Just as I was gearing up to map out the intricate particulars of the role that should be played by Browns owner Jimmy Haslam the Thrice this offseason, he announced he's fleeing the coup.
Admiral JH3 announced via the Knoxville News Sentinel that he is reassuming his position as CEO of Pilot Flying J.
"This is about me realizing my first love is running Pilot Flying J and wanting to return to that job," Haslam said.
And here we thought you were just about to invite us up for a cup of coffee, Jimmy. Now you're running back to your "first love," the truck stop business. Alackaday.
The reason I bring this up, you see, is that I was hoping Haslam would throw a little extra weight behind the opinions of the coaches on personnel decisions this offseason, what with Browns CEO Joe Banner poised to start involving himself heavily in that particular area.
As Adam Caplan explained to Tony Rizzo via DawgsByNature, "First of all, with the Eagles, (Banner) did not have final say on personnel, but he had final say on contracts... (But) he's made it perfectly clear he's going to be way more involved in personnel (with the Browns).
"That, to me, is a major mistake. Joe's clearly not qualified to be making personnel decisions. He doesn't know how to watch tape. I've talked to people who work with him and it's clearly not his strength. His strength is contractual, that's where he should stay."
Oy vey. So I'd been hoping, natch, that Haslam would stick around in Berea to lend his weight to whatever the coaches are saying with regard to talent evaluation and personnel decisions.
But the truck stop biz beckons and it looks like Capt. Banner will have full control over the ship in Berea with Mr. Lombardi steadfast at his side.
With that in mind, let's look at some of the decisions they'll have to make.