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Monday, February 24, 2020

Report: Jimmy Haslam taking more active role in tense Browns organization

Jimmy Haslam

In news that should not come as much of a surprise, the Cleveland Browns organization is falling into dysfunction once again.

Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports reported Sunday that coach Hue Jackson’s decision to bench quarterback Cody Kessler has increased already existing tensions between the team’s front office and coaching staff, but that is just the surface of the problem.

Jackson staunchly supports defensive coordinator Ray Horton, but that support is not seen elsewhere within the organization. In addition, owner Jimmy Haslam and his wife Dee have reportedly begun to take a more hands-on approach in various aspects of organizational management, with approximately ten departments now reporting directly to the owner.

“You basically have a husband and wife in charge of various areas they don’t really understand – football, coaching, scouting, analytics, ticketing, marketing,” a source told La Canfora. “And that’s the way they want it.”

Between the fact that the team is in serious danger of going winless and the fact that Haslam has a reputation for making quick, wholesale changes, the mood is rather dark within the organization amidst fears that there will be another major shakeup within the franchise.

Some people predicted this dysfunction before the season even began. Given the organizational structure and those running it, things may again get worse before they get better.

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