CLEVELAND, Ohio—For the first time this year, Cleveland Browns owner Randy Lerner spoke to the media. On WTAM, Lerner agreed to a live interview with Mike Trivisonno and addressed the miserable Browns season.
Lerner said developing a quarterback is the organization’s number one priority. When asked if Colt McCoy is the franchise quarterback for the future, he jokingly said he loses his ability to speak when asked that question. He then answered, “There are some basic things that need to get done that this organization is very focused on. The most fundamental is settle on a quarterback,” Lerner said.
Lerner also addressed criticisms surrounded Mike Holmgren and his lack of success in Cleveland. “I try to be respectful to a guy that I brought here who’s got many decades of proven experience,” Lerner said. He continued to defend the organization. “I think we had a really strong draft,” he said. “I think that the season is still raw. The feelings and frustrations are still raw. You have got to look at strengths I’m not saying you take any great comforts.”
He finished with a message to the fans. “We know that we have a job to do, and we know that people are frustrated, tired, irritated and exhausted and there is nobody in this building that doesn’t live with that,” Lerner added.