Jimmy Haslam III won't spend his first days as owner of the Browns handing out pink slips.
Haslam, whose $1 billion purchase of Cleveland's franchise is expected to be approved by NFL owners later this month, said Thursday through a team spokesman that he has no plans to make any personnel changes ''until after the year.'' At 0-4, the Browns are the only winless team in the AFC, leading to speculation that coach Pat Shurmur and his staff could be in trouble unless there's a turnaround.
But during an interview with Fox Business, Haslam noted the Browns' youth - they're the league's youngest team - and said he believes the team is improving under Shurmur and team president Mike Holmgren.
''I don't think anybody thinks 0-4 (is acceptable) and certainly Mike Holmgren and Pat Shurmur don't think it is and we don't think it is,'' Haslam said in the interview. ''But we've got a young team. We're building. I think we're heading in the right direction. We don't officially own the team yet...