The Browns new owner showed up at practice on Friday, not looking like a rich guy. He wore a Browns T-shirt and Browns shorts to watch his new team. But dont let the T-shirt and shorts fool you. Jimmy Haslam is paying 1 billion for a team that has struggled since it returned to the NFL in 1999.
"I can assure you we have one mission and one mission only, and that's to bring winning back to Cleveland," Haslam said in a news conference.
Will club president Mike Holmgren be sticking around to help bring winning back? Thats not clear.
I don't pretend to be an expert, but I sense there's a strong feeling here that Mike and the team do have things headed in the right direction," Haslam was quoted in The Plain Dealer. "I just think we've got to listen, learn and observe. You know in football, you either win or you lose. There's not a question of how did we do. I think over time these guys will be successful."
"Mike may not want to work with me," Haslam said. "He's a legend. He's been around. I'm not taking anything for granted. He may want to walk in here and say, 'I don't really want to work with you.' I don't want to be presumptuous that way."
The presumption among some media outlets is that Haslam will bring in former Eagles executive Joe Banner as president after the sale goes through in a couple of months. That would mean the end of Holmgrens tenure in Cleveland.
"We'll see," Holmgren said. "It's premature."