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Browns | Joe Banner out

Tue, 04 Mar 2014 12:47:47 -0800

Cleveland Browns CEO Joe Banner is no longer involved with the organization, and is not in the building anymore.

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Browns | Joe Banner had coordinators reporting to him

Tue, 25 Feb 2014 08:54:55 -0800

Cleveland Browns CEO Joe Banner, who is on his way out of the organization, had the new offensive and defensive coordinators reporting directly to him, according to a league source. The source said Banner was a bit of a control freak and structured the coaching staff so the coordinators answered directly to him. Coordinators generally answer directly to the head coach. New general manager Ray Farmer, who was the assistant GM at the time, was not involved in the search for a new head coach.

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Browns | Ken Whisenhunt had issues with Joe Banner

Thu, 13 Feb 2014 06:30:14 -0800

Tennessee Titans head coach Ken Whisenhunt had reservations about the Cleveland Browns' management team in their pursuit of him for their head coach opening - specifically Joe Banner. The Browns interviewed Whisenhunt in 2013 as well, and Banner reportedly told him that they wanted more of a "championship coaching staff." Whisenhunt was miffed that Banner, who had never coached, criticized his choice of assistants.

Comment (0) | Share: Tweet!Share on Facebook | Source: The Cleveland Plain Dealer - Mary Kay Cabot

Browns | Joe Banner developed rift with owner

Wed, 12 Feb 2014 06:08:32 -0800

Former Cleveland Browns general manager Joe Banner was strongly opposed to owner Jimmy Haslam's intrigue of Greg Schiano as a potential head coach. That could have been the catalyst to a rift that developed and ultimately led to Banner's dismissal.

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Browns | Michael Lombardi fired

Tue, 11 Feb 2014 06:59:25 -0800

The Cleveland Browns fired general manager Michael Lombardi and named Ray Farmer their new general manager. CEO Joe Banner has also stepped down.

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Browns | No intention to trade Josh Gordon

Sat, 12 Oct 2013 06:15:43 -0700

Cleveland Browns CEO Joe Banner said the team has no intention to trade WR Josh Gordon. "We're absolutely not shopping Josh," Banner said. "We're not going to shop him and we don't have any plan or intention to trade him."

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Browns | Joe Banner does not expect ownership change

Wed, 24 Jul 2013 10:44:34 -0700

Cleveland Browns chief executive officer Joe Banner said he does not believe owner Jimmy Haslam will have to sell the team even though one of his other companies is under federal investigation.

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Browns | Open to trading in first round

Fri, 19 Apr 2013 10:20:15 -0700

Cleveland Browns chief executive officer Joe Banner said the team will be willing to trade up or down in the first round of the 2013 NFL Draft if it produces better value. Banner said a trade likely would not occur until a team is on the clock during the draft.

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Browns | Unlikely to move up in draft

Sat, 23 Feb 2013 07:35:56 -0800

Cleveland Browns chief executive officer Joe Banner said the team is more likely to stay with the No. 6 overall pick in the NFL Draft or trade down to acquire more picks.

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Browns | Concerned with Chip Kelly's indecision

Mon, 21 Jan 2013 09:47:32 -0800

Cleveland Browns CEO Joe Banner said the team dropped out of the running for Philadelphia Eagles head coach Chip Kelly because of his indecision. "We removed ourselves from the process," Banner said. "We really liked Chip. He's intriguing, a very different thinker, and very smart. But you could see he was uncertain what he wanted to do ... The fact he committed to Tampa Bay last year, backed out, then seemed all year to be leaning toward going to the NFL, then being so uncertain with us, we just felt it was too big a gamble. If there was no ambivalence, we may have offered him the job."

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Browns | Frontrunner in GM search

Wed, 16 Jan 2013 08:46:55 -0800

Cleveland Browns CEO Joe Banner said the team has identified a frontrunner in their search for a general manager; however, the franchise will remain mum until it has its man under contract. Banner said the job will most likely carry the title of general manager as opposed to director of player personnel.

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Browns | Some coaches already hired

Tue, 15 Jan 2013 11:39:42 -0800

Cleveland Browns CEO Joe Banner said some coaches have already been hired to the staff, and hopefully there will be an announcement in a day or two.

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Browns | Making run at Chip Kelly

Tue, 01 Jan 2013 19:07:28 -0800

Updating a previous report, Cleveland Browns team president Joe Banner is in Arizona. He interviewed Arizona Cardinals defensive coordinator Ray Horton, but the reason for his trip is to make a pitch to University of Oregon head coach Chip Kelly after his team's Fiesta Bowl game Thursday, Jan. 3.

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Browns | Michael Lombardi could become next GM

Mon, 10 Dec 2012 11:39:31 -0800

The Cleveland Browns may decide to choose NFL Network analyst Michael Lombardi as their next general manager if president Joe Banner and owner Jimmy Haslam decide to move on from current GM Tom Heckert. Speculation is that if Lombardi becomes the GM, he could lure University of Alabama head coach Nick Saban back to the NFL under the Browns. Saban has said that the only way he would return to the NFL is under Lombardi. Oregon head coach Chip Kelly and New England Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels could be candidates for the head coaching position in Cleveland if Saban doesn't come along.

Comment (0) | Share: Tweet!Share on Facebook | Source: The Boston Globe - Greg A. Bedard

Browns | Tom Heckert could remain

Thu, 06 Dec 2012 15:15:11 -0800

There is a chance that Cleveland Browns general manager Tom Heckert could remain with the team next season, and the likelihood that the team brings in Michael Lombardi as the next GM has dwindled, according to NFL insiders. A move could hinge on whether Heckert will have control over the roster and the draft. Ownership has been impressed with Heckert but they have said CEO Joe Banner will be involved in player personnel.

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Browns | Will try to rebuild on the fly

Thu, 18 Oct 2012 07:40:31 -0700

Cleveland Browns CEO Joe Banner said there is a sense of urgency to the team's rebuilding plan; it will not be a five-year plan, according to Banner. "I'll be in a straitjacket if it takes that long," Banner said. "I don't think it should take very long before you're all sitting here, and the fans watching the team are sitting there going, 'You know what? These guys know what they're doing. We're on the right track. We can start to enjoy this. We're going to end up in a really good place. I think you'll start to feel that reasonably quickly."

Comment (0) | Share: Tweet!Share on Facebook | Source: The Cleveland Plain Dealer - Mary Kay Cabot

Browns | Joe Banner officially on board

Wed, 17 Oct 2012 07:45:33 -0700

The Cleveland Browns have introduced Joe Banner as their new CEO. Banner is expected to oversee the team's football operations beginning Oct. 25, but it's not yet known how involved he will be in personnel decisions.

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Browns | Mike Holmgren out

Tue, 16 Oct 2012 08:54:08 -0700

The Cleveland Browns announced Tuesday, Oct. 16, that president Mike Holmgren will retire at the end of this season and former Philadelphia Eagles president Joe Banner will take over immediately, according to league sources.

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