CLEVELAND—A tradition like no other.
No, not the Masters.
The Browns losing to the Steelers in the last game of the season and cleaning out the front office.
For the fifth time since 2008, the Browns appear to be changing their organization at the top after losing to Pittsburgh to finish the season 3-13. Meanwhile, the Steelers win and loss by the New York Jets puts them in the playoffs.
Starting after the 2008 season finale, Romeo Crennel was shown the door, followed by Eric Mangini after the 2010 season. Pat Shurmer was fired after the 2012 campaign and Rob Chudzinski was given one year and then fired after the 2013 season finale loss to the Steelers. Shurmer, Chudzinski and now Mike Pettine were all fired by Jimmy Haslam after he took over as owner for he team.
Multiple outlets have reported throughout the weekend that Haslam has already made the decision to part ways with Pettine and Farmer, but no official confirmation has come from the team. Haslam declined to speak to reporters as he was leaving the stadium.
NFL Network's Ian Rapoport said the decision had already been made prior to the game Sunday.
Pettine said he has heard the reports but has not been told by Haslam that he has been fired.
"I am aware of (the reports)," Pettine said. "I just know a lot of stuff gets floated out there. As I've said before, it should be a topic of speculation given what our results have been. It is a bottom line business. There isn't a column in the newspaper for moral victories. Our record is we've won three of our last 21 games. It's not good enough."
Pettine was asked if he would plead his case to Haslam, if given the chance.
“I’m not into pleading," he said. "It’s something that’s what gets put out there, how we attack work every day, the players. That to me is the resume: how hard the guys play, the effort that goes in, how hard we practice, what we do in meeting time, walkthrough, out on the practice field, how that carries over to the game field.
"I feel like we’ve done a lot of good things, but I’m the first one to tell you – you’ve heard me say it a million times – this is a pass/fail league, and the results aren’t there," he said. "Nobody wants to hear it takes time. Nobody wants to hear it’s a process, but that’s the situation that we’re in. I feel there’s a good, young nucleus here. You don’t have to look any further than this past draft class. Especially as the year went on, a lot of those guys playing at a high level. Again, I’m a ‘what you see is what you get’ kind of guy. As I’ve said earlier in the week or the least two weeks, I love it here, passionate about football, passionate about the Cleveland Browns. I love the city. I think these are some of the best fans in the league, if not the best, and they deserve it. If it does go the wrong way for me, that’s my biggest regret is not being able to deliver for these fans that have suffered for a long time.”
Rapoport said the Browns were interested in Bears offensive coordinator Adam Gase, Lions' defensive coordintor Teryl Austin and former Bills head coach Doug Marrone.
By the way, the Browns and Steelers did play a game at FirstEnergy Stadium with the Steelers winning 28-12.
The loss gives the Browns the second pick in next year's NFL Draft as the Tennessee Titans lost to the Indianapolis Colts
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