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Randy Lerner Denies Talk Of Browns Sale To Under Armour's Plank
Published November 26, 2008
|Lerner Is Contemplating Making Major Changes
Within The Browns Organization This Offseason
MISTAKES BY THE LAKE: Lerner Tuesday said, "We have not established an identity and I find that very frustrating. The Steelers, a coach and a group of players show up, memorable plays are made and a myth and a legend and an identity is born. The Rooneys were able to parlay that into another administration under Bill Cowher. I'm very envious of that" (AKRON BEACON JOURNAL, 11/26). Lerner said that the team has "not made any overture" about a future coaching vacancy to CBS' Bill Cowher (AKRON BEACON JOURNAL, 11/26). In Cleveland, Terry Pluto wrote Lerner admitted that the Browns have "no real identity," and "that starts with the coach," Romeo Crennel. Lerner's "general approach of hiring football people, sitting back and then holding them accountable is the correct one." But that means that the Browns "must have a general manager or coach who can say, 'This is the kind of team we want to have, and this is what we expect from the players'" (CLEVELAND.com, 11/25). A PLAIN DEALER editorial stated if Lerner "can't hire the right people to fix this colossal mess, he should sell the team to someone who can." The Browns "should be thankful the Detroit Lions are still" in the NFL, because otherwise the Browns "would be the front-runner for the league's most pathetic." That the team's "phenomenal fan base continues to support this franchise is nothing short of a miracle" (Cleveland PLAIN DEALER, 11/25).