Originally written December 31, 2012 on Waiting For Next Year:
During the press conference today discussing the firing of Tom Heckert and Pat Shurmur, Browns CEO Joe Banner answered a question about whether he felt the talent was there to compete for a playoff spot next season- “I think we have a foundation here to move forward. I think the team is better than it was. I think it’s got a ways to go. I hope with the right hires here, we’ll be able to accelerate the process of getting to where we want to be. As Jimmy has said, repeatedly, and it’s very fundamental to all the conversations we have privately. We want to do it in a way that’s sustainable. We could if we just made whatever sacrifices we need to be the best possible team we could be next year, we probably could make the playoffs. In fact, I’d be massively disappointed if we didn’t. If you factor in the long term sustainable success we have, that may or may not be what happens next year in order to achieve that goal.” [Related: Browns will hire head coach first and then GM]
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