Thursday, August 9, 2012
No regrets for new Browns owner
By Jamison Hensley
New Browns owner Jimmy Haslam III has received a rude welcome to life in the NFL.
In the seven days since he bought the Browns for $1 billion, linebacker Chris Gocong has gone down with a season-ending Achilles injury, top draft pick Trent Richardson has been scheduled for surgery to clean out his left knee and cornerback Joe Haden has reportedly failed a drug test, which could lead to a four-game suspension.
A change in ownership apparently hasn't changed the Browns' run of bad luck. Haslam, though, isn't expressing buyer's remorse.
"That's part of football," Haslam told reporters at Family Fun Night practice at Cleveland Browns Stadium on Wednesday night. "I'm confident listening to everybody that we have a good, young team that's headed in the right direction."
Many have assumed that Haslam will want to put his stamp on the franchise and overhaul the major decision-makers on the team, which Browns fans are quite used to over the years. While Haslam hasn't made any decisions yet, he hinted that he won't make a change simply to make a change.
"They've averaged a new coach once every 2.8 years [since the franchise returned to Cleveland in 1999],'' Haslam told Sports Illustrated's Peter King, "and that's just not a good recipe."
Haslam added, "One thing I learned from watching the Steelers is the importance of consistency in coaching, and how much it sets you back when you're always making a change. When you change coaches, it can be a three- or four-year deal to get back."