Around the League

Presented By

Jimmy Haslam makes impression for Cleveland Browns

The immediate questions facing the Cleveland Browns can wait. Friday was a day for celebration.

Based on the introductory press conference for Jimmy Haslam, who has agreed to buy the team, there should be a lot of smiling faces in Cleveland. Tony Grossi of ESPNCleveland summed up the local media reaction:.

Haslam's passion and intelligence stood out during the session. Most importantly, Haslam stressed how engaged he planned to be as owner. He will be at the team's Family Night next week. He'll sit in the crowd for the Browns' preseason opener.

These may sound like small gestures, but they are welcome news to Browns fans who grew tired of former owner Randy Lerner's distant approach.

Kinkhabwala: New-look Browns

Brandon Weeden and Trent 

Richardson head Cleveland's many new faces. Aditi Kinkhabwala reports from Browns camp. **More ...**

We did not expect to learn much about the future of president Mike Holmgren and head coach Pat Shurmur on Friday. It's not the time or place for that.

"The league has to have an official meeting in October and until then Randy will own the team," Haslam said. "So it's his team and it would be very presumptuous and very poor form for us to make any personnel decisions or comments."

Haslam went on to say that Holmgren is a "legend" and that it would be the "wrong thing" to comment on any personnel decisions.

We wouldn't read too much into the praise; that's a conversation for another day. There won't be any changes until Haslam is officially in charge, and the new owner can use the 2012 to evaluate his staff.

Friday was all about this new era in Browns football. Browns fans have deserved better for a long time. Based on everything we heard from Haslam, they have to be thrilled for this change.

This article has been reproduced in a new format and may be missing content or contain faulty links. Please use the Contact Us link in our site footer to report an issue.

Related Content