KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — A family spokesman says Pilot Flying J truck stop founder and father of Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and Browns owner Jimmy Haslam is all right after being involved in a three-car accident.
Spokesman Tom Ingram says Jim Haslam was examined and released by his doctor after the Monday wreck.
According to Knoxville police spokesman Darrell DeBusk, Haslam's 2014 Mercedes drifted across the center line, sideswiped an SUV and then went off the roadway and struck a wall. The third vehicle then hit the rear of the Mercedes.
Haslam played tackle for the University of Tennessee and founded Pilot Corp. in 1958 with a single gas station in Gate City, Virginia. The privately held company now has annual revenues of more than $30 billion.To read more or comment...
Browns coach Mike Pettine met with reporters Monday to discuss the team's 23-21 loss to the Baltimore Ravens. Below is a transcript from the news conference provided by the team.
Opening statement: “(We’re) still feeling very disappointed over yesterday. It goes back to what I said after Pittsburgh. This is a bottom-line business. You have to win games, especially when you put yourself in a position through a good part of the game to win it. We just didn’t take advantage of opportunities we had to put the game away. I will always be my toughest critic and the toughest critic of the staff, and like I said after the game, I wasn’t good enough yesterday. We had a lot of the players put forth a winning effort, but it’s on all of us. We have to clean up, as a staff, a lot of the procedural stuff. I addressed that this morning. We talked about, in the offseason, the ability to finish games and manage games and to do a better job. That’s an area where I felt we came up short. We’re going to take the bye week to get some things done. I know it comes at a…after only three games it still gives us an opportunity to look at our body of work – get a feel for who we are and where we’re headed. We’ll take the time as a staff to evaluate the opposite side of the ball, treat each other as the opponent and give some feedback later in the week. Then we’ll get some work done on the practice field Wednesday and Thursday, and hopefully our guys will be able to come back fresh and focused.”
On how much it bothered him that the Ravens were able to run on them and make big plays late in the game: “The run thing is disappointing. When we look at it…every run play that we give up, every explosive play we give up we evaluate. Was it technique? Was it scheme? Was it talent? Over time as you build, you start to see some trends. If it’s scheme, you either fix the call or take it out. If it’s technique, you address it on the practice field as far as making sure you get that technique worked, repped, perfected. Then if it’s talent you could replace a guy or not put him in a position to have to make that play. Just in broad terms, we look at all the negative plays we give up that way. In the run game, it’s a combination of a lot of different things. It was technique on some. It was scheme on some. (It was) missed tackles on some. It wasn’t any one thing where, ‘Hey, if we do this, we’ll be different.’ We need to get better in our run defense across the board. The pass at the end, that was a perfectly thrown ball. We need to make a play though. That’s disappointing that we battled for as long as we did. We were going to make them drive and earn it, and they were able to hit and basically end the game there with that big chunk. We have to step up. We talk to the guys all the time – be at your best when your best is needed.”
On the players disagreeing with him about the loss being on him: “They’re competitive guys. That’s the way they see it, but I just know if the staff had handled some things better, if I had handled some things better, we wouldn’t have had to burn timeouts. Some of the coaching decisions that we made weren’t good enough. That to me, is why I looked at the end of the game and said, ‘You know what, a lot of our guys played their hearts out.’ It was an emotional locker room. To me, that’s also…you know you’re headed in the right direction when you have guys that care and losing bothers them. We talked about that in the team meeting today. We want the whole room to be like that. When you care that much and it bothers you that much, then you know you’re building something special as opposed to guys that it doesn’t bother as much – losing.”To read more or comment...