The song remains the same in Cleveland. The tune is “Winds of Change.” In August of last year the Lerner family completed their sale of the franchise to Jimmy Haslam. He immediately brought in former Eagles president Joe Banner to serve as CEO and following yet another disappointing season, Haslam cleaned house in the front office. After posting a 9–23 record in his two seasons with the club, coach Pat Shurmur was fired. Following him out the door were dismissed GM Tom Heckert and team president Mike Holmgren, who left on his own accord.
With five straight seasons of 10-plus losses and nine losing seasons in the last 10 years overall, it’s hard to fault Haslam for wanting a fresh start. On their way in are GM Michael Lombardi and coach Rob Chudzinski, each of whom have worked for the franchise in the past. Lombardi spent time in the Browns player personnel department in the ‘80s and ‘90s and “Chud” served as the team’s tight ends coa
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