The Cleveland Browns have announced that today is Mike Holmgren's last day with the Browns.
Following Jimmy Haslam III's appointment of Joe Banner as the new CEO, Holmgren previously announced this season would be his last in Cleveland. Everyone believed he would finish out the season though and the timing is certainly odd. Holmgren has been met by much criticism due to the team's performance, Holmgren's interaction with the fans and media (and at times lack thereof), and most recently due to his open attempts to vie for the Cowboys coaching job. A job which happens to be filled for the time being.
Fans are especially irritated with this due to the fact that Holmgren showed zero interest in coaching the Browns after firing Eric Mangini. If that weren't bad enough, he subsequently hired Pat Shurmur after assembling what most would call a weak pool of candidates.
While I can't say for sure what prompted the timing of this decision to happen now, it wouldn't surprise me if his antics related to the Cowboys played a role. I can say however, that people in Berea have confirmed that Holmgren and Joe Banner "got into it" earlier this week.
I don't know what about and I don't know if it's related to this announcement, but it's definitely interesting.
Cleveland Browns incoming owner, Jimmy Haslam III, has stated that he doesn't plan on making any immediate changes once the sale of the team is final. This comes after weeks of speculation that he will immediately replace team President Mike Holmgren with rumored part owner, Joe Banner.
Additionally, given the Browns 0-4 start and 10 game (and counting) losing streak dating back to last season, many fans and media members believe Head Coach Pat Shurmur is on his way out as well.
The $1 Billion sale will be final on October 16th as the NFL owners will vote on the matter. Haslam stated today through a team spokesman, that changes "are not something we will discuss until the end of the year".
Does this mean no changes will occur during the season? Maybe. Maybe not. But what do you expect the new owner to say? It would be extremely unprofessional to say anything other than what he said and to potentially distract the team and sabotage their chances at turning this season around. However slim they may be.