Jan 11, 2013; Berea, OH, USA; Cleveland Browns chief executive officer Joe Banner during a press conference at the team

Report: Joe Banner Had Control Issues – Coordinators Report To Him


The Cleveland Browns front office was known to be problematic and as Joe Banner and Mike Lombardi are gone information continues to come out. CBS Sports came out with an article that says that Banner had made the setup that the team’s coordinators answer directly to him, not coach Mike Pettine:

Ousted Cleveland CEO Joe Banner — who is transitioning out of his role in Cleveland after being not asked back along with GM Mike Lombardi – had the new offensive and defensive coordinators reporting directly to him, CBS Sports NFL Insider Pat Kirwan reports.

Kirwan spoke to a league source at the NFL combine in Indianapolis that told him Banner was a bit of a control freak and structured the coaching staff so that the new coordinators would answer directly to him.

This information is both crazy and to be expected with Banner’s way of trying to control information and those around him. The report, and Twitter since, reported that Banner wanted this control to decide who was getting playing time. Reports that Banner wanted to cut Greg Little but ex-coach Rob Chudzinski refused to do so.

Banner’s desire to control every detail around him meets criteria for some diagnoseable mental health issues including Paranoia, Narcissistic Personality Disorder amongst others. Trying to control pieces of the personnel department made some sense as the CEO trying to control the actual football on field coaching staff is ridiculous. Obviously Jimmy Haslam made a great decision to get Banner out of the situation.

Are you surprised by anything that comes out about Banner or Mike Lombardi? Was Banner or Lombardi the worst decision?

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  • Letterman007

    Banner was a wanna be owner in the mold of JerryJjones, but maybe more controlling!! You could tell it was starting to get out of hand. You hire people to do their jobs not to be puppets.