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Browns Announce Five-Point Plan To Improve Game-Day Stadium Experience For Fans
Published July 30, 2013
CARRYING THE BANNER: THE MMQB’s Greg Bedard notes the Browns will “follow the same collaborative decision-making process” as CEO Joe Banner used while with the Eagles, but “the buck stops with Banner.” Banner said, “I do have a little more power in the sense that in Philly the head coach worked with me closely but was not a direct report to me, and he is here. In the execution, that’s really not as big a difference as it sounds, but it is a difference.” The difference can be seen “in the way Banner went about filling out the organization: The depth of the challenge in Cleveland became a recruitment tool.” Banner: “Off-the-field business, on-field performance, all of it -- there’s a lot of room for growth.” Bedard notes Banner’s first hire was Scheiner, who is the “point man on renovations to FirstEnergy Stadium.” But Scheiner also has been “at Banner’s side throughout the reshuffling and restocking of the Browns.” Banner “saved his most daring hire for last, when he pulled [GM] Michael Lombardi from the NFL Network studios.” Lombardi was a Browns personnel exec “when Art Modell relocated the franchise to Baltimore, so the mere mention of him as a candidate -- let alone his actual hiring -- stoked criticism from fans and the Cleveland media.” Banner said of the hiring, “I’m not sure trepidation is the right word; it was certainly something I had to think through. But my job is to try to do what I think in the end is what the fans want and what we all want -- to win as many games as we can” (MMQB.SI.com, 7/30).