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Jim Brown Back In Advisor Role With Browns, Credits Jimmy Haslam As Reason He Returned
Published May 30, 2013
CLEANING HOUSE: In Cleveland, Bud Shaw wrote as Browns CEO Joe Banner "speaks more and more about being the man with a plan in Berea, you get the sense he's itching to say what's happening there is not business as usual." Banner said of the organization before he got there, "They've been filling needs year by year, sometimes with expensive players who aren't that good ... there's been a lot of cheap talk about long-term plans here, and I'm not talking last year. You go back 15 years through different administrations. They all have been basically trying to win now." But Shaw wrote people "need to see proof" that Haslam is the "right owner, that giving Banner even more responsibility than he enjoyed in Philadelphia was a great decision, that Banner hiring [GM Michael] Lombardi was gold." Banner added, "We came in with this attitude: Are we buying a house and renovating it? Or are we buying a beautiful piece of land where you essentially have to knock (the house) down and rebuild it?" Shaw: "Guess which one they picked. Put your hard hat on. A foundation is being poured" (Cleveland PLAIN DEALER, 5/27).