Jimmy Haslam Wrote a Letter? I Can Do That, Too!

Dear Mr. Haslam:

I hope things are well and you’re getting out of that whole mess of an alleged rebate scam Pilot Flying J has been dealing with. I’m sure you can probably appreciate that we’d rather not see your 100-year old dad have to take over in the event you get hit with jail time.

Anyway, I had a specific reason for writing you, or maybe it’s because you wrote a letter to the fans, I felt compelled, as a Cleveland Browns fan, to respond to whatever it was you were trying to say.

First, let me say that I applaud your restraint. I know, over the course of your ownership, the word “candidly” has flown out of you more times than I’m sure you’d care to remember. I see, in this letter, you’ve left that word out. As you can imagine, plenty of drinking games have spawned from this, and your letter was put out entirely too early for fans to start hitting the bottle.

Now, as for your assessment of the situation, there are some minor discrepancies I’d have thought Browns President Joe Banner would have pointed out to you. While you currently have five Pro Bowl players on your roster, two of them are free agents. And I’m not sure that consistent losing and plastering headquarters in Berea with meaningless motivational quotes is the right formula to keep them in the fold. Oh, and you fired their coach after a year.

Also, I should point out that the Browns had three picks in the top 40 two years ago, and they were turned into Trent Richardson, Brandon Weeden and Mitchell Schwartz. Plus, the Browns did have a great deal of salary cap room last year as well, $20 million or so of which wasn’t spent.

Mr. Haslam, you tried your best to get us on board with this whole coaching search. However, your words are pointless right now. Instead of having a different thought about the new head coach, you and your front office has opted for the same tired approach of looking for a coordinator and plop him into your organization for some on-the-job-training.

As you know, insanity is trying the same thing over and over again, expecting different results. Are you insane, Mr. Haslam. Is your front office? Or is this just further proof that not a one of you has the slightest clue what you are doing?

One that thing. Joe Banner keeps mentioning Andy Reid. He was aware that Reid was looking for a job at the end of last season, right?


Bob McDonald


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