Browns owner Jimmy Haslam stressed Thursday night that the Browns are on a mission to find a championship-caliber quarterback and that they have no idea if Johnny Manziel can be their man, Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.
“Everyone knows this, you can look at the teams whether they’re in the final eight, the final four or the final two, you’ve got to have a really good quarterback,” Haslam said at the 15th annual Great Cleveland Sports Awards at the Renaissance Hotel. “And our situation as Coach (Mike) Pettine says is still muddy and we don’t know who our quarterback is going to be next year and what I would say to our fans is, we’re going to continue to work really hard to find that quarterback who can make us a championship team.”
“I think Pett said it well and I think Flip said it well today, we don’t know yet,” said Haslam. “We’re going to work until we find the right person, and I’m not slighting Connor (Shaw) or Johnny, we have two quarterbacks, or Brian (Hoyer), if he were to come back, I’m not slighting any of them. We’re going to work hard until we get a quarterback who can help us win and win consistently, which we’ve stated since Day 1 is our goal. And it’s not easy, but we understand it’s the mission and we’re going to work hard at it.”
Haslam echoed general manager’s Ray Farmer’s postseason comments that a first-round quarterback is on the table for the second year in a row.
“Yeah…we’ve got to get a quarterback and we’ve got to get it fixed,” said Haslam. “Now that’s not to say Connor, who in the last game played really well, hadn’t worked with the first team any against a really good team on the road, played well and that’s not to say Johnny can’t do it but they both have to prove it that they can do it over a period of time.”
As for Hoyer, he said, “I think every option is open on the table for us in terms of who’s going to play next year.