That’s the latest according to ESPN’s Ed Werder, who’s sources tell him that after Jimmy Haslem was approved unanimously as the new owner of the Cleveland Browns earlier this morning, the new guy wants his new men.
Werder reports that Haslem will name Joe Banner as the team’s new president and CEO, which is a problem for Mike Holmgren, because that’s his job title. Or at least it was, because he’s now out, and Banner is in.
Banner takes over in a move that was more swift than surprising, with Holmgren set to officially retire at the end of this season. Off to a 1-5 start this year despite youthful promise at key offensive positions, the Browns continued being little more than the Browns under Holmgren after he took the job in 2010, winning only 10 games for a winning percentage of .210, the second worst in the league over the last two years.
That youth — primarily in the form of Trent Richardson — has led to hope on the field, but there was still the lingering fear among fans that somehow Holmgren would squash their giddiness, merely because that’s all he’s done so far. Now under an entirely new regime, trust can be rebuilt…maybe.
But probably not. The surrounding Cleveland depression engulfs all who dare enter.