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When Browns owner Jimmy Haslam cleaned house for the second time in his very short tenure as owner, it seemed as though he would be taking a more active role in how the Browns operate. That can be a good thing, or that can be a bad thing.
Owners like Robert Kraft in New England have an active role but let their football guys handle the decision-making on the field. Owners like Jerry Jones in Dallas think they are football guys, and it kills the teams every year.
Which type of owner is Haslam?
General manager Ray Farmer told the media in his pre-draft press conference that Haslam is very involved but does not necessarily make demands.
“He is involved; he is in meetings; he comes around; we keep him up to speed on what we’re doing and why we’re doing it,” Farmer said. “He’s not a guy that applies pressure. He’s very supportive, and he wants to make sure that we are doing our due diligence in all factors.”
Is that lip service so people do not know the level that Haslam actually controls the team, or is that factual? Haslam would have every right to select the player of his choosing with the fourth overall pick.
He paid $1 billion for this franchise, and if he thinks there is a marketing machine who can also win sitting there, then he should take him. However, the owners who listen to good general managers instead of their pockets succeed.