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Browns owner Jimmy Haslam sought advice from Bill Parcells, perhaps much more, according to report

By Nate Ulrich Published: February 12, 2014

Browns owner Jimmy Haslam sought advice from Hall of Fame coach Bill Parcells -- and maybe a whole lot more.’s Mike Freeman reported several unnamed sources with knowledge of the situation said Haslam wanted Parcells to run the Browns, who ousted CEO Joe Banner and General Manager Mike Lombardi on Tuesday and elevated Ray Farmer from assistant GM to GM, giving him control of football operations and the 53-man roster.

Parcells told Freeman that he spoke to the Browns, though no job offer was made. In an e-mail to Freeman, Parcells explained that he talked to the Browns “only about how I believe organizations succeed and others fail.”

Freeman wrote that a Browns spokesman declined to provide a comment in response to his report.

Parcells, 72, met extensively with Haslam in South Florida, according to the report. Although the exact nature of the discussions remains nebulous, the bottom line is that Haslam, at the very least, considered whatever Parcells had to say before he hit the reset button on the front office.


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