Edited by: Curt Ashcraft (@cashcraft740)
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Oh the ammunition we have this week. Then again, don’t we always? This week, Shock and I put the dunce cap on owner Jimmy Haslam and General Manager Ray Farmer because….well, because of everything. So without further ado…
Matthew Ruskan: The Browns pissed me off this week because owner Jimmy Haslam and GM Ray Farmer don’t seem to think the rules apply to them. For a while it was like they stood up there and said “I am not a crook!”.
Here’s some context for you: Ray Farmer was caught sending texts during games to the staff on the sideline, something that is not allowed. It could cost the Browns a draft pick or two. It most definitely will be a nice hefty fine.
I wonder what was going through Ray Farmer’s mind. “I know this is illegal, but aww shucks, I’m going to do it anyway!” Umm Ray, in case you did not know, WE NEED THOSE DRAFT PICKS!!!!!! And then Jimmy Haslam defends him for it? Sheesh.
Then, add on to it that the Browns soon to be Quarterback Coach, Kevin O’Connell, has been prepping Marcus Mariota for the NFL Draft. Which, while not illegal, is certainly improper, and you have a staff of gentlemen I would not trust at a poker table. And that is without me going into the possibility of the Browns drafting Mariota, which is a can of worms that should not be opened, so I am just going to say that it is an awful idea.
When it comes down to it, Jimmy Haslam, in my opinion, is up there as one of the worst owners along with Jerry Jones. Ray Farmer needs a serious reality check (keep in mind these guys still have not cut Josh Gordon). Mike Pettine is the only beacon of hope for the Browns right now, but it is hard to see the Browns going much further with the very top being so dysfunctional.
So, Mr. Haslam and Mr. Farmer, what should you take away from reading this (as I know you are faithful patrons of OSR)? Jimmy, you are a financial mogul, not a football guy. Let the football guys make the personnel calls. It will help. Ray, read the rule book. It is something you should know. For the team’s sake, do not buy in to every quarterback who wins a Heisman. It usually does not work. Thank you.
Matt Shock: The Browns ownership, no matter what the regime, never ceases to piss me off. You have Jimmy Haslam, the guy who inherited his father’s business and took it straight into a federal investigation, piloting an ever dysfunctional NFL franchise that now appears to be “bending” the rules at best and flat out violating them at the worst. Yeah, nobody could’ve seen this one coming, right?
Let’s not forget, the NFL fast tracked Jimmy Haslam’s purchase of the Cleveland Browns because he was already a minority owner of the Pittsburgh Steelers. This just goes to show you that due diligence is always worth it in the end.
As for Ray Farmer, I don’t hold him to blame for this as much as I do Jimmy Haslam. Ray Farmer, who has never held a GM job in the NFL before, looked at what happened to everyone else who dared to question Jimmy Haslam in the past and thought, “Gee, if I want to keep my job, I guess I better send a text to the sidelines.” Jimmy Haslam is micromanaging this team into oblivion, and it’s starting to show. It’s getting to the point where the NFL needs to step in and take action.
Better yet, why do the coaches have their cell phones on them during the game? What call can they possibly need to take that is more important than the task at hand? Answer: There isn’t one. Just leave the phone in your office during the game and this whole situation is avoided.
So what really pisses me off about the Browns? Stupidity…flat out stupidity. Because now, since nobody in the front office seems to care about the rules of the NFL, or cutting out the locker room cancer, or building a team that wins consistently, all of us fans look stupid as a result.
But why should we be surprised? They don’t call it the Factory of Sadness for nothing.