Things are getting hot for the Cleveland Browns.
Jimmy Haslam is not a great owner. We’ve seen his bungling of the franchise for over a decade and in that time the team has only had one winning season, which is also the only time the team has gone to the playoffs under Haslam. In fact, the team has more than one and zero win seasons than they do winning seasons under Haslam.
Part of the reason is his meddling, the other part is his hiring and the other part is his impatience. Shockingly, the Browns owner has been mildly reserved during the current era of the Browns. That doesn’t mean that he hasn’t messed with things; he has. Hello Deshaun Watson. But at least when it comes to the structure of the team, things are still pretty much the same.
Save for a few sacrificial coordinators. That all seems about to end, however, should the Browns struggle out of the gates.
Jimmy Haslam is getting his firing-boots just in case the Cleveland Browns struggle in 2023
Haslam and his wife were in Arizona this week, speaking to members of the media at the Arizona Biltmore Resort. While he was at the resort, he made sure to state that he wasn’t considering firing Andrew Berry or Kevin Stefanski after the 7-10 outing in 2022.
Though there was clearly a bit of pressure when it came to the firings of Joe Wooda and Mike Priefer, even if it wasn’t overtly stated. He’s clearly all in on Jim Schwartz and Ray Ventrone, which may not bold well for Stefanski, who is absolutely on the hot seat this season.
Speaking to the media, he revealed that there are “expectations” for this team. While he claims the playoffs are the goal, it may not be the deciding factor if Stefanski and Berry get fired. Though, he does make it seem like another losing season would be it.
"I don’t want to say that, but I think that we have expectations to go to the playoffs. But I’m not going to say if we don’t make the playoffs, X, Y, Z happens because that’ll be the headline tomorrow. OK? Listen, the AFC is tough. You all been around, our division is tough.”"
Making their future even murkier, Haslam dismissed the notion of talking contract extensions with Stefanski and Berry right now.
It sounds very much like a change in leadership is on the horizon unless the Browns defy expectations.