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SBD/January 16, 2014/Franchises
Zimmer Seen As Rational Choice For Vikings; Browns Owner Addresses Coaching Search
Published January 16, 2014
WHAT CAN BROWN DO FOR YOU? In Cleveland, Mary Kay Cabot noted Browns Owner Jimmy Haslam III yesterday sent a letter to season-ticket holders "explaining that the club is being patient in its coaching search and waiting to interview some coaches currently in the playoffs." Haslam wrote, "We have purposefully been very methodical in our approach. We believe it is very important to stay disciplined to this process and to interview all of the candidates on our list. ... We are prepared to wait as long as necessary because this is a very important decision. Everyone in our organization is committed to finding the right leader for our team" (CLEVELAND.com, 1/15). In Akron, Marla Ridenour writes under the header, "Jimmy Haslam’s Bland Letter Does Little To Soothe Souls Of Tortured Browns Fans." There was "none of the passion Haslam displayed at his introductory news conference" in August '12. There was "no hint of emotion over what transpired during a 4-12 season that cost first-year coach Rob Chudzinski his job." Haslam's letter "read more like an admonishment of Browns critics" (AKRON BEACON JOURNAL, 1/16). ESPN.com's Pat McManamon wrote sending a letter "is unusual, but the frustration from the fans also has been unusually high" (ESPN.com, 1/15).
TIMING IS EVERYTHING: ESPN's Keith Olbermann said the timing of the Vikings hiring Zimmer "couldn't be worse" for the Browns, because at "virtually the same hour ... Browns fans were getting a 'shut up' e-mail from their team." Olbermann: "In fact, it's a 'shut up' e-mail from the current future ex-owner of the Browns, Jimmy Haslam. With the rate he's burning through coaches and goodwill, he's likely to be invited to move to Baltimore or maybe even move this team to Baltimore by sometime next autumn" ("Olbermann," ESPN2, 1/15).