The short and mostly miserable Mike Holmgren Era in Cleveland has come to an end.
Jimmy Haslam III was approved as the new Browns owner by the NFL on Tuesday, and he wasted no time in making an impact statement: Just minutes after his approval, Haslam announced Holmgren was out as the team's president. Effective Oct. 25, Holmgren's duties will be handled by new team CEO Joe Banner, previously of the Philadelphia Eagles. However, Haslam said Holmgren would remain with the team (in some capacity) through the end of the year to help aid in the team's executive transition.
The announcement ends Holmgren's dismal tenure with the Browns--a tenure that began with great hope, only two years ago. Hired by former Browns owner Randy Lerner--a man who always seemed far more interested in Aston Villa, his English Premier League soccer club, than the Browns--Holmgren was tasked with turning a losing franchise into a winner.
Suffice to say, he failed. Since Holmgren's arrival, the Browns have posted a woeful .263 winning percentage, second-worst in the league. They also have yet to find a winning coach, a franchise quarterback or, well, any kind of identity. They simply remain the Cleveland Browns, perennial losers.
In that sense, Holmgren's removal is hardly surprising. And though Haslam said on Tuesday that he would not make any more major moves before the end of the season, coach Pat Shurmur must know that he needs to win, and win immediately, if he has any hope of keeping his job into 2013. - Tim Hyland
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