Jimmy Haslam says head coaching search to begin immediately following firing of Pettine, Farmer

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BEREA, Ohio - Cleveland Browns General Manager Ray Farmer and Head Coach Mike Pettine have been fired, the Browns said in a release Sunday night.

Farmer, promoted by owner Jimmy Haslam in 2014, was let go after the Browns lost at home to the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Mike Pettine, left. Ray Farmer, right.

Mike Pettine, left. Ray Farmer, right.

Shortly after the news was announced, Haslam held a press conference. He said speaking with Pettine and Farmer was difficult, but they both handled it well and knew that changes needed to be made.

Haslam said he takes the blame for the 10-22 outcome of the last two seasons because it is his job to put people in the right positions.

“It’s a steep learning curve coming into the NFL,” he admitted.

Pettine was with the Browns for two seasons, and before that he was the defensive coordinator for the Buffalo Bills and spent the 2009-12 seasons as the defensive coordinator for the New York Jets.

Haslam said that the search for a new head coach will happen before a new GM is hired. He wants the new head coach to have a say in the hiring of the new GM.

"I still think this is an extremely attractive job…great franchise, great fans," he said.  "I don’t think this a team that’s going to go from 3 wins to 13 in a year."

He admitted that rebuilding the team would take several years.

He ended with saying that there are no other coaches that have lost their jobs and those discussions will happen in the future.

Haslam released the following statement before the press conference:

"We greatly appreciate Ray’s and Mike’s dedication and hard work while with the Cleveland Browns. We’ve made this decision because we don’t believe our football team was positioned well for the future. We are all disappointed with where we are and we take full responsibility. We will approach the search for our next football coach and executives to lead our football operations with a clear vision regarding what we need to do to build a successful organization. We will be methodical in looking for strong, smart leaders with high character who are relentlessly driven to improve our football team, willing to look at every resource possible to improve, and who embrace collaboration to ultimately make the best decisions for the Cleveland Browns. We are fully committed to bringing our fans the winning organization they so clearly deserve.”

Haslam also released a letter to Browns fans: "We are all disappointed with where we are and clearly understand your frustrations. We take full responsibility and understand you expect better from us. Your support and loyalty to the Browns is beyond compare, and as the stewards of this franchise, we take the task of creating success to heart. We are confident we will build a winning football organization." Read the entire letter here.

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Kaily Cunningham January 3, 20168:08 pm

I spoke with Ray and Mike earlier today, letting them know we were making changes in their postitions

Kaily Cunningham January 3, 20168:08 pm

They were both very gracious and professional…you can’t lose 18 out of 21 games, that’s not acceptable.

Kaily Cunningham January 3, 20168:09 pm

Haslam takes blame for the last few season, saying it’s his job to put people in the right positions

Kaily Cunningham January 3, 20168:10 pm

“It’s a steep learning curve coming into the NFL” 

Kaily Cunningham January 3, 20168:10 pm

Taking the Browns from one of the worst teams in the NFL to one of the best will not be easy

Kaily Cunningham January 3, 20168:11 pm

We will begin the search for the head coach right away

Kaily Cunningham January 3, 20168:11 pm

Need someone intelligent….need someone with an intense desire to win every day

Kaily Cunningham January 3, 20168:12 pm

We will go to work right away

Kaily Cunningham January 3, 20168:12 pm

We are going to try and find someone as quickly as possible…but more important to find the right person

Kaily Cunningham January 3, 20168:12 pm

Once we hire a head coach, then we will hire a GM

Kaily Cunningham January 3, 20168:13 pm

If you look at the Cleveland Browns….we have not been good at talent acquisition 

Kaily Cunningham January 3, 20168:14 pm

THe new head coach will be apart of the search for the new GM

Kaily Cunningham January 3, 20168:14 pm

Going forward, going to work much closer together 

Kaily Cunningham January 3, 20168:15 pm

Mike is an incredibly football man….I assure nobody feels worse about our record than Mike does.

Kaily Cunningham January 3, 20168:17 pm

We think it just makes more sense to hire the coach first before the GM

Kaily Cunningham January 3, 20168:18 pm

Reporter asks about Manziel….Haslam says it will be up to new coach and GM to decide

Kaily Cunningham January 3, 20168:20 pm

I don’t think the quarterback position was our issue this year 

Kaily Cunningham January 3, 20168:21 pm

I still think this is an extremely attractive job…great franchise, great fans 

Kaily Cunningham January 3, 20168:21 pm

I don’t think this a team that’s going to go from 3 wins to 13 in a year.

Kaily Cunningham January 3, 20168:22 pm

Doesn’t reference who/if any other coaches will lose their jobs.