The last of the big moves has fallen for the Cleveland Browns. Mike Lombardi and Joe Banner are leaving the team. Rumors of this possibility surfaced during the Miami Dolphins‘ GM search where Browns’ Asst. GM Ray Farmer was a high candidate but pulled his name from consideration. Rumors were that Farmer was given an indication that the GM job would be his. A press conference is expected for 11AM or so.
Banner was brought in with Jimmy Haslam, rumor was that he was a part of a package that the NFL put together for Haslam when he was interested in buying the team. Haslam was much more active during this coaching search and seemed to want to take the reigns away from Banner. Lombardi was rarely seen, was surprising to find the above photo from last year, and also could of been prompted by some NFL people for the position.
What we understand from here is the following: This is Jimmy Haslam’s team. Alec Scheiner will most likely take over the CEO position but be more hands off from a personnel perspective. Farmer will run the team’s talent evaluation and decision making with input from Haslam. This structure seems more fitted to a normal NFL franchise. For Haslam, broken in under the Steelers regime, he is more likely comfortable with this setup as well.
There will be much impact from this move, but what do you think as of now? Banner seemed to have a plan but did you like it? What do you think/know of Farmer? How does this move impact your thoughts on the team?