The NFLPA believes in Cleveland Browns’ owner Jimmy Haslam.
Since Jimmy Haslam bought the Cleveland Browns from Randy Lerner and his family, the former head of Pilot Flying J and current minority owner of the Milwaukee Bucks has only seen his football team go to the playoffs once since he’s owned them. That’s nearly a decade of suck, and arguably the worst two-year stretch in league history where his team went a pathetic 1-31.
This is a man who hired Rob Chudzinski to coach the team and then fired him after just one season. This is the man who didn’t fire Hue Jackson after going 0-16. This is the man who threw his own family under the bus to justify the trade of Deshaun Watson. This is the man whose former company was raided by the FBI.
Haslam isn’t good at business, he just fails upwards. So it’s shocking, beyond shocking that anyone would say anything positive about the Browns’ owner. But apparently, the NFLPA has proof that at least some of the players believe in Haslam.
According to an NFLPA report card, members of the National Football League Players Association have a unanimous level of confidence that Haslam is willing to “invest” in the team and make “upgrades” where needed.
And you know what? Fair.
Jimmy Haslam does tinker a lot with the Cleveland Browns
The report isn’t inaccurate. He does constantly go out of his way to try and upgrade his team. The Browns are constantly a source of intrigue by Haslam and when he doesn’t think the team is going just right, he meddles. Sorry, he seeks to upgrade the team.
Haslam blew up a playoff roster to get the most controversial quarterback in the league, all because he thought it was an upgrade.
Argue with the move all you want. Argue that the move hasn’t paid off yet or may never pay off. Sure, all valid arguments.
But did Haslam try to upgrade the roster?
Will it work?
Well, that wasn’t the question, now was it?