BEREA: The Browns will probably undergo major changes because of their impending shift in leadership, but incoming owner Jimmy Haslam III said he doesn’t plan to shake up the football side of the organization right away.
After practice Thursday, Haslam said through a team spokesman that personnel changes are “not something we’ll discuss until after the year.”
So right now, coach Pat Shurmur and his staff appear to be safe for the rest of the season despite the team’s 0-4 record. The Browns will visit the defending Super Bowl champion New York Giants (2-2) on Sunday.
Haslam’s purchase of the Browns from Randy Lerner is expected to be approved by NFL owners during their meeting Oct. 16 in Chicago. Haslam struck a deal to buy the team for about $1 billion on Aug. 2.
Earlier Thursday during an interview with Fox Business, Haslam was asked specifically about the futures of Shurmur and President Mike Holmgren. He said an overhaul wouldn’t immediately follow the formal change in ownership.
“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. “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, and we’ve said all along that we’re not going to make any comments on personnel until after we own the team. That’s in about two weeks. And candidly we’ll be halfway through the football season then, so any personnel decisions we’d make would be made toward the end of the year.”
Haslam watched practice Thursday at the Browns’ headquarters. He spent several minutes talking to Shurmur on the field.
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