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SBD/January 21, 2013/Franchises
Is There A Dispute Between Lurie And Banner Over Negative Roseman Comments?
Published January 21, 2013
THE BREAK-UP: PRO FOOTBALL TALK’s Mike Florio wrote, “As best we can tell, there is definitely an undercurrent of hostility between Banner, and Lurie and Roseman.” A source said that Lurie and Roseman were “openly criticizing Banner when talking to people not affiliated with the team” (PROFOOTBALLTALK.com, 1/18). In Boston, Greg Bedard noted the two “met through a mutual friend in the 1960s, and seemed to part amicably when Banner went to Cleveland” (BOSTON GLOBE, 1/20). In Philadelphia, Les Bowen wrote, “This one has been simmering for a while,” and credit Frank for “getting Jeffrey Lurie to yank the lid off the pot” (PHILLY.com, 1/18).
INTERESTING WELCOME: ESPN’s Chris Mortensen reported the Cleveland media “had some questions” about the Browns hiring Michael Lombardi as VP/Player Personnel, as Lombardi has been out of the league since ’07 and he was with the Browns when Bill Belichick was coach and the team “didn’t have a lot of success.” Mortensen said, "All Mike Lombardi asked today was a fair chance to start over again. One thing (Browns Owner) Jimmy Haslam liked about him, as CEO Joe Banner recommended him, was he loved his intelligence, his passion, his knowledge, energy. (Haslam was) surprised a little bit I think by the strong endorsements he got from the coaching and scouting community around the NFL” ("NFL 32," ESPN2, 1/18). In Cleveland, Bud Shaw wrote, “Not sure I've ever seen a Browns hire at his opening press conference get grilled over issues dating to the late 1980s and early 1990s. Or one who came prepared to make a plea for a fresh start as part of his opening remarks.” But Lombardi “looked like Banner's choice all along,” and his hiring was “more a foregone conclusion than the product of a no stone unturned open talent search” (Cleveland PLAIN DEALER, 1/20). In Akron, Marla Ridenour notes CBS’ Jim Nantz “staunchly defended his close friend Lombardi,” and CBS' Phil Simms also called to "voice his support for Lombardi.” Nantz said, “All of this trashing of him has gone overboard. It’s gone beyond overboard in fair and accurate” (AKRON BEACON JOURNAL, 1/21).