Haslam Writes Letter to Fans

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haslam letter to fans on head coach searchCLEVELAND — Cleveland Browns owner Jimmy Haslam gave fans an update on the search for a head coach.

In a letter, he outlined the team’s priorities and explained why the position should be “attractive” to the prospective hires.

Former Head Coach Rob Chudzinski was fired Dec. 29, 2013.

The Browns said the team “took a concerning step backward in the second half of the year” under his leadership.

Here is Haslam’s letter in its entirety:



I thought it was important to take a little bit of time to update you on our head-coach search. We have had the opportunity to speak to a number of outstanding candidates. We have purposefully been very methodical in our approach. We believe it is very important to stay disciplined to this process and to interview all of the candidates on our list. We are strongly committed to finding the right person to coach the Cleveland Browns.


We understood from the beginning that if we wanted to speak to all of the coaches on our list that we may need to wait until they have completed their participation in the playoffs. We are prepared to wait as long as necessary because this is a very important decision. Everyone in our organization is committed to finding the right leader for our team.


We believe the head coach of the Cleveland Browns to be a very attractive position. We have one of the youngest teams in the League, a roster that includes five Pro Bowlers. In addition, we have more salary-cap room than all but one NFL team. We also have three of the top 35 picks in the upcoming draft and five of the top 83 selections.


We are very much looking forward to adding a strong coach to our football team. On behalf of the Cleveland Browns, I cannot thank you enough for your valuable support and passion that you show for our team.


We look forward to communicating with you again after the search process is complete. Thank you again for your phenomenal support and loyalty.”


The Browns will not confirm or comment on any interviews they’ve conducted.

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  • Dan

    Maybe if you didn’t blame your previous coach for the shortcomings of your front office you wouldn’t have coaching candidates canceling interviews or taking themselves out of consideration.

  • george valachi

    There’s 2 things I refuse to believe.
    First is that jtina847’s buddy’s mother-in-law makes $75 an hour.
    Second is that the Browns will have anything but a mediocre season in 2014.

  • john

    People….. You really need to keep the stadium empty as possible to send a message to this ( I’m in it for the money) owner!!!

    • george valachi

      That’s a good plan. However, it’s been tried before. The problem is that the average Browns fan that attends the game is much to stupid to realize empty seats would send a message. But the game attending fans will go watch a loser just to have a place to drink and party. Stupidity is forever.

  • Jujubean

    Lol per the comments: spoken like true, angry Cleveland’s. The most negative people in the country. Blah…blah…blah there’s always next year. Oh did Gilbert inspire him….lol$$$$$$$

  • K Sirean

    My husband has head coaching experience. He is willing to quit his job & coach with a 1 year contract because that’s all the time you will give to “turn” this team around. Its a young team so he would work out great. His experience is with youth football! Oh, his teams were never penalized for being offside, that’s the first thing they were taught!

  • Rick

    Here’s a novel idea. Why not eat a little humble pie and rehire Chud? They are paying anyway per his contract. Give the guy the chance that he deserves.

  • Steve H.

    He writes a letter stating they’re trying to get it right this time and waiting on someone in the playoffs. The real problem is no one wants to coach in Cleveland all their front runners got smart and went to other teams this happen last year when you tried to get Chip Kelly. The Browns are known in the NFL as a toxic origination and don’t want to get involve. So Jimmy don’t feed us your crap. Your trying to run another shady business and most of us can read between the lines. I myself am a Tressel fan and I’ve not heard of any interviews with him. Some may not agree but who’s to say even the one’s in the playoff might not be interested either. Who ever you choose please tell Banner to let the coach do his job and not try to micromanage him as he is NOT the coach.

    • K Sirean

      Your right Steve. The person that should be gone is Banner, then Ray Farmer should have been promoted! Now they’ve lost 2 good people & they’re stuck with with Banner.

    • Tim G.

      In case you haven’t noticed, non of the other teams that we’re searching for a head coach interviewed Tressel either. He was a very good collage coach but not quite sure how he would do in the NFL. I liked Tressel but I would rather see them get Auburns head coach if they go that route.

  • Mike

    Here is something very telling about Haslams’ ego. In the letter he refers to the “Cleveland Browns” as “our” team not your team. Really, because I didn’t see Haslam Browns on the jersey.

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