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Published May 14, 2013
LOOKING AHEAD: In Akron, Nate Ulrich notes Browns GM Michael Lombardi yesterday "spent nearly 54 minutes addressing the state of the Browns in his most extensive public comments since he was hired" on Jan. 18. Of "all the topics discussed, Lombardi spent the most time trying to sell the idea of the new regime aiming for sustained success without giving up on the present." Lombardi said, "We’re going to try to be as aggressive as we can in terms of how we approach every decision, but we’re also going to be thinking in terms of one and two years ahead because you can’t operate in the NFL today if you think just to the next game or the next practice." Ulrich notes with Browns Owner Jimmy Haslam III’s family business, Pilot Flying J, at the "center of a federal investigation into an alleged fraud scheme, it’s impossible to ignore the possibility of his legal woes preventing the Browns from sustaining anything, let alone success." Lombardi said, "Our job is to keep working on the football team and keep doing the things we do. And that’s what (Haslam) expects us to do, and that’s what we’re going to do" (AKRON BEACON JOURNAL, 5/14).