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Haslam And Banner Try And Sell The Firing Of Chudzinski

It’s another ‘Black Monday’ for the Browns and their fans, and Chief Executive Officer Joe Banner and team owner Jimmy Haslam are once again in front of Browns fans selling them on a coaching change after the surprise Sunday night at the firing of Rob Chudzinski.

The two tried to sell the fans and media on the change, stating a number of times it was all about the direction of the team as the season moved along, going from 3-2 to eventually 4-12.

“These types of decisions that we announced last night are always difficult,” Haslam said. “In the case of Rob Chudzinski, a really good person a good man, somebody we respected and liked a lot, that makes the decision even tougher.”

Fans that disagree with the move have spoken out with venom about the way business is being done with the Browns, and just how disgusted they are after seeing just one playoff season since 1999.

“We have thee best fans in the world, and as I have said, our fans deserve better,” Haslam said.

“What I want our fans to hear is nobody cares about winning, is going to work hard to get us there, than the people you are looking at right now (Joe Banner and Jimmy Haslam), particuarly the owner.”

Getting it right seems to be another focus with the Browns, and Haslam wanted to make sure that fans know that no matter how it looks, they are going to work hard trying to hire the right guy.

“We’re talking with our pocket books here, and we’re doing everything we can to get it right,” Haslam said.

As far as what went wrong, Banner said that the play of the team as the club just kept losing was a major factor as to why the move was made after just one 4-12 season with a man who called the Browns his ‘dream job.’

“What tipped the scales was our expectations, looking back at what other first year head coaches did from a number of years, to be fair in what expectation we should be making progress,” Banner said. “Which doesn’t mean we didn’t have unrealistic expectations, we know the team needs more talent to be the team we are looking for.

“If the answer was time, than we should have seen the trajectory moving upward, and it was reasonable that as more time passed the trajectory would keep moving upward, when we felt the trajectory was actually moving downward, then we felt the answer was more than time, and that led us to conclude that we needed to make this change.”

Halsam was asked about the on-going issues with his company, Pilot Flying J, and the investigation into the company breaking the law in terms of not issuing refunds to companies that did business with Pilot Flying J.

“This is embaressing for our family, our company, and I apologize for the cloud this has put over the city of Cleveland or the Browns, nobody feels worse about that than I do,” Haslam said.

Will those issues as well as blowing out a coach after one season trying to coach a team with marginal talent stop a big name from coming to Cleveland in 2014 and beyond?

“Do I think we can attract the right person to come here – yes I do,” Haslam said.

We shall see.

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