BEREA -- Jimmy Haslams first steps as the owner of the Cleveland Browns were positive in almost every way.
Haslam was engaged, candid and excited as he stood and addressed the media for the first time -- and by extension the fans. He answered a lot of questions, except about his plans for his front office. But he even declined to address those questions the proper way.
It would be the wrong thing to do, Haslam said, referring to the fact he is not the owner of the Browns and wont be until NFL owners approve him. Haslam said he is planning on that happening in October, though most in the league believe it could take place this month.
Haslams words were encouraging as he vowed to be open, involved and dedicated in making the Browns winners again. At this point, his words are all anyone has to go on, but fans who want an active owner who will be out front now have one.
Among the myriad points he touched on
--Haslams words about Mike Holmgren as team president could be taken both ways....