Our @edwerderespn reports New Browns owner Jimmy Haslem will name Joe Banner CEO/president and Mike Holmgren will depart the organization— NFL on ESPN (@ESPNNFL) October 16, 2012
As Werder states, new owner Jimmy Haslam has reportedly ousted Holmgren and installed Joe Banner to take over as the CEO/President.
This news shouldn’t come as much surprise, considering the franchise’s direction since Holmgren assumed presidential duties in December of 2009. The Browns went 5-11 and 4-12 in their first two full seasons under the former Seattle Seahawks and Green Bay Packers coach, and are off to a 1-5 start in 2012.
While Haslam purchased the team in August, the deal wasn’t approved until the NFL owners unanimously voted in favor on Tuesday afternoon. Now that the franchise is officially his, the truck stop magnate is ready to make major changes, starting right at the top.
Holmgren was brought in to change the losing culture that surrounded the Browns, but only managed to perpetuate it. He fired coach Eric Mangini in January of 2011 (10-22 during his two seasons in Cleveland), but took a step backwards with the hiring of Pat Shurmur (5-18 through 24 games).
The former president also oversaw some ridiculous draft-day trades, including the No. 6 overall pick in 2011 (Julio Jones) for No. 27 (Phillip Taylor), No. 59 (Greg Little), No. 124 (Owen Marecic) and No. 22 in 2012 (Brandon Weeden).
In 2012, Holmgren approved of a deal that saw the Browns move up to the No. 3 spot to nab Trent Richardson, but foolishly shipped off their fourth-, fifth- and seventh-round selections along with the No. 4 overall pick. Minnesota grabbed Matt Kalil, a player they were widely expected to select over Richardson before moving back and collecting three picks.
It’s been an indefensibly tumultuous run for Holmgren as the Browns president, and it’s a shame that the 1996 Super Bowl-winning coach couldn’t find the recipe for success in Cleveland. He was in the third year of a five-year contract that paid him approximately $8 million per season.
We’ll keep you updated right here on B/R with any new information, updates, opinions and analysis concerning Holmgren’s firing and Banner’s takeover as team president.