree on what players to bring to Cleveland.
I say fire Banner and Lombardi and then have Jimmy Haslam III turn the team over to his father. This way, Browns fans could have a chance to see a winning team.
If you want to read the Hooley story, click here.
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