Farmer made it clear Saturday night that it was him calling the shots -- not owner Jimmy Haslam -- in the draft's war room.
"I can tell you with 100 percent certainty that Jimmy Haslam at no point demanded, requested, tried to influence the process in any way," Farmer said, via The Plain Dealer. "He definitely asked questions, he'll definitely give his opinion of what he thinks and all of those things are fine.
"But at the end of the day, he trusted the football staff to make the decisions that we thought were the right decisions for this football team."
After the Browns made sweeping changes twice in two years, it was fair to wonder if Haslam might thrust himself into major draft decisions such as picking Manziel. In his short time at the helm, Haslam has proven to be one of the most hands-on owners in the league.
It doesn't follow, however, that he would take over his organization's draft process, forcing his football guys to select a marquee player who will galvanize the fan base and bring national attention to Cleveland.
Of course, the Browns could have prevented that narrative if they had not spoonfed a mawkish story to Paolantonio in the first place.